Perigee Fund, a new philanthropic endeavor committed to advancing work in the field of early childhood mental health and perinatal mental health, has committed significant resources over the next two decades to become one of the top ten early childhood philanthropies in the United States. Established in 2017 by founder and donor Dr. Lisa Mennet, Clinical Director of Cooper House in Seattle, Perigee will invest across early childhood systems with a focus on the wellbeing of very young children, parents, and other caregivers, particularly for those most affected by early childhood trauma. Perigee Fund has a deep focus in Washington State, invests in training and field infrastructure across the Northwest, and contributes to the work of practice and policy leaders across the country. Joining Dr. Mennet is Executive Director Becca Graves, formerly Managing Director at FSG, Program Officer Kim Gilsdorf, who leads a portfolio focused on workforce development and field capacity, and Teresa Gonzales, who is Perigee’s Senior Grants, Contracts, and Office Administrator.
Perigee is now building its team with four critical roles, briefly outlined below:
Program Officer – Communications and Advocacy: The Program Officer – Communications and Advocacy will create and manage a portfolio of strategic communications projects and advocacy investments that change how we understand, value, and resource the prenatal period through age three.
Program Officer – Community Wellbeing: The Program Officer – Community Wellbeing will create and manage a portfolio of community-based approaches to strengthening early childhood systems, reducing parents’ cumulative stress, and promoting maternal health.
Program Officer – Health Systems: The Program Officer – Health Systems will create and manage a portfolio of strategies to change practice and financing policy in order to advance child and parent wellbeing, early childhood mental health, and perinatal mental health.
Program Associate: The Program Associate will support projects across the team’s range of priorities, all of which promote social and emotional development, healthy parent-child relationships, and parent wellbeing.
Successful candidates for all four roles will be committed to Perigee’s mission and will have a current understanding of broad social-economic and systemic forces affecting the health and well-being of children, their families and their communities. S/he/they will have demonstrated contributions to positive changes in health and wellbeing, ideally with a focus on the prenatal through early childhood period or on parent and family supports. S/he/they will have a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. All positions are based in Seattle and will require travel.
This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs and Cara Pearsall of NPAG. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Please submit application materials separately for all positions you would like to be considered for.
Perigee Fund is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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