This work is guided by the Chief Impact & Strategy Officer together with the Impact Department to advance the Foundation’s four-county region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo) through its general grantmaking, programs, and Strategic Initiatives.
As a key member of the Impact team, the Director of Impact & Strategic Partnerships will serve as a dynamic, engaged contributor working to develop and implement new approaches to promote and lead the Foundation’s Expanding Philanthropy and Social Economy and Connecting the Regional Food Economy initiatives.
As either team lead or collaborating staff member, the Director will be responsible for the development and management of several primary impact areas: 1) Curating programmatic content and evaluating and administering a portfolio of grants for assigned SIs; 2) Engaging in the community by serving as a Foundation representative for grantee or other impact-related events or opportunities; 3) Working with Foundation fundholders, as necessary, to guide them in their grantmaking to impact areas; and 4) Other special program or administrative duties as needed. Capacity-building is a core issue that supports all of the Foundation’s SIs.
Embracing an entrepreneurial spirit and approach, the Director of Impact & Strategic Partnerships will lead the Foundation’s efforts to build the capacity of the capital region’s social sector by cultivating knowledge of trends in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and developments in the SIs and incorporating this knowledge within and outside the Foundation. The Director will help build and strengthen capacity building metrics and serve as a thought partner to grantees and community partners, with an eye toward helping create a pathway for the Foundation to make impactful and strategic grants, emphasizing the importance of unrestricted funding.
The ideal candidate has a record of strong community engagement, grounded in equity and inclusion, and focused on how diverse perspectives and opportunities for participation from all communities—especially those disproportionately underrepresented—lead to improved outcomes. Familiarity with philanthropic approaches, requirements and processes, nonprofits and/or grantmaking experience is required. The successful candidate has a demonstrated capacity to think strategically, take initiative, and execute strategies, as well as the ability to define program objectives, evaluate progress, and manage budgets and complex projects in a deadline-driven and high-achieving environment.