LaunchNW Associate Director

Innovia Foundation

Job Description



To ignite generosity that transforms lives and communities.


Vibrant and sustainable communities where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

Office Culture Statement:

At Innovia Foundation, we invest in our staff and create an empowering and innovative work environment.

We are passionate about serving our communities.

We trust and treat each other with honesty and respect.

We support, inspire and encourage each other.

We are accountable to ourselves and each other.

We respect our colleagues by being present and having direct and open communication.

We are intentional in our interactions.

We have a deep commitment to equity internally and throughout our region.

We celebrate our successes.

About Innovia Foundation:

Innovia Foundation ignites generosity that transforms lives and communities. We envision vibrant and sustainable communities, where every person has the opportunity to thrive. As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho since 1974, we partner with people who want to make our part of the world better.

We believe that generosity is the most powerful source of positive change to achieve our shared goals and values. We partner with generous individuals, families, businesses and organizations to address our region’s most pressing causes and greatest opportunities. We offer innovative products and giving solutions to catalyze greater impact and inspire donors to take a more active approach to philanthropy.

We thoughtfully collaborate with community leaders and stakeholders to build and strengthen relationships, so that our work is more reflective of and relevant to the priorities of our region. We are committed to being present and engaged, learning about community needs and supporting community momentum. We work together to address and solve our region’s problems, help those in need, identify and respond to our greatest opportunities, and leave a lasting impact.

Each year, Innovia invests nearly $10 million into our communities through grants and scholarships.

We welcome you on this journey to improve people’s lives and make our world a better place!

Visit to learn more about Innovia Foundation.


LaunchNW is an initiative of Innovia Foundation that challenges our community to

come together to ensure every child has the opportunity and support to access their post-high school education or career of choice and meet their full potential.

With a promise scholarship as an incentive, LaunchNW is working with community partners to collaboratively engage and provide wraparound supports for students and families. Built on principles of collective impact, community capacity-building, and shared governance, LaunchNW is uniting businesses, educational entities, nonprofits, government and communities behind this vision and expectation. Examples of current initiatives include a collaborative mentoring program for high school students, task forces working on pilot programs to support children and families,

A disruption to business as usual, LaunchNW is a transformational investment in the future of our region.

Position Summary:

Launch NW seeks an Associate Director to provide leadership, direction and oversee administration and implementation of all programs and services of the LaunchNW promise scholarship program.

The LaunchNW Associate Director will lead capacity building for the LaunchNW team and will be required to have the following attributes:

· Superior facilitation skills

· Ability to facilitate LaunchNW capacity building activities

· Knowledge and savvy to position communities throughout the Innovia service region for on-going LaunchNW sustainability

· Understanding and ability to build local ownership for the work of LaunchNW

Duties and Responsibilities:

The LaunchNW Associate Director should be fully capable of the following actions needed to achieve required results:

· Work with external consultants to provide on-the-ground facilitation of LaunchNW activities

· Facilitate communication between agencies (County, City, school district, universities, CBO's, Faith Based Groups)

· Assist in writing grants in order to facilitate LaunchNW implementation

· Build new programs with new and existing community and regional partners

· Work with the Executive Director to provide oversight and facilitation of the LaunchNW efforts across the Eastern Washington and North Idaho regions, including:

o Partnership outreach

o Lead multiple agencies through stages of program implementation

o Facilitate the Spokane County Leadership Council in the absence of the Executive Director

o Lead an internal staff by recognizing individual strengths and project needs

o Manage multiple projects at the same time

Position Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


· B.A. degree (emphasis on organizational leadership preferred); M.A. preferred

· 7-plus years relevant work experience


· Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively one-on-one with a broad range of individuals as well as part of a team, providing technical support and assistance as needed over the phone and via email

· Strong project management skills

· Ability to work independently, as well as within a cross-functional team environment

· Excellent public speaking skills

· Ability to run reports and provide analysis of information

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Strong attention to detail

· Ability to handle confidential, proprietary and sensitive information requiring judgment and discretion

· Ability to be focused and detailed, meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks, be organized and effective, self-directed while maintaining priorities

· Ability to coach and teach other stakeholders

· Demonstrated proficiency using diverse technology platforms, programs and services, including Microsoft Office and online meeting tools, such as Teams and Zoom

· Self-directed with excellent organizational skills, creativity and ability to manage and balance multiple tasks and priorities to drive projects in a motivated, results-oriented way

· Ability to use data to support mission alignment and as a tool for compelling storytelling

· Should have a strong interest and prior experience in Education and Youth Development

· Demonstrated ability to interact respectfully, forge strong relationships, and work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, styles and cultures, within both private and public sectors

· Deep understanding and a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

· Demonstrated ability to present complex, technical information in a clear, persuasive and concise manner to non-technical audiences

· Comfortable publicly presenting across sectors including government agencies, business, educators and nonprofits

· Ability to attend and participate in activities outside core business hours (early morning, evening, occasional weekends)

· High degree of personal and professional integrity with ability to work with confidential information

Physical Abilities:

  • Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to:

o Sit for prolonged periods of time;

o Walk and climb stairs;

o Operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard;

o Utilize verbal and written communication to exchange information;

o Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors;

o Occasionally stand, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist;

o Lift, carry, push, and/or pull up to 20 pounds.

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities:

· Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.

· Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations.

· Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.

· Language Ability: ability to read, and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff, clients, customers, and the general public.

· Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.

· Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with precision; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work

· Supervisory Skills:ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws. Applicable supervisory responsibilities include: interviewing, hiring, training, and coaching employees, planning, assigning and directing work, reviewing performance, appraising/disciplining employees when necessary and addressing complaints and questions and resolving problems.

Work Environment:

The employee is exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $110,000.00 - $120,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Spokane, WA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • relevant: 7 years (Required)

Work Location: In person

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