Winston-Salem, NC

Director Of Strategy & Learning, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is a statewide, private, family foundation, based in Winston-Salem, NC. For more than 85 years, ZSR has strived to support the efforts of North Carolinians to make our state a better place for everyone through investments totaling over $667 million. Our All for NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning includes three strategies: a State-Level Systemic Change Strategy; a Community-Based Strategy; and an Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy. It also includes commitments to using a racial equity lens, to being a learning organization, and to participating in the life of the Foundation’s home community of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

Our mission:

To improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

Our core values:

  • Stewardship
  • Integrity
  • Fairness and Justice
  • Dignity and Equity
  • Civic Participation
  • Excellence
  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Strategy and Learning oversees the management of the two primary grantmaking strategies of the Foundation’s All for NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning, including a State-Level Systemic Change Strategy (SLSC) and a Community-Based Strategy (CBS). The position also co-leads ZSR’s efforts to operationalize its racial equity lens. This position is a new position that will be part of a five-person executive team.

This position supervises a team of seven Program Officers, including day-to-day management, support and annual reviews. The position provides project management support and oversight of grant application review processes with an eye towards how the strategies may intersect. In addition, this position creates and manages intentional spaces for program staff to strategize and learn together, and to use lessons learned to make improvements.

Along with the Director of Convening and Capacity Building, the Director of Strategy and Learning will co-lead ZSR’s efforts to operationalize its commitment to racial equity. This includes serving as a primary liaison to the Foundation’s racial equity consultant and working with staff and Trustees to deepen knowledge and improve practices, policies, and procedures related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

This position is not designed to manage a grant portfolio but, rather, to support Program Officers as they manage the grant portfolios.

The position requires the development of a thorough understanding of the Foundation and its priorities, operations, structure and culture. Management experience, initiative, expertise in philanthropy and grantmaking, sound judgment, expertise in using a racial equity lens, and knowledge of both state- and community-level issues impacting North Carolina are vital to this role. The position is full-time and is based in Winston-Salem, NC.

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