Director, Collaborative Impact Program

Foundation for California Community Colleges | Sacramento, California

Background

This position presents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative Advancement Division that collaborates, innovates, and communicates to benefit, support, and enhance the largest system of higher education in the country. The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) is the official nonprofit organization supporting the California Community Colleges (CCC).

The Foundation for California Community Colleges incubates, scales, and sustains solutions to California’s opportunities and challenges through the Collaborative Impact Program. The Collaborative Impact Program supports intentional partnerships with mission-aligned programs and organizations through fiscal sponsorship and management services. Fiscal sponsorships and management services are a “win-win” exchange of value:

  • Our Collaborative Impact Partners benefit from our business savvy, nonprofit management expertise, infrastructure, tax exempt status, aligned programs, partnerships, connections to the Chancellor’s Office and colleges, reputation, stability, and the professionalized and streamlined back office services, including finance, human resources, contracting, information technology, communications, grants management, and operations.
  • To achieve our mission and scale impact, the Foundation for California Community Colleges benefits from the expertise, connections, perspectives, innovation, entrepreneurial nature, passion, success, and growth of our Impact Partners.

We have provided fiscal sponsorship and management services to dozens of programs and organizations since 2000. The director (a new position) will be responsible for evolving this existing work into a newly conceptualized, cohesive program, and will lead strategic efforts to double the impact of the Impact Program through partner growth and increased internal efficiencies. As the program develops the director will expand networks and spheres of influence, working closely with partners to elevate and strengthen the impact of the program.

A strong candidate possesses proven non-profit management expertise to evolve this program to its full potential. Desired qualities include program planning, resource development, capacity building, technical assistance, and development of outcomes and metrics to assess program success.

Job Summary

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Program Development:

  • Develop and maintain a solid understanding of the surrounding ecosystems, key trends and emerging opportunities in the areas of education access and equity, student success, community engagement, workforce development, and support for the California Community Colleges (CCC) system in order to align the Collaborative Impact Program with emerging and established CCC and FoundationCCC priorities in these arenas.
  • Promote the FoundationCCC’s Collaborative Impact Program internally and externally. Work with the marketing and communications department to distill and advance the program’s brand.
  • Design and implement new and enhanced program features, including incubation services for select new and emerging programs, inter-program collaboration through the CCC Vision Resource Center, and more.
  • With the Advancement team, develop and implement a proactive strategy to creatively engage with Impact Partners to accelerate impact.
  • Learn and implement fiscal sponsorship model best practices.
  • Participate in the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors.

Portfolio Management:

  • Manage the portfolio of Impact Partners to ensure the program, in its implementation, lives up to its purpose and promise.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Impact Partner leaders. Monitor activity by maintaining regular contact, including regular check-ins with Impact Partners’ leaders (both staff and volunteers.
  • Serve as liaison for Impact Partners, responding to their needs and coordinating timely responses in coordination with teams in finance, contracts, human resources, communications, and program departments; develop systems for efficient communication and processes; and manage other policies and procedures. Review partners’ requests to determine whether requests are consistent with program and Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Maintain records and provide data and other information related to Impact Partners for communication purposes, to track grant-compliance deadlines, generate correspondence, and develop reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Keep each designated executive sponsor aware of and engaged with assigned Impact Partners to elevate issues and accomplishments, and as needed for intervention or celebration.
  • Keep designated program liaison aware of and engaged with Impact Partner to elevate opportunities for synergy and partnership. Alert team to opportunities for enhanced collaboration.
  • Escalate and resolve areas of concern as raised by partners and internal or external stakeholders.
  • Cultivate expertise to accelerate Impact Partners’ capacity for governance, fundraising, planning, and organizational development.
  • Lead the Collaborative Impact Program Guidance Group that includes representation from departments (including finance, human resources, operations, communications, and more) to develop and support partners financial solvency, capacity and organizational effectiveness, and to develop and implement program policies and procedures. Coordinate the work of the guidance group with the work of Collaborative Impact Executive Leadership Group.
  • Assess risk factors related to insurance, advocacy, and program activities and act to mitigate risks as appropriate, in conjunction with the legal department and Collaborative Impact Executive Leadership Group.

Partner Development:

  • Develop and implement program evaluation and tracking systems to measure and report on the impact of individual partners and the program as a whole.
  • Design and coordinate resources for capacity building; training and technical assistance; consulting and convening for partners.
  • Harness the power, reach, and impact of partnerships by collaborating cross-departmentally with colleagues throughout the Foundation to convene the Impact Partners and work together on projects.
  • Plan and implement regular virtual and in-person information sharing among partners and the Foundation’s leadership and core programs.

Business Development:

  • Steward referrals for potential new affiliated partners.
  • Lead coordination of internal teams to establish and kick-off new partnerships by responding to inquiries, providing information, and coordinating the onboarding process.
  • Help establish new partnership agreements.
  • Assess potential new partnerships according to established guidelines and processes and recommend new partnerships, guidelines for assessment, and processes for assessment, as appropriate.
  • Establish a plan to achieve three- and five-year targets set by the Collaborative Impact Executive Leadership Group.

Reports To

Executive Director, Resource Development

Responsibilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Solid understanding of non-profit organizational requirements, business models, resources, and processes
  • Ability to hold a critical role in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands while remaining flexible and willing to ask for help and learn from mistakes
  • Organized and detail oriented with proven ability to develop systems and processes to track details and routinize workflow; able to multitask, prioritize tasks, and to efficiently manage time
  • Learns quickly, with high level ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and express these concisely and helpfully both verbally and in writing
  • Exercises good judgment; effective in working with a highly productive, quality-oriented team
  • Collegial, collaborative customer service skills
  • Ability to respond effectively and in a timely manner to inquiries, and problem-solve complaints
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and able to learn and use Salesforce and other information technology products and applications

Qualifications

Education and Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience in nonprofit management, or Master’s degree in nonprofit management (or equivalent), or comparable combination of education and experience.

Working Conditions and Travel

Well-lighted, heated and air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.  Minimal overnight travel by land and air.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work at a computer workstation for periods up to 4 hours at a time
  • Ability to speak on the telephone for a total of up to 3 hours per day
  • Ability to sit for up to 3 hours without breaks at meetings
  • Ability to walk and stand for up to 4 hours without breaks at program site visits and meetings

Compensation

To be determined based on experience and internal equity.

Requirements/Other

Other:

  • Contribute to Resource Development Department teamwork, cohesion, and results.
  • Lead or participate in special projects, as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: none

Level of Supervision: Receives general direction as to goals and achievement of those goals. Evaluated based on the successful achievement of goals.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please submit a letter of interest and resume saved as Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf) documents to jobs@foundationccc.org. Please include in the subject line: “Director, Collaborative Impact Program-Advancement.” The application process will be open until the position is filled.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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