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Director of Partnerships

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ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to enhance the quality of life in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County. As the region’s largest local funder, we have invested more than $1.3 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work, and thrive.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Partnerships (The Director) is a newly created position at the Foundation. The Director will provide essential management support and strategic guidance to Community Foundation partnerships and collaboratives, including existing efforts in workforce development, homelessness, and education; along with other newly developing partnerships and collaboratives.

The Director’s position is emerging just as the Foundation is launching a 10-year strategic plan with a bold vision to close the racial wealth gap and to advance economic mobility in the most underinvested neighborhoods in the region. A catalytic ambition such as this will require a level of commitment to alignment and collaboration for what can be achieved when we work across sectors. In this light, the Director will also serve as the Foundation’s primary thought leader and social entrepreneur, in the effort to reimagine the structures and operating systems that contribute to the formation of effective partnerships.

The Director will report to the Managing Director of Community Investment and will work closely with them to:

1. Establish strategic and impactful partnerships that leverage social, moral, reputational, financial, and intellectual capital in pursuit of transformational change.

2. Position the Foundation as the go-to place for various types of cross-racial and cross-sector collaborations that are working on other significant challenges in our region. 

3. Work internally to infuse the practice of partnerships and collaboration across the Foundation.

4. Work with Community Foundation leadership to structure and assess partnership priorities and goals, management needs, impact, and relevance to mission.


The Director must have the heart of a community builder. Building and activating cross-racial and cross-class networks stands as a unique ‘superpower’ and the ground from which we create racially equitable and sustainable change. The Director plays a unique role in this effort, working with their colleagues and community partners to organize and deploy the broad spectrum of the Foundation’s capital assets in pursuit of the highest ambitions of our region’s people.  


In addition to the duties described in this position description, every role at The Community Foundation is expected to contribute to the overall success of the organization and its goals. This may mean that team members will be asked to take on other tasks that may not be listed here. Examples may include working on a project or specific task outside of your standard area of responsibility, participation on an organization-wide task force or special initiative or being asked to support a colleague when needed. Any additional tasks will be determined by the manager of this role in coordination with the leadership team.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

This role requires skill and aptitude for engaging people and building high performing and sustainable collaborations. The ideal candidate will have professional experience as a foundation program officer and grant maker and have strong project management skills. The principal responsibilities include the following:

●       Works closely with the Managing Director of Community Investment to design and implement highly impactful partnership strategies that foster greater impact. 

●       Manages a team of 4 community builders who are leading the Foundation’s current partnerships work. This includes supporting their grantmaking and growing their capacity to activate the Foundation’s social, financial, capital, intellectual, and reputational capital assets.

●       Regularly reviews and monitors the effectiveness of the Foundation’s partnership work—and makes recommendations for incremental and breakthrough improvement.

●       Supports The Community Foundation’s PAS advisory work through business development, serving as a subject matter expert or CRM, and overseeing grantmaking as needed.

●       Works with their colleagues across the organization to determine the viability of new partnership opportunities that the Foundation is called to consider.

●       Will be called on to start up new and emerging partnerships and/or to manage partnership work at times.

●       Works with their colleagues across the organization to make the practice of partnerships and collaborative effort a growing business line that adds value to change efforts we endeavor to make in the region.

●       Serves as an ally with their peers to apply the best practices of partnerships and collaboration inside of the Foundation as we pursue systemic change together.

●       Serves as a key voice and thought leader, inside and outside the foundation, on the role of partnerships in the effort to create change in the region. 

●       Other Community Investment Team duties (as needed). The Director will be asked to provide support from time to time on other departmental initiatives.

 

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

●       5-7 years of experience designing and/or leading highly effective partnerships and collaborative actions-- particularly where government is a key partner with other cross-sector actors.

●       Familiarity with non-profit organizations and prior grantmaking experience strongly preferred. The candidate should demonstrate a track record of having managed a diverse grant portfolio.

●       Convening power—with the capacity to engage and activate grasstops and grassroots leaders, run effective and engaging meetings, and advance an agenda.

●       Skilled facilitator who can manage various advisory groups and support their decision-making processes.

●       Understanding and experience with policy advocacy efforts in the context of partnerships and collaborative action.

●       Leading with the principles of Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI), particularly conceptualizing REI challenges and opportunities that contribute racially equitable change.

●       Entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to shape and carry a unique body of work while working collaboratively with peers, colleagues, and partners.

●       Working knowledge of concepts and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity. 

●       Excellent strategic thinking, planning, project management, and organizational skills.

●       Outstanding interpersonal skills, working well with a wide range of colleagues across geographies; ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.

●       Keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills; an inquisitive nature; Ability to synthesize complex issues and concepts on behalf of the greater good of the community; sound judgment; objective.

●       Technology fluency with managing calendars, appointments, and schedules; word processing, spreadsheet, and database development/maintenance; and development of presentation materials (preferably using Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint software); and electronic communications. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and Blackbaud Grantmaking is a plus.

●       An understanding of philanthropy’s role in the community and a commitment to philanthropy and the mission of The Community Foundation.

●       Sound judgment; Ability to manage time effectively; Flexibility; Self-discipline and initiative; ability to work with minimal supervision.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Compensation

See below
$100k+

Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package, including company-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance for employees; Flexible spending accounts; Universal life and long-term care insurance and retirement plan with employer match; Eleven paid holidays; Flexible work schedule

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package, including company-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance for employees; Flexible…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
1325 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to HR@thecommunityfoundation.org.

 

The Greater Washington Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to HR@thecommunityfoundation.org.

 

The Greater Washington Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity…

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