Location, Flexible

Head of Marketing and Communications, The American Journalism Project, Inc

The Organization

The American Journalism Project is seeking our first-ever Head of Marketing and Communications to set and build our brand strategy and marketing communications. We are seeking an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and creative leader who has a strong foundation in digital media, data analytics  and storytelling to advance a mission.

The Head of Marketing and Communications will report to the CEO and play a vital role in building awareness of AJP and its mission while also mobilizing a broader movement for the local press our democracy deserves. As the Head of Marketing and Communications, you will also lead the marketing activities across all AJP functions (development, grantmaking and venture support) including establishing tactical plans and measuring and refining those plans based on data-driven results.

We’re an entrepreneurial team working to re-shape the future of local news in our country. We’re passionate about journalism, civic engagement and how local news plays a unique role in shaping our democracy.

We build and grow sustainable local news organizations all over the country, through financial investment, venture support, and movement building.

We are a distributed team and strive to maintain a healthy, fun and productive workplace, working alongside smart, energetic colleagues who enjoy one another and enjoy the work.

Position Overview


The Head of Marketing and Communications will bring a strategic approach to building the AJP brand and mobilizing a national movement to support the local press our democracy deserves.

In this role, you will design and execute a marketing  communications  strategy to tell the story of AJP and its grantees across the U.S.

Your Job

Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and oversee an overall brand  strategy in support of AJP’s mission.
  • Manage and execute the brand and identity for all print, presented and digital content.

Communications, Operations

  • Develop marketing metrics and tracking system.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for members of the media.
  • Creative direction for all marketing and communications outputs.
  • Identify, manage, and execute media and speaking appearances.
  • Write and edit press materials, talking points and other key case-making documents.
  • Manage and oversee AJP’s digital communications, including leading a redesign of AJP’s website.


  • Work collaboratively with internal managers to support their communications needs.
  • Manage an agency relationship to support AJP’s brand identity and related messaging.

Your Team:

  • You will work closely with our CEO, as well as AJP strategy and development staff.
  • We expect to hire a number two once you get comfortable in the role.


This role is a fit if…

  • You are a marketer at heart and think in terms of movement building.
  • You are a highly organized self-starter and comfortable in a fast-moving organization.
  • You are an innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • You are deeply committed to the vital importance of local journalism in democracy.

What background and skills do you have? (We know not all strong candidates will have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!):

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership developing and managing a comprehensive brand and marketing  communications strategy and plan.
  • Demonstrated experience building communications strategies and teams that center diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A successful track record of work in advocacy, movement building, politics, and/or philanthropic ventures.
  • Exceptional fluency in digital communications strategies.
  • Strong writing,editing and visual presentation skills.
  • Excellent judgment and superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to build trust-based relationships with colleagues in a virtual setting.
  • Flexibility and comfort working in an environment where multitasking is the norm, the pace is fast, and priorities will evolve.
  • Knowledge of the media landscape and an ability to work well with journalists.
  • Proficient with G-Suite, including strong visual and presentation (slides) skills.
  • Relevant work experience (e.g. nonprofit communications, campaign development and execution).

Your Impact

  • Your voice will carry through every part of our growing organization and help us mobilize a movement  with excellence, humility and greater impact.

How To Apply

Please send a PDF of your resume to careers@theajp.org. Include “Head of Marketing and Communications” in the subject line. Please include a few sentences in your email about your interest in the role and let us know how you found out about this opportunity.

St Louis, Missouri

Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

The Organization

Executive Director Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis , St Louis, Missouri

The Board of Commissioners of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) seeks a collaborative, strategic, roll-up-your-sleeves institutional leader, arts champion, influencer, and relationship builder-extraordinaire, to serve as the next Executive Director of the Commission. This is a unique opportunity for a skilled leader and proven manager to lead RAC at a critical point in its history, offering boundless engagement, creativity, and guidance to both the organization and the multifaceted community it serves.

Founded in 1985 through a state charter, RAC is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value, and visibility of arts and culture. It is the most prominent and largest public funder of nonprofit arts in the region, distributing approximately $4.5 million each year. Over its 35 years of existence, RAC has awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling over $100 million to artists, organizations, and programs throughout the region. Over the last several years, the organization’s revenues have been in the $6.5 to $7 million range, which supports not only grantmaking, but also special program opportunities and initiatives, and the running of the organization. Since its founding, more than 95% of RAC’s total revenues have been funded from the St. Louis City and St. Louis County hotel/motel tax.

Spurred by robust dialogue with the broader St. Louis community, RAC has, in recent years, expanded its portfolio and programmatic reach. With great attention to equity and access, the organization has developed several strategic initiatives that deepen its connection to diverse communities throughout the city,county and the region. Moreover, a brand-new strategic plan, the result of an extensive, collaborative visioning process, further establishes RAC as a public catalyst, convener, and advocate for the arts. While the severity of COVID-19 has dramatically affected RAC’s financial standing and grantmaking ability, (reducing the operating budget significantly for calendar year 2020), the organization is needed now more than ever and poised to face the challenge.

