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The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona currently has one open position. Keep reading for details and instructions on how to apply.

Title: VP of Community Impact
Reports to: CEO
Job Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt

About the Women’s Foundation:
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona was founded in 1991 on the principle that when women thrive, the whole community benefits.

WFSA collaborates to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women and girls. Through research, advocacy, grant making and leadership development, we now lead the region in philanthropic investments focused on women and girls, reaching 15,000 women and children annually. Recognizing that funding direct service interventions alone will not achieve systems change, three years ago, after intensive, participatory strategic planning and visioning, WFSA shifted, concretely, to advocacy and public policy, going upstream to influence systems change at the state level.

Position Summary
This position is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the Foundation’s grantmaking program, research initiatives, and grant writing; for leading community outreach and engagement, fostering collaboration among partners; and overseeing the Foundation’s key programmatic work.


Grantmaking Program Management:

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction for grantmaking program
  • Implements written grant-making procedures and utilizes evaluation results to guide recommendations for future directions
  • Analyzes submitted grant applications for trends and emerging community needs, including using grants database as a tool to assist in analysis
  • Connects and convenes non-profit organizations (both grant applicants and grantee partners) to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions and impact; determine the specific role the Foundation can play in the identified leverage points.
  • Creates methods to learn about community needs and interests in advance of grantmaking and other Foundation initiatives (e.g. listening tours)
  • Connects foundation grantmaking direction to organizational strategic plan, ensuring a clear ROI
  • Researches best practices and examples of trending systemic change initiatives on the local, regional, state and national levels.
  • Oversees and working closely with the Foundation’s contracted program evaluation consultant
  • Researches and bringing forward best practice models from other foundations with recommendations for implementation (e.g. income and asset gains for women, two generational model, collaborative grantmaking)
  • Manages application, review and selection process for the Foundation’s competitive grant programs
  • Performs grants management duties including award notifications, grant agreements, maintaining schedule of grantee reporting deadlines and ensuring grantee compliance
  • Builds and maintains relationships with current and potential grant applicants offering additional support during the grant application process
  • Coordinates community-based volunteer grant-making program, recruiting, training, organizing and supporting volunteer grant evaluators to screen applications and generate funding recommendations
  • Ensures the integrity of the community review process and due diligence in competitive grant-making cycles
  • Engages and supports grantee partners with semi-annual and annual grantee reporting requirements
  • Maintains expertise on laws and rules related to grantmaking. Speaks knowledgeably about this with donors and grant recipients, and assists other staff members with questions
  • Works with Foundation staff to update website with competitive grant program related content and applications and execute external and internal communications
    regarding grants program


Research Initiatives:

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction to Foundation research activities
  • Works with volunteers and contracted researchers on publications, programmatic events and educational programming, tracking research-related activities
  • Maintains research resources (i.e. clearinghouse) for dissemination to policymakers, donors, community leaders and grantee partners; speaks knowledgeably about research resources with donors and grant recipients, and assist other staff members with questions
  • Works with CEO to ensure research endeavors integrate and support advocacy and lobbying efforts, as well as grantmaking program


Grant Writing:

  • Serves as the primary writer and manager for any grants the Foundation receives,
    including grant prospecting, grant writing, and grant management


Community Outreach, Engagement, and Collaboration:

  • Tracks Foundation volunteer and staff activities that foster collaboration and convene community and grantee partners; generates reports on activities and results
  • Works in conjunction with the Foundation staff to communicate the Foundation’s efforts to the broader community.
  • Staffs Community Impact Committee with support from CEO


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Five plus years of direct service program management experience working for a nonprofit organization or five plus years of academic research experience working on relevant issues
  • Progressive experience in the management of projects, programs and volunteer or staff teams
  • An entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for growing an organization; proven ability to be a self-starter; take initiative and build collaborations
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Database knowledge
  • Experience analyzing data and reports
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional public speaking and facilitation skills
  • Strong desire to work in a non-profit setting having an impact on the lives of women and girls



Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, eligibility for an employer matching retirement plan, and generous
paid time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to WFSA strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of under-represented communities to apply. Bilingual, Spanish-English, candidates encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.