Job Title: Vice President of Community
Reports To: President and CEO
Department: Community Impact (formerly known as
Average Hours Per Week: 40
FLSA Status: Exempt
Rose Community Foundation is seeking an experienced, innovative
and collaborative individual to lead our community impact team
(formerly known as the programs team) at a pivotal and exciting
moment of organizational evolution.
ABOUT ROSE COMMUNITY
Rose Community Foundation strives to advance
inclusive, engaged and equitable Greater Denver
communities through values-driven philanthropy. The Foundation
envisions a thriving region strengthened by its diversity and
generosity, and it utilizes the varied tools at its disposal –
grantmaking, advocacy and philanthropic services – to advance this
Since its founding in 1995, Rose Community Foundation has
granted more than $336 million to nearly 2,000 nonprofit
organizations and initiatives in the seven-county Greater Denver
area. The Foundation has $365 million in total assets under
management, with annual grantmaking and distributions of nearly $20
million – roughly $10 million of which are the Foundation’s annual
discretionary grantmaking dollars. The Vice President of
Community Impact leads the community impact team, which
focuses on strategic deployment of those $10 million in
discretionary grantmaking dollars as well as the other tools and
mechanisms at our disposal to help drive strategic
The Vice President of Community Impact will work closely with
the community impact team, data/grant operations team, President
and CEO, and other members of the leadership team, to develop and
implement integrated grantmaking and community impact strategies
that – per our
2020 strategic plan – advance equity and justice, inclusion and
engagement, and grow resources devoted to mission-aligned regional
good. In pursuit of these goals, we remain committed to funding
across a broad and holistic range of issues and opportunities
facing the Greater Denver region (i.e., civic participation, ECE-20
education, economic opportunity, environment, health, housing,
immigration, transportation, arts and culture, etc.) while also
maintaining our specific commitment to funding in our local Jewish
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND
The ideal candidate will have a passion for mission-oriented
community work, a growth mindset and a love of learning.
Open-minded, innovative, collaborative, entrepreneurial and willing
to take risks, the Vice President of Community Impact must be an
advocate, strategist and an executor – able to translate vision
into implementation, solve problems, effectively lead a team,
balance competing priorities, and be flexible and comfortable with
the uncertainty and opportunity that is inherent in organizational
evolution. A relationship builder at heart, self-awareness,
empathy, humility, humor and strong interpersonal skills are key.
The Vice President of Community Impact will value consensus while
still being a decisive leader – capable of giving, receiving and
utilizing feedback from internal and external sources. Both a
leader and an active, hands-on team member, a successful candidate
will embrace an organizational culture in which all team members –
including leadership – are execution-focused. Additionally, the
ideal candidate will find personal alignment with the Foundation’s
values and culture, ensuring that they and the community impact
team contribute to a positive work environment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The ideal candidate will be a thinker, planner and a
doer. The primary responsibilities of this role focus in the
following three areas: team management and leadership, community
relationships and learning and evaluation.
Team Management and Leadership
- Lead inclusive, collaborative and efficient internal processes
around operationalization and implementation of our new strategic
plan, including new approaches to grantmaking, process/systems
improvement, and partnering with the Foundation’s Director of Data
and Operations on usage of data, metrics and evaluation.
- Manage, coach, mentor and inspire a high-performing team
through a period of change as we develop and transition to new
grantmaking frameworks, approaches and organizational constructs,
ensuring access to appropriate professional development, learning
and growth opportunities.
- Ensure smooth transition from long-standing grantmaking
committee structures to new ones that align with the strategic
plan, maintaining continued focus on optimizing committee
composition, roles, engagement and experience.
- Oversee diverse array of grantmaking, including
capacity-building, program support and program-related investments,
ensuring there is cohesion and alignment within the portfolio, with
policy/advocacy grantmaking as well as with organizational values
and impact goals.
- Provide leadership in cross-department communication,
coordination and cohesiveness, identifying synergies and
collaborative opportunities between departments and organizational
functions, including the engagement of donor-advised funds in
aligned giving opportunities. (To date, the Foundation’s
donor-advised funds have granted nearly $50 million to nonprofit
organizations of their choosing around the state, country and
- Deliver consistently high-quality staff performance management,
budgeting, financial and administrative management, grantmaking
operations and other systems to achieve program goals.
- Internally and externally model our transition from a “knowing
organization” to a “learning organization,” focused on asking the
right questions and lifting up the expertise of our nonprofit and
- Develop strategies for strengthening and growing our community
relationships, including respectful entry into communities, issues
and organizations that may be less familiar to us currently.
- Maintain active and broad external engagement to ensure
awareness of local community needs and opportunities, as well as a
broad understanding of trends and needs in the regional and
national philanthropic ecosystem.
- Build and maintain relationships with relevant peers in local
philanthropy, government, nonprofit sector and business community
that may lead to collaborations and partnerships to leverage our
resources and increase our impact.
