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Position Description

Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona

Title:                     Community Impact Director

Reports to:         CEO

Job Status:          Full‐time, salaried, exempt

General Position Summary:

This position is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the Foundation’s grantmaking program and research initiatives, for leading community outreach and engagement, including fostering collaboration among partners and facilitating the Unidas youth philanthropy program.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities. Examples of Major Responsibilities:

Community Impact Program Management:

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction for grantmaking program including:
    • Utilizes evaluation results to guide recommendations for future directions
    • Analyzes submitted grant applications for trends and emerging community needs, including using grants database as a tool to assist in analysis
    • Connects and convenes non‐profit organizations (both grant applicants and grantee partners) to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions and impact; determine the specific role the Foundation can play in the identified leverage points.
    • Creates methods to learn about community needs and interests in advance of grantmaking and other Foundation initiatives (e.g. listening tours)
    • Connects foundation grantmaking direction to organizational strategic plan, ensuring a clear ROI
    • Researches best practices and examples of trending systemic change initiatives on the local, regional, state and national levels.
    • Oversees and working closely with the Foundation’s contracted program evaluation consultant
    • Researches and bringing forward best practice models from other foundations with recommendations for implementation (e.g. income and asset gains for women, two generational model, collaborative grantmaking)
  • Oversees grantmaking program, including:
    • Implements written grant‐making procedures
    • Manages application, review and selection process for the Foundation’s competitive grant programs
    • Performs grants management duties including award notifications, grant agreements, maintaining schedule of grantee reporting deadlines and ensuring grantee compliance


  • Builds and maintains relationships with current and potential grant applicants offering additional support during the grant application process
  • Coordinates community‐based volunteer grant‐making program, recruiting, training, organizing and supporting volunteer grant evaluators to screen applications and generate funding recommendations
  • Ensures the integrity of the community review process and due diligence in competitive grant‐making cycles
  • Engages and supports grantee partners with semi‐annual and annual grantee reporting requirements
  • Works with Philanthropic Engagement Manager to connect donors to causes and organizations that are meaningful to them
  • Maintains expertise on laws and rules related to grantmaking. Speaks knowledgably about this with donors and grant recipients, and assists other staff members with questions
  • Works with Foundation Executive Assistant to update website with competitive grant program related content and applications and execute external and internal communications regarding grants program
  • Provides strategic leadership and direction to Foundation research activities,
    • Works with volunteers and contracted researchers on publications, programmatic events and educational programming, tracking research‐related activities
    • Maintains research resources (i.e. clearinghouse) for dissemination to policymakers, donors, community leaders and grantee partners; speaks knowledgably about research resources with donors and grant recipients, and assist other staff members with questions
    • Works with CEO to ensure research endeavors integrate and support advocacy and lobbying efforts, as well as grantmaking program
  • Tracks Foundation volunteer and staff activities that foster collaboration and convene community and grantee partners; generates reports on convening activities and results
  • Oversees the Unidas girls’ leadership and philanthropy program and facilitates after‐school program, engaging up to 40 teen leaders each year; develops and implements outreach plan to Unidas alumni
  • Partners with the CEO to provides strategic leadership and direction to the Foundation's diversity, inclusion and social justice goals
  • Creates and maintains professional relationships with donors, grantees, volunteers and the general public
  • Works in conjunction with the CEO and Philanthropic Engagement Manager to communicate the Foundation’s efforts to the broader community.
  • With CEO, co‐staffs Community Impact Committee
  • Other duties as assigned.

Specific Job Skills:

The minimum specific job skills needed to perform this position include: a knowledge of MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), knowledge of databases, experience analyzing data and reports, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, exceptional public speaking and facilitation skills, and a strong desire to work in a non‐profit setting and to have an impact on the lives of women and girls.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (social work, business, political science, public administration, etc.) and five to seven years of program development and management, direct service provision, community engagement, or academic research experience are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in a relevant field (MSW, MA, MBA, MPA, etc.); seven+ years of direct service program management experience working for a non‐profit organization or seven+ years of academic research experience working on relevant issues; progressive experience in the management of projects, programs and volunteer or staff teams; an entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for growing an organization, proven ability to be a self‐starter, take initiative and build collaborations. Experience with grantwriting and/or grantmaking a plus. Experience facilitating youth leadership programs preferred. Bilingual (Spanish‐English) candidates encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume (each no longer than 3 pages) to For best consideration, please apply by October 20, 2017. The position is open until filled.

Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

(520) 622‐8886   *   1661 N. Swan Rd., Suite 150, Tucson, AZ 85712    *