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Strategy Officer - Community Power

Employer
Victoria Foundation
Location
New Jersey, United States
Salary
$90,000.00 - $102,000.00
Closing date
Jan 5, 2022

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Position Type
Programs, Community Outreach, Other Programs
Fields
Advocacy, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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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. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 justice lens.
  • 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 Newark.
  • 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 practices.
  • Partners with grantees and VF staff to develop mutually beneficial evaluation tools and metrics to assess the impact of VF investments.
  • 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 national relationships.

 

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 stakeholders.

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 organizational culture.
  • 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.

 

COMPENSATION

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 EMPLOYMENT

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 jobs@victoriafoundation.org by January 14, 2022.

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