The Board seeks an Executive Director who will respond to this historic set of challenges with intellect, empathy, strategy, innovation, and determination. The Executive Director will inherit this new strategic plan for RAC, designed to take the organization into the year 2025. Considering the present moment, the next Executive Director will need to be flexible, collaborative, pragmatic, and an optimist, devising ways to implement aspects of an ambitious vision for the future that was predicated on a preexisting social and financial reality. Building upon RAC’s decades-long role as the region’s principal publicly funded arts grant maker, this leader will serve in a very visible and external role in the arts and culture sphere, and within the greater civic community of the St. Louis region. This leader will also engage a variety of constituents and stakeholders, while convening important conversations, advocating for the arts, and providing thought leadership on a host of pressing topics in the field. In addition to the external dimension, the Executive Director will enhance organizational culture and internal systems at RAC while expertly managing and supporting a talented, dedicated staff and board.

Additionally, this Executive Director will partner with arts funders, corporations, and philanthropic individuals locally and nationally to ensure that local artists and arts organizations receive the support they need to persevere at a time of shrinking budgets and fiscal austerity. While RAC is and has always been generously supported through local tax dollars, in an effort to champion the many ambitions of the organization beyond grantmaking, the next Executive Director will work to grow and extend RAC’s revenue sources that will fund specific strategic initiatives and programs, while also bolstering its financial footing in response to both present and future crises.

How To Apply

Inquiries, Nominations, and Applications

The Board of Commissioners has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next Executive Director. Please direct all nominations, inquiries and application materials (including a resume and 1-3-page letter of interest responding to the challenges outlined above) to:

Isaacson, Miller via: www.imsearch.com/7508

Rebecca Swartz, Partner and David Ferguson, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street

7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

RAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants for employment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Washington, D.C.

Associate Director, Grants Management, Democracy Fund

The Organization

Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. We work on things that make democracy work better.

At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $100 million in support of a healthy democracy.

Out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar founded Democracy Fund.  Incubated inside Omidyar Network, the Democracy Fund launched as an independent foundation in 2014 and is based in Washington D.C.

Learn more about Democracy Fund and our sister 501(c)(4) organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org

Position Overview

The Grants Management Team prioritizes the user experience of our grantees, partners, and colleagues in every aspect of their work. From refining our grant application and related processes to developing trainings for our internal colleagues, we bring a strong ethos of “getting to yes” on all that we do.

We are seeking an Associate Director of Grants Management to lead Democracy Fund’s Grants Management team, including overseeing the administration of more than $40M in grants each year, improving all aspects of the grants process, and providing support and trainings to program staff on best practices in philanthropy.

As Democracy Fund continues to grow, we are looking for a passionate grants management expert who will balance the standardization needed for our grantmaking processes to operate efficiently and equitably at scale, with the flexibility to meet the individual needs of our program teams. The Associate Director of Grants Management will also support the grantmaking activities of Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.

The Associate Director will manage two high performing Grants Associates and will report to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Grants & Finance. The ideal candidate will have prior management experience, database systems experience (preferably using Fluxx), and will understand the intricacies of funding work in the advocacy and public policy space.

As part of a growing organization that strives to meet the needs of an ever-changing landscape, the successful candidate will thrive leading change management efforts and working collaboratively across teams to ensure that our systems and customer service are in keeping with our designation as a Best Place to Work.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•    Oversight and improvement of the entire process by which grants and sponsorships are made; this includes the application process, internal due diligence review, approval, grant agreement generation, payment, grant reporting, and grant closing. There will be growth opportunities to take a leadership role managing the organization’s contracts processes and approach.
•    Ensuring the Grants Management team provides excellent customer service to program staff and grantees as they navigate the process of awarding and receiving grants and sponsorships.
•    Partnering with the Grants Associates and Senior Counsel to ensure that procedures are followed, with all grants adhering to federal and state legal and tax requirements, as well as organization-defined best practices for proposal development, due dilligence, and grantee reporting.
•    Collaborating with the Grants Associates to manage the ongoing use and improvement of our grants management system, Fluxx (also used for sponsorships and contracts).
•    Leading major projects to improve existing grantmaking systems and processes, such as improving knowledge management efforts, updating orientations for new staff, overseeing the launch of new functionalities in Fluxx, and other projects as they arise.
•    Facilitating the organization’s grants approval committee and reviewing all major grant opportunities by giving feedback to program staff.
•    Ongoing awareness of new developments in grant management best practices and technologies and their applicability to the needs of Democracy Fund. Identifying opportunities and developing partnerships both internally and externally to build innovative, sustainable tools and services that benefit Democracy Fund.

•    Partnering with the Deputy COO, Grants & Finance to create a robust coaching and training program that empowers program staff to be excellent grantmakers, including a curriculum for new program staff. This includes ongoing trainings on different aspects of due diligence and grantee support, and a staffing support model that connects in-house and external nonprofit management expertise with program staff.
•    Collaborating with the Deputy COO, Grants & Finance and Grants Associates to create and maintain a robust data and analytics program that provides timely and relevant data to stakeholders across the organization to promote learning, improve grant processing time, and systemize internal communications.

•    Collaborating with Grants Associates to set ambitious, motivating, and realistic priorities for the Grants Management team to continue building systems, processes, and relationships that enable smarter, more thoughtful, and more efficient grantmaking.
•    Empowering two direct reports to do their best work by providing ongoing guidance, coaching, and feedback on their core day-to-day responsibilities, project management goals, and overall professional development.
•    Serving as a leader within the broader Operations team by helping shape the team’s goals and actively working to support the success of other members of the entire team; cultivating an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive, and that drives  impact through continuous improvement and learning.
•    Building strong, trusting relationships with people at all levels of the organization and working collaboratively with leaders, grantees, and funders from across the political spectrum.
•    Representing Democracy Fund in a manner that is consistent with our mission.

