Director, Impact & Strategic Partnerships

Date Posted: 
Wed, February 12, 2020
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Sacramento, CA
Company Name: 
Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Company Information: 

The mission of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (Foundation) is to transform our community
through focused leadership and advocacy that inspire partnerships and expand giving. As the trusted steward of
charitable assets, a community catalyst for meaningful change, and the advocate for shaping vital impact
through philanthropy, we provide leadership and work with others to produce a thriving community exemplified
by opportunities for all to:

• Reside and work in a vibrant economy
• Benefit from a strong nonprofit sector
• Flourish through the strength of our diversity
• Live with a sense of dignity and self-worth

In 2015, the Foundation launched four Strategic Initiatives (SIs), and since then its Impact Department has seen
fast growth in its strategic community engagement efforts, leveraging other impact and philanthropic
opportunities for the Foundation.

The four SIs are: 1) Expanding Philanthropy in the Social Economy; 2)
Connecting the Regional Food Economy; 3) Preparing Students to Succeed in the New Economy and 4)
Transforming the Creative Economy. In partnership with the Foundation’s many donors, grantees, community
partners, and Foundation board and staff, the Impact team ensures that the Foundation’s overall impact area
goals and objectives are achieved according to national compliance standards.

Job Description: 

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;
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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiative Leadership and Strategy Development
• Oversight of the Connecting the Regional Food Economy, and Expanding Philanthropy and Social
Economy SIs, including Big Day of Giving, the Foundation’s largest philanthropic community
engagement program
o Supervising, coordinating, and working collaboratively with key internal staff and external
partners responsible for implementation activities
o Ensuring all processes and communication with stakeholders, nonprofits, and other partners are
smooth, effective, and efficient
o Representing the Foundation as the team lead of the Expanding Philanthropy and Social
Economy and Connecting the Regional Food Economy Initiatives
o Lead grant-writing and proposal development efforts, as assigned, to support assigned SI’s
• Curating and managing capacity building programming for grantees as part of the Expanding
Philanthropy and Social Economy Initiative:
o Developing grants processes and serve as a coach and mentor for grantee organizations
o Working closely with grantee leadership, including EDs, board, key program staff, financial staff
and/or other volunteers to assess grantee needs and issues
o Managing a multi-year budget, including tracking and reporting
o Advancing knowledge through offering/developing learning labs, convenings, and other
collaborative tools
o Forging new partnerships with other key stakeholders, which may include other grantees,
nonprofits, businesses, consultants, donors, civic leaders, and other foundations
o Designing strategies and evaluative frameworks for grantmaking programs, including marketing
and outreach
o Partnering on fundraising efforts and stewardship of funders, including donor cultivation,
production of written reports, and championing philanthropy in the community
• Participating in strategic and programmatic development for the Connecting the Regional Food
Economy Initiative, which may include any of the following:
o Developing strategies and solutions to support key regional partners – including local farmers,
distributors, and sellers in food and agriculture food system development
o Facilitating meetings and leading engagement activities and a network of organizations and
individuals focused on environment/food & agriculture nexus
o Performing ongoing assessment and policy research (e.g. regulatory environment, marketplace
developments) related to food, agriculture, environment and public health issues
o Acting as team lead on special assignments that augment the SI

Partnerships and Community
• Representing the Foundation at meetings, conferences, and site visits to gather information and establish
relationships with potential partners, networks, or funding sources
• Engaging with people and communities of other cultures, ages, and economic circumstances with the goal
of bridging diverse perspectives to raise the level of philanthropy and giving to the community
• Seeking out and articulating opportunities for more effective community problem-solving; identifying
community needs, and other areas needing attention or investment
• Encouraging partnerships and collaborations among grantees and other key stakeholders to increase more
effective responses to community issues

Knowledge Management:
• Having a passion for the Foundation’s mission and a commitment to advancing its goals
• Participating regularly as a key staff member in Foundation board, staff and team meetings, and in other
Foundation activities and events
• Possessing strong conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills, with the ability to advance
philanthropy in relation to donor and community engagement and its impact on program development and

Team Management:
• Providing supervision for all assigned projects, including preparation, monitoring, and evaluation of
administration, budgets, and financial reports
• Coordinating and managing multi-team projects, within and outside the Foundation
• Supervising Program Managers’ on assigned SIs and supporting their professional development through
coaching and mentoring
• Partnering with and assisting the Chief Impact & Strategy Officer, and serving as a back up to this role on
a variety of assignments
• Completing special projects, as assigned


• Master’s degree desired, but Bachelor’s degree with significant and relevant work experience may
• Five or more years’ work experience in a foundation or similar setting and/or familiarity with
philanthropy and nonprofit sector is required
• Demonstrates ability to be exceedingly well-organized and flexible, a self-starter and work independently
and within a team, with the proven ability to multi-task, set work priorities, track projects and meet
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and experience with data sets
• Possesses strong interpersonal skills including excellent listening, public speaking, oral/written
• Demonstrates robust ability to problem-solve using analytical and reasoning skills to maintain, identify,
and make recommendations to improve operational systems
• Ability and willingness to travel and work early morning, evenings or weekends as needed
• Able to bend, lift and move up to 25 pounds

How to apply: 

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Position will be open until
filled. Interested applicants are requested to submit cover letter and resume to: