Community Foundation Seeks a Director of Community Impact

Dec. 14, 2020 null

Director of Community Impact

FSLA: Exempt  | Reports to: Chief Community Impact Officer


The Director of Community Impact plays an important role in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Community Impact Department of the Community Foundation. Serving as the key staff member overseeing grantmaking programs, this position is charged with elevating the priorities of the Community Foundation to potential grantseekers and providing support throughout the process. In addition, this position provides primary staffing support as well as representation of the Community Foundation in various community conversations working closely with nonprofit leaders, grantmaker colleagues and community partners to advance regional goals and implement effective solutions for Greater Des Moines. Reporting to the Chief Community Impact Officer, the Director of Community Impact also supports and participates in making donor giving connections as well as the family philanthropy program.


Accountability/Dependability |Project Management |Relationship Building | Decision Making/Judgement | Community Convening/ Facilitation



· Serves as the key point person in providing general information about the Community Foundation’s grantmaking processes and priorities to potential grantseekers. This includes nonprofit meetings, initial grant application review, technical assistance related to the online technology platform and fielding inquiries regarding grant programs, goals and successes.

· Monitors the performance of active grants through site visits, review of grantee reports, and evaluation of grant outcomes and relays information to the Grantmaking Committee as directed.

· Performs due diligence to ensure compliance with IRS regulations and Community Foundation requirements for all Grantmaking Program grants.

· Ensures grant distributions are reviewed to verify compliance.

· Provides support for the GIVEdsm platform on behalf of the Community Impact Department.

· Ensures adequate maintenance of the electronic grantmaking filing systems including file set-up, organization, terms of grant paperwork and evaluations in accordance with the document retention policy.

· Ensures implementation of the Community Foundation’s due diligence grantmaking procedures.

· Facilitates, as required, expenditure responsibility for donor advised fund grants and ensures effective management of grant records as necessary.

· Serves as a partner to the Charitable Giving Team to support donor advisors in connecting to causes they care about.

· Serves as the lead in implementing additional grant programs as necessary including, but not limited to, corporate giving services and field of interest grant programs.

· Assists with Grantmaking Committee meetings including agenda, budget and minutes preparation and ensures completeness of files.

· Participates as an active member of the Central Iowa Funders Forum on behalf of the Community Foundation.

· Works with the Marketing Team to develop strategies and supporting materials to ensure effective promotion of grantmaking programs and storytelling of grantmaking impact.

Community Leadership/Social Capital

· Provides primary staffing support for Community Foundation initiatives as necessary such as Capital Crossroads, Social Capital and other strategic philanthropy or leadership initiatives as directed by the Chief Community Impact Officer.

· Represents the Community Foundation on key community leadership initiatives as directed by the Chief Community Impact Officer.

· Conducts research and analysis of interest/concern areas, as directed.

· Represents the Community Foundation at community functions, as directed.

· Assists with Community Leadership Initiatives Committee meetings including agenda, budget and minutes preparation and ensures completeness of files.


· Provides clear and effective communication to Community Foundation support staff, interns and volunteers in order to execute on key functions.

· Ensures compliance with document retention policy.

· Prepares and delivers presentations (ranging from small conversations to large presentations) related to the functions of the Community Impact Department.

· Assists with the development and achievement of annual Community Impact goals.

· Other duties as assigned, as they relate to the Community Impact Department activities.


Excellent analytical and organizational skills; mature judgment and critical thinking ability; innovative problem solver and skilled facilitator. Must be able to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and work both independently and in a team environment. Successful candidates will have an adaptable attitude, be mission-focused, be approachable and personable, be a self-starter, creative, and require little regular supervision. Must be able to interface well with a variety of people including board and committee members, be an intentional listener, and able to effectively present information to grant seekers, community members, volunteers, the general public and other employees of the organization through small group conversations and presentations to large audiences. Candidates should possess the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out as well as develop instructions; excellent writing, proofreading and communication skills. Strong computer, database management and internet research skills are important.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years project management or implementation experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior program/project or grant management experience desired with knowledge of the nonprofit sector and existing community initiatives strongly preferred; demonstrated commitment to philanthropy and community betterment.



Language Ability

Excellent writing, proofreading and critical thinking skills. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to effectively present information to grant seekers, community members, volunteers, the general public and other employees of the organization. Excellent telephone and customer service skills.

Cognitive Demands

Proven ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, set priorities, handles numerous responsibilities, and work both independently and in a team environment. Adaptable attitude, attention to detail, organized self-starter, and creative. Able to interface well with a variety of people. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hand to finger, handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Must have valid driver’s license and transportation. Must have the schedule freedom to work varying hours, including evenings and weekends when necessary.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Bridgett Robinson. Initial applications will be accepted through January 19, 2021 or until the appropriate candidate is identified.