•    Passion for strengthening American democracy.
•    At least 8 years of grants management experience with a deep understanding of private foundation and 501(c)(4) grantmaking processes and related financial and compliance issues.
•    Experience with the IRS rules applicable to private foundation grantmaking, including familiarity with IRS-defined lobbying and “project grant rule” grants, and making expenditure responsibility grants.
•    Experience overseeing grants management databases, including making fixes and upgrades as a systems administrator; experience using Fluxx strongly desired.
•    Prior direct management experience and proven ability to provide useful feedback, develop, and inspire staff.
•    Proven ability to evaluate, improve, manage, and maintain systems and processes, including grants and/or contracts management software and processes. Passionate about continuous improvement and world class customer service.
•    Success in creating and facilitating trainings and materials, whether internally or in managing outside consultants, as well as coaching program staff on grantmaking best practices.
•    Strategic thinker and innovative problem-solver, including a proven ability to create and manage organizational change.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, anecdotal) and clearly communicate key information. Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data integrity.
•    Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties; proven talent in ensuring positive, proactive, responsive relationships within and across departments for compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
•    Demonstrated ability to multi-task and support multiple grantmaking functions simultaneously while exhibiting excellent time-management skills to meet deadlines.
•    Experience with Microsoft Office suite in Mac environment preferred.
•    Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) required; graduate degree preferred.
•    Position is based in Washington, D.C.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume here: https://bit.ly/2WTfXMZ. No calls please.

Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

Quincy, MA

Communications Manager, Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The Organization

Communications Manager
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA


The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) champions efforts that prioritize community goals that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for all New England youth.

As the largest philanthropy in New England dedicated exclusively to education, we work to ensure that all youth have access to excellent and equitable public education that prepares them to succeed and thrive in community. Our new grantmaking strategy, announced in early 2020, centers on racial equity in public education and includes grant funds for:

·       Supporting Organizations Led By People of Color;

·       Advancing Community-School Partnerships;

·       Amplifying Youth Voice;

·       Building Movements and Networks;

·       Strengthening State and National Coalitions; and

·       Championing Student-Centered Learning

In addition to our grantmaking, we are committed to using our voice, privilege, and power to advance and advocate for racial equity in our education system and to identify, call out, and dismantle the systems and policies that have led to a disproportionate number of negative outcomes for people of color. In all of our work, we have committed to a race-equity-focused and community-centered approach. We commit to actively engaging with the communities we serve, and those most impacted, regarding solutions, investments, and resources for their community.

Headquartered in Quincy, MA, our team is comprised of mission-driven professionals who share a commitment to putting youth and communities at the forefront, operating with a racial equity lens, building collaborative relationships, supporting community-driven change, and continuing to learn, adapt, and improve.

For more information on NMEF, please visit www.nmefoundation.org.

Position Overview


The Communications Manager will partner closely with the Chief Communications Officer and staff throughout the organization to deliver on a powerful and forward-thinking communications strategy. They will play an influential role in developing and implementing our communications strategy and outreach across various platforms designed to engage and empower community-based audiences, young people, educators, funders, opinion leaders, policymakers, grantees, and staff. With a focus on advancing conversations about racial equity in public education, the Communications Manager will identify opportunities for our organization to use our voice and platform to affect change. The Communications Manager will also play a critical role in ensuring that we apply a culturally-informed, racial equity lens to our communications strategy and storytelling practices.

Key Responsibilities

Specifically, the Communications Manager will:

·       Participate in envisioning, developing, and delivering communications strategies that highlight the work of NMEF and our grantee partners

·       Manage strategy and execution across several of our communications channels, including:

o   Digital communications: provide oversight and content development for our blog, social media channels, email marketing, and website

o   Print and creative content: Guide the development of materials for meetings, events, and outreach

o   Internal communications: identify creative opportunities to share information, inspire, and engage staff and Board members

·       Support the development and deployment of NMEF-supported and -produced research and evaluation content

·       Oversee NMEF’s strategic event sponsorship grant fund, with an eye to enhancing our brand and extending our reach in New England and nationally

·       Foster positive relationships with internal staff and with grantees, identifying and implementing effective communications initiatives and providing communications support/technical assistance

·       Manage the work of agencies and contract support on communications campaigns

·       Collaborate with the Chief Communications Officer and Learning, Research, and Evaluation team to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of communications work

·       Supervise a part-time Communications Intern

·       Proactively identify and recommend creative opportunities to build the public profile of NMEF and grantees in media


As the incoming Communications Manager, you will possess many of the following characteristics and qualifications:

·       You bring at least 5 years’ experience in communications roles, including prior experience in nonprofit or public organizations where you have advanced a social issue through strategic communications.

·       You demonstrate a deep commitment to our mission of advancing racial equity in public education and a desire to be part of a team that is committed to growth and learning related to racial equity. Substantive knowledge of education reform, issues of equity and diversity, and social and political dynamics of local, regional, and national governments will be considered a strong plus.

·       You are aligned with our core organizational competencies: race-equity-focused and community-centered; building and nurturing collaborative relationships; adaptable and adaptive leadership; and growth and impact-focused accountability.

