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Director of Programs and Grantmaking

Cambridge Community Foundation
Job Title: Director of Programs and Grantmaking
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October 16th, 2020
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The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is launching a search for Director of Programs and Grantmaking to lead the Foundation’s community impact work related to our three visionary goals of shared prosperity, social equity and cultural richness for Cambridge. The Foundation achieves its goals through grantmaking, civic leadership and philanthropic partnerships with its donors.

In 2017, CCF published Boomtown/Hometown – a study on the power of the city’s growing innovation economy and the surprising challenges faced by many residents. The report highlighted persistent gaps in outcomes for Black and Brown populations despite the city’s growing prosperity. The recent COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated these persistent racial and income inequities resulting from systemic factors. In addition, the city’s charm and quality is attracting new populations, while its high cost of living is driving out long standing populations and the middle class who can no longer afford to stay. Our arts and culture sector which makes Cambridge an attractive place for creativity and innovation is severely strained, as is the ecosystem of nonprofits that support social change. Strategies are needed to ensure that Cambridge is well equipped to protect, bolster, and sustain the values that define this beloved city --- values of equity, diversity and inclusion that make Cambridge an attractive and vibrant place.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional, passionate about social justice, with deep and relevant content experience, and a track record of effectively engaging with communities of color to advance equity. The Director of Programs, working along with colleagues, will help build, shape and implement a bold and ambitious community impact strategy for the Cambridge Community Foundation.

The Position:
Reporting to and partnering with the President, the Director of Programs is responsible for leading and overseeing the strategic development and implementation of all program functions for existing and new areas of grantmaking and community impact.

She/He/They will play a critical role in shaping, developing, and implementing the Foundation’s community impact programs, grantmaking, and reporting strategies. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Programs will lead the development of programmatic agendas for the Foundation, working in deep partnership with the community and nonprofit partners. He/She/They will work with the Foundation’s program, communications, development and distribution committees to ensure that we are on mission and are supporting each other to advance the organization as a whole.


Grantmaking and Strategy Planning

CCF makes two types of grants – Community Fund grants made twice a year in response to open proposal submissions; and Initiative Grants made on a rolling basis where the Foundation partners with other stakeholders to launch innovative and/or scaled interventions that have potential for significant community impact. In addition, through the Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Awards, CCF gives small annual grant awards for innovative ideas and solutions to individuals or groups who are not part of the more established Cambridge non-profit sector. With responsibility for grantmaking and community impact, the Director of Programs will:

• Develop, implement, and track grantmaking strategies to support the Foundation’s mission and goals.

• In partnership with the President and key community leaders, identify opportunities for addressing the racial wealth gap, the opportunity gap, and leadership development.

• Seek out and partner with organizations, businesses, civic leaders to develop relevant and focused community impact strategies and monitor their implementation.

• Engage in the administrative process that accompanies grantmaking, including building application and reporting forms, monitoring their use and assisting nonprofits in administrative processes.

• Review and respond to letters of interest and Community Fund grant proposals.

• Organize and conduct grantee site visits.

• Organize and manage communications with the Foundation’s Community Grant Review Board.

• Work with and provide support for the CCF Board Program and Special Initiative Committee.

• Review all Community Fund grant applications and make grant recommendations in coordination with the Foundation’s growing circle of community reviewers, and produce and present written summaries, analyses, and recommendations for proposed grants.

• Monitor grant progress and portfolios, including participating in discussions and resolving issues with grantees on key agendas.

• Contribute to the Foundation’s development of criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of the grantmaking portfolios, review reports, and interpret grantmaking results

• Assess CCF’s grantmaking and explore and develop strategies for funding Cambridge nonprofits that build the capacity, increase support for, and help stabilize Cambridge’s nonprofit sector.

• In partnership with Development and Finance colleagues, explore the feasibility of community investment strategies using pooled funds for collective impact.

Civic and Community Engagement

The Foundation is a connector, convener, and a catalyst for change. We exercise and foster civic leadership to advocate for and to promote positive change in our city, using research, partnerships, and thought leadership. As an important partner in these efforts, the Director of Programs will:

• Work with the Communication and Civic Engagement team to convene stakeholders in follow up conversations from the Equity & Innovation cities report (scheduled release November 2020).

• Regularly produce/commission research, white papers, thought leadership pieces on key issues affecting Cambridge.

• Serve as a liaison between the Foundation and grantees, grantseekers, other foundations and policy makers.

• Represent the Foundation and its work in a variety of venues and to a range of audiences, including philanthropic, governmental, academic and nonprofit groups.

• Participate in networks, affinity groups, and other external efforts to learn about relevant issues and trends and to advance the Foundation’s strategies.

• Facilitate and participate in community outreach activities and public speaking opportunities.

Support the Nonprofit Sector

The Foundation supports and partners with nonprofits on a range of issues. Their strength, stability, and resilience is key to the Foundation’s success. To accomplish Foundation goals, the Director of Programs will:

• Partner with Cambridge nonprofits to bring forward strategies that build individual and shared capacity among nonprofits.

•Work with the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition to convene the sector around sector advocacy,skill/capacity building workshops, Executive Director conversations etc.

•Serve as CCF’s liaison to the nonprofit sector and partner with the public sector and donors tosupport nonprofits.

Education and Experience:

The Director of Programs is a seasoned and mature leader with at least 6-8 years of experience and demonstrated leadership and experience in the philanthropic, private, public and/or nonprofit sectors. Expertise in community organizing, public policy, social work, public education, urban planning/community development or a related field.

•A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.

•Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to use technology in a productive and efficientway.

•Skilled in program development and management including strategic planning, projectmanagement, financial oversight, and impact assessment.

•Candidate must have lived experience in and understanding of diverse communities.

•Solid organizational and time-management skills; ability to consistently deliver onestablished schedules, guidelines, and deadlines.

•Excellent analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.

•Superb written and oral communication skills, including solid presentation and facilitationabilities and the ability to foster productive relationships with a diverse population.

•A team player with demonstrated ability to effectively manage and function as a member ofa team in a fast-paced work environment that sometimes requires “all hands” for any givencircumstance.

•A deep-rooted personal interest in and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusivework environment that places a high value on equity; commitment to fostering a positiveworkplace culture of collaboration and respect.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with background and experience.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and your resume to: Atsede Assayehgen, Executive Assistant to the President at aassayehgen@cambridgecf.org

Application deadline: October 15, 2020

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