Senior Foundations Officer, Full-Time
Job Details
Administration - Seattle, WA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$65,000.00 - $75,000.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is currently looking for a Senior  Foundations Officer to join the Development team in Seattle, WA.


Seattle's Union Gospel Mission is a private faith-based organization that helps the community to reach out with compassion to those who have lost hope. And as a community, we empower one another to build, lead and give back.


As the flagship Christian organization working with our homeless neighbors in Seattle, we are in a unique place to make a difference. We are looking for a leader that will take a relational approach to engaging our grant funders.


We are seeking a Senior  Foundations Officer to lead Seattle's Union Gospel Missions foundations and granting program. This highly qualified individual will identify, define and develop funding sources to support existing and planned programs and projects for the Mission, primarily through development, writing and submission of grant proposals to foundation funders.


This is a full time position that reports to the Director of Principal Giving, and works closely with all development and program staff, the CDO and President. He/she also serves as an enthusiastic and articulate spokesperson for the Mission in the community.


Prior work history will demonstrate a strong track record in securing new funding opportunities as well as large scale donations of $1,000,000.


Our Development team is looking for its newest member and we think that could be you!


Essential Job Duties

  1. Manage from start to finish all aspects of the Missions grants program. This includes pipeline management, discovery, writing of concise, clear and compelling grant proposals, and the long-term report expectations.
  2. Maintain and implement detailed calendar of pending requests, future proposals and report deadlines; Ensure necessary data is available for requests and reports to funders.
  3. Regularly conduct ongoing research and identification of new funding resources at $100,000 level.
  4. Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers.
  5. Project manage from start to finish effectively with program staff, finance staff, board leaders and other non-profits and government agencies to answer grantors questions. Teamwork is paramount.
  6. Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving forward in timely fashion, meet deadlines, manage supplemental materials required for proposals and communications.
  7. Conduct effective stewardship of Mission foundation and corporate grantors, keeping them informed through follow-up reports, invitations, acknowledgment, communication and personal one on one contact.
  8. Attend and participate in all Mission, Division and Department meetings and training, as required.
  9. Any other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor. These duties are not exclusive, and within consideration of the job requirements and the employees skills, the job description can be added to or taken away from at the discretion of the employees immediate supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. The successful candidate will have an active church/prayer life and demonstrate a strong desire to serve the Mission by ministering to those whom it serves.
  2. Must agree with Seattles Union Gospel Mission Statement of Faith, Mission and Vision Statements and have a personal ethos and work ethic that reflects the Missions Core Values.
  3. Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required.
  4. Seattle's Union Gospel Mission accepts and encourages the involvement of volunteers at all levels in the organization. All Mission employees are expected to assist in the creation of meaningful and productive roles in which volunteers might serve in the organization, and to interact positively and cooperatively with our volunteers.
  5. Ability to successfully pass pre-employment drug and criminal background screenings.
  6. Possess a valid Washington State Drivers License and be able to meet the standards of the Mission driver criteria required, including but not limited to:
    1. Clean driving record
    2. No current suspensions or revocations
    3. At least 21 years of age
  7. Proven experience in writing and editing successful grant and contract letters of inquiry and proposals.
  8. Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to tell stories that can be powerful assets in cultivation, documentation of need, acknowledgments and reports.
  9. Ability to work both independently and with a team, prioritize workload and meet established deadlines in fast-paced situations with limited resources.
  10. Proven project management experience and abilities.
  11. Excellent organization and interpersonal skills.
  12. Qualifications will also include a solid understanding of budgets as they related to proposals and grants, and experience using online databases and other sources for research.
  13. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  14. Confidentiality and a high degree of integrity a must.
  15. Experience successfully asking grant funders for $1 Million.


Physical Requirements

  1. Ability to stand, walk or sit for extended periods of time; bend, stoop or reach.
  2. Regularly lift and/or carry up to 20 pounds.
  3. Talk on telephone and use computer extensively.



4 year college degree or comparable experience.



Minimum 3-5 years experience in grant writing and non-profit development, or applicable experience.


Preferred Experience

Experience working with grant funders with a network of relationships through the Pacific Northwest.



Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.


Mission Statement

To bring the love of Jesus and hope for a new life to our homeless neighbors.


Vision Statement

Every Homeless Neighbor: Beloved, Redeemed, Restored


Core Values

  • Sacred Relationships
  • Passionate urgency
  • Strategic effectiveness
  • Courageous Belief
  • Innovative and scrappy