·       You have successfully developed, implemented, and evaluated organizational-level communications strategies and managed communications products and publications from conception to publication.

·       You offer particular strength and expertise in managing digital communications channels (website, social media, email marketing, etc.), while also demonstrating comfort in a generalist role where you will work across a wide range of channels and activities.

·       You are a collaborative, relationship-oriented partner with experience supporting a diverse group of staff and stakeholders, providing mentoring, assistance, and inspiration in order to engage and empower others in communications efforts.

·       You demonstrate the flexibility, accountability, and team-orientation needed to succeed in a small organization, where you will need both to partner with others and work independently without close oversight.

·       You possess excellent oral and written communications skills.

·       You are highly organized and detail-oriented, and you are able to effectively manage multiple projects and competing demands.

·       You are proficient in Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office and familiar with internet and social media technologies and communications protocols. Graphic design and layout experience is considered a plus.


The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience, and NMEF provides a comprehensive benefits package.

How To Apply


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Cassie Scarano, Kirstin Griffiths, and Ariella Pasackow are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit https://talent-profile.koyapartners.com/search/3996.  All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.


Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

Northampton, MA

Managing Director, Solidago Foundation, Solidago Foundation



Solidago is a nimble and creative philanthropic foundation that supports social justice organizations. “Solidago”, the botanical Latin term for the goldenrod plant, means, “to strengthen and make whole.” Inspired by this widespread and strong-rooted plant, the Foundation seeks non-traditional and creative approaches to deep-rooted social problems that address institutionalized disparities. Since launching its work in 1996, Solidago has promoted justice, equity, sustainability, and enfranchisement for all through its charitable grantmaking. It has joined with progressive funding partners across the country to support work for fundamental, transformational social change.

Solidago is a 501C3 charitable foundation. Its sister organization, the See Forward Fund, is a C4, with similar goals and programs focused on supporting work on independent political power and progressive governance. See Forward is operated by the Solidago staff, as is the Frances Fund, an endowed private family foundation that supports Solidago.

The primary beneficiaries of support are progressive community-based organizations and networks that represent low-income communities of color. Solidago has helped to build capacity and empower community infrastructure and institutions, while also creating economic development strategies and policies that have helped to reverse the growing gap between wealth and power.

As a progressive philanthropic organization, Solidago has offered a range of support, from general operation support to technical assistance, applied research and leadership development. The organization has played a critically scarce funding role, enabling many grassroots organizations to thrive and have greater impact.

The board has long positioned the organization to sunset after 25 years, so it will spend down its endowment by 2023. Through a recent strategic planning process, the Solidago Board of Directors concluded that, at this critical moment in history, the timing is right to maximize its impact. With this in mind, the organization has narrowed its focus over the next three years on supporting work on civic engagement and representative government.

With two experienced program staff and a small administrative support team, Solidago enters its final three years with a sharp focus and clear intentions. Solidago is led by a small board of directors and has a dedicated staff of six. The organization’s annual budget is $3 million.

Position Overview

The Opportunity

Solidago’s new Managing Director will have the unique opportunity to shepherd the final phase of an organization with a national reputation within progressive philanthropy for its longstanding history of funding grassroots organizing and movement building. The Foundation is poised for the right leader to support its programs and its public visibility. The Managing Director will join a highly functional organization with an experienced, astute board and skilled staff.

Led by Board President Linda Stout, the Board of Directors of Solidago expects to realize significant impact over the three years ahead. Through its intensive strategic and financial planning efforts, Solidago is poised for a remarkable closure to its decades of historic accomplishments.

Over the next three years, Solidago Foundation expects to accomplish the following:

  • Relational Grantmaking: Solidago will focus on its core function: grantmaking to grassroots social justice organizations that are rooted in low income communities and communities of color, building power through organizing, movement building, civic engagement and advocacy. In this manner, the Foundation will make grants through the end of 2022. It will be joined in this effort by the See Forward Fund.
  • A Narrow Scope of Activity: Recognizing the enormous importance of the pivotal time we are in, when our democracy and many social justice gains are severely threatened, Solidago has narrowed its strategic scope for the years ahead on the key structural change needed now—non-partisan civic engagement and a truly democratic and representative government. The See Forward Fund will focus on grantmaking that builds independent political power.
  • Initiate Work with Lasting Impact: Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Solidago’s grantmaking will also prioritize community-rooted representative governance initiatives in strategic geographic areas. The Foundation will continue to work closely with key national partners and initiatives to ensure that this work will extend beyond its own scale and lifespan. The See Forward Fund will focus on progressive governance and policy.


The Ideal Candidate

This position requires a skilled nonprofit leader who will be both collaborative and directive. Solidago seeks a Managing Director who is experienced as a facilitator, and who brings an enthusiastic and energetic presence to the organization. The successful candidate will be a flexible, strategic, and innovative thinker who shares Solidago’s vision of a world in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are imperatives.

The ideal candidate will be a hands-on operational leader, adept at managing a talented professional staff and working closely with an engaged board of directors.

Solidago Foundation’s ideal candidate will demonstrate these skills and attributes:

Strategic Planning and Administrative Oversight

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who brings experience and skill in nonprofit organizational planning and operational management. The successful candidate will be prepared to play a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the organization’s work plans. He, she, or they will directly supervise the Program Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Administrative Assistant.

