AVAILABLE POSITIONS (January 2022)

 

PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

 

GRANTS AND IMPACT MANAGER

The Hunter Family Foundation seeks to build out its staff with the addition of two new management-level positions: (1) a Grants and Impact Manager and (2) a Programs and Partnerships Manager. Please see information about these positions below.

BUILDING A STAFF TEAM FOR THE HUNTER FAMILY FOUNDATION

HFF is at an exciting stage in our organizational journey as we prepare to grow and deepen our work. To maximize opportunities to understand and help solve social problems, strengthen internal and external assets, drive innovation, and use increased resources strategically, we are hiring two staff members – a Grants and Impact Manager and a Programs and Partnerships Manager – to work with our board of directors, executive director, grantees, and other community partners. With the executive director, we hope to create a supportive three-member staff team to design, guide, and help evaluate HFF’s administrative, granting, and learning practices. We anticipate these manager-level positions will grow along with HFF, providing opportunities for advancement and for deeper, long-term work. The titles and activities of these positions affirm our commitment to the communities we serve and our understanding that we need to work in true partnership to achieve the impact that we and our grantees are seeking. Both positions include internal and external relationships and responsibilities. 

 

Both positions are FTE and can be based either in Lake County, IL or Chicago, IL, with flexible and remote work options, including time spent in the field. They report directly to the executive director and will serve on a collegial, entrepreneurial team dedicated to working with our HFF values of integrity, compassion, humility, and trust. Our culture strives to be non-hierarchical, valuing a shared leadership approach, and cross-functional, recognizing that we need each other’s experience, skills, and guidance to inform and achieve mutual goals.

 

QUALITIES

We are searching for candidates with similar qualities across both positions:

  • Demonstrated commitment to HFF’s mission and to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated ability to build and strengthen systems, practices, and cultures.

  • Thought partner and leader with the ability to connect ideas across multiple sectors and issue areas.

  • Highly collaborative, feeling equally adept to learn from and work with community residents, nonprofit and philanthropic partners, and government, corporate, and university leaders.

  • A skillful listener with an open style who is good at facilitating conversations and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Ability to express empathy, patience, and humility in internal and external interactions.

  • Demonstrable critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Attention to detail with exceptional organizational skills.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMPETENCIES

1. The Programs and Partnerships Manager forges connections within and across sectors to identify community needs, fortify existing resources, and build and implement HFF granting programs to meaningfully support residents and their families and improve the systems that serve them. The primary responsibilities of this position are to work across HFF’s granting programs - Education, Environment, Health, and Workforce/Economic Development - on research, strategy development, program implementation and evaluation, and proposal reviews and recommendations. This position also engages in public/private partnerships and other relationships that center community members’ voices and lead to collective learning and action to advance HFF’s mission.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Granting (65%)

  • Work with HFF’s board of directors, granting committee, and executive director to design and refine granting program goals and strategies.

  • Solicit and review grant proposals, conduct site visits, provide analysis, and make grant recommendations to the granting committee and board of directors across all granting programs.

  • Provide direct support to the granting committee and help facilitate and communicate the granting programs for the board of directors, the staff, and the community.

  • Provide ideas for the continued improvement of granting priorities, processes, and practices.

  • Support HFF grantees through direct technical assistance and facilitate connections to additional individuals, organizations, and other resources.

  • Partner in relevant funder collaboratives, public/private initiatives, affinity groups, learning opportunities, and with the broader philanthropic and nonprofit communities to achieve mutual goals.

 

Research and Learning (20%)

  • Collect, conduct, and/or present research across HFF granting programs, including internal evaluation of grant decisions and analyses of the social, cultural, and economic contexts in which grants are made to enhance programs and support board decision-making processes.

  • Collect, conduct, and/or present research on best practices in philanthropy; diversity, equity, and inclusion; discretionary and community grants being considered by board members; and other HFF initiatives.

  • Co-develop and lead the implementation of learning plans for the granting committee.

 

Administration (15%)

  • Serve as the principal contact for select grantees on proposal solicitation and collection, transmittal letters, agreements, and reports.

  • Add and update information in HFF’s grants management and cloud-based file sharing systems.

  • Update and maintain own calendar, and potentially help with scheduling for public/private partnerships.

  • Support board book creation (four books annually) and website revision and updates.

