Director, National Community Strategies

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Posted: 2/13/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Other

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Baltimore

Postal code: 21201

State: Maryland

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

As a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country, we make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The director of National Community Strategies is a member of the Foundation’s Committee of Managers and its Center for Civic Sites and Community Change management team. This position leads Casey’s community change initiatives in locations beyond its Baltimore and Atlanta civic sites and is responsible for supervising a team that works with local partners to ensure that all youth and families, particularly those of color, have what they need to thrive, including safe communities, affordable housing and access to resources that promote young peoples’ well-being and positive development.

This is a unique position that involves strategic action within local communities and across the Foundation. The role requires expertise in ensuring that philanthropic resources are well-allocated and well-managed; experience with public systems and government funding streams; knowledge of methods of authentic community and youth engagement; and a commitment to improving the lives of children and families. Working for a national foundation that serves as a partner and strategic co-investor, this position also requires thoughtful, close engagement with local communities while not prescribing their overall direction.

This position leads the work of a team of professionals on key priorities of the Foundation, including:

◼ Housing and Community Development: Launched in 2020, this strategy supports national and local partnerships to improve housing security and stability for low-income children and youth, young adults, and families, especially those of color, investing in research, policy advocacy, community and youth organizing, and collaborative partnerships.
◼ Community Safety: This strategy empowers communities to promote safety through community-based public health approaches to violence prevention, trauma and healing in neighborhoods. It involves investing in capacity building for communities and public agencies; education and advocacy; and research and evidence-building in order to influence policy and systems. Through the Foundation’s Community Violence Intervention Partnership, this role partners with local communities 
to implement proven interventions that advance a public health approach to reducing violence and conflict in neighborhoods and decreasing overreliance on law enforcement and criminalization
◼ Community Leadership and Engagement: This strategy provides communities with tools, resources and support to lead change and access equitable opportunities for youth and their families. The primary tactics of this strategy include advancing the Evidence2Success framework and tools as well as supporting youth engagement and leadership in National Community Strategies communities and nationally. Evidence2Success engages communities to identify priority needs and partner with public systems leaders to identify cost savings and revenue sources to support and sustain solutions that meet those needs. This work is designed to increase access to high quality, evidence-based youth programs; community residents’ knowledge about public investments for children and youth in their community; ,and the share of public investments dedicated to prevention, as well as to build the pipeline of youth leading community change.
◼ National Field Building: , These efforts seek to make measurable and sustainable improvements for children and their families while also pioneering new ways for national philanthropy to partner with community-led initiatives. The director leads efforts to build evidence on the most effective ways to improve outcomes for children and families in communities and sustain locally led efforts. The director strives to identify promising practices, created through local partnerships, that can be scaled nationally and integrated into the Foundation’s community change efforts


◼ Master’s degree in social science or related fields preferred; or the equivalent combination of education and experience
◼ 10 or more years of professional experience, with increasing responsibilites, in public system change and reform, community and economic development, community organizing or advocacy, project development, and social services and results-based leadership
◼ A commitment to child and family well-being as a critical element of community development is essential
◼ Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, building collaborative relationships, engaging internal and external stakeholders, and developing strategies is required
◼ Experience with federal, state and local funding streams and budgeting processes, with a preference for experience in education and workforce development systems
◼ Experience in leading successful public system change or reform, with preference for change or reform efforts that involved multiple public systems
◼ Demonstrated track record for engaging a diverse range of staff and stakeholders, building trust and creating shared goals and priorities
◼ Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with elected officials, public and private economic development groups, policymakers, community representatives, and philanthropic peers
◼ Experience with implementing evidence-based practices or programs in public systems


A strong benefits package will be provided.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

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