Excellent Communication Skills

Solidago Foundation seeks a Managing Director with highly developed written and oral communication skills. The organization’s next leader will ideally be an individual who is an articulate and thoughtful speaker, able to represent the organization effectively to public audiences.

Financial Resource Management

The ideal candidate will be comfortable with the financial management of a nonprofit agency, and will possess the skills to supervise and in an emergency back-stop the CFO. He, she, or they will understand workplace compliance and employment laws and possess the ability to assure adequate planning and accounting of all funds, including maintaining sound financial practices.

Facility in Working with a Skilled Staff

Continuing professional staff development is a focus for Solidago Foundation. The next Managing Director will be adept at motivating and leading a talented staff, valuing their work, respecting their contributions, and building an environment that fosters team work.

Board Experience

Solidago seeks a new leader with significant experience working effectively in partnership with a board of directors, and key funder and advisor to carry out the mission of the organization. He, she, or they will administer the board’s processes in conjunction with the board president and facilitate communication between the board and staff, and key funder.

Education and Leadership Experience

Education and work experience in a relevant area is needed. Five or more years of leadership responsibility is required.

Submission of Candidacy

This executive search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks and Transition Consultant Cathy Cohen. All submissions are confidential. Only online applications will be accepted.

Candidates should include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs of Solidago Foundation, along with salary requirements, how they learned of the position, and any other relevant information (such as published articles). All applications will be acknowledged. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skill and experience.

Solidago is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply.

Apply here: https://www.click2apply.net/xndgx3rsk4ggqf22


How To Apply

Apply online

Washington, D.C.

Manager of Development Operations and Data, Resources for the Future

The Organization

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

Position Overview

The Manager of Development Operations and Data provides oversight and management over all financial reporting, database management, and administrative functions of the Development Office, in service of advancing the use of accurate, comprehensive data to enhance RFF’s fundraising and donor engagement strategies. The Manager is responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures, and best practices that support efficient and accurate gift processing, data management, reporting, and analysis. The Manager oversees one staff member and is responsible for all aspects of RFF’s donor database.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the VP for Development and Institutional Strategy and the VP for Finance and Administration to support a process to set and manage fundraising projections for individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising programs.
  • Oversees the creation of daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports to support fundraising staff, finance department, executive leadership, and the board of directors. This includes reports demonstrating progress toward goals as well as forecasting philanthropic support in future years and reconciling with the finance department.
  • Oversees gift processing and acknowledgement, financial tracking and projections, and compliance issues.
  • Leads the development and implementation of RFF’s donor information systems and improvements, as well as identifying and championing various tech solutions that support fundraising goals.
  • Manages gift accounting for accurate and timely entry of all charitable gifts and pledges into the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT (RE) database. This includes checks, securities, gifts-in-kind, matching gift contributions, credit card imports and processing, payroll deductions, grants, online giving, Donor-Advised Funds and wired gifts (stocks and cash).
  • Oversees the accurate processing of constituent information into RE. This includes all information received by the donor, prospect manager, third-party data cleaning services, research services, and screening services.
  • Maintains the overall database integrity and quality, including routine data improvement, data auditing, practice enforcement, security and code value management, systems checks, and database functions, and identifies opportunities for systems integration for improved data quality, reduced data entry, and increased cross-departmental collaboration. Works with other departments to maintain data harmony across multiple systems.
  • Provides database management and other technical training, as well as works with the VP to coordinate development orientation programming, for relevant staff.
  • Develops, creates, and maintains policies and procedures for data entry, audit, and analysis to ensure optimal database organization and data hygiene, as well as policies and procedures for efficient and effective fundraising operations (such as Standard Operating Procedures).
  • Ensures gift records and tax receipts are compliant with FASB and IRS policies. This includes procedures to accurately enter, audit and report gifts, gift flow, and pledge expectancies. Ensures proper controls are in place for a seamless and flawless auditing process.
  • Reviews grants and contracts for compliance with RFF policies, managing the contract review process for Development team.
  • Work with other divisions of the institution to maintain data harmony across multiple systems.

Special Education/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with four to seven years of fundraising data management and reporting in nonprofit organizations, preferably with experience in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience supervising staff and managing projects.
  • Experience designing and generating clear financial reports that meet the needs of various user groups, including financial reconciliations and pipeline reporting.
  • Sophisticated computer/database management skills, with experience integrating different systems and designing workflows, queries, and reports.
  • Knowledge of FASB and IRS policies for gift records and management.

Special Knowledge/Skills Requirements

  • Must be results-oriented, friendly, flexible, communicative, and have a sense of humor.
  • Deep knowledge of all legal accounting and auditing of fundraising requirements of donor data and related analytics.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including strong Excel and Word knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a face paced environment, managing multiple, complex projects simultaneously, with a strong attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, ability to change course quickly based on new insights.
  • Commitment to teamwork, with strong collaboration and communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Interest in RFF’s mission and a commitment to RFF’s core values is a plus.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume via www.rff.org/about/careersWe will only contact references for candidates who are finalists.

Concord, North Carolina

Executive Director, The Cannon Foundation

The Organization


Established in 1943, The Cannon Foundation is a private, charitable foundation that continues the philanthropic legacy and donor intent of Charles A. Cannon. Mr. Cannon had a head for business and a heart for the people of North Carolina.  He served as President and CEO of Cannon Mills Company for more than fifty years and demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the state by funding capital and infrastructure projects for healthcare, higher education and community nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the Foundation provided 169 grants for a total of $10,691,500.

