New York

Philanthropy Consultant, TCC Group

The Organization
TCC Group is a mission-driven strategy consulting firm committed to helping diverse social actors strengthen and scale their work.  We are committed to addressing complex social problems by heightening our clients’ understanding of their collaborative role in society. A Certified B Corporation founded in 1980, we partner with foundations, nonprofits, and corporate responsibility programs of all shapes and sizes. We provide an array of services that span strategic planning and program development, foundation and grants management, landscape research and organizational assessment, evaluation and organizational learning, and capacity building.

TCC Group’s staff of 30 professionals are incisive strategists, critical thinkers, and facilitative leaders.  We typically work in teams of consultants that are assembled to reflect our client’s consulting needs and our staff’s areas of expertise.  Our consultants bring years of practical experience and leadership with foundations and nonprofit organizations; most typically have at least a Master’s degree as well.

We work with organizations of various life cycle stages, across a broad range of issues, including youth and education, civic capacity, policy and advocacy, environment, health and human services, arts and culture, immigration reform, criminal justice, gender, and human rights.  As strategy consultants, our fundamental role is to guide clients in doing more impactful work by helping them make informed decisions and manage their work effectively and efficiently in order to support lasting change. Our work typically engages our foundation clients as active participants and collaborators.

Position Overview
TCC is currently seeking an exceptional and versatile full-time Consultant to join the firm’s Philanthropy Team.  The title for the position will be determined by the selected person’s qualifications and experience.  This consultant will manage and/or lead projects in strategic planning, grantmaking strategy development, foundation learning and capacity building, and grants management.  Exceptional writing skills are a must, as is the acumen to analyze complex organizational and social problems and present information in a way that facilitates executive-level decision-making. We are looking for someone who is self-directed but also works well in team settings with diverse staff and institutional partners; who can juggle work on multiple projects simultaneously; and who is stimulated by working within a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

We work with a broad range of philanthropic entities, including private, family, and community foundations, helping them address fundamental questions about their mission, vision, impact, programs and operations.  Ultimately, our goal is to help our clients determine how they can best use their resources to address increasingly complex social problems and make lasting change.  The successful candidate will be highly knowledgeable about philanthropy; conversant with the full range of strategies funders may use to advance their agenda and social change; and passionate about maximizing sustained social impact. This is client-centered work, so a demonstrated track record of successful relationship management is essential.


Contributing to client engagements under supervision of the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, including:

Strategy and Governance Advising:

  • Assessing organizational and/or portfolio strengths and challenges
  • Surveying the landscape or “ecosystem” in which foundation clients conduct their work to identify targets of opportunity
  • Developing effective grantmaking approaches and complementary resource investments
  • Assessing the institutional capacity of foundation clients and guiding their approach to improve and strengthen institutional systems and governance Data Collection and Analysis
  • Conducting and analyzing interviews
  • Reviewing and summarizing secondary data, including research reports and client background materials· Analyzing quantitative data
  • Leading and actively participating in team meetings to discuss and develop findings and recommendations
  • Developing written reports and presentations summarizing analysis and recommendations

Facilitation and Presentation:

  • Planning and facilitating meetings with boards, staff members and other stakeholders
  • Developing meeting agendas and meeting reports
  • Preparing and making presentations to clients

Grant Strategy Advising:

  • Reviewing and summarizing grant proposals and grant reports on behalf of clients
  • Arranging and participating in site visits and drafting site visit reports
  • Helping to design grant processes

Project Management

  • Providing day-to-day project management
  • Developing and monitoring project work plans and budgets
  • Supervising the project work of analysts, administrative assistants, and affiliates Client Relations
  • Building client relations, including email and telephone communication, and in-person meetings

Supporting TCC Group’s Contribution to the Philanthropic Sector:

  • Working on teams in the development and implementation of strategies to attract new mission-driven work to TCC
  • Researching, identifying prospective foundation clients, and following up on leads
  • Helping teams prepare for and participating in meetings with prospective clients
  • Drafting proposals, including proposed budgets and workplans
  • Representing TCC Group at funder conferences and meetings
  • Writing, through social media and other outlets, on issues and events in the firm’s service areas

Desired Skills/Background Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in a relevant field strongly preferred.


  • A minimum of five to ten years (depending on position rank) of relevant work experience in the philanthropy sector.
  • Previous experience with consulting and/or project management required.
  • At least two years of grantmaking or grants management experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in diverse communities and across social, economic and cultural differences strongly preferred.
  • Supervisory experience desirable (essential for Senior Consultant position).


  • Leading and actively participating in team meetings to discuss and develop findings and recommendations
  • Exceptional writing skills: Consultants must have the ability to present complex concepts, findings and recommendations in succinct, salient and readable reports and memos.
  • Exceptional analytical skills: Ability to tackle large and complex problems in topic areas of interest to our clients by parsing out issues, weighing pros and cons and developing recommendations
  • Strong oral communication and presentation skills: Ability to facilitate meetings, present reports and think on your feet in meetings
  • Strong client relations skills: Ability to pick up on different organizational cultures and work with a wide range of different types of foundation leadership, including boards
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Ability to work well both as a member of a team and independently
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-starter: Ability to manage and prioritize work in a fast-paced environment, delegate work efficiently, and take direction from multiple project managers
  • Strong capacity to be self-reflective, commitment to personal and professional growth; Intellectual curiosity, creativity, strong desire and capacity for diversity in professional challenges
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Internet search engines and databases. Familiarity with SurveyMonkey and SPSS preferred.
  • Sense of humor and commitment to ensuring a congenial, collaborative, and respectful work place
How To Apply
Salary commensurates with experience; competitive benefits package.

Please submit a resume and a cover letter with a writing sample (no more than 5 pages – can be excerpted) for the “Philanthropy Consultant” position at

No telephone calls, please.  TCC Group is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe that diversity makes us stronger. To do our jobs well, and generally be good actors in a diverse social sector, we believe that it is imperative that we embrace diversity in many different forms—including racial and ethnic diversity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.  We strive to understand and appreciate the different experiences and perspectives others bring to the table, and value the importance of diversity in strengthening our work and the field.

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