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, and CORE COMPETENCIES

  • A bachelor’s degree and five to seven years related full-time professional work experience, or a combination of equivalent experience and training is required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Deep understanding of nonprofits and philanthropy. Grantmaking experience preferred.

  • Deep knowledge of and experience in at least one of HFF’s granting programs (Education, Health, Environment, and Workforce/Economic Development) and understanding how these various issue areas can interact to build and sustain healthy communities.

  • Experience in multi-disciplinary, cross-sector, and collaborative settings.

  • Demonstrated engagement and accomplishment in social impact projects and processes.

  • Experience with goal setting, planning, and measurement within and across programs.

  • Excellent project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

 

2. The Grants and Impact Manager fuels growth and transformation for HFF, our grantees, and our communities by ensuring that accurate, equitable information drives learning, decision-making, and collective action toward the achievement of shared goals. The position’s primary responsibilities are to work with the HFF board of directors and executive director to build, guide, and evaluate grants and knowledge management systems, to create and/or strengthen learning opportunities within and external to HFF, and to communicate data and research that empowers HFF, our grantees, and our partners to maximize our impact. This position engages in important public/private partnerships and other relationships that center community members’ voices and provide opportunities for those closest to social problems to be part of their solutions.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Knowledge and Grants Management (45%)

  • Identify criteria for, select, build, and guide new grants management and cloud-based online knowledge management systems for HFF.

  • Ensure information that comes into HFF through a range of sources is accurately captured, organized, and communicated effectively with the board of directors, staff, grantees, partners, and community members.

  • Provide ideas for the continued improvement of HFF learning, granting, and communications practices.

 

Community and Foundation Impact (40%)

  • Identify and share trends from research, grantee proposals and reports, community-based assessments, and other learning opportunities with the board of directors, staff, and community partners.

  • Support quarterly and annual granting analysis and the development of learning and action plans across all HFF board committees (Governance, Finance, Granting, and Learning).

  • Provide direct support to the learning committee and help facilitate and communicate learning for the board of directors, the staff, and the community.

  • Generate a performance management system to ensure practices and processes advance HFF’s mission.

  • Provide strategy consultation to transform what HFF and our priority communities are learning into actionable opportunities for granting programs and leadership.

  • Collaborate with grantees and other partners to strengthen programs and systems based on community input and research.

 

Administration (15%)

  • Serve as the principal contact for a few select grantees on proposal solicitation and collection, transmittal letters, agreements, and reports.

  • Generate check requests for grants across all programs.

  • Support board book creation (four books annually) and website revision and updates.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, and CORE COMPETENCIES

  • A bachelor’s degree and five to seven years related full-time professional work experience, or a combination of equivalent experience and training is required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Deep understanding of nonprofits and philanthropy. Experience with a grantmaking organization preferred.

  • Experience in multi-disciplinary, cross-sector, and collaborative settings.

  • Demonstrated engagement and accomplishment in social impact projects and processes.

  • Experience building, evaluating, and guiding internal data systems.

  • Experience with goal setting, planning, and measurement within and across programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to transform complex information into effective, accessible visual presentations.

  • Excellent project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The annual base starting salary for these positions will range from $73,000 to $92,000. Benefits include comprehensive health insurance support, 401(k) package (HFF will match up to 4% of your contributions with no waiting or vesting period), three weeks paid vacation, eleven federal holidays, and nine additional PTO days, flexible remote/in-office work accommodations, and professional learning and advancement opportunities.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY

HFF is committed to Trust-Based Philanthropy and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion meaningfully into our practices, structures, and culture. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities to apply.

 

Thank you for your interest.

 

SEARCH PROCESS AND APPLICATIONS

Search Process: The Foundation has contracted with SAL Consulting, Inc. to manage the search process. Sheila Leahy welcomes inquiries at sal.consulting.inc@gmail.com

 

Applications: Given the relatedness of these two opportunities, HFF is open to people applying to either or for both positions. Applications should be sent to HFFsearch@gmail.com with only YOUR NAME AND THE POSITION OR POSITIONS YOU ARE APPLYING FOR in the Subject Line. Applications must include a 1) Cover letter that outlines your experiences and fit with the qualities and core competencies outlined above and a 2) Resume.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested parties are encouraged to apply early. The names of applicants and interested parties will be held in complete confidence.