The Foundation is part of the Cannon Charitable Interests along with the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts and the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.

Position Overview

The Leadership Opportunity

The Cannon Foundation, one of North Carolina’s premiere statewide grant-making foundations, seeks a thoughtful, proven professional with an innate understanding and appreciation for North Carolina’s citizens, resources, and cultural heritage, demonstrated philanthropic leadership, and management abilities.

The next Executive Director will possess the following:

1.      Exceptional interpersonal skills.

2.      The capacity to  work with people from wide-ranging backgrounds.

3.      Communication and consensus building skills to assess and respond to the needs of the Board, staff, the community, and stakeholders.

4.      Focus on the long-term objectives of the Foundation while balancing strategic and tactical responsibilities.

5.      The ability to represent the Foundation with vital constituencies in North Carolina and a unique focus on capital funding initiatives in education, healthcare and human services.

Major Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board Of Directors and has primary responsibilities for the following areas:

1.      Provides leadership, direction, and management of the Cannon Foundation’s operations and administrative coordination with the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust and the Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trusts.

2.      Employs, manages, supervises, and evaluates all staff members; mentors and leverages the strengths of the staff to position them for growth while maintaining a team culture; and oversees the staff with a focus on programs, policies and grant making procedures.

3.      Ensures the strategic development and implementation of the Foundation’s mission, bringing clarity, vision, values, and exceptional stewardship to enhance grantmaking.

4.      Coordinates the development, implementation, and assessment of the philanthropic giving strategies and evaluation framework for board review to achieve targeted, result-oriented outcomes.

5.      Identifies and monitors trends and emerging philanthropic and community issues, to develop recommendations, and set priorities that inform the Board.

6.      Works closely with the Board of Directors to support a strong model of governance, and engages the board on issues related to strategy, values, reputation, communications, community impact, and collaborations.

7.      Develops and maintains strong, positive working relationships and networks with partners, professional advisors, philanthropic and grantee organizations.

8.      Has a clear understanding of the implicit power dynamics inherent between foundations and grantees and the ability to create meaningful, balanced relationships and collaborations based on common values.

9.      Serves as the chief spokesperson for the Foundation and a voice of the organization.

 Hiring Requirements and Attributes

  • Passion, vision, inspiration, and enthusiasm for preserving the legacy and donor intent of Charles A. Cannon and the mission of the Foundation.
  • Creative leadership and the ability to work closely with the Board of Directors to develop an agenda that addresses short- and long-term goals relevant to the Foundation’s defined mission.
  • Significant senior-level or executive experience in philanthropy, foundations, or nonprofits, with at least 10 years of professional leadership experience.
  • An understanding of North Carolina’s complex landscape.
  • A calm and effective nonpartisan relationship builder with various constituencies including the Board, the staff, higher education and healthcare professionals, and other foundations to support the goals and direction of the Foundation.
  • An extensive track record of management, operations, fiscal affairs; a working knowledge of budgets, finances, strategic planning, and tax issues; and a knowledge of information technology systems.
  • Exceptional and intelligent listening skills with the ability to think broadly, critically, strategically, and conceptually with an understanding of public policy issues and strategic developments.
  • A mature perspective on wealth and experience working with people of wealth.
  • Appreciation of the staff’s skills and talents, willing to serve as a role model to ensure that staff and Board of Directors meet high ethical standards of conduct and fiduciary duty.
  • Sense of humor with humility, unquestionable integrity, and moral character.
  • Residence in Cabarrus County, NC.

Compensation: $250,000 range, that is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits included.

How To Apply


Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC is conducting this search. To apply, click on the link to The Cannon Foundation position profile at www.ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply.   You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume and professional references. Finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample.  In case of any technical problems, contact beth@armstrongmcguire.com. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue through the application deadline of May 31, 2020.


The Cannon Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

NY, NY or Oakland, CA

Director of Partnerships, Urgent Action Fund

The Organization

Centered on a groundbreaking model of rapid response grantmaking, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) supports the urgent needs of courageous women, trans and gender non-conforming human rights defenders around the world in times of crisis or opportunity. Our model protects and advances the civil, political and social rights of women and LGBTI people, and invests in the resilience of social justice movements, including environmental, feminist, indigenous, land rights, youth, and LGBTI movements. Founded in 1997, UAF is a member of a network of four independent “Sister Funds” that collectively support frontline women’s rights activists around the world. With an annual revenue of $7 Million, UAF’s work within this network centers on support for activists and social movements in the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia, and North America.

Position Overview

The Director of Partnerships leads the development and communications work at UAF as it generates revenue; builds a community of donor activists; communicates impact in a clear, engaging manner; and develops partnerships with peers and funders (including individuals, private foundations and bilateral/multilateral donors) that bring new resources to UAF, activists and movements worldwide. The position directly manages a Development & Communication Coordinator and Philanthropic Engagement Officer. The position is based in Oakland, CA or New York, NY (preferred) with 30% domestic and international travel.

