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We're Hiring: Program Manager Fellow - POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

The Women's Foundation is growing! We're looking for a Program Manager Fellow, offered through a partnership with the Momentum Fellowship Program at Philanthropy Northwest.

Position: Program Manager Fellow
Organization: Women's Foundation of Oregon
Employment type: Full time
Location: Portland, OR
Starting at: $50,000; Generous benefits package
Application contact: hr@philanthropynw.org
Deadline to apply: April 12



Women’s Foundation of Oregon seeks a highly motivated Program Manager Fellow to oversee our grantmaking efforts, service-provider relationships, and content-specific programming. The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of our grantmaking efforts and public programs. They will also guide the Foundation’s efforts to support a vibrant and well-connected network of gender-specific service providers in Oregon. This role requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and nurture a wide variety of relationships. The Program Manager Fellow must be self-directed yet flexible and able to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic, often-changing environment is critical. This is a 24 – month, full-time position.


The fellowship is offered through a partnership with the Momentum Fellowship Program at Philanthropy Northwest. In addition to opportunities at the Foundation, the Women's Foundation of Oregon fellow will be part of a regional Momentum Fellowship Program learning and networking cohort with peer fellows from other participating foundations.  This will include participation in quarterly cohort meetings, coaching sessions, and mentoring/training opportunities.  


  • Facilitate grantee outreach and annual grantmaking process
  • Apply knowledge, skills, tools, techniques to support, measure and improve grantmaking processes
  • Develop, nurture, and steward relationships with Foundation members, grantees, partners and other key stakeholders
  • Plan, develop, and execute new and existing programs in support of the Foundation’s mission
  • Provide exceptional customer service to members, grantees, and board members
  • Provide project-related support to Executive Director as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


You pride yourself on your ability to develop relationships with people from all walks of life. You are known for your ability to work collaboratively within a team setting, think strategically and holistically, yet you’re also able to take ideas and fully implement them, driving programs from inception to fruition. You have strong interest in community outreach, nonprofit program management, and innovative philanthropy. You are able to motivate diverse stakeholders, partners and grantees toward common goals.
You are known for your keen attention to detail, collaborative nature, sense of humor, and your “no task too small” attitude. Most importantly you demonstrate equity and inclusivity in all that you do and are willing devote yourself to making Oregon a better place for women and girls.

  • Minimum 3-5 years demonstrated success in nonprofit program management
  • Exceptional systems builder, with strong project management skills, attention to detail and program evaluation experience
  • Subject matter interest and expertise in gender equity
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and equity and fosters collaboration
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and robust technology skills
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic, often-changing environment
  • High levels of integrity, discretion, and confidentiality
  • Bi-lingual – Spanish preferred
  • Willingness to use personal vehicle for Foundation business


The annual compensation for this full-time (37.5 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits including medical, vision, dental, Flex-Plan, and retirement. The starting salary is $50,000 annually depending on experience.


To apply for this job position, please submit your application to hr@philanthropynw.org no later than 5 p.m. PT on April 12, 2017.  Please submit your application as a single PDF file and name your file [Womens Foundation of OR_Program Manager Fellow_Last name]. Your application should include the following:

  1. Cover letter: Prepare a cover letter that addresses why you're interested in the Momentum Fellowship and your qualifications for this position.
  2. Resume: Tailor your resume to this position.
  3. Essay: Respond to the following required essay question. Your response should be no longer than 1 page single-spaced. This essay question is intended to allow us to get to know you better. There is no right or wrong answer. Applications cannot be considered without an essay response.

Please tell us about a time when you worked with an individual, organization, group or community that challenged you to reach beyond your own life experiences, values or perspective. How did you balance working effectively with others while staying true to your own values and perspective?


Women’s Foundation of Oregon is building an Oregon where every woman and girl can thrive. We focus the power of women’s collective resources to improve the lives of women and girls in our state.

  • We are bold. We are courageous grantmakers.
  • We are compassionate. We focus on the humanity behind the statistics – the women behind the numbers.
  • We are inclusive. We are an actively welcoming organization.
  • We are determined. We are relentless in our pursuit of a better Oregon for women and girls.
  • We are optimistic. We make decisions based on the belief that tomorrow can be better than today.
  • We are accountable. We are results-driven and hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence.

Work Environment and Expectations
Our work is performed in a variety of office environments both at the Women’s Foundation office and other locations. The workday often includes using a telephone and sitting at a computer screen for extended periods. Tasks may require lifting, moving, or carrying objects of about 30 pounds, such as boxes, materials, and other supplies. Occasional travel by car to points outside the greater Portland metro area is necessary as well as work outside normal business hours, such as evenings and weekends.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Foundation is committed to building a truly diverse staff and strongly encourages people of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.


Philanthropy Northwest is the network for philanthropists of all types who are committed to grantmaking in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We promote, facilitate and drive collaborative action by community investors to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities. PNW runs the programmatic aspects of the Momentum Fellowship.

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