Program Director

Date Posted: 
Tue, June 08, 2021
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Job Category: 
Denver Metro
Company Name: 
Chinook Fund
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Chinook Fund seeds community-led, systemic change by mobilizing resources for and trusting in grassroots social justice organizations across Colorado. Since our founding in 1987, Chinook Fund has awarded over $3.6 million in grants to more than 380 grassroots groups in Colorado.

Chinook Fund is both a fundraising and grantmaking organization. Funds for grants are primarily raised through the Giving Project, an innovative model for funding social change and fostering leadership. The Giving Project brings together a diverse group of people of all income levels who are passionate about social change and committed to building their skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building. It gives participants the opportunity to have transformational conversations about race and class, to experience the impact of collective giving, and the tensions and joys of grantmaking. 

We use a "donor organizing" approach to fundraising, rooted in the belief that everyone has the ability to give and the ability to ask for money. Donor organizing is a key strategy of the Giving Project and includes organizing people around their giving through values-based conversations, political education, and supporting donors to see their giving as a vehicle for systemic change. By developing the fundraising leadership of Giving Project members, Chinook Fund reaches many donors new to social justice. Chinook Fund hosts two Giving Projects a year. This Fall, we will run an alumni grantmaking committee to provide time for onboarding new staff. Since 2016, we have completed 8 Giving Projects and one alumni Grantmaking Committee supporting 144 members to collectively raise $826,620 from 2,494 donors.

To learn about our Giving Project model, please read the following:

Job Description: 

The Program Director is a full-time, exempt position responsible for leading and developing all aspects of The Giving Project and community-led grantmaking, supervising program staff, and reports to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate is highly skilled with curriculum design, project management, facilitation, grassroots fundraising, and community organizing, with an excellent social justice analysis, and the ability to motivate and engage volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. We envision our staff as a fully collaborative team in service to our mission which includes fundraising, planning, administration, and other support as necessary.


Chinook Fund has a broad vision for the type of person that would excel in the Program Director position. Therefore, we pose the following questions to guide prospective candidates in assessing whether they might be Chinook’s next Program Director. As Program Director, you will have a direct impact for social change—developing new leaders to resource social justice movements and moving hundreds of thousands of dollars to some of the most important community organizing in Colorado.

Requirements/ Qualifications: If you answer yes to 4 or more of the above questions, we invite you to apply for Chinook Fund’s Program Director role.

- Are you a passionate advocate for social justice, amplifying community voices, and building intentionally diverse, multiracial, and cross-class community?

- Do you have experience with program management, curriculum development, facilitation, and/or adult learning with groups of up to 25?

- Do you embrace complexity and conflict with compassion, curiosity, and humility?

- Have you been a grantmaker or facilitated community-led social justice programs?

- Are you a creative problem solver with the ability to strategically delegate complex collaborations from a strength’s-based approach?

- Do you embody courage and fearlessness about asking – for money, time, etc.?

- Do you have the ability to maximize volunteers’ strengths and connect with people from a wide array of backgrounds, identities, and political beliefs?

- Are you passionate about developing new leaders and organizing donors to support social justice movements?

- Do you have experience managing staff, recruiting, managing and training volunteers, raising money from individuals, and community organizing?

- Do you want to join a learning community and dynamic team that values authenticity, innovation, community, and promotes social justice while maintaining a healthy work/life balance?

- Do the following qualities sound like your strengths? Passionate, Innovative, Collaborative, Compassionate, Principled Communicator, Accountable, Enthusiastic, Mindful, Optimistic, Fun, and Skilled at Conflict Resilience.

How to apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and resume in PDF format to In your cover letter, please respond to one of the following:

- Share a social justice issue you are passionate about and why; or

- What motivated you to apply for this position?

Priority will be given to applications received by July 11, 2021. The target start date is early September. Flexibility will be given for the top candidate. References and writing samples will be requested from finalists.