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First Hill Improvement Association

Executive Director Job Announcement


About the First Hill Improvement Association

The First Hill Improvement Association is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to make Seattle’s First Hill a safe, welcoming, accessible, and vibrant place where all people can thrive. FHIA works in the realms of Urban Design, Parks and Public Open Space, Economic Development, Public Safety, and Community Building to foster a neighborhood that leads with creativity and courage on some of Seattle’s most pressing concerns.

FHIA is a membership-based organization which collaborates with a wide-variety of neighborhood stakeholders, public agencies and departments, and partner organizations to build a resilient community. Through education, organizing, events, and advocacy we seek to bring the variety of First Hill communities together around the mission as outlined in our Strategic Plan.

Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for leading the daily and strategic implementation of FHIA’s Vision and Mission. The Executive Director works closely with the FHIA staff Coordinator, the Board, and community volunteers and partners.

In 2018, the FHIA Board will update the Strategic Plan, and the Executive Director has an exciting opportunity to lead FHIA in building on its previous successes and continue to steer a highly competent organization and well-organized community.

The Executive Director is responsible for working with staff and board to set clear, ambitious goals that achieve FHIA’s strategic objectives, and to ensure sustained funding streams to support and expand the organization’s work.

The Executive Director is a visible public figure, who regularly engages with community members, property owners, business leaders, elected officials, city and other public staff, donors and community organizations. This position requires comfort and competency in navigating a variety of perspectives and priorities to build connections between community and decision-makers.

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for this position will have demonstrated ability and experience in the following areas:

  • Ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders, develop community contacts, collaborations, or partnerships.  Ability to engage stakeholders and connect a variety of perspectives and priorities to FHIA’s mission, vision and, capacity. Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Engages, motivates, and inspires staff and partners around shared vision and mission. Strong leadership, alignment with organizational values and ability to make decisions.
  • Experience with managing a non-profit organization, including hiring, supporting, and mentoring staff, organizational development, and ensuring compliance.
  • Responsible management and planning of FHIA’s financial sustainability. Adept fundraiser, and experience developing and achieving annual and project budgets.
  • Experience in identifying grants, writing successful grant proposals, and managing ongoing reporting and relationship management with funders.
  • Familiarity with the non-profit board model, and successful at engaging board members.
  • Effectively managing a work plan or program to reach desired outcomes.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in event production and planning, including curating event series, volunteer management, vendor selection, and marketing.
  • Commitment to equity, access, and inclusiveness. Demonstrated experience in applying those values into policy, implementation of programs and decision-making.
  • Experience working on the issues central to FHIA’s mission, including land use, housing, transportation, community development, parks and open space planning.
  • Cheerful attitude about managing the daily operations of a small organization and willingness to perform other duties as needed.


The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $70,000 DOE. A health care stipend and generous vacation policy are also provided.

Application Process

If you are interested in this position, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@firsthill.org.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please submit them via email to jobs@firsthill.org. This position will remain open until filled but the screening process will move quickly. To be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials no later than 5pm August 31, 2018.

FHIA does not discriminate based upon individual qualifications with regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical, or mental disability, marital, or veteran status, political ideology, gender identity, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. FHIA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans and those with diverse life experiences.