- Lead team in expanding and leveraging national funder
relationships to bring more dollars to the Greater Denver region in
alignment with our goals, strategies and areas of focus.
- In close cooperation with the Philanthropic Services team,
support revenue-generating activities and efforts to deliver
content-rich donor education and engagement strategies.
- Represent Rose Community Foundation in coalitions and
collaborations in pursuit of the Foundation’s goals.
Learning and Evaluation
- Drive the Foundation’s learning culture by leading efforts to
maintain high levels of quantitative and qualitative awareness of
the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Greater Denver –
ensuring that grantee expertise and community experience is sought
out and incorporated into our work.
- Partner with Director of Data and Operations to create
flexible, right-sized systems by which we use data and metrics to
both inform our strategies and evaluate the impact of our work,
partnering with the Public Affairs team in communicating results to
the Foundation’s internal and external stakeholders.
- Develop and utilize grantee feedback loops to continuously
improve grantmaking processes.
- Collaborate with Public Affairs team in identifying potential
upstream levers related to community needs, helping to ensure that
our policy and advocacy investments support systemic change and our
The Vice President of Community Impact reports to the President
and CEO, serves on the Foundation’s leadership team, and leads a
team of up to five direct reports. In addition to staff, the
position will interact with committee members, board members,
donors and external partners.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional and life
- At least 10 years of professional experience, including at
least five years in the social sector (nonprofit, government,
corporate philanthropy, community organizing and/or foundations) at
a senior leadership level with responsibility for building and
sustaining organizational capacity.
- Knowledge of the philanthropic field and various models of
foundations work, including relationships with (or knowledge of)
regional and national funders who may be aligned funding
- Proven experience in strategic planning; operationalizing
values, vision and strategies to achieve priorities and goals;
change management; and budget management.
- Proven track record in managing and developing a staff team:
attracting, retaining and growing talent through performance
reviews, professional development, team-building activities, goal
setting, accountability and growth opportunities.
- Experience successfully vetting, hiring and managing
consultants, serving as an active and engaged client.
- Strong public speaking and written communication skills,
including giving presentations and writing and editing reports,
summary memoranda, correspondence, etc.
- Technologically adept – comfort, familiarity and/or ability to
learn and utilize a variety of computer applications (i.e.:
Microsoft Office, internet research) as well as project management,
human resources and grants management/CRM systems.
- Proven track record of building trusting relationships and
working effectively across different settings, communities and
issues – with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and
- An understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
principles and practices and a commitment to incorporating them
into internal and external work.
- Commitment to the Foundation’s core values and culture.
- Experience with a diverse range of grantmaking processes,
approaches, tools and tactics – including Program-Related
Investments (PRIs) – on the funder and/or grantee side.
- Fluency with data and evaluation, including the development and
utilization of metrics to assess social impact and return on
- Demonstrated ability to design and evolve systems, processes
and organizational structures to optimize alignment, integration,
efficiency and effectiveness.
- Experience managing annual budgets of $5+ million.
- Community engagement experience.
- Experience with, or understanding of, policy and advocacy
- Experience with internal and external feedback loops for
process, system and cultural improvement.
- Knowledge of the Greater Denver community, including strengths,
challenges, trends and the regional philanthropic sector.
- Advanced degree or certifications in a relevant area of
SALARY & BENEFITS
This full-time, exempt position’s hiring range is $110,000 -
$170,000. Offered salary is commensurate with internal equity,
internal salary ranges, sector benchmarks, and candidate’s relevant
qualifications, experience and skills. Rose Community Foundation
offers a competitive benefits package including employer-supported
health, dental, vision, and life insurance; short- and long-term
disability coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan (including an annual
employer contribution after one year of employment), flexible
spending account (FSA) options, Employee Assistance Program (EAP),
generous paid time off including holidays, professional development
opportunities, and a matching gift program.
Brand-new office with a collaborative environment located in an
updated building with a café, gym, secure indoor bike parking,
covered employee parking and convenient access to parks and
trails. As a health and safety precaution due to the COVID-19
pandemic, Rose Community Foundation’s physical office was
closed until June 2021 at which time
we returned to full-time in-person work at the
office. With the recent increase in Delta variant cases,
expanded remote work options and flexibility
for all staff and expect it will remain as such when
this position is filled. The Foundation expects all team
members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and we will
eventually return to full-time, in-office and in-community
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the
posting will remain open until the position is filled; however,
prioritization will be given to applications received by
Sunday, November 28, 2021. Please submit your
application, including a resume and cover letter,
here Please upload your cover letter under “Other
Documents.” No phone calls or additional email messages
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND
Rose Community Foundation believes in the importance of
diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The Foundation is
committed to equal employment opportunities and prohibits the
unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on
race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age,
disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual
orientation, marital status, gender identity or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state or local