Community Impact Officer (CIO)

Hartford, CT
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 15, 2024
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For nearly 100 years, generous individuals and families have trusted the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help them make a lasting, positive impact in their community and in their own and future generations. Under its strategic commitment, the Hartford Foundation is poised to move to a greater level of impact and growth that will enhance our ability to support nonprofits and other partners to identify and serve community needs. We also seek to enhance our role as a trusted steward, collaborator, and innovator.



Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Community Impact Officer (SCIO), the Community Impact Officer (CIO) works collaboratively with internal colleagues, and external community partners to ensure the Foundation's grantmaking resources are effectively invested and monitored to produce positive, sustainable programming in the Greater Hartford Region.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the work of one or more of the Foundation’s grantmaking/learning teams;
  • Review and analyze grant proposals to assess alignment with team strategy negotiate outcomes and provide written recommendations to management.
  • Monitor assigned grants, track outcomes and partner with nonprofits as they implement grant-funded projects or programs.
  • Participate in team meetings and other activities, collaborating on grants and shared activities of the team.
  • Contribute to annual planning, budgeting, and monitoring activities for various plans and teams.
  • Coordinate with community partners and internal colleagues to integrate a learning partnership and capacity building agenda into the work of Community Impact teams and to provide grantmaking support and information about grantmaking activities.
  • Maintain broad and in-depth knowledge and understanding of needs, concerns, issues, trends, best practices, innovations, and values of the community, and the nonprofit, government, business and other sectors.
  • Review and analyze grant requests in current and emerging areas of work, in response to emergency needs or new opportunities, as needed.


Competencies and Attributes

  • Deep commitment to the values of trust-based philanthropy, equity, diversity and inclusion and the ability to embed those values in all aspects of work.
  • Ability to synthesize listening and learning into persuasive written rationales for grant recommendations.
  • Natural capacity and preference to take organized, structured and time-conscious approaches to tasks and work planning.
  • Demonstrated communications skills for writing, speaking, listening for understanding, presenting and adapting content for a range of audiences, and persuading, and influencing.
  • Demonstrated project management skills – including coordinating internal and external staff, consultant teams, and budgets.
  • Knowledge of Greater Hartford, especially Hartford, and the disparities in opportunity faced by its residents or of residents in a similar metropolitan area.
  • Comfort with organizational change and working in an emergent strategy environment.
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with grantee partners and other community stakeholders.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, empathy and openness to new ideas and perspectives on a wide range of topics.
  • Proven ability to translate abstract ideas into actionable results.
  • Solid track record of a collaborative and team-oriented approach to project design, implementation and/or grantmaking, convenings, and use of other tools to promote strategic outcomes.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of program and/or strategy evaluation, public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and nonprofit management.


Education and Experience

Degree requirement can be substituted with equivalent practical experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, public administration, public policy or other relevant area or equivalent relevant experience combined with educational training.
  • Five or more years of experience in nonprofit or public sector, in project management or implementation.
  • Experience in a role requiring programmatic activities and/or critical and strategic thinking related to issues of equity and antiracism.



  • Grantmaking and/or grant writing experience.
  • Experience managing high volume grant applications through RFP and RFQ processes within compressed timelines.
  • Knowledge of the Greater Hartford nonprofit community and neighborhoods.
  • Experience contributing to collaborative, team-oriented programs and strategy development.
  • Knowledge of outcome-oriented budgetary planning and understanding of nonprofit budgeting
  • Understanding of the role of the public sector and public policy in Connecticut or at the state level in another state.


Location and office information:

Hartford, CT; Hybrid schedule that includes in-office work, remote work and site visits to community partners throughout the Greater Hartford Region.


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Any and all offers to applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a comprehensive background and reference check to the satisfaction of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.