Job Post: Sr. Associate, Field of Interest Funds - Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


NORWALK, CT - Fairfield County's Community Foundation is seeking a Sr. Associate, Field of Interest Funds to lead the grant making function for the foundation's two field of interest funds: The Fund for Women and Girls and Immigrant Support Fund.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) promotes philanthropy as a means tocreate change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions tocritical issues impacting the community.

FCCF is the third largest community foundation in Connecticut with assets ofapproximately $224 million. FCCF manages 600 charitable funds and raises $20 million annually from diverse donors to support a variety of charitable interests. Contributions can be made for the general benefit of the community or designated to a specific purpose, cause or nonprofit organization.

Position Overview
The Sr. Associate, Field of Interest Funds leads the grant making function for the foundation’s two field of interest funds: The Fund for Women & Girls and Immigrant Support Fund. The position will also provide support including volunteer/donor relations, event management, research, and program support to the funds’ Directors as needed. Reports to: Director, Fund for Women & Girls

Grant Making and Program Support:

  • At the direction of the funds’ Directors, strategically award grant dollars in alignment with The Fund for Women & Girls (FWG) and Immigrant Support Fund strategies, engaging in a thorough grant review process, including solicitation of grant proposals from qualified organizations, Letter of Inquiry (LOI) review, analysis and prioritization of grant requests, site visits, rubric completion, and recommendation of specific grants to the Community Impact Committee and FWG Steering Committee
  • Act as primary contact with grantees and grant seekers in response to inquiries; provide clarification on fund priorities, direction, application procedures and feedback on proposals
  • Provide technical assistance and coaching to grantees, particularly in the areas of performance management and impact measurement
  • Stay current on trends impacting women and girls and immigrant communities, researching best practices and strategies in support of the funds’ strategies and initiatives
  • Support the development and implementation of processes for sharing best practices among grantees and other service providers
  • Support the advocacy and capacity building needs of the funds’ grantees in collaboration with fund Directors and advocacy and capacity-building staff
  • Support the design and/or execution of programs, events and convenings to educate diverse stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities facing women & girls and immigrant communities, including the Annual FWG Luncheon and Immigrant Symposium

Volunteer Relations

  • Manage communications with volunteer committees related to the funds’ grant making, including site visit scheduling and grant review meetings
  • Prepare presentation materials for volunteer meetings

External Relations

  • As needed, represent the Foundation/funds at meetings of nonprofit organizations, other funders and community leaders, at times serving as a spokesperson in the absence of a Director (requires occasional travel in Fairfield County and occasionally across Connecticut and out-of-state)
  • Support the visibility goals and strategies of the Foundation’s Field of Interest funds, which may include building relationships with community, corporate and government leaders, as required


  • Experience in program management, design and evaluation in one of the funds’ focus areas. Familiarity with RBA or similar program evaluation methodologies strongly preferred
  • Experience preparing and/or evaluating grant proposals and reports
  • Subject-matter experience in issues impacting women & girls and/or immigrant communities strongly preferred
  • Strong customer service and relationship-management skills, ideally including experience managing complex internal and external relationships with a variety of constituencies, e.g. Board of Directors, Advisory Boards, government representatives, project partners, donors, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member, prioritize assignments and manage multiple activities
  • Outstanding written, verbal, presentation, computer, and project management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail with proven organizational and planning skills
  • Experience assessing financials a plus
  • Adept at use of research and ability to summarize data
  • Ability to be flexible and work comfortably in a fast-paced, changing and collaborative environment
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Foundation’s mission and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration and integrity
  • Knowledge of Fairfield County nonprofits, regional issues and communities aplus
  • Strong technical skills: Microsoft office suite and experience using databases. Familiarity with Foundant or similar grant making tools a plus
  • Ability to travel throughout Fairfield County, CT
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master's degree in a related field preferred

To Apply

Please send resumes to

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation respects diversity and accordingly is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, disability or handicap, present or past history of mental disorder, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. We are dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this policy with respect to the recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, and benefits of applicants and employees.

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