Core Responsibilities:

• Lead the development and communications team in developing strategy for the team, providing guidance, and setting and evaluating team objectives with input from others

• Oversee and manage a portfolio of major donors, foundations and government funders and prospects

• Develop annual fundraising and communications targets; implement work plans; monitor progress; and assess and adjust progress and strategies, as needed

• Coordinate with the “Sister Funds” to ensure respectful, accurate, and timely creation of joint proposals and reports

• Negotiate partnerships with peer organizations for UAF that attract government or foundation support to the organization and represent UAF in such collaborative initiatives

• Provide reports to the Executive Director and Board on fundraising and communications progress

• Work with Senior Learning & Impact Officer to develop impact statements about UAF’s programs

• As a member of the leadership team, participate in the organization’s annual budgeting process, help to solve problems and set plans for the organization

• With the Development & Communication Coordinator, shape the framing and messaging of UAF’s story and impact in both print and online media, including donor collaterals and a case for support

Core Capacities:

• Shares the values of the organization: integrity, feminisms, wellbeing, justice, courage, and mindful engagement

• Is emotionally intelligent and works collaboratively and respectfully with multiple stakeholders including program staff and external consultants

• Works methodically with attention to detail and sensitivity to confidential information

• Enjoys forming new relationships that connect others to UAF and build a community of donor-activists

• Is goal-oriented, driven, strategic, and energetic in creative pursuit of organizational and team goals

• Thrives in a small team atmosphere with highly collaborative and consensus-driven activists

• Is flexible with the ability to wear a number of different hats and juggle many tasks simultaneously


• Minimum 7 to 10 years of management experience in nonprofit and/or philanthropic fundraising, grantmaking and/or communications with a degree in business, communications or related fields

• Communications and relationship-building expertise with experience strategically representing organizations or programs to diverse constituencies

• Demonstrated success in fundraising, preferably with experience raising funds annually of at least $7M from a cultivated, diverse pool including institutional funders and individual donors

• Experience successfully leading and managing a staff of at least 2-3, including mentoring, ensuring staff development, cultivating culture and providing inspirational and effective leadership

• Experience in negotiation and collaborative partnership development

• Experience with moves management, donor engagement tools, outreach to donors, securing meetings, and soliciting gifts

• Experience preparing proposals and reports for funders and developing the case for support for social justice or human rights-oriented work

• Superior communication and interpersonal skills

• Team-oriented, collaborative, and comfortable working across cultures and time zones

• Passion for social justice and human rights, including women’s rights and LGBTQI equality

Compensation and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $135,000 to $150,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, retirement, flex spending for medical and transit) and flexible remote work options.

How To Apply

UAF is partnering with Walker and Associates Consulting – an Oakland-based, national strategic management consulting and search firm – to facilitate this search. To apply, email a cover letter, resume and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to your references) to UAF@walkeraac.com on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, May 15, 2020. Use the subject line: Director of Partnerships Search. Please submit PDF or Microsoft Word files only, preferably with all materials in one combined file. Resume review begins immediately.

Urgent Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. In order to build the strongest possible workforce, UAF actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Los Altos, CA

Communications Officer (Temporary), The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Organization

About the David and Lucile Packard Foundation:
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) is a family foundation that is guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. Their approach to business and community participation has guided our philanthropy. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the work of the Foundation. Located in Los Altos, CA, the Foundation makes grants at the local, state, national, and international level.

We work on the issues our founders cared about most, which are improving the lives of children; enabling the creative pursuit of science; advancing reproductive health; conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems; and supporting and strengthening an array of local nonprofit organizations.

In 2020, the Foundation plans to make grantmaking awards of approximately $350M. A staff of 140 conducts the day-to-day operations and a Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Foundation. David and Lucile Packard passed on to the Foundation the following core set of values: integrity; respect for all people; belief in individual leadership; commitment to effectiveness; and the capacity to think big.

At the Packard Foundation, we strive for a diverse workforce and ensure that respect for cultural diversity is fostered. We recognize diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing the work of the Foundation and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills and levels, education, and geographic location, to name a few.

More information about the Foundation can be found at www.packard.org.

Position Overview

About the Department:
The Communications Team develops and implements communications strategies and activities to amplify the Foundation’s impact on the issue areas we fund. Our communications efforts are guided by the following priorities:

  • To support grantees by strengthening their communications capacity and amplifying their work,
  • To communicate with grantees, partners, and other stakeholders in a clear, consistent, and compelling way about the work we fund and goals we collectively seek to achieve,
  • To selectively and intentionally use the Foundation’s voice when it is uniquely positioned to augment grantmaking and grantee efforts and strengthen the fields in which we work, and
  • To provide counsel on communications-related grantmaking efforts in service of programmatic goals.

The Communications Team is comprised of a strategic, cohesive, and collaborative team of six led by the Communications Director who is on the Foundation’s leadership team.

About the Role:
The Foundation has three full-time Communications Officers and an Associate Communications Officer who proactively lead the development of communications strategies and initiatives for the Foundation and in collaboration with one or more of the Foundation’s program areas.

We seek a temporary Communications Officer position to expand the capacity of the team during a year of CEO leadership transition and a temporary staff leave. An adept project manager, teacher, and relationship builder, the one-year temporary Communications Officer will serve as an internal partner to program staff, and others across the Foundation, with high communications expertise who can prioritize, confidently make decisions, and move easily across issue areas and projects.

Candidates should demonstrate keen interest in and knowledge of the complex issues the Foundation addresses. We seek candidates who can translate technical or scientific information and concepts into communications that inspire our partners on an issue, policy, or action. Individuals should be intellectually curious and at ease working with subject matter experts and leaders across various fields.

