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Why work at Inatai?

At Inatai Foundation, we’re driven by our mission and values and the communities we serve. We understand that we cannot serve in our best roles as a foundation without creating a culture that supports our team’s growth and learning. Inatai provides various opportunities for our team to connect, vision, and experience joy through our all-team retreats, lunch-and-learn sessions, and professional development programs.

Four colleagues seated together outdoors during an all-team retreat.

HR Director Dion Asberry, Admin Associate LaHoma Thomas, Accounting Manager Willa Gubner, and HR Manager Mitchell Chen participate in a small-group discussion during an all-team retreat in Winthrop. Photo: John Lok  

Building a diverse and inclusive team

Cultivating a team that embodies the diverse experiences of our communities is essential to our values and our work. We strongly and sincerely encourage applications from people of color; immigrant, bilingual, and multicultural individuals; d/Deaf people and people with disabilities; members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and gender non-conforming people; and people with other diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. As a statewide organization, we also believe in geographic equity and have staff located throughout all areas of the state.

Invested in people’s growth and success

As a foundation employee, in addition to advancing the aspirations of communities across the state, you will receive an equitable and competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes fully paid medical/dental/vision coverage for employees and dependent children (and partial coverage for partners and spouses), a 10-percent retirement contribution, generous and flexible paid time off, paid family and medical leave, a transit pass (where available), and support for your ongoing professional development.

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Program Associate Trevor Iwata volunteer to read from a booklet during an all-team retreat in Winthrop. Photo: John Lok

Open Opportunities

Career Openings

Administrative Associate

The Administrative Associate provides executive-level administrative support to the Vice President of Operations and Administration, including scheduling, calendar management, meeting preparation, expense tracking, and planning. The Administrative Associate also manages special projects in close partnership with the Vice President of Operations and Administration and supports essential initiatives across various functions, including finance, human resources, operations, and technology.

Deadline for submissions: July 22, 2024

Program Officer

The Program Officer will foster and maintain relationships with communities and grantees to advance the Foundation’s learning agenda and evolving grantmaking and advocacy strategies. They will serve as a critical bridge between the Foundation’s priorities and the priorities of the leaders, organizations, and communities served by our growing team.

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2024

Research Manager

Inatai Foundation’s Research division is part of the Learning and Community Engagement department and is responsible for developing actionable information in partnership with the organizations we fund to advance the Foundation’s mission of changing the balance of power in Washington State for racial justice and equity. The Research division publishes reports, recommends grants via a research fund, and cultivates research partnerships.

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2024

Request for proposals

RFP Consultant

Inatai Foundation is requesting qualifications from organizations (nonprofit, private, or public corporations) to support the development of maps as a reference and learning tool for Inatai Foundation staff. Specifically, we seek a tribally-led consultant to produce a set of sociopolitical maps that outline Tribal reservation and traditional homeland areas and include key landmarks including selected waterways and mountain ranges. This project is an extension of work led by an internal team of Tribally affiliated staff that will continue to oversee the development of maps and the alignment with the project with a set of internal policies regarding land recognition payments, land acknowledgement practices, and team learning.   

We are most interested in partnering with organizations who share our values and our commitment to equity and racial justice. We invite those who are interested in one or more of these areas of work to review this document and submit your qualifications.

Deadline for submissions: Open until filled

Future Opportunities

If you want to know about future openings, please tell us more about yourself through our candidate interest form. (We only collect the data that you provide, and we do not share this information with anyone outside of the Foundation.) 

Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to respond to requests for informational interviews. We also want to ensure that all candidates have a similar level of access to information when preparing their application materials. 

Hiring Timeline

Open Job Listing

We post a new opportunity and call for applications.

Resume Review

We invite 8-10 candidates to advance for the next step in the process.

Phone or videoconference call

Our Human Resources team chats with candidates and makes recommendations to the Search Committee.

Search Committee Interview

The Search Committee, which is typically made up of a cross-department team, interviews and recommends 2-3 finalists. Finalists complete a work assignment and share their results during a meeting with the hiring manager.

Finalists Interview

Hiring manager meets one-on-one with up to two finalists. President & CEO meets with selected candidates.

Benefits package

We offer a comprehensive set of benefits to regular (non-temporary) employees who work a minimum of 24 hours per week. In general, benefits coverage starts on the first of the month following the date of hire. If an employee starts on the first of the month, then coverage begins immediately.

Understand how our team identifies

Our numerous identities and experiences inform and strengthen our work.

“At Inatai, I get to work with a diverse group of people who represent the communities we serve in Washington. I appreciate the level of care they put into going into communities to them and creating real and genuine relationships.”

Gabriela Ramos, Program Associate

“We are forever learners, and our team approaches this with an open heart and open mind. We have a culture of building and learning in the truest sense. Every single person has such a unique and interesting background. Because we are active participants in authentically showing up, it makes working and learning authentic and fun.”

Myle Tang, Policy & Advocacy Manager

There are many things I enjoy about working at Inatai, but two are top of mind. I really enjoy visiting with Inatai grant recipients to learn from them and appreciate why we do what we do. Second, the family feeling every internal meeting has, whether is via zoom or in-person. In fact, there’s been so many times I’ve found myself smiling at the end of a meeting.”

Rubén Peralta, Program Officer

Being at Inatai is a commitment to having an open mind and open heart and to know that the work is a learning journey. Every day I learn from my brilliant and passionate colleagues, from their expertise in their work and through their dedication and work in their own communities. We get the honor of learning from our communities, leaders, and people across Washington state, who generously share with us about their histories, their heartaches, their joys, and their hopes and dreams.”

Ann Ngo, Technology and Operations Manager