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Vice President of Impact: Unlikely Collaborators

Unlikely Collaborators
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 22, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Government Relations and Advocacy, Program Administration and Management
Community Foundations, Education, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Unlikely Collaborators exists to encourage individuals to bring together their whole selves— the parts they know and love with the parts that are buried or that they struggle to understand or see—and to embrace this wholeness and the contrasts within it that make us human. By continually highlighting our common human experience, we work to reduce the perceived divides between people.


We believe this work is best done in community.


We create tools and experiences — including workshops, ongoing community sessions, and storytelling events — that guide people to investigate their own stories. Through our Perception Box framework, we help you understand this ever-present mental model — constructed from the stories and lies around us — and untangle these stories and find joy and happiness in our lives.


To find what self-defeating thought patterns and unconscious blocks may lie within and to expand those narratives in ways that allow them to thrive, to nurture supportive relationships, and ultimately build a more compassionate, radiant world.


At Unlikely Collaborators we foster a supportive community of engagement and sharing — where vulnerability is a strength and where courage is defined by how open one’s heart is.


We invest in leaders around the world whose hearts ache not only to expand Perception Boxes (in their own wildly, whip-smart ways), but who unceasingly, unpretentiously seek to expand their own.


While most of our investments have been at the early stages (seed and Series A) across areas like mental health and wellness, neurotechnology and psychedelic medicine, we are open to all manner of unpredictable collaborations.


Unlikely Collaborators is based in Los Angeles, CA.


Job Title:                                  Vice President of Impact

Location:                                  Los Angeles, CA

Reports To:                              President

Position Summary:

As a key member of the organization, the Vice President of Impact will work closely with the President and Executive Team to build and lead Unlikely Collaborators’ grant and partnership strategies to help the organization achieve its mission to help people embrace the transformational impact of powerful acceptance in themselves and others.

This position will be responsible for increasing organizational capacity to deliver on this ambitious goal by supporting cutting-edge research and engagement efforts through building collaborative partnerships, identifying strategic grantmaking opportunities, and driving the organization’s outreach and engagement efforts.


Overall Responsibilities:
  • Create organizational capability to support Unlikely Collaborators’ research and impact strategy
  • Build and manage a team focused on driving the organization’s impact initiatives
  • Seek out and evaluate new opportunities (grant, partnership, research, or other) to help the organization further its mission
  • Lead the organization in measuring outcomes of programs, partnerships and investments
  • Plan, direct, implement and evaluate operations and ensure that all grant-making activities are carried out in accordance with applicable laws and regulations governing private foundations
  • Manage grants portfolio to ensure that recipients are using funds appropriately, efficiently, and having a measurable impact
  • Provide leadership to evolve the programmatic vision, communications, and Unlikely Collaborators’ role as a leader in supporting self-discovery and self-awareness
  • Catalyze community connections, engagement and partnerships to ensure that efforts are informed by the voices and ideas of key stakeholders


Selection Criteria/Minimum Requirements:
  • 10+ years of experience leading a team in a non-profit, or grantmaking organization
  • Proven experience managing grants or gifts (including compliance, structure and impact)
  • Ability to build and lead a team
  • A high level of emotional intelligence and natural curiosity
  • Passion and experience with research into self-discovery, perception, consciousness, or another related field



Additional Preferences/Characteristics:
  • Operational excellence and the ability to manage multiple complex projects with various stakeholders and within established timelines
  • Significant experience with program development, budgeting, outcome measurement and contract/grant management
  • Embracing of Unlikely Collaborators’ core values of Acceptance, Curiosity, Openness, Empathy and Collaboration
  • Creative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Authentic and trustworthy with a sense of humor
  • Hands-on willingness to dive in and get things done; leads by example
  • Capable of translating big ideas into actional plans and navigating ambiguity
  • Passionate about making an impact on the world and humanity
  • Driven by data and evidence; constantly looking to apply best practices
  • Values diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives
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