The Black Future Co-op Fund (BFCF) is Washington State’s first cooperative philanthropic fund created by and for Black Washingtonians to ignite Black wealth, health, and well-being over generations. Inspired by the uprising for racial justice, four Black women who are social change leaders came together to launch the Black Future Co-op Fund in June 2020. By centering Blackness, following the lead of Black people, building trust with Black communities, and intentionally valuing Black life, the Fund is shifting the philanthropic paradigm.
The Director of Partner Engagement & Investment is an executive leadership team position that reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The Director’s primary responsibility is developing relationships and raising funds from organizations and individuals to further the mission and resource the organization. The Fund has an inaugural target of $25M of which $12.9M has already been committed and longer-term aspirations of establishing an endowment of $246M, that is $1M for every year of institutional slavery in the United States. Working closely with the Fund architects and staff, this position is responsible for leading, managing, and achieving revenue goals to support the organization’s priorities and primary areas of impact. This includes raising the balance of $12.3M and developing a long-term approach for an endowment.
The ideal candidate is someone with a proven track record for building relationships and raising funds. The candidate will represent a professional style that is rooted in understanding systemic racism at institutional and community levels and a demonstrated commitment to the Black community, racial and economic justice, and transforming the philanthropic sector. The candidate will represent a personal style that is noted for partnership and collegial relationships and a genuine comfort working with a range of individuals and organizations, from the community to the board room. Successful candidates will exude clarity, confidence, and be grounded in the mission and vision of the Fund.
How To Apply
The position requires a minimum 7 years of work experience, including 5 years of fundraising experience and 2 years of supervisory experience.
Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated equivalent work or learning experience desired.
The salary will be commensurate with experience up to $150,000 annually.
Essential to the mission and work of the Black Future Co-op Fund is cultivating a team who embodies the diverse experiences of Washington’s communities. We encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; people with disabilities; LGBTQIA+ and gender non- conforming persons; people living on low incomes; and people who hold several of these identities.
The position will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by January 28, 2022. A complete brochure is available at www.byersgroupca.com. To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please electronically submit your resume, letter of interest to The Byers Group at: BFCF.Team@byersgroupca.com. The letter of interest should outline why you are interested in joining the Black Future Co-op Fund and your relevant fundraising accomplishments.