Company Description: The mission of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is to build stronger communities by inspiring charitable giving. We offer donors, nonprofits and community groups the tools and expertise to achieve their philanthropic vision and goals, and identify critical areas where the foundation can leverage its relationships and leadership for lasting impact. Founded in 1987 in Salisbury, Connecticut, Berkshire Taconic serves Berkshire County, Mass.; Columbia and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, Conn. In all, we serve the residents of 70 towns and three cities across three states, within a 2,200-square mile region.
Like most community foundations, Berkshire Taconic offers a variety of fund types that allow donors and community groups to build charitable resources and make grants and other awards over time to achieve their philanthropic goals. BTCF has also proactively established funds to address a specific issue in our region or to develop permanent charitable resources to serve a set of communities. This has resulted in the creation and growth of 11 area funds, 33 educational enrichment funds that serve every public school district in our region, and special initiatives to address regional challenges, such as the shortage of high-quality early childhood programs and affordable housing options.
In total, the foundation manages more than 550 funds with a combined $130 million in assets that together make over $8 million in grants and other awards each year. BTCF is a learning organization that embraces a culture of high performance, transparency and flexibility. All staff participate in professional development activities on an ongoing basis and work cooperatively as a team, respectful of one another, the volunteer board that guides our work, and the nonprofits and donors who are our vital partners in improving lives around the region.
Community Engagment Officer for Philanthropic Services
To Commensurate With Experience
The Community Engagement Officer works closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and the Program Director to advance the community foundation’s new relationship development, donor stewardship, competitive grant and area fund programs. Part of a collaborative team of philanthropic services and program staff, s/he is externally focused on the work of building productive relationships with donors and nonprofits, gaining knowledge of the nonprofit sector and issues facing the region, supporting volunteer advisory committees and serving as a foundation representative at community meetings and events. Approximately 70% of the officer’s time will be spent on working on advancement activities and supporting donors, and 30% will be spent on program-related activities and on other priorities, including professional development and administrative matters. The position is one of four Community Engagement Officers that integrate advancement and programmatic responsibilities. The position reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer.
The successful Community Engagement Officer will achieve the following outcomes over time, working with other staff, board and volunteers:
Refinement and execution of enhanced prospect cultivation and management process
Stronger relationships with donors and prospective donors in his/her portfolio through regular communication that results in personal visits, attendance at foundation-sponsored events, support of strategic priorities and/or grant proposals referred for consideration, or new gifts
Incremental progress toward greater alignment between the grantmaking of area funds and other competitive grant programs with the foundation’s strategic priorities
More effective coordination of fundraising activities for area funds and field of interest funds
Work with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and Gifts Coordinator to expand prospect identification and cultivation processes, especially building out new ways to engage board, volunteers and staff in advancement activities.
Develop productive working relationships with a portfolio of donors. Proactively engage donors through in-person meetings to share information on grantmaking opportunities and community foundation leadership initiatives and respond to fund-related questions. The community engagement officer will serve as the key contact/relationship manager for approximately 30 to 45 donors.
Support fundraising activities of volunteer committees, including area funds and select field of interest funds that seek to build charitable resources to address an issue or geographic region.
Manage a portfolio of competitive grant programs, including six area funds. This involves:
Maintaining up-to-date information on grant opportunities on the foundation’s website
Supporting nonprofits through the application process
Reviewing and evaluating proposals
Preparing committee agendas
Preparing donor stewardship reports
Working with committee chairs to facilitate advisory committee review and decision-making processes
Notifying applicants of grant decisions
Facilitating grantee site visits
Coordinate regular communication and meetings involving all area fund committee chairs.
Other related duties as assigned by the Chief Philanthropy Officer.
The successful candidate will possess, and have demonstrated in previous roles, the following attributes and skills:
College degree required, along with 2-3 years of professional experience
Experience in the nonprofit sector, especially development
Project management skills
Critical analysis, oral and written communication skills
Public speaking and group facilitation skills
Ability to synthesize and organize information with an attention to detail
Ability to travel to meetings around the foundation’s region and occasionally to conferences and other professional development opportunities