Community Impact Manager

Utah, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 17, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Summary: The Community Impact Manager serves a vital role in fulfilling the Community Foundation of Utah’s mission by managing and developing our community impact portfolio including direct grantmaking, community initiatives and Field of Interest Funds. 


The Community Impact Manager fills a new, exciting and deeply critical role at the Community Foundation of Utah (CFU). As CFU continues to grow, the organization is entering a new phase of community impact through a three-pronged strategy of discretionary grantmaking, as well as amplified community initiatives and field of interest funds. CFU is searching for a candidate eager to dive into a growing organization and co-create and implement a grantmaking and community impact strategy for years to come. Candidates for the role must have a passion for philanthropy and a background in community development. Additionally, candidates should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, be detail-oriented and have experience collecting, analyzing, reporting and utilizing data in decision-making processes. Lastly, we are seeking candidates with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion and desire to integrate those values into philanthropy.  

CFU is a dynamic organization dedicated to catalyzing philanthropy in Utah by maximizing the potential of every philanthropic dollar. Over the past twelve years, CFU has deployed over $150 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, while spearheading a variety of community initiatives to address some of our state’s most pressing challenges. 

As a dynamic organization, every day brings new opportunities. We look for team members excited by the new and innovative. Our organizational culture embraces constant iteration and a desire for excellence. Things rarely stay static and we seek team members able to develop a strong cadence to execute in such environments. CFU seeks professionals who embrace full ownership of their roles and are inspired to work with an organization building a better future for Utah. 


What You Will Do


    In close collaboration with organizational leadership and the Philanthropy Committee, develop and manage an overarching strategy, operational model and narrative that holistically encapsulates CFU’s community impact. Specifically, develop and manage an impact model that aligns CFU’s discretionary grantmaking, community initiatives, and field of interest funds under common objectives tied to community needs  Develop specific discretionary grantmaking objectives and outcomes tied to clear, data-informed community needs, in collaboration with CFU team members and community stakeholders Manage data collection and analysis of community needs to inform CFU’s impact strategy  Develop and manage a grantmaking process that exemplifies philanthropic best-practices and is equitable and inclusive of diverse perspectives and needs  Manage the grantmaking process for all CFU-led grantmaking including solicitation, applicant review, selection, disbursement, reporting and evaluation 

Community Initiatives 

    Develop and lead strategic visioning for all CFU initiatives including the Social Investors Forum, Invest in Success, Utah Grantmakers Alliance, Giving Circles, Youth Athletic Grant and Family Philanthropy Roundtable Develop annual as well as long-term objectives and associated key performance indicators for all community initiatives, align these objectives to broader organizational outcomes and conduct regular progress assessments  Serve as the public face of these initiatives with the broader community and serve as an ambassador and champion of the work  Identify and recommend opportunities for new community initiatives and design initiative integration processes  Collaborate with the Community Engagement Manager to develop compelling narratives around CFU’s community initiative activities and identify fundraising opportunities  Oversee the grant writing and submission process for all grants supporting CFU’s community initiatives  Support the Philanthropic Associate with initiative logistics and administration as needed 


 Field of Interest Funds 

    Manage the grantmaking process for all Field of Interest Funds including solicitation, applicant review, selection, disbursement, reporting and evaluation  Develop a consistent, replicable operational model for all Field of Interest Funds  Develop issue area expertise related to active Field of Interest Funds and serve as CFU’s ambassador for these funds in the community Manage Field of Interest Fund committees, identify opportunities to add members and ensure committee expertise and connections are being fully utilized Collaborate with Field of Interest Fund committees to develop clear strategies and objectives for each fund that incorporate philanthropic best practices  Collaborate with the Community Engagement Manager to develop compelling narratives around Field of Interest Fund activities along with fundraising opportunities  Identify and recommend opportunities for new Field of Interest Funds, drive fundraising efforts and design initiative integration process  Support the Foundation Associate with Field of Interest Fund logistics and administration as needed 


Monitoring and Evaluation  


    Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation process for CFU grantmaking, community initiatives and field of interest funds Report findings to team members and board members to ensure key team members are informed on CFU’s community impact  Work closely with CFU leadership to develop and refine CFU’s Theory of Change and Logic Model  Collaborate with Community Engagement Manager to translate findings into external communications  Utilize evaluation processes to inform organizational strategy and process iteration 

Philanthropy Committee 

    Ensure the Committee is utilized effectively as a resource to inform and develop CFU grantmaking and initiatives  Develop meeting agendas, facilitate meetings and continually assess Committee composition to ensure the Committee can meet organizational needs 


Other Responsibilities

    Special projects as assigned


What Experience You Will Need 


    A minimum three years’ of manager-level experience in grantmaking, social investing, and/or community development roles  Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail Interest in, and some working knowledge of, contemporary topics, trends, and debates in the philanthropic sector, as well as prominent grantmaking philosophies  Ability to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and overall effectiveness of various grantmaking philosophies and approaches relative to a given project Working knowledge of organizational capacity building, the different types of organizational capacities, how they are interrelated, and how they impact overall effectiveness Experience facilitating collaborative projects across multiple organizations and an understanding of the key ingredients necessary for effective collaboration 
    Excellent research, writing, editing, and communication skills Outstanding interpersonal skills and a desire to connect with community members, staff, and CFU’s Board of Directors Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting methods A desire to learn and grow with a “can do” attitude and desire to broaden skill set and knowledge base Knowledge of all Microsoft programs and high level of digital literacy
    Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting Willingness to work some weekends   Knowledge of the local philanthropic landscape a plus Direct experience in foundation grantmaking strategy and implementation a plus 


Who You Are 

    Self driven team player who enjoys challenges and complexity Believes deeply in the potential of innovative philanthropy to transform communities  Eager to empathize with, and integrate, diverse perspectives as well as develop inclusive and equitable processes  Data-driven, employing an iterative process of outcomes-based planning, problem solving, and decision making Willing and able to amend, change or streamline processes based on new evidence and/or stakeholder resources and capacity Understand the value and impact of continuous learning and iteration  Unafraid of the unknown or unfamiliar  Comfortable with financial complexity and able to effectively apply financial information to grantmaking processes and other relevant tasks  A transparent communicator eager to both give and receive constructive feedback 


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