Executive Director

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 24

Position description

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, established in 1983, tackles critical public policy issues while engaging a new generation of civic leaders. It is guided by Senator Jackson’s hallmark inquisitiveness, vision, pragmatism, honesty, and determination.

The Foundation’s mission is to foster effective leadership on key issues of national and global importance, particularly:

• Climate change, energy, and natural resources;

• Human rights;

• International affairs education; and

• Public service

We support progress in these fields by sponsoring public programs, often in collaboration with other organizations with deep expertise in one of these fields, as well as by making grants to support the work of those organizations. We also have a very successful leadership training program – the Jackson Fellows Leadership Program — that prepares up-and-coming leaders to make meaningful contributions in these and other important fields. Our goal throughout our work is to promote integrity, civility, fact-based decision-making, and bipartisanship. Please go here for more information. 


The Executive Director of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation reports to its Board of Directors and oversees an endowment of $14.3 million with a dedicated staff of three.

Executive Director (ED)



• Provide the leadership and vision for the Foundation’s programs and mission and ensure the implementation of the Board’s policies and priorities.

• Establish and oversee the Foundation’s fundraising strategy.

• Stay abreast of developments in the fields in which the Foundation is active and educate the Board as appropriate.

• Support and work closely with the Board, its committees, and ad hoc working groups on topics ranging from strategic planning, program development, board development, and finance and budgeting.

• Supervise a small staff and ongoing consultant relationships and maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people. Provide mentoring, 

performance evaluation, and professional development of staff.

• Provide strategy and oversight regarding the Jackson Fellows Leadership Program and the Fellows Network (consisting of graduates of the Leadership Program), including engagement and inclusion in the Foundation’s mission and governance.

• Develop new ideas for enhancing and strengthening the Foundation’s programming, in collaboration with partner organizations and community members.

• Oversee all Foundation communications, written and online, including regular blog posts.

• Advance the Foundation’s reputation by representing it at programs and community events, both in the Puget Sound area and nationally, including moderating panels, public speaking, and writing.


• A record of successfully overseeing the operations of an organization or program.

• Successful fundraising and resource development experience.

• A Bachelor’s Degree is required: a graduate degree and/or significant work experience in climate change, energy, natural resources, human rights, international affairs, or public service, with an interest in further developing one’s expertise is strongly preferred.

• Experience with philanthropy and/or the nonprofit community.

 •The ability to build and maintain strong relationships with staff, the Board, donors, and community members.

• Strong fiscal management and budgetary experience.

• Strong written and oral communication skills, including aptitude and enthusiasm for public speaking.

Please see our website for full position description and information.

Application instructions

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