Program Director | Chinook Fund

Program Director
Denver, CO

Chinook Fund is hiring a Program Director to lead and develop all aspects of The Giving Project and community-led grantmaking. The Program Director will have a direct impact on 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.

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.

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.

The full job description, including salary detail, can be found at The position is based in Colorado but staff continue to work remotely. Relocation support is available for a top candidate. See the full job posting for more details.  

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.

Chinook Fund is an equal opportunity employer that centers racial justice in its work internally and externally. We are committed to equity and diversity and to the recruitment and retention of people from backgrounds traditionally excluded from philanthropy, including Black, Indigenous and people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities.