Supervised by the Vice President of Strategy, Impact, &
Communications (the VP), the Strategy Officer (one of three)
oversees a portfolio of grants and other investments, develops
strategies, and manages the on-the-ground execution of Victoria’s
strategic goal to Strengthen Community Power. Utilizing an equity
lens, the Strategy Officer works closely with the Newark community
to identify and administer an overarching strategy that involves a
variety of programmatic, communications, policy, and advocacy
approaches. In addition, this position will help build metrics and
other mechanisms for continuous improvement and learning, analyzing
and evaluating information and situations to strengthen program
strategy and increase impact.
- Works under the supervision of the VP, and collaboratively with
the VF team and community members to lead strategy development and
implementation for a portfolio of investments that strengthen
community power in Newark using a racial, social, and economic
- Builds support for the ecosystem of grassroots organizations
and community organizers, including support for new leaders to
enter and grow in this space.
- Helps identify and support community-based advocacy and policy
campaigns on local issues and builds connectivity between local
organizers and state-wide policy organizations.
- Builds collaborative and positive working relationships and
effective communication channels with fellow Strategy Officers,
identifying areas of synergy.
- Works with the VP, the Senior Strategy Officer, and the
Communications Associate to cultivate communication strategies and
tools aimed at supporting and advancing efforts on the ground in
- Continually surveys the local, regional, and national
landscapes to identify emerging innovations, policy opportunities,
research findings, and trends to bolster the work; organizes study
trips with local stakeholders to learn about innovative
- Partners with grantees and VF staff to develop mutually
beneficial evaluation tools and metrics to assess the impact of VF
- Prepares funding recommendations, strategy reports, evaluation
assessments, and other written materials for senior leadership and
VF board review.
- Staffs the Community Power board committee, working closing
with its Chair to develop content and agendas, create learning
opportunities, and present grant investment strategies.
- Leverages other resources to extend Victoria Foundation’s
investments, fostering the appropriate local, statewide, and
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
While no candidate will have every qualification, ideal
candidates will meet most of the following criteria:
- At least five to eight years of experience successfully working
closely with residents, nonprofits, grassroots groups, community
organizers, coalitions, networks, and other local
Authentic knowledge of and experience working/living in Newark
(or similar urban community) and ability to listen to and channel
community voices, including experience with civic engagement and
locally-led organizing/advocacy campaigns.
- Deep commitment to an equity-centered approach to work and
- Familiarity with the philanthropic sector and desire to work
within philanthropy to advance positive social change.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Outstanding writing, public speaking, meeting facilitation,
agenda planning, and presentation skills.
- Ability to work well both independently and within a team in an
environment of organizational change with multiple priorities.
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred (open to
consideration of robust and relevant work experience).
- Direct community organizing experience.
- Familiarity with program evaluation and data analysis.
- Experience with fundraising and/or leveraging resources.
- A great sense of humor and a personal orientation toward
kindness, empathy and humility.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
The ideal candidate possesses a communication style that
reflects clarity, authenticity, transparency, confidence, and
approachability, along with the ability to listen deeply and
balance different perspectives. Anticipating that the Strategy
Officer will join the Foundation during a shift in mission and
strategy, the ideal candidate should be creative, energetic,
entrepreneurial, adaptable, and comfortable with ambiguity. The
right candidate has a great sense of humor and exudes kindness,
empathy, and humility. The candidate is a content area expert
working with local residents to enhance civic engagement and
locally-led organizing/advocacy campaigns. This professional
possesses a passion for the Foundation’s mission and values, which
are centered in equity and racial justice.
For the Strategy Officer position, Victoria Foundation
anticipates an annual base starting salary in the $90,000 to
$102,000 range. The Foundation is committed to supporting its staff
with a highly competitive benefits package and multiple
opportunities for professional development.
VICTORIA FOUNDATION COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We employ
qualified people without regard to: race; color; religion; sex;
national origin; age; ancestry; disability; sexual orientation;
pregnancy or breastfeeding; veteran or military status; marital
status; civil union or domestic partnership status; arrest record;
citizenship; credit history; genetic information; gender identity
or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual
violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under
federal or state law.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names of 2
references to Irene Cooper-Basch, Co-Executive Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
by January 14, 2022.