Perigee Fund is committed to advancing work in
the fields of infant and early childhood mental health and maternal
mental health and to intersectional approaches that connect
advocacy and policy, community-based family supports, health
systems, and workforce development.
Perigee Fund is a philanthropic organization established in 2018
to focus on the early relationships between babies and caregivers,
which are the foundation of healthy early development and later
life outcomes. Pregnancy and an infant’s first few years of life is
a time of immense change, and all families experience new sources
of stress during this time. Respect and resources are most
essential for Black, Indigenous, and families of color who bear the
additional weight of generational trauma, racism, and poverty. When
supports and relationships wrap around families, they can more
easily tap into the power of joy, strength, healing, and
connection. Perigee Fund centers efforts on prenatal-to-age-three
families affected by trauma and toxic stress, which are magnified
by racial, economic, and gender injustice. With grantmaking and
programmatic investments of $25M per year, Perigee Fund focuses on
Washington State and national efforts.
Perigee Fund is in search of a Program Officer
with deep experience in advocacy and policy who is both a leader
and a collaborator and able to work at the intersection of mental
health, early childhood, and family economic security. This role
cultivates and maintains a distinct portfolio of advocacy and
policy grants. The role also engages colleagues inside the
organization and across the fields in which the organization works,
supporting others to pursue advocacy and policy change as vehicles
for advancing Perigee Fund’s prenatal-to-age-three priorities.
Advocacy capacity building, power building and power sharing,
and equity, diversity, and inclusion are core to the work. To date,
Perigee Fund has chosen to resource partner organizations powered
by families, those with lived experience, and those with subject
matter/practice expertise to be the visible and vocal advocates. As
a philanthropic organization, Perigee has chosen to resource
advocates in the field rather than build capacity to be a visible
and vocal advocate ourselves. The Program Officer will focus on
advocacy and policy and has the latitude to further shape Perigee’s
vision, priorities, and the role it plays as an organization.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate brings deep commitment to Perigee’s mission
and a strong background in policy advocacy work. They will bring a
high level of integrity, thoughtfulness, a commitment to creating
equitable and just partnerships and processes, and a collaborative
style to the Perigee team. Key qualifications include:
- Minimum five years of experience working directly in policy
advocacy and/or policy making. Preference for significant relevant
work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts.
- Sophisticated technical, strategic, and relationship
understandings about how policy gets made in the real world across
legislation, appropriations, and administrative/regulatory
- Background in early childhood, maternal and child health,
and/or mental health advocacy and policy optional, but highly
- An understanding of the forces that create systemic inequities
and systemic racism.
- Thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability
to identify and orchestrate the levers of change. Sound judgment
and the ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions based
on both facts and experience.
- Track record advancing less visible issues through policy using
both direct and leveraged approaches, and exceptional ability to
navigate big and little “p” politics.
- Skilled at power building and power sharing with Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color advocacy and policy leaders,
community organizations, grassroots advocates, and people with
lived experience (e.g., parents/caregivers with young children,
birthing people who have experienced perinatal mental health
issues, users of safety net services).
- Highly respected, trusted, and valued in both grasstops and
- Skilled in equitable policy analysis.
- Experience with both federal and state policy a plus.
- Experience in or familiarity with philanthropy’s role in
supporting advocacy and policy a plus.
- Entrepreneurial and innovative approach that enjoys
contributing to a small, talented team with a mighty mission.
The salary range for this position has been set at $130,000 -
$150,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package. The
position is based in Seattle, Washington and the expectation is
that the Program Officer will be fully based with the team in
Seattle. Travel throughout Washington State and the U.S. will be
required as the Program Officer builds relationships and engages
with partners, particularly to support field building and advocacy
More information about Perigee Fund may be
found at: perigeefund.org
This search is being led by Cara Pearsall, Christine Domingo,
Seneviratne of NPAG. Due to the
pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as
soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter,
outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their
resume via NPAG’s website.
Perigee Fund is an equal opportunity
employer and proudly values diversity.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to