Community Foundation Seeks Director of Grant Programs

Published: January 12, 2017 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is hiring a Director of Grant Programs to lead the operational and strategic aspects of its grantmaking. This is a new position intended to provide additional staffing and focus on grants at the Community Foundation. The Director of Grant Programs will be a member of the leadership team and will report to Karla Twedt-Ball, Senior Vice President, Programs and Community Investment. Applications will be accepted through Monday, February 6, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. CST. Resumes and cover letters can be sent to


Position Description


Title:                      Director of Grant Programs

Reports to:         Senior Vice President, Programs & Community Investment

Direct Reports:  Program Officers (2), Program Assistant

Total Team:        4


Position Summary:

  • Connect grantmaking to organizational mission of supporting a vibrant community by guiding policy and strategy for the Community Foundation grantmaking work
  • Provide leadership to and management of grants team
  • Analyze, evaluate and maximize the effectiveness of the Community Foundation’s grantmaking on the quality of life in Linn County
  • Contribute to overall Community Foundation leadership through participation on Leadership Team, providing a grantmaking perspective


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Analyze and recommend unrestricted grantmaking strategies that support the organizational mission and community leadership efforts, through working with the grants team, nonprofit community, the Committee on Grantmaking & Community Leadership and the Board
  • Generate and analyze reports on grantmaking data to evaluate patterns, trends and possibilities; share for organizational learning with staff and board, as appropriate
  • Supervise grants team, including providing leadership on hiring, training, and scheduling; as well as evaluating and ensuring accuracy, timeliness and the completion of work
  • Assess and revise grants team duties and responsibilities as needed to optimize staff strengths and skills and enable staff capacity for emerging opportunities
  • Design and implement annual plan for professional development in conjunction with grants team
  • Oversee design, implementation and maintenance of workflow processes and procedures to optimize efficiency and accuracy
  • Develop and monitor the discretionary grants budget in conjunction with the finance team
  • In partnership with program officers, work with Community Foundation staff and leadership to recruit diverse, engaged grant committee members
  • Oversee structure and content of grant applications
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current community trends and activities that relate to the wide-ranging Community Foundation grantmaking interests, drawing on program officer expertise and incoming grant applications
  • Monitor legal compliance and maintain departmental policies and procedures as appropriate to adhere to IRS regulations and grantmaking best practices, including the National Standards grants and scholarships policy documents
  • Maintain, update and revise grant award and agreement documents, terms and conditions; assume responsibility for letters generated from the foundation management system, including adaptation to updates and changes whether technical, content or organizational
  • Maintain expertise in the foundation management system and provide backup and support to the program officer lead for the online grant application portal
  • With the Senior Vice President, provide staff leadership to the Grantmaking & Community Leadership Committee related to grantmaking goals


Connecting Donors to Mission

  • Ensure timely, accurate management of donor advised grantmaking
  • Work with program officers and development staff to ensure high quality service to donor-advisors
  • Review and verify all data, reports and invoices for competitive donor-advisors
  • Assume responsibility for direct communication with donor-advisors as needed
  • Support the grants and development teams in their work to ensure that donors have access to current community information and knowledge of effective strategies that will enable them to accomplish their desired philanthropic intent
  • Work with a cross-department team to create and maintain reports for grant committees and competitive donor-advisors that incorporates data from grant applications and grant reports


Community Foundation Leadership

Leadership team members are expected to:

  • Collaborate across organizational functions to identify and operationalize opportunities for organizational growth and improvement
  • Continuously improve organizational policy and operations to ensure efficiency and adaptation to change and growth
  • Support a staff learning model to achieve high level knowledge of the field as well as emerging trends in philanthropy
  • Ensure continuity of operations


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven ability to lead a team, including assessing and refining complex operational processes and procedures and managing team dynamics
  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to both lead and participate in work
  • Ability to define problems, engage in quantitative data analysis, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from board members, donors, staff, managers and the general public
  • Ability to design, implement and monitor workflow processes
  • Exemplary writing skills
  • Commitment to the team effort of the organization
  • Experience in working collaboratively with persons from diverse backgrounds and sectors of the community.
  • Ability to use information technology to support operations and decision-making


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of five years of management experience with at least some of that in a leadership role
  • Prior experience in a foundation or other nonprofit environment desirable


Resumes and cover letters should be sent to by Monday, February 6, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. CST.

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