Best suited to this role are individuals who offer their expertise with a consultative approach. Candidates must have a respect for the diversity of the grantees with whom we work, and strong interpersonal skills to establish effective and respectful working relationships across the Foundation with program teams, grantees, external consultants, media, and other stakeholders.

This position reports to the Communications Director and is located in downtown Los Altos, California.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Communications Officers work in close partnership with grantmaking teams and Foundation leadership to amplify the Foundation’s mission and the issues we support. Leveraging deep understanding of the dynamic field of strategic communications, Communications Officers create and execute innovative campaigns to influence social change and inspire new audiences. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of communications strategies that amplify our grantmaking.
  • Function as a leader and coach to Foundation staff, guiding colleagues through communications development, campaign strategy and execution.
  • Manage activities such as message development, strategy updates, media engagement, writing opinion articles and blogs, and external communications surrounding Foundation-branded activities
  • Work directly with grantees as needed, organizing around shared projects and providing communications counsel and/or technical assistance.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding of communications strategy development and ability to execute and implement
  • Highest level of professional writing skills; ability to create content for opinion articles, press releases, web content, and social media
  • Significant project management experience with large, diverse teams and external consultants
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and translate complex and/or scientific concepts and lexicon into clear, compelling content for non-technical audiences
  • Comfort with media relations and media training
  • Digital media content development and strategy support
  • Adept at absorbing and understanding new subjects quickly
  • Excellent time, project management, and prioritization skills

Important personal attributes for success include:

  • Humility and a “can-do” attitude
  • Flexibility to shift and pivot as needed
  • Collaborative, inclusive team player
  • High emotional intelligence, ability to read and navigate situations and diverse audiences with respect
  • Resilience and optimism
  • Discernment, excellent judgement

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • At least 5 year(s) of  relevant work experience including: communications experience in one or more of the issue areas the Foundation supports; experience providing communications counsel to an organization’s senior staff is ideal

To Apply:

To apply, go to the Packard Foundation Careers page.

Principal applicants only — Candidates whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job will be contacted — No phone inquiries, please

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.

The Foundation uses an outside firm to check the accuracy of information supplied by applicants who are extended an offer of employment.

How To Apply


Metro Denver or Chicago preferred, but not required

Director of Development, Charter School Growth Fund

The Organization

The Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) is a leading nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that identifies the nation’s best public charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps to increase their impact. Our portfolio includes 75 charter school networks that operate over 1,000 schools and serve more than 475,000 students in 31 states. We are committed to expanding the impact of schools that are closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Our investment strategy is like that of a venture capital firm for public charter schools. The diverse “portfolio” of schools and leaders that we support include single-site charter schools as well as established networks that operate schools in several states. Ultimately, we think our portfolio can serve more than one million students nationwide and in doing so, show how public schools can help students achieve excellent outcomes at scale.

Position Overview


CSGF is seeking a Director of Development to advance the organization’s efforts to and grow its base of 35 major donors as it develops and launches its next philanthropic fund, National Fund IV. This is an exciting role for someone who knows how to cultivate strategic partnerships, loves to connect people and ideas, and is passionate about expanding opportunities for underserved communities. The role involves a mix of independent work (planning, writing, editing) and relationship-building work (conceiving, planning, executing).


The Director of Development will operate as part of a highly collaborative, results-focused Investor Relations team that has a strong track record of attracting and retaining significant donors. He/she will engage both directly and indirectly with funders by providing thought partnership to CSGF leaders, crafting compelling and engaging materials, and managing or executing critical next steps. Reporting to the VP, Investor Relations, and working closely with the CSGF leadership, key responsibilities will include:

  • Growing and diversifying CSGF’s donor base:
    • Serving as a co-strategist and partner in cultivating and soliciting multi-million-dollar grants
    • Crafting clear and compelling messages that describe the organization’s unique strengths and aspirations, often through development of strong PowerPoint presentations
    • Conducting research on and directly engaging with prospective donors
    • Providing excellent support to the CSGF CEO in his role as a key fundraiser
    • Writing grant proposals that will range from one-page memos to complex, multi-part documents that require collaboration with multiple team members
  • Leading year-round engagement with a subset of donors:
    • Managing a portfolio of donor relationships, by planning and executing meaningful touchpoints and providing personalized information and experiences aligned with donors’ interests
    • Developing reports and PowerPoint presentations that are customized to individual donors’ interests
    • Serving as the chief planner for a small number of events and strategic communications with donors and board members


A successful Director of Development will:

  • Be a skilled relationship builder and influencer
  • Be able to develop flawless PowerPoint slides to guide rich conversations with donors
  • Excel at analyzing, visualizing, and explaining complex information in clear and compelling ways
  • Be highly detail-oriented and committed to continuous learning and improvement
  • Be comfortable leading projects from ideation to execution and facilitating in-person and virtual meetings
  • Have a demonstrated track record of meeting deadlines and collaborating across teams
  • Be able to navigate ambiguity and problem solve independently
  • Understand key issues in K-12 education and high-performing charter schools

Educational Background and Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Experience in institutional giving or fundraising in a high-performing organization, preferably in a major gift solicitation, strategic partnerships, or business development role

How To Apply

Apply at https://chartergrowthfund.org/work-with-us/careers/?gh_jid=4654360002