Vice President of Strategic Investments
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Organization

Baltimore Community Foundation is a philanthropic foundation created by and for the people of Greater Baltimore, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations. Our mission is to inspire donors to achieve their charitable goals from generation to generation and to improve the quality of life in the Baltimore region through grantmaking, enlightened civic leadership, and strategic investments. BCF’s vision is of a Baltimore that boasts a growing economy where all have the opportunity to thrive. Our action agenda organizes grants, initiatives, and advocacy around this vision. The values that guide our work are trustworthiness, inclusion, and entrepreneurialism.

With assets over $170 million comprised of over 800 charitable funds, BCF has granted over $392 million since its inception in 1972 and is one of the Baltimore region’s top grantmaking foundations. BCF makes charitable contributions to support a wide range of issues affecting the Baltimore region, currently with a focus on investments in two interest areas: Neighborhoods and Education. BCF is the fiscal sponsor for three major program initiatives and is affiliated with four supporting organizations. BCF undergoes a vigorous accreditation every five years and is certified under the Council on Foundation’s National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

BCF operates from the knowledge that profound disparities in opportunity exist between people of color and their white counterparts, and we acknowledge the historic and ongoing role that structural racism plays in creating and perpetuating those disparities. That is why we are committed to reducing racial disparities, identifying and combating structural racism, and fostering more equity and inclusion through our grantmaking, initiatives, and advocacy.

Position

The President & CEO is looking for a mission-focused, veteran, strategic, and process-minded leader with significant and effective experience working in non-profits, corporations and/or public affairs, leading an executive management team, and developing a collaborative and performance oriented culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The VP must be a leader who is able to help others at BCF deliver measurable, effective results that make the vision a reality. More importantly, the successful VP will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to the table.  It is essential that the VP manage efficient and effective systems and processes to increase productivity and impact while supporting an organization that reflects the diversity and creativity that drive the BCF mission.  The VP of Strategic Investments reports to the President & CEO.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the Department of Community Investments to effectively administer BCF’s discretionary and family foundation grantmaking, including developing the application process, making recommendations, reviewing progress reports, conducting site visits, and assessing programmatic outcomes;
  • Oversee the Department of Communications to effectively develop and execute a strategic communications plan;  
  • Work with the team to develop and implement the Foundation’s community engagement strategy, specifically as it relates to the Foundation’s programmatic investments and its commitment to the race, equity and inclusion;
  • In collaboration with the CEO, manage and implement the Foundation’s public policy advocacy agenda;
  • Maintain a knowledge base of current trends and best practices within the community that relate to the Foundation’s interests and strategies, the public and nonprofit sectors, and the community-at-large;
  • Work collaboratively with BCF’s CEO and Leadership team, trustees and volunteers to raise funds for programmatic grantmaking and for a permanent civic endowment;
  • Work collaboratively with Development and Donor Services to maintain relationships with current and prospective donors and facilitate opportunities for donors to fulfill their philanthropic interests to support critical community needs;
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team;
  • Implement strategies and measure the impact of BCF’s strategic grantmaking, impact investing and public advocacy;
  • Oversee the general administrative needs of Community Investment and Communications;
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the President/CEO.

 Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree or similar advanced degree highly desired;
  • At least 5 years successful, high-level nonprofit management experience;
  • Knowledge of Baltimore civic, community and regional issues and an understanding of non-profit management;
  • Professional experience and effectiveness in the areas of education, community development/neighborhoods, race and inclusion, public policy advocacy, data analysis, and/or communications and outreach;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies, e.g. community and nonprofit leaders, donors, trustees, volunteers and elected and other public officials;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the foundation’s mission.
  • Results-proven track record of exceeding goals through complex systems and experience with operations and fiscal management;
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, engagement, experience, and judgment;
  • The ability to balance the delivery of goals against the realities of resource constraints and parameters;
  • Aptitude for problem-solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness;
  • High level of business acumen including successful change management and strategic communications;
  • Strategy and Attention to Detail—ability to think strategically, align and assess tactics, anticipate future consequences and trends;
  • Capacity Building—ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly;
  • Leadership and Organization—exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team to place people in a position to succeed;
  • Action Oriented—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary;
  • General Management—a thorough understanding of strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing;

To Apply

The Baltimore Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search. We strive to be trustworthy, inclusive and entrepreneurial in all we do.

We offer a competitive compensation package including benefits such as health, vision and dental insurance, retirement contribution and match, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, disability insurance, charitable match, flexible spending account, employee assistance program and more.

Direct calls and/or unsolicited third-party endorsements are strongly discouraged. No professional recruiters, please.

 

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