CAREERS AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Community Foundation is an organization that thrives on creativity, integrity, commitment, and great ideas. 

Open Positions:


Community Investment Officer – Partnership to End Homelessness

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 by aligning resources and leveraging shared interests to amplify impact. As the region’s largest local funder, The Community Foundation has invested more than $1.2 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work, and thrive.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Through our grantmaking and community impact initiatives, The Community Foundation works to Build Thriving Communities by accelerating effective solutions to Address Poverty, Deepen Culture and Human Connection, and Prepare for the Future of Work.

The Community Investment Officer will broadly support The Community Foundation’s strategic community impact initiatives work, with a direct focus on the recently launched Partnership to End Homelessness. The Community Investment Officer is an integral part of this newly formed team intent on building a public-private partnership, working hand in hand with the District of Columbia Government, to make homelessness in DC rare, brief, and non-recurring. The role will serve as the Program Officer for the Partnership, managing the grants program and portfolio, supporting the senior leadership of the Partnership on governance, communications and outreach, events, and financial management and reporting. This is a three-year contract position subject to funding.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

This role requires high-level program and administrative coordination. Below are the core areas of responsibility.

  • Grant program coordination: Plan and execute the Partnership’s grantmaking program, which includes: working with the Partnership Team to develop RFP, prepare materials, and handle grant seeker inquiries; prepare distribution lists, lead webinars, review proposals and/or RFI’s; manage grantee portfolio, review grantee reports, and prepare summaries/lessons learned reports and analysis.

  • Donor learning series: Coordinate the Partnership’s donor learning series of events. Working with the Partnership planning team, the Community Investment Officer will develop invitation lists, assist with event logistics, materials preparation, and event execution of learning series on strategies for ending homelessness and increasing affordable housing in the District.

  • Leadership Council (Advisory Board): Support the ongoing work of the Council, including meeting and agenda planning, minutes preparation, materials development, and ongoing communication with the members.

  • Support Partnership Executive Leadership: This role will support the  Partnership’s executive leadership with any externally facing commitments including preparation for presentation and panel participation, development of talking points and correspondence, and participation in high-level meetings.

  • Communications: The incumbent should have strong written and verbal communications skills to support a variety of communications outreach that will engage volunteer committees and build support for the Partnership through contributions to blog posts, thought leader articles, and newsletter updates. This position will also support the preparation of grant applications and/or regular reports on the Partnership performance.

  • Budget tracking: Working directly with the Vice President of Community Investment, the Community Investment Officer will closely track and monitor the Partnership budget – revenue, expenses, and projections – with support from Finance, and prepare quarterly reports as needed.

  • Other Partnership to End Homelessness duties: There may be additional opportunities for the Community Investment Officer to participate in Partnership work including research and sector-specific outreach and engagement activities (e.g., coordinating outreach opportunities for advocacy organizations, persons with lived experience, universities, hospitals, etc.).

  • Other Community Investment Team duties (as needed). The Community Investment Officer will be asked to provide support from time to time on other departmental initiatives. With the Partnership as an evolving model, the Community Investment Officer will look for ways to develop systems and processes that are applicable for Community Impact Initiatives across the region.

KNOWLEDGE, QUALIFICATIONS, & SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public policy, education, or related field combined with two to three years of relevant work experience, or seven or more years of related work experience required.

  • Commitment to The Community Foundation’s mission and values.

  • Experience coordinating large, multi-faceted projects. Portfolio management experience a plus.

  • Relevant professional experience with homelessness and/or affordable housing issues preferred.

  • Budget tracking and management experience.

  • Grantmaking experience preferred but not required.

  • Competency in race, equity, and inclusion highly valued.

  • 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 Power Point software); and electronic communications.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop content for the Partnership’s communications and outreach platforms, including website and blog, email newsletter, social media channels, presentations, and meetings.

  • Demonstrated skill in coordinating meetings, events and convenings.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Ability to handle multiple and complex tasks simultaneously under stringent timeframe and changing conditions.

  • Ability to create reports and resources for purposes of tracking work. Experience collecting and synthesizing data. Proven current experience providing specialized program, administrative, and financial support.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The company pays health, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance for the employee only. Retirement plan with employer match, and paid time off including eleven paid holidays.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and a 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.


Program Officer – Building Thriving Communities

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The Greater Washington Community Foundation’s (The Community Foundation’s) mission is to strengthen the Greater Washington region by encouraging and supporting effective philanthropy and by providing leadership on critical issues in the community. The Community Foundation strives to make community change through charitable giving in a manner that is easy, flexible, tax-smart, efficient, and, above all, personal and committed. The Community Foundation is the largest local funder of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Washington region, and is one of the larger foundations of its kind in the United States.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Program Officer – Building Thriving Communities will review grant proposals, perform due diligence work, manage current grants, evaluate grant results and make grant recommendations to The Community Foundation’s board and grantmaking committees, and manage a diverse portfolio of grantee partners. The Program Officer is a pivotal member of the team, contributing to idea generation, strategic thinking, organizational networking, and collaborative team dynamics. The Program Officer will serve as an ambassador to the nonprofit community across our Building Thriving Communities framework that seeks to Address Poverty, Deepen Culture and Human Connection, and Prepare for the Future of Work. The Program Officer will be expected to manage a set of grant portfolios that may change and evolve over time, including our Fund for Children, Youth and Families.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manages grant review processes across a discrete set of funds including reviewing proposals submitted to The Community Foundation, conducting site visits and interview meetings, drafting and editing detailed reports on grant proposals, and preparing and presenting funding recommendations.

  • Manages one (1) half-time Associate who will provide administrative support for the Fund for Children, Youth and Families portfolio.

  • Provides technical assistance to grant applicants as needed.

  • Attends events and program related to grant recipients and philanthropy.

  • Conducts research of subject areas of interest to The Community Foundation as assigned.

  • Research and review grant proposals by gathering information from experts, making site visits, and analyzing information; developing and presenting analyses of grant requests to The Community Foundation staff and Executive team to ensure excellent stewardship of The Community Foundation’s funds and maximum improvement for our community.

  • Help administer special-purpose funds on behalf of The Community Foundation donors, which occasionally require writing guidelines, convening advisory committees, and marketing grant opportunities.

  • Prepare written and other necessary materials for The Community Foundation committee members that summarize issues and decisions for their consideration.

  • Consult with prospective grantees and assist nonprofit organizations in their interactions with The Community Foundation in order to maximize their understanding of The Community Foundation and the grantmaking process.

  • Represent The Community Foundation by serving on community committees and attending The Community Foundation, community, and grantee events as appropriate.

KNOWLEDGE, QUALIFICATIONS, & SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public policy, education, or related field with at least 5 years of work experience. Graduate work preferred.

  • Prior grantmaking experience strongly preferred. Candidate should demonstrate a track record of having managed a diverse grant portfolio.

  • Commitment to The Community Foundation’s values.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; Diplomatic, tactful, honest, and fair.

  • Proficiency with grant evaluation; Ability to analyze budgets and financial statements.

  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information.

  • Advanced research and computer skills; Exceptional interpersonal skills.

  • Understanding of philanthropy’s role in the community; Understanding of entrepreneurship.

  • Ability to work as a cooperative team member.

  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The company pays health, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance for the employee only. Retirement plan with employer match, and paid time off including eleven paid holidays.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and a 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.