Title: Director of Programs

Reports to: Executive Director

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound is seeking a Director of Programs to oversee the grantmaking process, provide breast health educational training and outreach and manage advocacy work.  This position requires an ability to build strong relationships with individuals and organizations that represent and work with medically underserved women in the Puget Sound Affiliate’s 16-county service area as well as community volunteers, grantees, partners and colleagues. The Director of Programs manages a Community Engagement Manager, a Community Outreach Coordinator and at least two part-time contractors.

Grants Management

  • Develop and implement a department budget, work plan, annual sponsorship and grants budget.
  • Oversee the direction and priorities within Komen’s key funding areas with the goal of increasing the impact of each grant and sponsorship dollar.
  • Coordinate and supervise the small grants program and sponsorship allocations.
  • Develop grantee trainings and evaluation tools for reporting purposes.
  • Manage the contractor responsible for processing grants in Komen’s online grants system.
  • Coordinate and ensure logistical requirements are in place for all grants-related meetings including but not limited to: grants committee, small grants committee, grants review panels and grantee trainings.

Community Education/Outreach

  • Supervise and assist with the Community Engagement Specialist’s programs including the Community Health Workers Program, health fairs, mammogram screenings, Worship in Pink and other initiatives addressing medically underserved communities.
  • Develop and build relationships in medically underserved communities (African American, Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander, low-income, rural, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender) to promote partnership and funding opportunities with the Puget Sound Affiliate.
  • Supervise the Community Engagement Manager in managing the Affiliate’s Volunteer Program, Komen Bureau and survivor–related activities and events.
  • Research, analyze and create the Community Profile Report (needs assessment) every 2-4 years and update in interim years as required by Komen Headquarters.
  • Collaborate with community partners and Affiliate staff to plan and implement education programs such as the annual Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.
  • Determine educational materials required to reach target audiences and develop processes and funding sources to produce and secure the materials.
  • Oversee distribution of Komen educational literature to hospitals, clinics, etc. and work with Office Manager to maintain office inventory of educational literature from Komen Headquarters and other sources.


  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Headquarters staff to develop the organization’s legislative agenda priorities.
  • Review and track proposed legislation that intersects with the organization’s interests, as provided by Affiliate advocacy partners (including lobbyist as appropriate) and National Komen advocacy staff.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Affiliate Advocacy Committee to identify Annual Advocacy Day key issues and strategies. Oversee Advocacy Day activities, as needed.
  • Supervise Public Policy contractor.


  • Serve as a member of Komen’s leadership team. This includes, but is not limited to, attending weekly leadership meetings, advising the Executive Director in policy and strategic decisions, setting and monitoring the Affiliate budget and general operations activities.
  • Represent Komen’s mission in the community.
  • Educate staff and volunteers on mission-related topics, including advocacy activities, community breast health data and grantee information.
  • Attend and participate in monthly board meetings and prepare board reports as requested.
  • Review Komen publications and announcements for mission and data accuracy.
  • Ensure website updates related to the Komen mission are current and accurate.
  • Support Affiliate fundraising activities, as appropriate.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-10 years’ work experience in health education or public health focused on identifying and overcoming barriers to care.
  • Applicable grant management experience.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse communities.
  • Ability to work in a confidential setting, protecting confidential data and information. Show discretion and diplomacy.
  • Excellent organization skills with ability to manage multiple and diverse projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with key stakeholders, colleagues, volunteers and the general public as well as underserved communities, Affiliate grantees and community partners.
  • Maintain a professional appearance; comfortable with public appearances/speaking.
  • Be flexible, creative, solution-oriented and have energy and stamina for a demanding schedule and work priorities.
  • Availability to work flexible hours (some evenings, weekends, holidays).
  • Preference given to those with bilingual skills.

How to apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to jobs@pskomen.org.