About Community Change and Community Change
builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially
low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements
for social change.
Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted
people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic
justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing,
early childhood care and education, income supports, and
This position also supports Community Change Action, an
affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the
same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community
Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one
another and each organization has its own board of directors.
The Director of Foundation Relations is a strategist, a strong
leader, a connector and coach, and a builder of teams.
Through their leadership within the Institutional Advancement
(IA) team, the Director will apply these strengths to raise
foundation grant revenue to support Community Change’s mission.
They will advance Community Change’s revenue and sustainability
goals; complement the IA team’s major donor and individual giving
program; and support the organization’s efforts to diversify
funding streams beyond the current cohort of foundation and
institutional funders, which represents the majority of Community
Change’s annual budget.
The Director of Foundation Relations will ensure that a large
amount of complex written materials are produced under deadline;
manage a responsive and deeply engaged approach to funder
cultivation; develop the strategy to maintain and grow the
foundation portfolio; manage information and relationships,
including those of principals and senior leadership; and direct the
work of the foundation fundraising team, which includes grant
writing, deadline and deliverables tracking, and portfolio and
A successful Director is open to change and excited to shape a
foundation fundraising team that has the capacity to engage
with the work of the organization and meet the fundraising and
prospecting needs of program portfolios. The Director is able to
learn quickly, work collaboratively, pivot nimbly, and drive
projects independently. They are comfortable with a shared
leadership structure and committed to working in diverse and
cross-functional teams. The Director is determined, resourceful,
effective, and a persistent problem-solver who is able to exercise
good judgment, and meet deadlines.
As a member of IA’s leadership, the Director of Foundation
Relations will help to lead a growing team of mission-driven
fundraising professionals alongside the Director of Institutional
Advancement, the Director of Brand Strategy and Chief Writer, and
the Director of Development. This position reports to the Director
of Brand Strategy and Chief Writer, and will supervise a team of
grant writers (Senior Development Strategists).
The Director will see fundraising as a vital contribution to the
movement for social justice and will be committed to advance the
struggle for immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial
equity.They will support Community Change’s senior leadership in
managing their specific fundraising portfolios, and they will
support and cultivate the organization’s culture of philanthropy.
They will be committed to supporting the growth of the IA team’s
mid-career leaders to achieve their professional goals.
A portion of time will be spent working with Community Change's
sister organization, Community Change Action.
Grant Portfolio Management and
Develop fundraising strategies that
target diverse revenue sources, including identifying new avenues
for potential funding, to raise the combined Community Change (C3)
and Community Change Action (C4) budget of $50 million
Oversee the development of foundation
prospects; oversee management and cultivation of relationships with
key institutional funders; and ensure regular communication with
Support a Culture of Philanthropy
across the organization that engages senior leaders in fundraising
and funder cultivation and that supports their fundraising
activities as part of an integrated development strategy supported
by the IA team.
Support and strengthen the IA team’s
unique grant writing model that “embeds” Senior Development
Strategists within program teams to better manage grant
deliverables and collaboratively develop grant funding
Consult with program colleagues to
capture the strategies, outcomes, and deliverables of new program
areas and connect them with funders.
Forecast foundation revenue quarterly
and collaborate with finance colleagues to plan revenue pipelines;
Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the institutional
Ensure that data are captured
properly in Salesforce and used to inform IA fundraising
As needed, assist with the creation
of grant proposals and other content for funder
Represent Community Change in
meetings with foundation staff and other outside audiences.
Team Leadership and Supervision
Work with the IA team’s directors to
lead and support the team and cultivate cohesion and trust in a
remote-work context; actively support the team’s efforts to advance
racial and gender justice through its approach to grantseeking and
Supervise and direct the work of the
Senior Development Strategists to develop funding proposals, track
and report on grant deliverables, and drive prospect
Cultivate professional growth of
Senior Development Strategists and provide guidance on work tasks
Deep commitment to the mission of
Community Change and the project of building power with low-income
communities of color; passion for social justice and a commitment
to work in solidarity with the people directly impacted by
Experience managing a large grant
portfolio, both in the number of grants and the scale of funding,
including a minimum of 10 years’ experience in nonprofit
fundraising with at least 5 years of supervisory
Knowledge of and dexterity within the
social justice landscape and its funding environment, including the
major funders, national movement organizations, and community-based
partner groups. Existing funder relationships appreciated.
Experience and passion for leading a
team, including a commitment to the growth and leadership
development of team members; management experience in a rapidly
changing environment and collaborative team/reporting
Excellent communication skills and
the ability to build trusting relationships internally and
Proficiency in Google Suite, Outlook,
MS Office applications, and Salesforce.
Knowledge of political and electoral
fundraising and/or 501(c)(4) fundraising approaches.
Strong writing and editing skills,
including experience crafting and editing written content for
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all work related travel
for Community Change staff is voluntary. In the future, we
anticipate approximately 10-15% of the year will be spent
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with
or without notice.
This position reports to:
Director of Brand Strategy and Chief Writer
This position will supervise the Senior Development
Classification: Community Change recognizes a
staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for
non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community
Change’s bargaining unit and therefore not covered under the terms
of the collective bargaining agreement.
Limited travel may be required - up to 10% (upon office
reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic)
Salary & Benefits: $125,000 - $135,000
annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent
benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation;
additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8%
employer contribution to retirement account after six months of
employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months);
and a choice of generous health insurance plans.
Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled
Position Location: Remote