Call for Applications: Executive Director


This position will be open until filled. To ensure consideration, please apply by Friday, September 8.

About The Seattle Globalist

The Seattle Globalist is a nonprofit media and education organization that elevates diverse voices through media. Our daily online publication covers race, social justice, immigration, and the connections between local and global issues in the Pacific Northwest.

People of color and women are sorely underrepresented in U.S. newsrooms, particularly in leadership positions. The Seattle Globalist works to change that by breaking down institutional barriers that have long kept many voices out of the media. Launched in 2012, The Globalist has worked with more than 600 media makers who are 67% people of color, 73% female, and 45% immigrants or first generation Americans.

We are a young, dynamic organization that has grown fast in the context of an ever-shifting media landscape. Our vision is a vibrant media environment that truly represents the world we live in, and supports an informed, engaged community.

We work toward this vision by:

  • Cultivating new voices by providing non-professional paid contributors and editorial mentorship. The Seattle Globalist offers journalism training and publishing opportunities for youth through the Apprenticeship Program and Globalist Youth Workshops. We support international journalism projects by community media makers.
  • Acting as a bridge between professional and non-professional journalists, and between Seattle’s ethnic press and mainstream media.
  • Facilitating public conversations about politics, immigration, racism, diversity, social justice, education and more, where all perspectives are welcomed and fostered.

The Opportunity

The Seattle Globalist is at a powerful moment in its history. Our profile is at an all-time high and fundraising is growing exponentially, reflecting increased public support for quality media created by diverse voices. The organization is also at a moment of transition as it becomes fully independent from the University of Washington’s Department of Communication, which subsidized operations for its first five years.

Our new Executive Director will have the opportunity to take the reins of one of the most exciting small nonprofits in the Northwest, while being supported by a dedicated board of directors and veteran staff. Furthermore, the Executive Director will be able to build on a the solid financial foundation of a growing network of individual and institutional supporters.

The Position

The Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for The Seattle Globalist’s staff, programs, and execution of mission.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership & Vision

  • Engage staff and board to develop and articulate strategic vision to achieve the mission.
  • Actively engage and energize key stakeholders including board members, partner organizations, and funders. Actively develop new partnerships and opportunities.
  • Model and support ethical and community-oriented practices.


  • Cultivate, maintain, and leverage revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
  • Supervise nascent major gifts and sustaining member programs.
  • Cultivate new and existing foundation funding relationships.
  • Develop and support new and existing earned revenue streams.


  • Serve as chief spokesperson for The Seattle Globalist and persuasively communicate the mission.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of online and offline marketing and external communications.

Financial Management & Fiscal oversight

  • Design and oversee annual budget and operate within budgetary constraints.
  • Provide monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Liaise with monthly bookkeeper and Board Treasurer on financial matters.

Operations Oversight

  • Ensure quality in all areas of operations: programs, financial management, administration, fundraising, communications, and systems.
  • Oversee donor database, WordPress website, internal Google accounts, and office administration.

Staff Management

  • Hire, lead, coach, develop, and retain Seattle Globalist staff.

Board Engagement

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors.
  • Track Board terms and renewals.
  • Maintain Board of Directors Handbook and supporting materials.

Ideal Candidate

The ED must possess an unwavering commitment to The Seattle Globalist’s mission, and be ready to take on leadership of an organization at a moment of foundation building and transformation. We’re looking for a dedicated rising leader who possesses many of the qualifications below, plus self-awareness of skill sets they need to grow and a willingness to hire support staff that complement their own strengths.

Ideal Experience, Skills, and Qualities

  • Excellence in organizational management with demonstrated ability to coach staff, lead and develop high-performance teams, and set and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Fiscal management skills, and demonstrated ability to manage a significant organizational or project budget.
  • Proven marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures. Experience raising a significant organizational or project budget.
  • Multidisciplinary project management skills with an understanding of the administrative systems needed to successfully operate a small nonprofit.
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills. We are looking for a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Unwavering commitment to undoing systems of oppression in media, and a willingness to engage in personal and organizational reflection, critical dialogue, and growth around issues of race and other oppressions.
  • Demonstrated success collaborating with diverse constituents from a variety of income levels, language skills, immigration statuses, ages, and cultures.
  • Experience in both nonprofit and media environments.
  • Action-oriented, collaborative, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative. Ability to be flexible while addressing challenges in a growing, changing organization.
  • Integrity: Sets and exemplifies high ethical standards and holds self and others accountable for conduct.
  • Passion for storytelling, community engagement, and ethical journalism.
  • Comfort operating within the digital media space.
  • Idealistic, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, or leadership studies, or equivalent educational, work, and volunteer experience.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full‐time exempt position that reports to the Board of Directors. Our offices are centrally-located and walking distance to light rail and ground transport, and the position allows for some work from home/off site. We pride ourselves on an exciting and supportive workplace environment that affords opportunities for exploration, experimentation, and personal growth. Like many dynamic nonprofits, our programs sometimes take place on the evenings and weekends, but this is balanced by our commitment to flexible work schedules that reflect the nature of a modern digital work environment.  We have a competitive medical and retirement benefits package, 11 paid holidays plus 3 weeks paid time off, generous family leave policy, and annual professional development stipend.

Expected Salary: $65,000-$75,000

To Apply

Please submit a single Word or .pdf document containing a cover letter and resume. Please include your full name in the file name. Email all materials to with the subject “Executive Director Application.” To ensure consideration, please apply by Friday, September 8. All applications will be given serious consideration upon receipt. No phone calls please.

We believe diversity is critical to achieving our mission, and seek to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The Seattle Globalist is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. The Seattle Globalist actively and enthusiastically supports applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in the media.