Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Director of Community Strategies is responsible for executing and providing leadership for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) comprehensive array of grantmaking programs. The array of grantmaking programs include responsive, community leadership, donor advised, and restricted grants.
The Director plays a key leadership role in executing GCF’s strategic plan and advancing the Foundation’s overall goals and objectives. The position is responsible for structuring, implementing and monitoring a highly effective grantmaking program and community problem solving strategy that advances GCF’s commitment to addressing equity issues in the community.
This position requires comprehensive understanding of change methodology, process improvement, resource management, forming collaborative relationships, nonprofit and community capacity building and short and long-term evaluation. Successful candidates will have proven financial acumen and be able to translate a vision for social change into a community investment framework.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead and execute on goals to advance GCF’s mission, and to improve the process and workflow by which grants are made, including how grants are sourced, the application process, due diligence review, approvals, grant agreement generation, payments, grant reporting, and grant closing.
- Coordinate with Finance team to build and maintain a robust and efficient discretionary grants budget that informs planning, strategy and funding decisions.
- Leverage the foundation’s knowledge of community needs/opportunities and strong nonprofit organizations across all GCF’s grantmaking programs. Ensure that GCF sustains a culture of learning, and position GCF as a leading information resource for donors and other funders.
- Ensure the Community Strategies team provides excellent customer service to program staff and grantees as they navigate the process.
- Identify opportunities to raise external funds to support GCF’s mission.
- Coordinate with Donor and Private Foundation Services and Marketing to maximize co-investment opportunities for donors
- Work with donors to help fulfill their philanthropic goals and informing them of GCF’s strategic priorities as appropriate.
- Develop reports capturing GCF’s impact including development of key sections of the annual report.
- Cultivate and maintain a thorough understanding of high priority community needs and opportunities.
- Manage direct reports, provide motivation, coaching, direction and accountability for assigned duties.
- Represent GCF as needed – e.g., attend events, annual meetings, and other opportunities – to increase GCF’s visibility within the nonprofit community.
Requirements and Qualifications
- At least 8 – 10 years’ experience of proven success in a leadership role; philanthropic, nonprofit or civic leadership preferred. Grantmaking experience strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of approaches to addressing complex social issues, including basic human needs, education, economic opportunity, leadership and equity.
- Demonstrated experience in evaluation of programs including return on investment
- Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong analytic, problem-solving, decision-making and diplomacy skills.
- Strong organizational skills, planning, analysis, financial management, project coordination, and staff supervision.
- Bachelor’s degree. A graduate degree or advanced degree desirable.
- Preferred experience in grant-writing and other forms of resource development.
To apply for this job please visit www.gcfdn.org.