Vice President of Community Foundation Programs

Position Title: 
Vice President, Community Foundation Programs
Organization Name: 
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) is the nonprofit membership association serving philanthropy in Indiana, working with members to lead change and increase impact. Our mission is to champion, support, and connect members as we transform Indiana through effective philanthropy. We represent philanthropic organizations, companies, and individuals from all 92 Indiana counties. Collectively, IPA membership holds over $20.4 billion in assets and awards more than $861 million in grants each year.

Vice President, Community Foundation Programs is a full-time, grant-funded position providing leadership for the training and technical assistance program associated with Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative for Indiana community foundations. Lilly Endowment Inc., has supported the development and growth of Indiana community foundations since 1990, including an extensive program of training and technical assistance.

The scope of the position is broad, including providing administrative, programmatic, financial, and personnel management for the program, as well as collaborating with Lilly Endowment as requested on the strategy and vision for the GIFT initiative.

REPORTS TO:      President and CEO
SUPERVISES:      GIFT Associate Director, Program Manager, consultants
FLSA STATUS:     Salaried, Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION:          Indianapolis, Indiana

How to Apply

Send resume to jobs@inphilanthropy.org by January 24, 2020, to ensure the fullest consideration.

Principal Responsibilities (essential job functions)

Leadership

Provide strategic leadership for designing programs aimed at current and future needs of community foundations. Stay abreast of national trends and resources, and best practices within the community foundation field. Maintain strong working relationships with key partners inside Indiana and around the country. Engage with Lilly Endowment in developing long-term strategy for GIFT support of community foundations.

Management

Supervise performance of staff providing GIFT technical assistance and oversee the work of external consultants. Manage GIFT budget. Serve as a member of IPA’s management team to ensure efficient and effective cross-department communication, team functioning, and programming for all IPA members.

Develop, in consultation with IPA’s President/CEO, an annual proposal and budget for Lilly Endowment for GIFT technical assistance that outlines the scope, content, and delivery vehicles for supporting Indiana community foundations on all aspects of foundation affairs and management. Prepare grant status reports. Ensure effective performance of responsibilities under the GIFT technical assistance grants.

Act on behalf of the IPA President/CEO, as authorized, in financial, operational, and other IPA matters.

Serve as senior leader of IPA in the absence of the President/CEO when needed.

Technical Assistance

Ensure the provision of timely responses to requests for technical assistance and consultation from Indiana community foundations on all aspects of foundation operations (e.g., governance, finance, fund management, asset development) utilizing a broad range of methods and formats as appropriate (e.g., via phone, email, web-based, in-person, on-site, etc.), including direct provision of technical assistance by the vice president, as appropriate.

Training

Direct the development and implementation of professional development and training programs on broad aspects of community foundation affairs and management, in response to needs assessment and input from the field, current and topical issues and trends, and other relevant content areas that promote the effectiveness of Indiana community foundations. The vice president will serve as a trainer, as appropriate, as well as supervise the performance of other staff and external consultants in such roles. The vice president will collaborate with other IPA staff to ensure coordination and promote the effective use of resources.

External Relations

Work with IPA President/CEO to support IPA as a recognized voice in Indiana philanthropy. Maintain effective relationships with other local, statewide, and national organizations to promote and support Indiana community foundations.

Essential Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • B.S. or B.A. required.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in management or leadership positions; experience in nonprofit or philanthropic organizations required, especially in context of community foundations.
  • Recognized leader in the community foundation field and respected by peers and colleagues as a thought leader and innovator as demonstrated by leadership positions held, awards, etc.
  • Proven understanding of national standards, trends, and best practices in community foundation work and philanthropy on the larger stage.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of a community foundation’s role in community leadership and the many ways a community foundation can impact its community by driving initiatives that move the needle in a measurable way.
  • Understanding of the fundamental activities and responsibilities of a community foundation in a variety of contexts, ranging from urban to rural communities, and across asset sizes both large and small.
  • Program development and training skills, including an understanding of adult learning styles and familiarity with a range of learning vehicles (in-person workshops and trainings, web and other technology-supported delivery platforms, etc.).
  • Preference for experience in the Indiana community foundation field.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.
  • Proficient with basic technology platforms and programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
  • Experience with developing and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated program management skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team environment.
  • Proven strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-starter, with ability to work well with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility for frequent travel, primarily around the state, including occasional overnight trips.

Physical Requirements of Position

  • Majority of job is located inside office setting during regular business hours of operation, but evening or weekend work will be required.
  • Regular use of keyboard.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, bend and stoop.
  • Able to drive for travel around the state.
  • Consistent sitting for many hours at a time.

 

This job description does not represent an inclusive list of all duties encompassed in this position, but rather serves as a tool to assist the employee in this position.  The existence of this job description, or any other job description, does not in any way negate Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s “at will” employment status.