Vice President, Impact Investing

Gary Community Investment Company/The Piton Foundation

Posted: 2/25/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Denver

Postal code: 80202

State: Colorado

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

Gary Community Investments, which includes the Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado's low-income children and their families.

Position Details:

Job Description:


For more than 40 years, Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation (collectively, "GCI") have been committed to improving the lives of Colorado's low-income children and their families by increasing access to quality early childhood education and youth development opportunities while fostering family economic stability and community economic development. Their multi-pronged approach focuses on investing in nonprofit and for-profit transformative solutions at the program, policy and systems levels while also overseeing a suite of in-house programs -- Shift Research Lab, Get Ahead Colorado, Tax Help Colorado, and Futurebound -- focused on supporting local families and children.

With former State Senator Michael Johnston at the helm as newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, GCI has entered an exciting time of growth and change as they work to have transformative impact on the lives of low income Coloradans and build a new national model for social change.

Learn more about The Piton Foundation and Gary Community Investments at:


Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer and serving as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President, Impact Investing will develop and manage the overall impact investing efforts for this dynamic, multi-faceted organization as it embarks on its next chapter.

The VP, Impact Investing will lead the charge both internally and externally in establishing and implementing a clear and cohesive impact investing strategy, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of deal opportunities seen and investments made into for-profit companies to maximize impact in fulfillment of GCI's mission. In addition, the VP Impact Investing will directly supervise and lead four in-house programs to help them scale their impact and develop sustainable and independent business plans.

This is an exciting opportunity for an impact-oriented leader to shape and execute the investment strategy for an evolving, mission-driven organization that believes business and philanthropy can, and should, work together to create opportunities for Colorado's low-income children and families.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Team Leadership

  • Serve as a key leader in advancing the vision and mission of GCI as a member of the Senior Leadership Team; steward GCI's theory of change
  • Lead and manage the GCI impact investment team and GCI's four operating programs, currently comprised of five direct reports and nine indirect reports
  • Work closely with the Vice President, Philanthropy to ensure strategic and optimal use of funds to realize GCI's community objectives; foster collaboration between the impact investment and philanthropic teams to identify, improve and structure both for-profit and nonprofit investment opportunities
  • Coordinate with other departments including communications, finance, legal and administration, to optimize organizational activities and outcomes

Portfolio Company Management

  • Oversee and grow the capacity of GCI's four current portfolio programs-- Shift Research Lab, Get Ahead Colorado, Tax Help Colorado, and Futurebound -- to make lasting impact and, ultimately, to achieve financial sustainability and independence
  • Develop and build the portfolio of other program investments, and supervise the day-to-day operations of the portfolio organizations, as needed
  • Work closely with GCI staff to ensure and maximize mission-alignment of investments and grants across the portfolio

Fund Management

  • Visualize and develop GCI's Impact Investing Fund in accordance with GCI's mandate to provide investments and grants to organizations with the potential to transform and empower Colorado's low-income children and families
  • Refine, implement and manage the impact investing strategy that supports steady progress toward achievement of GCI's goals and objectives, working in collaboration with the Vice President, Philanthropy, the GCI Investment Committee, the GCI Senior Leadership Team, and other members of the GCI staff
  • Identify, research, and pursue new strategies and innovative investment models; conduct due diligence on proposed partners and projects, and negotiate the terms of program investments and grants
  • Review quarterly and annual financial and impact reports with senior leaders and the board for accuracy and clarity
  • Ensure that all Fund activities are properly evaluated, and establish metrics to evaluate the impact of the investments and grants on Colorado's low-income children and families
  • Update the GCI Investment Committee and Board on the activities of the Fund on a quarterly and annual basis
  • Develop, continuously improve, and execute investment and grant-making policies
  • As a member of GCI's Investment Committee, help supervise GCI's outside investment advisor, CapRock, to manage the organization's corpus investments

Partnership Development & Thought Leadership

  • Prospect for new investment opportunities through GCI's programmatic partners and networks; cultivate new prospective programmatic partners and networks throughout Colorado and beyond
  • Build and nurture strategic relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; provide thought partnership more broadly across the sector
  • Regularly reflect, through articles, blogs, meetings, speaking engagements and social media, on learnings gained from the portfolio, including but not limited to, lessons learned about what's working, barriers to success, and the continuous evolution of investment and grant-making activities
  • Attend relevant conferences and other convenings to educate and develop relationships to explore strategies to transform and empower Colorado's low-income children and families
  • Establish GCI as a leader in the field by initiating and managing relationships with entrepreneurs, other impact investors, community organizations, policy makers, advocates and other stakeholders; provide strategic analysis and background for the development and implementation of GCI's policy agenda
  • Monitor the progress of strategies and initiatives (both financially and from a measurable impact perspective) and recommend adjustments to strategic priorities and positions on important policy issues as necessary
  • Serve on nonprofit boards and committees as requested


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit and/or impact investing sector, either as a senior staff member or involved board member; demonstrable expertise in the impact investing process and structuring investments across the range of capital
  • Record of leadership, planning and management success, especially in building enterprises to greater levels of achievement, impact and effectiveness
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills; superb analytical and critical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strategy, develop work plans, multitask and deliver quality work on time and within budgetary guidelines
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated experience working across a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills; track record of taking initiative and being productive in a team environment
  • Thorough understanding of legislative process and ability to read and understand legislative/administrative materials, such as bills, statutes and regulations; ability to use data in shaping policy messages
  • Palpable motivation and commitment to the mission of GCI; familiarity with Colorado, particularly the seven county Metro Denver area, and the philanthropic and impact investing communities, strongly preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field required, graduate degree preferred


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience 


Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:


Gary Community Investment Company & The Piton Foundation are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose. We're partnering with the team at Gary Community Investment Company & The Piton Foundation to build a diverse team that will help improve the lives of Colorado's low-income children and their families. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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