Job Post: Program Director, Education & Youth Development - Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


NORWALK, CT -- Fairfield County's Community Foundation is seeking a Program Director to oversee the strategic planning and management of specific grants portfolio aimed at ensuring that 1) all Fairfield County students graduate with a high school degree and are prepared for post-secondary education and employment and 2) all Fairfield County older youth and young adults have training and credentials that lead to meaningful career opportunities.

Position overview

The Program Director is responsible for strategic planning and management of a specific grants portfolio aimed at ensuring that 1) all Fairfield County students graduate with a high school degree and are prepared for post-secondary education and employment and 2) all Fairfield County older youth and young adults have training and credentials that lead to meaningful career opportunities. This role includes reviewing grant requests and making recommendations, monitoring specific grant awards, and working with grantees and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence to build the capacity and impact of organizations and programs within the Education & Youth grant portfolio. 
The Program Director also supports the Vice President of Community Impact in planning and execution of the Thrive by 25 Initiative, which is aimed at creating programs, policy, partnerships and dialogue that will lead to improved self-sufficiency for Fairfield County young adults by age 25 and serves as the primary staff liaison to the Thrive by 25 Advisory Council. The Program Director supervises the Community Impact Associate. Reports to: Vice of Community Impact.

Education & Youth Grantmaking 

  • Monitor the alignment of Education and Youth grantmaking to the FCCF strategic plan and the FCCF Results Framework.
  • Conduct research and analysis to inform strategic grant making in the Education and Youth area.
  • Proactively solicit proposals that are aligned with FCCF's strategic plan and advance FCCF's short-term and long-term competitive grantmaking and community leadership goals.
  • Evaluate grant requests and present grant information to the FCCF Community Impact Committee.
  • Attend nonprofit site visits/meetings and conduct telephone and email interviews regarding grant requests and awarded grants with nonprofit staff and board members. 
  • Meet regularly with the Vice President of Community Impact and the Community Impact Team to discuss recommendations regarding grant recommendations and grantee progress.
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback to applicants and grantees on the evaluation of grant requests and grant reports.
  • Recommend specific changes in grantmaking strategies indicated by analysis of performance metrics for the assigned program area.
  • Build working knowledge and professional relationships within the education and youth development sectors and identify critical local and regional issues and trends in the assigned program area. 

Education & Youth / Thrive by 25 Program Development 

  • Co-lead the development of multi-year strategic plan to improve outcomes for young adults with Vice President of Community Impact.
  • Conduct research and analysis to inform the Thrive by 25 strategic planning. 
  • Develop metrics to evaluate the impact of Thrive by 25 and all related programs and projects.
  • Integrate, align, and advance the work of Thrive by 25 with the work of regional cradle-to-career efforts, serving as primary staff liaison to the cradle-to-career collectives. 
  • Work with the Manager of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence to design convening and technical assistance opportunities for education/youth development grantees/nonprofits in special program focus areas, such as summer learning and internships, to build the capacity of nonprofits to implement Results Based Accountability to measure performance.
  • Perform additional programmatic responsibilities as needed, which may include but is not limited to, budget preparation and management, project management and publishing reports and white papers.

Staff Supervision

  • Provide regular supervision and coaching for Community Impact Associate to ensure timeliness, accuracy and efficiency of processes and assignments.
  • Oversee the work of the Community Impact Associate, including regular updating of Foundant-GLM and the creation of necessary reports and communications. 

Board / External Relations 

  • Relay information regarding the foundation’s grantmaking in the assigned program area to the Community Impact Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Represent FCCF at community meetings, collaborative and foundation professional association meetings as needed, sometimes in the evening or on weekends.
  • Assist with preparation of FCCF communications materials, such as the Annual Report, newsletters, and research reports, including the Fairfield County Community Well-Being Index. 


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field required; Master's degree in related field preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible nonprofit experience required, preferably in the program areas of education and youth development and including experience in grantmaking or grant seeking; prior grantmaking experience highly preferred.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Enthusiasm for FCCF's mission, respect for the work of our nonprofit partners, commitment to providing exemplary customer service to our donors, and strong interest in Fairfield County regional issues and communities.
  • Broad understanding of community needs in Fairfield County, knowledge of nonprofit best practices (especially in assigned program areas of education and youth development), and experience with private philanthropy are preferable.
  • Demonstrated strong judgment, diplomacy, integrity, and initiative.
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders and gain consensus among stakeholders.
  • Outstanding written, verbal, computer and project management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize daily and long-term work assignments, meet deadlines, and manage ongoing, intensive paper flow and telephone/email communications.
  • Interest and ability in working with volunteers and volunteer committees.
  • Ability to travel to community sites throughout Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford counties as well as occasionally to regional and national conferences. Availability to attend some evening and weekend events required.

To Apply:

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