We’re Hiring! Vice President of Community Impact

Published: June 7, 2023 | By: Drew Morton | Category:

Applications are being accepted by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for the position of Vice President of Community Impact. This position is responsible for the community impact work of the Community Foundation including identifying and executing strategies that enhance the Community Foundation’s effectiveness in supporting nonprofit organizations, and addressing important community issues where philanthropy plays a critical role. The Vice President of Community Impact leads the team that implements grantmaking, nonprofit capacity building, learning, and community leadership priorities and aligns this work with other community foundation teams and with the overall foundation mission and vision.

Below is the full job description. 

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $105,000, depending upon experience.

To apply for the Vice President of Community Impact position, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to hiring@gcrcf.org. Applications will begin to be reviewed on Monday, July 10, 2023. 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Classification:

Exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Reports to:

President & CEO

Summary: 

The Vice President of Community Impact (VPCI) is responsible for the community impact work of the Community Foundation. This includes identifying and executing on strategies that enhance the Community Foundation’s effectiveness in supporting nonprofit organizations and addressing important community issues where philanthropy plays a critical role. The VPCI leads the team that implements grantmaking, nonprofit capacity building, learning, and community leadership priorities and aligns this work with other community foundation teams and with the overall foundation mission and vision.

The VPCI works closely with the President & CEO, is a member of the Leadership Team, attends Board of Directors meetings, and provides staff leadership to the board-level Community Impact Committee.

Essential Functions:

Leadership

  • Work with the President & CEO to develop and articulate a community impact strategy.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility in the community, developing organizational relationships and nurturing community efforts that align with the organizational mission and the role of philanthropy.
  • Lead overall community impact strategy to support Community Foundation mission and vision, providing support and guidance for community leadership, grantmaking, Nonprofit Network, and community learning efforts.
  • Manage the Program Team, setting vision and expectations, and providing or coordinating ongoing training and professional development for team members.
  • Provide staff leadership to the Community Impact Committee, including working with the committee chairperson, monitoring progress of committee goals, providing necessary resources and research, and enabling work to occur in timely manner.
  • Provide guidance and support to program staff responsible for convening the Nonprofit Advisory Council.
  • Develop metrics for monitoring the progress of community impact work and provide reports to the President & CEO, Community Impact Committee, and Board of Directors on the status of the work.
  • Serve as a member of the Community Foundation Leadership Team to:
    • Formulate strategy and set direction and priorities for the organization
    • Manage for operational excellence
    • Maintain a positive work culture
    • Steward the mission, vision, and values of the Community Foundation.

Community Leadership

  • Lead community influencing and initiative efforts.
  • Work collaboratively with the President and Leadership Team, Program Team, Community Impact Committee, and nonprofit leaders to articulate and frame overall structure, strategy, and goals for community leadership activities.
  • Engage in exploratory community conversations to build relationships, understand emerging community issues and opportunities, and identify appropriate engagement for the Community Foundation.
  • Maintain a knowledge base of current trends and activities within the community that relate to the Community Foundation’s interests, the nonprofit sector, and the community at-large.
  • Support community initiatives through engaging appropriate staff, participating in/facilitating community collaborative efforts, managing for impact, planning for sustainability, and/or other activities that may vary depending on the initiative.
  • Assess effectiveness of efforts and make alterations as needed.

Grantmaking

  • Oversee strategy and implementation of unrestricted grantmaking through working with the grants staff, the Community Impact Committee, and the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure that grant and scholarship policies and procedures comply with legal requirements and adhere to Community Foundation National Standards.
  • Support staff in enacting routine grantmaking and scholarship administration in a timely and accurate manner.

Nonprofit Capacity Building

  • Work with the internal nonprofit capacity team to strategize, develop, and maintain efforts to build nonprofit capacity.
  • Work with appropriate staff members to support and guide strategy and implementation of Nonprofit Network activities.

Learning

  • Support the Director of Learning in guiding the strategy and design of internal and external learning activities for the Community Foundation.

Connecting Donors to Mission

  • Collaborate with the Development Team to resource donors with information and support to understand critical community issues and effective strategies to achieve desired philanthropic intent.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Direct supervision of Director of Learning, Senior Program Officer, Grants and Programs Manager, Program Officers, and Content and Information Officer (Total of 5.5 FTE)

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work: 

  • Full-time, Monday – Friday
  • Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional travel for learning and field building experiences
  • Flexible work arrangements are offered 

Preferred Education and Experience: 

Bachelor’s degree and seven to ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector or closely related field is required, along with three or more years of management experience. Master’s degree preferred but not required; significant life and professional experience can substitute. Experience and/or academic background in philanthropy, public policy, social work, or other systems-level background strongly preferred.

Additional eligibility qualifications:

Experience leading collaborative efforts toward effective results is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to support Community Foundation racial equity work, strong relational skills, and extensive written and oral communication skills required.

To apply for the Vice President of Community Impact position, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to hiring@gcrcf.org.  Applications will begin to be reviewed on Monday, July 10, 2023. 

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