GRACE FARMS FOUNDATION
NEW CANAAN, CT - Grace Farms Foundation is seeking an Assistant Director of Community and Partnerships to help drive the strategic evolution and planning of the Grace Farms Foundation Community Initiative.
In this role, you will serve as part of a team that drives the strategic evolution and planning of the Grace Farms Foundation Community Initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about the intersection of public-private partnerships and the not-forprofit community to work in a dynamic environment. You enjoy supporting strategic planning through research and analytics, relationship development, and creating community impact. You have experience working collaboratively with team members across departments to drive results. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of philanthropic innovation.
Location & Travel
The position will be located at 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan, CT. The position includes local travel within Fairfield and Westchester counties and possibly NYC for the purposes of relationship development with external organizations.
Your Day-to-Day Responsibilities
You will support the goals of the Community Initiative in the following areas:
Relationship Building and Outreach
• Assist the Director in developing and implementing strategies to maximize collaboration across the Foundation’s initiatives.
• Cultivate existing relationships and assist Director in developing new relationships with nonprofits and government agencies with the goal of ensuring a robust portfolio of social impact partners.
• Conduct a landscape analysis and identify targeted partners, mission ambassadors, and other influencers that fit the strategic objectives of the Initiative.
• Identify non-profit organizations that fit with our criteria for support, engage with their leadership, and build partnership models with an eye for expanding our partnership portfolio.
• Support the Community Initiative strategy around scaling impact and engagement with external partners regionally, nationally and globally.
• Assess existing space grant processes – examine for efficiency, impact and inclusivity
• Receive, review, and organize Space Grant applications on a quarterly basis. Provide Review Committee with all necessary details to make an informed decision on new space grant recipients and potential new space grant partners.
• Provide day-to-day oversight of Space Grant Program, assisting the events team with logistics for larger Space Grant events, and serving as a resource to the Events team as space grants are planned and executed on site.
• Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Space Grant program through ongoing improvements to the operational systems such as the application, guidelines documents, and review process.
• Review Space Grant agreements with internal counsel.
• Collect and maintain reporting data to support the Director of Community in Results Based Accountability goals. Maintain operational systems (Formstack, Patron Manager, etc.),that directly impact the work of the Community Initiative.
• Identify partnership and collaborative ideas between various non-profit organizations.
• Support the creation of a program to engage Foundations in our work and space Research
• Create a rubric for the assessment of all nonprofit partners and space grant recipients
• Stay up-to-date on trends and policy that impact the Foundation’s local, national, and international NGO partners.
• Monitor and analyze philanthropic, corporate, and foundation partnership trends so that opportunities may be capitalized on, ensuring the Foundation’s partnership proposition remains compelling and competitive.
• Synthesize research to frame overall Initiative strategy and inform programming decisions
Communications and Reporting
• Represent the Community Initiative at the operations team meetings.
• Support the creation of thought-pieces on the work of the Community Initiative
• Synthesize findings from nonprofit roundtables and collaborative events that can be turned into blogs, social media posts and various written pieces
• Track and update key stakeholders of projects, roadmaps, and next steps. Help coordinate and analyze ongoing processes for improvement.
Experience and Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree required – masters preferred - with preference given to Business, Communications, or Public Policy majors.
• Minimum of five (5) years of experience working with not-for-profits in a strategic planning, program management, or development role.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, and the ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
• Proven track record of bringing the collaborative work of internal and external stakeholders and interests to a common goal and result.
• Experience with competitive analysis and metrics-based reporting.
• Passion and interest in social impact, community programs, nonprofits, and philanthropy.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Excel. Strong consideration given to candidates with knowledge of CMS systems, in particular Patron Manager.
• Requires a flexible schedule with weekend and evening work.
• Ability to lift up to 50lbs, bend, climb stairs, and stand for an extended period of time.
• We are a highly collaborative space so you must be a flexible, nimble team player!
Please visit Grace Farms Foundation to apply.
About Grace Farms
Grace Farms is a new center for nature, arts, justice, community, and faith, where individuals and not-for-profit organizations come together to collaborate for good. Grace Farms encompasses 80 acres of open space, with an architecturally significant building recently nominated as “2016 Building of the Year” (Architect’s Newspaper). Grace Farms is accessible and free to the public six days a week, with meaningful program offerings, recreational spaces for all ages, publicly available art, walking trails, tea pavilion, gathering spaces with food and beverage, a library, and a state-of-the art indoor amphitheater. Our team members join from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and are united by a passion for our mission to advance good in the world. Each person contributes in an entrepreneurial setting to support our five initiatives and create an environment of grace and peace for the local, national, and global community.
Grace Farms Foundation, Inc. established in 2009, is a private operating foundation with 501c3 status in New Canaan, Connecticut. We fully opened to the public in October 2015.
The Foundation is apolitical and an equal opportunity employer.