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Director of Charitable Giving and Community Investments

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Mar 21, 2024

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Department:  Charitable Giving and Community Investments 

Location:        Villa de Matel, Houston, TX 

FLSA:  Exempt


The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston (CCVI) is a Congregation of Women Religious committed to driving positive change and serving as signs of God’s presence in the communities where we live and serve. With a mission to uphold the fundamental dignity of all persons by nurturing communities where families have the resources they need to flourish, we work collaboratively with partners to address pressing challenges and create sustainable solutions. As a dynamic organization growing our philanthropic presence and programs, we are seeking a seasoned leader to lead our team as the Director of Charitable Giving and Community Investments.  


The Director of Charitable Giving and Community Investments will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing CCVI's international grantmaking/charitable giving strategy. This leadership position requires a strategic thinker who can leverage their deep understanding of under-resourced communities to identify opportunities for impact, foster strong partnerships, and drive innovative solutions toward systemic change. This is a dynamic role overseeing a sizable budget and leading across multiple funding programs, including grants, community investments and scholarships, in several global regions, with a diverse set of internal stakeholders. The successful candidate will lead the Congregation’s efforts to advance its mission through charitable giving and community investments. We are looking for a leader who is excited to come alongside us as a partner, deepening our impact and bringing best practices to our work, while prioritizing the involvement of our Sisters in its direction and execution. Reports directly to Congregational Leadership through the designated Board Liaison.


  • Dignity: Respect for the worth of every person as created and loved by God, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved.
  • Integrity: Honesty, justice and consistency in all relationships.
  • Excellence: High standards of service and performance based on witnessing to gospel values in building just and caring communities
  • Compassion: Service in a spirit of empathy, love and concern as we stand with others, embracing them in their suffering, so that together we may experience God’s liberating and healing presence
  • Stewardship: Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner as we share our gifts for the mission of God.


  • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Manages Conflict:  Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Communicates Effectively:  Developing and delivering communications that convey a clear understanding to different audiences.
  • Directs Work:  Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
  • Builds Effective Teams:  Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspective to achieve goals.
  • Business Insight:  Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals.
  • Ensure Accountability:  Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.


Our giving is driven by three key values:

  • Respect: In a spirit of humility and openness, we honor all people and cultures with Christ-like compassion, building on local strengths and resources.
  • Justice: We advocate for equity where the deepest injustices exist.
  • Hope: Leaning on hope, we commit to lasting change, working toward systemic solutions with courage and perseverance.


As a Catholic institution, our faith and values inform all of our decisions, including our grantmaking priorities. A successful candidate would align to our faith, values and Catholic doctrine.


  • Strategic Grantmaking: Develop and implement a comprehensive grantmaking strategy aligned with the organization's mission and goals, ensuring a targeted and impactful approach to addressing key issues in CCVI’s specific regions.
  • Team Leadership: Lead a small grantmaking staff and Congregational committees, providing guidance, mentorship, and support. Foster a collaborative and inclusive team culture that values creativity, diversity, and continuous improvement across all stakeholders.
  • Partnership Development: Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including grantees, community leaders, government agencies, and other funders. Collaborate to build a network of partners that enhances the Congregation's reach and impact.
  • Leading Growth: Collaborate with the CCVI Board and Director of Finance to, over time, increase the overall budget of the grantmaking programs/Charitable Giving.
  • Due Diligence and Evaluation: Oversee the grant review process, ensuring rigorous due diligence, impact assessment, and compliance with organizational policies. Implement robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure the success of grant programs.
  • Innovation and Learning: Stay abreast of emerging trends, best practices, and innovations in systems change approaches, within CCVI’s 4 regions. Integrate learning into grantmaking strategies, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability.
  • Storytelling: Serve as a key communicator to the Congregation of the impact of their charitable giving through quantitative and qualitative data, providing annual reports and ongoing storytelling within key internal communications channels.


  • Eight to ten years’ experience preferred in grantmaking, philanthropy, or related fields.
  • Strong leadership and program management skills, with a track record of collaborating with a Board of Directors
  • Excellent strategic thinking and planning abilities, with the capacity to translate vision into actionable plans.
  • Proven history of building a program within an existing institution, being a thought partner and coach.
  • Effective communication and relationship-building skills, with the ability to engage and facilitate across diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in program evaluation, impact assessment, and data-driven decision-making.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment and compliance requirements related to grantmaking.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.


Bachelor's degree in a relevant field is required; a master's degree or equivalent experience is preferred. Spanish language is preferred but not required.


Please note that this position is with the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at Villa de Matel Center located in Houston, Texas.  The Congregation is a co-sponsor of CHRISTUS Health and all employment activities will be with CHRISTUS Health. 

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