Chief Impact Officer

Chief Impact Officer
Organization Name: 
National Center for Family Philanthropy
Job Description: 

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is pleased to invite nominations and applications for a Chief Impact Officer (CIO). In collaboration and partnership with visionary philanthropic families, NCFP seeks to unlock the total potential of philanthropic families to create meaningful and enduring change.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of NCFP to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. NCFP prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

Today, the field of family philanthropy is calling for support to respond to an increasingly complex world, such that individual and collective social-impact investments are more strategic, justice-minded, and effective. Technological advances are allowing us to engage, magnify, and measure impact in ways we could not have envisioned 20 years ago. Covid-19 has further pushed the nonprofit and philanthropic sector to reimagine systems of funding and support for addressing growing health and economic crises. Motivations for engaging in philanthropy, the structures that support giving, and the very definitions of philanthropy and family, are changing and being challenged.

NCFP seeks a dynamic leader who will partner with the CEO to build out the business model, next-stage programming, and infrastructure at NCFP in ways that will enable the organization to respond to most effectively, and support, the changing field of family philanthropy. The successful candidate will bring experience in funding and revenue models, culture building, change management, and organizational design that will support a high-level of organizational effectiveness in a highly dynamic time. They will be a strong listener, communicator, and storyteller who can articulate and amplify the values, lived experiences, and lessons that demonstrate the total potential and impact that family philanthropists can have to bring about meaningful change.

The Chief Impact Officer at NCFP is invited to integrate the impact strategy of the organization with its business model and program offerings, creating the conditions that will allow NCFP to develop critical sector partnerships; identify, synthesize, and build upon important developments in the field; and cultivate strong relationships with families seeking greater effectiveness in their social-impact investments. The CIO will contribute to the evolution and execution of NCFP’s next-stage vision for supporting the sector, bringing deep knowledge of family philanthropy as well as leadership in supporting responsive deployment of resources into issues and communities that families care about most. The CIO will drive NCFP’s internal integration across organizational functions, aligning revenue strategies with relationship management and programs. They will lead the design and execution of a measurement and learning plan, which will require implementing systems and tools as well as building a culture of using data for continuous improvement. The CIO will be a leader and advisor on centering equity in both the organizational context and the philanthropic relationship. They will support the development of philanthropic craft that utilizes a range of tools, structures, and approaches toward more authentic, more collaborative, more strategic, and less transactional relationships with social impact partners.

The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to NCFP’s mission and the visionary evolution of the organization, taking it to the next level of effectiveness. They will be eager to step in and help NCFP leadership leverage co-design thinking and collaborative program and organizational development, resulting in both increased and more sustainable social impact. They will be experienced in motivating and supporting organizational change to address racial equity goals, and a successful people-developer grounded in an asset-based approach.

While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • At least 10 years of experience in a combination of philanthropy (including family philanthropy), social sector, leadership, and organizational strategy and development.
  • Proven track record of building, implementing, and refining sustainable and resilient team structures and program strategy.
  • Manages for Results & Delegates Effectively: Helps team members set goals and achieve measurable results, promoting accountability at the team and individual level for delivering against agreed upon goals. Holds self and others to high standards. Pushes decision making authority to the lowest possible level by establishing clear goals, proving supportive coaching and direct feedback.
  • Skilled at connecting financial analysis, program design, and revenue models inspiring investment and commitment both internally and externally.
  • Broad knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in the field of philanthropy, particularly philanthropy support organizations, with an emphasis on supporting philanthropic families at all stages of their giving cycle, leadership, and strategy.
  • The ability to approach work with deep attention to, and consideration of, all dimensions of intersectional racial equity.
  • A strong strategic thinker and executer, able to visualize and operationalize goals for staff to achieve.
  • A strong people developer who enjoys coaching and stimulating others to do their best work.
  • Comfortable communicating transparently and strategically in anticipation of CEO, Board and staff needs. Takes feedback thoughtfully and integrates into a shared vision and work product.
  • A hands-on leader who balances a sense of urgency with empathy and humility when building and maintaining relationships with new and existing partners and with leaders and philanthropic families in the field.
  • Lived experience that promotes knowledge of and sensitivity to the challenges vulnerable communities face including appreciation for historical context, discernment of relationship nuances and power dynamics, and understanding of social, racial, and ethnic realities.
  • Successful experience leading a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds; willingness to set aside a personal agenda in favor of organizational and/or community goals and objectives.
  • Strong relationship building and communication skills with the ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues.
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in collaborative ways.
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize and present information and findings.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated timeframes as well as demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work both independently, take initiative and contribute ideas for enhancing performance.
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, kindness, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment.

The salary range for this position is $140,000 – 160,000 plus benefits, which include paid vacation; 10 holidays; new parent leave; 100% employee premium paid for medical/dental/vision insurance; retirement contribution; short and long-term disability and life insurance; and professional development.

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This search is being led by Katherine Jacobs, Paola Peacock-Villada, and Sarah Hecklau of the talent strategy firm, NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

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