Director of Community Leadership

The North Carolina Community Foundation has an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional with a passion for developing community leadership and capacity. For more than 22 years, the NCCF has connected the generosity of donors with local needs by making grants to organizations working to improve communities across North Carolina.  As the only statewide community foundation in North Carolina, we are focused on inspiring our citizens to make lasting and meaningful contributions to their communities.

NCCF seeks to fill a newly created position:  Director of Community Leadership.  NCCF is seeking a skilled, creative and motivated professional who will successfully strengthen local philanthropy across North Carolina through support of our statewide affiliate foundation and donor network.

This position will require both strategic and operational abilities with a premium on exceptional communication and team-building skills.  The Director of Community Leadership will lead and coordinate a statewide team of professionals in all aspects of the following services and programs of the organization: affiliate services and grantmaking, donor services, and our scholarship and grants program.

The incumbent also has the responsibility to ensure effective training, support and activities to empower our statewide network of affiliates to serve as effective advocates for philanthropy in their communities.

Major Responsibilities:

Provide direction for regional staff to ensure an integrated statewide delivery of the community foundation’s services and products.

Build community leadership through training and support for affiliate boards and partners to include board development and training, strategic planning, grantmaking and community outreach.

Develop the strategy and plan for donor service standards and inspire engagement activities consistent with the mission of NCCF.

Oversee all aspects of the grants and scholarship programs.

Utilize technology effectively in outreach to our donors, affiliates and team members.

Develop opportunities for statewide partnerships and collaborations that strengthen communities.

Oversee current programmatic initiatives.

Serve as member of the leadership team, and provide staff support to applicable NCCF board and ad hoc committees.

Knowledge, Talent and Skills

A clear track record of leadership with a proven ability to guide and motivate others to achieve their highest levels of performance.

Ability to communicate thoughts clearly both orally and in writing; must be able to communicate throughout the organization in a clear, diplomatic and direct communications style.

Significant professional nonprofit experience required, community foundation experience a plus.

Experience with donor services, board development and grant making functions.

Comfort with technology, donor software and social media.

Experience managing team members remotely.

Ability to develop and sustain a clear vision, objectives and action plans to guide the department’s and the broader organization’s efforts.

Exceptional relationship skills are required.  An ability to work with a wide range of personalities and build respect, trust, confidence and credibility among diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups.

Well organized, self-disciplined, decisive with an ability to balance the “big picture, long-term view” with a hands-on day to day focus; accomplish goals on time with minimal stress and the appropriate  expenditure of physical and financial resources.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and significant management experience. Knowledge of rural economic development a plus. An advanced degree in public administration, philanthropy, nonprofit management or related field is highly desirable. 

A personal and professional enthusiasm and ability to embrace the mission of NCCF.

Ability to travel throughout NC.

To apply, please send your resume to Cherry Ballard at NCCF by 8/15/2010. or 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh 27609. 

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