Senior Community Impact Officer

Community Impact · Hartford, Connecticut
Department Community Impact
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation commensurate with experience

We’re seeking an advocate, coach, and non-profit professional interested in translating their direct service experience to affect systems level change.   If you are an expert in smaller BIPOC led and BIPOC serving non-profits, DEI capacity building, and organizational development, please consider joining the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as a Senior Community Impact Officer (SCIO).


The Senior Community Impact Officer (SCIO) serves as a small organization engagement lead for Community Impact, managing organizational capacity building and strategic grant programs and partnerships intended to strengthen organizations with budgets under $300,000 annually and differently structured non-profits. The SCIO manages a pipeline of consultants specializing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion capacity building for grantee organizations.

SCIOs works collaboratively with the CI leadership team, internal colleagues and external community partners to ensure that the Foundation's grantmaking resources are effectively invested and monitored to produce positive, sustainable programming in the Greater Hartford Region. SCIOs provide strategic input and subject matter expertise to grantmaking outcome areas, and serve a significant leadership role in the advancement of outcome teams, programs and external partnerships and may advise and mentor CIO colleagues.

Duties and responsibilities specific to incumbent:

● As a key relationship manager, leads and independently manages organizational capacity building and nonprofit support grantmaking and partnership initiatives for small organizations including the Building on Success Cohort Program. Reviews, analyzes and monitors organization requests and grants, oversees external consultant selection and management, and delivers associated trainings and presentations.
● Designs, implements and leads a program for organizational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion capacity building strategies;
● Cultivates and manages a diverse pipeline of third-party consultants that provide organizational assessments for non-profits,
● Leverages knowledge of the greater Hartford Region and organizational development best practices to identify and facilitate capacity building opportunities and strategies for smaller organizations. Tailors consultant coaching engagements to the specific needs of nonprofit partners.

Duties and responsibilities of all Senior/Community Impact Officers:
Contribute to the work of one or more of the Foundation’s outcome-focused grantmaking/learning teams;
● Contribute to the annual planning and budgeting of outcome teams and the monitoring of plans.
● Review and analyze grant proposals from nonprofit organizations, assessing alignment with outcome team strategy and providing recommendation to management.
● Monitor assigned grants, tracking outcomes and partnering with nonprofits to adjust to changing environments and learnings as they implement grant-funded projects or programs.
● Participate in team meetings and other activities, collaborating on grants and shared activities of the team.
● Coordinate with internal colleagues and community partners to integrate a learning, partnership and capacity building agenda into the work of outcome teams.

Maintain broad and in-depth knowledge and understanding of needs, concerns, issues, trends, best practices, innovations, and values of the community, and the nonprofit, government, business and other sectors.

● Carry out a critical role in the Foundation's assessment of community needs and understanding the roles of other community stakeholders in determining appropriate grantmaking.
● Review and analyze grant requests in current and emerging areas of work, in response to emergency needs or new opportunities, as needed.
Consider and promote equity and inclusion in grantmaking and learning alongside nonprofit and other community partners

Provide grantmaking support and share information about grantmaking activities with other Foundation staff and externally, in collaboration with Communications and Development

● Other related duties

Competencies and Attributes
● Deep commitment to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and the ability to embed those values in all aspects of work.
● Broad knowledge of current trends and best practices in nonprofit organizational development and organizational capacity building.
● Knowledge of Greater Hartford, especially Hartford, and the disparities in opportunity faced by its residents or of residents in a similar metropolitan area.
● Ability to build and sustain relationships with grantee partners and other community stakeholders.
● Exceptional interpersonal skills, empathy and openness to new ideas and perspectives on a wide range of topics and proven ability to translate abstract ideas into actionable results.
● Solid record of collaborative and team-oriented approach to project design, implementation and/or grantmaking.
● Demonstrated working knowledge of basic and applied research, public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and nonprofit management.
● Ability to attend to detail, digest and synthesize information presented in grant applications and other documents in developing recommendations.
● Demonstrated excellent communications skills for writing, speaking, listening for understanding, and presenting and adapting content for a range of audiences, persuading and influencing.
● Demonstrated project management skills – including overseeing internal and external staff and consultant teams, and budgets

Education and Experience

Degree requirement can be substituted with equivalent practical experience
● Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, public administration, public policy or other relevant area or equivalent relevant experience combined with educational training.
● Five or more years of experience in nonprofit or public sector, in project management or implementation.
● Experience in a role requiring programmatic activities and/or critical and strategic thinking related to issues of equity and antiracism
● Knowledge of philanthropy and/or fundraising with an understanding of grant-funding as a partnership between funders and nonprofit program implementers


●Professional experience, lived experience or knowledge of fields related to the Foundation’s strategic outcome areas.

● Successful experience leading and/or contributing to collaborative, team-oriented programs and strategy development
● Knowledge of outcome-oriented budgetary planning and strong understanding of nonprofit budgeting
● Successful experience in securing funding and managing an agency/department budget
● Understanding of the role of the public sector and public policy in Connecticut or at the state level in another state
● Experience leading small or medium sized nonprofit organizations

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  • Location
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Department
    Community Impact
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation
    commensurate with experience