Sherwood Trust
Founded by Donald & Virginia Sherwood

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Job Title: Program Manager

Employment Type: Full time, exempt

Location: Walla Walla

Search Timeline: Priority deadline of June 12, open until filled; start date of August 19, preferred

Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000, depending on experience

Application Contact: Danielle Garbe Reser, CEO,


Sherwood Trust is seeking a passionate community builder, learner, trainer, facilitator, and team player to join our small nonprofit, private foundation as our next Program Manager. Thanks to the generosity of our founders, Donald and Virginia Sherwood, Sherwood Trust has the honor and responsibility of managing over $1 million in grantmaking each year to advance our vision: “Everyone in the Walla Walla Valley has a sense of belonging and contributes to a thriving region. Sherwood Trust serves as a catalyst for building capacity, creating a cohesive, vibrant region.”

Sherwood Trust’s grantmaking focuses on providing the skills, staff, support, and facilities to make our region’s nonprofits and communities thrive. We complement our grant investments with capacity building programs that strengthen the ability of community members to advance positive change in the Walla Walla Valley. Those programs currently are:

Nonprofit & Community Learning Center, a partnership with Walla Walla Community College started in 2010 that provides free professional development training

Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program, a partnership with Rural Development Initiatives, started in 2004 that is a cohort-based learning program

Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship, started in 2019, to advance a deeper understanding of diversity principles in a community leadership context

The Program Manager will run Sherwood Trust’s community learning programs and have the opportunity to develop other learning opportunities and activities that advance Sherwood Trust’s mission and support the ongoing operations of the foundation in partnership with the CEO, Danielle Garbe Reser.


• Design and implement existing and new programs that advance Sherwood Trust’s mission and meet the learning, networking, and professional development needs of a broad spectrum of local nonprofit and community members.

• Develop and facilitate skills-based trainings, cohort learning experiences, and other workshops, meetings, or convenings that provide a progression of relevant professional skills and community building activities for emerging and established leaders and program alumni.

• Coordinate programming logistics, which include: speakers and presenters, scheduling, marketing, audio/visual needs, travel, supplies, and catering.

• Develop and incorporate evaluation methodology into all programs.

• Develop and maintain strategic relationships with community members and key stakeholders and partners.

• Actively participate as a member of the Sherwood Trust team to identify, create, and leverage existing programs and new opportunities that inspire, inform, and engage our community in a variety of areas including nonprofit management skills, diversity-equity-inclusion, civic engagement, and other areas where the community seeks to build capacity.

• Represent Sherwood Trust in the community, including through Latino outreach activities, community meetings and events, and engagement with local nonprofits.

• Provide administrative support to the grants process and other office operations.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Demonstrated enthusiasm for and knowledge of the Walla Walla Valley’s nonprofit sector and key areas of Sherwood Trust’s work: nonprofit and community capacity building, community and economic development, leadership development, diversity-equity-inclusion, and advocacy.

• Minimum of 5 years of work experience managing projects or programs, preferably in the nonprofit sector, and facilitating programs, trainings, workshops, and/or other learning experiences.

• Understanding of adult learning design and facilitation.

• Exemplary oral, written, and online communication skills. Bicultural/bilingual skills in Spanish language highly desirable.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage relationships with integrity and consistency, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with culturally, politically, ideologically, and geographically diverse people and communities.

• Talent for event planning, including logistics, marketing, speaker curation, budget management, and coordination for meetings.

• Strong organizational skills with the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail and follow through to completion with minimal supervision.

• Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility, and adapting to shifting priorities and plans.

• Ability to conduct off-site visits or travel to community meetings to represent the foundation, including during evenings and weekends.

• Possess sound judgment and professional integrity.

• Capacity to maintain discretion and confidentiality.

• Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.

• Openness and desire to be coached and give/receive feedback.


The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical/dental/vision insurance, vacation and sick time, retirement contribution by employer (5% of salary), transportation and cell phone stipends, budget for professional development, and flexible schedule. Salary range is $40,000-$50,000, depending on experience.


Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating: 1) which skills and experiences most qualify you for this position, 2) what motivates you to apply, and 3) what you value most about the Walla Walla Valley.

Please submit by June 12, 2019 to Danielle Garbe Reser at, noting “Program Manager Application – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.

The preferred start date is August 19, 2019, but that is negotiable. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.

Sherwood Trust is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We value and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.

Sherwood Trust’s Vision and Values

Everyone in the Walla Walla Valley has a sense of belonging and contributes to a thriving region.

Sherwood Trust serves as a catalyst for building capacity, creating a cohesive, vibrant community.

Collaboration ● Empathy ● Equity ● Excellence ● Integrity ● Sustainability