Community Leadership Officer - Economic Mobility, Central Indiana Community Foundation

The Organization

As the steward of over $925 million in charitable assets, we connect donors with causes they care about, serving as a catalyst for community change. We also make smart, strategic investments in Central Indiana by granting funds to the area’s most effective not-for-profits. Additionally, we provide leadership by convening strategic partners and investing in important causes and initiatives in both Marion and Hamilton counties in Indiana.

Our mission is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.

This commitment to equity not only drives our work in the community but is also at the core of our workplace culture. We are committed to learning more about the history of systemic racism and identifying ways in which we can dismantle any system designed to hold people back—in both our work and our personal lives.

Position Overview

SCOPE OF POSITION: This community leadership officer will lead critical pieces of CICF’s work around economic mobility, including engaging “opportunity youth” between the ages of 16-24 in programs that promote education or career pathways; and championing policies that support economic justice, with a focus on disparate outcomes for Black and Brown people. A successful candidate will manage a grants portfolio, including workforce development, opportunity youth and other issue areas, serving as a liaison between not-for-profits, the community, and CICF’s respective boards, advising on grantmaking processes and community issues and providing guidance to organizations applying for grants. Additionally, this officer will work closely with donor engagement officers to provide support, identify alignment, and produce co-investment opportunities for fundholders. Lastly, this officer will the department’s representative to the IMPACT Central Indiana team that uses social impact investing to make change in our community. A successful candidate will represent the Foundation and its values, maintaining high standards of ethics and confidentiality, and adhering to CICF’s commitment to opportunity, equity, and inclusion.

JOB FUNCTIONS: The following functions have been determined by the Foundation to be essential to the successful performance of this position:

  1. Facilitates strategic goals in economic mobility. This includes developing authentic relationships with activists, funders and community members around the work; convening stakeholders; forming strategic partnerships and making recommendations for proactive investment in systemic change; and continuing to grow in knowledge of equity, including anti-racism, and its intersection with economic systems.
  2. Serves as a public liaison for CICF. This includes: meeting with not-for-profit organizations to assess efficacy and effectiveness; educating not-for-profit organizations about CICF’s mission related to opportunity, equity, and inclusion, and on competitive funding opportunities; maintaining contact with government, corporate, and philanthropic funders in pertinent program areas; representing the foundation at community functions; and making public presentations on the role of community foundations, the basics of grant seeking, and engaging in philanthropy.
  3. Provides assessment, guidance, and assistance to not-for-profit organizations and the community in meeting the foundation’s grantmaking guidelines; assessing not-for-profit organizations governance, leadership, financial and programmatic efficacy and effectiveness, and collaboration/coordination with partners; assessing eligibility and appropriateness of proposals relative to foundation priorities; review proposals and provide feedback to applicants.
  4. Prepares applicant evaluation summaries and makes recommendations for the consideration of the appropriate governing authority in the grant approval process. Ensures recipients of grants adequately reflect the foundation’s mission and community leadership priorities. Monitors and evaluates the performance of grantees by conducting site visits; reviewing grant reports and using lessons-learned from past grants to influence future grantmaking and recording quantitative and qualitative information in the foundation database to inform future grantmaking.
  5. Conducts research and analysis for determining broader trends and needs in support of the foundation’s grantmaking and community initiatives, including: identifying new programs for meeting community funding needs; determining needs for furthering specific funding goals; researching, and when appropriate, acting on national funding opportunities; and developing additional funds.
  6. Serves as a community knowledge resource for fund advisors and work alongside effective philanthropy officers to cultivate donor co-investment in CICF’s community leadership priorities.
  7. Act as community leadership liaison to IMPACT Central Indiana projects, attending community meetings on behalf of IMPACT, providing research & data when needed, providing collaborations between grant opportunities and impact investments.
  8. All other duties as assigned.

Will consider candidates willing to relocate to Central Indiana.

How To Apply

Apply through the CICF Website. Jobs remain open until filled.

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