Job Posting: Seattle Police Foundation President & CEO

Job Posting: Seattle Police Foundation President & CEO

The Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) is a national leader in the police foundation community. Over the past 15 years, SPF has grown from a fledgling charitable organization to an established and mature entity having provided millions of dollars of support to programs that enhance public safety, fund officer-initiated projects, and build stronger relationships between the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the community it serves.

The President & CEO works collaboratively with multiple constituent groups and at the direction of the Board of Directors. The President & CEO’s responsibilities include leading day to day operations and fundraising activities, advocating for key constituencies, advancing strategic direction and projects, and represents SPF in the community. Extensive interaction with the Seattle Police Department sworn and civilian employees, and corporate and civic community leaders is significant.

Essential Functions

  • Ensure that SPF fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
  • Have strategic vision and leadership skills to continue building and expanding SPF’s donor base and opportunities for additional program and grant activities.
  • Lead and oversee SPF’s development and communications efforts; including developing a fundraising plan and fundraising goals, identifying new revenue sources, cultivation and stewardship of donor base, manage SPF’s special events, communication & PR.
  • Develop strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization.
  • Oversee the financial status of SPF including long and short-range financial plans, budgets, internal controls and priorities to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of donors, staff, Board, and Department, particularly the goal of increasing funds to support the needs of working officers.
  • Possess political savvy to lead, with the ability to set priorities delegate and develop relationships with donors, community and political leaders, police department leaders, and executives in other non-profit organizations.
  • Works closely with SPD Foundation Liaison and Chief of Police to establish priorities for projects and funding; recommends grant awards and monitors program performance.
  • Advises, recommends and develops SPF policy as needed.
  • Implement Board policies and directives.
  • Manages the effective use of financial and human resources.
  • Actively represents the Foundation at local and national meetings, associations and conferences to maximize institutional visibility. Attends a variety of business and community networking groups in Seattle.
  • Facilitates regular reporting of progress from Board of Directors to the Chief of Police.
  • Cultivates and recruits new board members that are passionate for the mission of the Foundation.
  • Continues to find ways to recognize the great work of the employees of the Seattle Police Department.
  • Manages, coaches, and inspires the Foundation’s staff.


  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects simultaneously
  • ​Financial competency, advanced knowledge of budget analysis and project accounting
  • Familiarity working with a Board of Directors, and appointed and elected officials
  • Works with Board and staff to set short and long-term goals
  • Experience building and scaling organizations
  • Comprehensive knowledge of non-profit management
  • Effective leadership skills supervising staff and consultants
  • Collaboration and building teams with staff and board members, and other constituents
  • Facilitation, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Experience in initiating and managing grant programs
  • Community engagement, public outreach
  • Communication: Strong public speaking ability. Strategic planning and implementation skills. Ability to convey ideas and strategies both verbal and written with accuracy, clarity, and diplomacy.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in nonprofit or related field preferred.
  • Five or more years of relevant experience in leading organizations or programs at the executive level.
  • Nonprofit management experience with significant board development, fundraising, public relations and fiscal management.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement and/or public safety is preferred.
  • Proven skills in relationship building and a collaborative work style with a variety of groups inside and outside an organization.
  • A history in fundraising, with a well-defined understanding of stewardship and cultivation strategies.

Additional Qualifications

  • The most highly qualified applicants will have demonstrated knowledge in several areas:
  • A combination of experience working in governmental, non-profit and private arenas
  • Financial management and Grant program processes including technical assistance, applications and materials development, and peer panel and contract administration
  • Familiarity with business and civic leaders, and municipal, non-profit and cultural organizations in the region
  • Familiarity with local, regional and national funding resources
  • Resource development, which may include development of sponsorships, partnerships, and funding requests to support funding initiatives

How to Apply

Please submit a resume demonstrating a strong background in fundraising with a cover letter on how to build the Foundation’s reputation, major gifts and relevance within the community.

You may also describe your favorite donor/gift story and why you would be a great fit for this position.

Please address your cover letter to Search Committee, Seattle Police Foundation.

Email ONLY resume & cover letter as one PDF file. No phone calls, please.

Applicants must also be prepared to submit to a full background check by the Seattle Police Department.

Interested applicants may contact ELGL Executive Director Kirsten Wyatt for more background information on this position, ELGL’s involvement with the recruitment, and why it’s an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in a public service career.