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Community Development Director

Foundation for the Mid South
Mississippi, United States
$63,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

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Reports to: Director of Programs (Permanently), CEO/President (Interim)

Classification: Full Time Associates (Exempt)

Supervisory Function:  None

Job Description:

As a part of the team, the Community Development Director will be responsible for planning, managing, and executing the community development program area.  The key responsibilities include developing and managing program plans, priorities, evaluations, and budgets and conducting grantee and program reviews.   The director is expected to provide leadership in the field, work with donors to support effective grantmaking, and contribute to asset development.


Program Leadership

  • Facilitate identifying needs, available resources, and effective strategies to execute program plans.
  • Ensure grant-making guidelines provide clear guidance to grant seekers.
  • Conduct or commission research on issues or concerns of importance to the Foundation─ through written materials, interviews, community meetings, networks, or other useful vehicles.
  • Initiate actions to stay current and learn about community issues, needs, and organizations within the area(s) of focus.
  • Assess and provide grant recommendations.
  • Facilitate alliance-building and collaboration among key public agencies, nonprofit service providers, community-based organizations, foundations, and the private sector to influence change.  
  • Fund Development


Program and Grant Management

  • Develop, manage, and monitor the annual grant-making program budget.
  • Screen grant applications and work with grant seekers to provide clear guidance on program priorities and expectations from proposals.
  • Conduct due diligence on accepted proposals and provide the rationale for funding or declining.
  • Monitor grants from proposal approval through the close of grant records to ensure compliance with grant terms.  Review contingency, progress, and final reports, and respond to grant recipient’s request for changes, with assistance from administrative and finance staff.  
  • Advise grants manager regarding grant contingency and payment schedules.
  • Handle applicant queries regarding grant-making decisions.
  • Design and monitor program evaluation procedures for program priorities.
  • Identify and develop grant-making opportunities to utilize restricted funds.


Community Engagement

  • Participate in activities to enhance team members' knowledge and those in the field.
  • Provide leadership and engagement with community partners.
  • Recruit and facilitate advisory and other committees for grant and research processes.
  • Serve as a public representative and content expert for the Foundation in the community development field of interest.


  • Manage other special projects and programs as assigned.
  • Work as a multidisciplinary and interdepartmental team member to ensure effective and efficient operations of the Foundation.
  • Seek appropriate opportunities to partner with grant recipients and other funders to increase Foundation and community visibility.



  • Bachelor’s Degree is required with at least ten years of experience working in preferable areas of community development, human capacity development, or economic development. 
  • Experience as a Grantmaker preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in community development, organizing, civic engagement, community revitalization, human services, and public and nonprofit sectors.
  • General familiarity with Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  Knowledge and experience working with rural communities.
  • Graduate degree preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits: 401(k) retirement savings and planning, medical, dental, vision, life AD&D, vacation, medical, and paid holidays. Benefits include cell phone and gym reimbursement, education assistance, and professional development.


Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to All materials should be addressed to Meshelle Rawls, Director of Administration. Candidates invited to move forward in the hiring process should be prepared to submit a writing sample and references.


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions. This position is primarily performed in an office setting and may require occasional travel.

This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. It may be amended at any time at the employer's sole discretion. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.


This position requires a valid state driver’s license, safe driving record, reliable transportation, and insurability through our vehicle insurance carrier.


The Foundation for the Mid South is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. We believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion, or sexual orientation. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

About the Foundation:

Founded in 1990, the Foundation for the Mid South is a regional foundation that improves individuals and communities by bringing people together, strengthening communities, and multiplying resources. By working with a wide range of resources, skills, and talents, the Foundation strives to nurture families and children, improve schools, and build economies for all throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. For more information, please visit

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