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Chief Grants Officer

Trinity Church Wall Street
New York, United States
$398,000.00 - $418,000.00
Closing date
Mar 8, 2023

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Position Type
Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time


The Chief Grants Officer leads the Philanthropies team and mission grant-making function. This team uses grants, mission-focused real estate investments, Mission Investments, Program Related Investments, convenings and government relations in support of Trinity’s mission and strategic priorities to drive impact. The team and CGO are responsible for achieving success in Trinity’s strategic philanthropic areas of housing and homelessness, racial justice, mission real estate development and leadership development. The CGO sets strategy for these initiatives in consultation with the Rector, Vestry, and senior staff. S/he will manage the three directors who lead the teams working to implement the housing and homelessness, racial justice and mission real estate development initiatives, and a director who leads a team of professionals to provide oversight and capacity across the Philanthropies team.

The annual salary range for this position is $398,000 to $418,000.



Strategy and Execution

  • Develops, refines, and communicates a dynamic vision for Trinity’s philanthropic engagement through the strategic initiatives and the lenses of neighborhood investment.
  • Communicates the story of the grants function to Vestry, congregation, grantees, partners, and the wider world and leverages that story for additional impact.
  • Advises the Rector in setting strategy and goals for Trinity’s philanthropic activities.
  • Sets strategy for achieving those goals in consultation with the Rector, Vestry and senior staff.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors the progress of Trinity’s grant-making and mission investment strategies.
  • Identifies additional opportunities for impact and tests those opportunities against strategy.
  • Integrates the strategic initiatives into a coherent frame with strong oversight and evaluation.
  • Ensures synergy and amplification across the strategic initiatives and the Philanthropies team.

Internal Partnership

  • Liaises with Rector, Vicar and Senior Clergy to ensure their input is included and they can effectively represent and advance Trinity’s grant-making and mission work.
  • Maintains a high level of connection and trust with the Vestry, especially the Grants Committee.
  • Works closely with other senior staff and particularly the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Community Impact Officer to ensure Trinity’s capabilities are being best deployed towards mission impact.
  • Works closely with the Government Relations, Communications, and other teams across Trinity to achieve the department’s goals and communicate Trinity’s grant-making strategy and outcomes.

External Engagement

  • Publicly represents Trinity’s philanthropic activities, including engagement with the wider grant-making community, and acts as a thought leader in Trinity’s funding sectors.
  • Seeks and builds partnerships that can increase impact and leverages additional resources for Trinity’s mission work.

Team Culture

  • Creates and sustains an innovative and collaborative work environment and positive culture of high impact, focused on outcomes.
  • Supports a team that is adaptable, ready for growth and capable of drawing on the strengths of other Trinity departments.
  • Develops team member skills.
  • Ensures that all work is approached with rigorous execution and the highest standards of ethics, aligned with Trinity’s core values.


  • Adhere to confidentiality rules and all other Trinity Church Wall Street policies, procedures, and rules.
  • Perform all duties in a manner that promotes Trinity’s mission and core values.
  • Assume other related responsibilities and special projects as required.



  • Deep, credible expertise in social justice grant-making, affordable housing and/or real estate finance.
  • Experience working globally preferred.



  • At least 15 years of non-profit, government or social purpose leadership.
  • 8 - 10 years of experience leading a foundation or grant-making program with operational excellence.
  • Experience speaking and presenting in both internal and public settings.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Leadership skills, particularly the ability to lead by influence, collaboration, and consensus-building.
  • Mentoring and management skills, with a focus on identifying and developing the strengths of more junior staff.
  • Organizational skills that include capacity to plan, implement, and oversee multiple, simultaneous projects and initiatives. Ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability, and allocate resources appropriately to achieve results.
  • Strong financial skills and ability to manage budgets for individual grants and the team.
  • Knowledge of compliance regulations for grant-making organizations.
  • A strong understanding of the particular dynamics presented by Trinity being a religious institution.
  • Knowledge of the structures and practices of The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time (domestically and internationally).

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