Director of Programs, EPIP

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a project of Tides, is a community of foundation professionals and other changemakers who strive for excellence and equity in philanthropy. EPIP has established itself as a leading provider of professional and leadership development opportunities to people with fewer than 10 years in the field. Our 16 member-led chapters span the country and provide programs, networking opportunities and peer support. National programs like our webinar series connect members to additional training, knowledge and opportunities. Through this work, we are helping to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

EPIP’s new strategic plan, adopted in April 2017, outlines three core strategies to achieve its mission over the next five years:

  • Professional and leadership development, supporting our members as both excellent professionals and complete change agents;
  • Advocacy and innovation to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive sector; and
  • Community-building to enrich the EPIP experience, bring opportunities to our members, and amplify our and others’ influence to move the sector into deeper leadership for equity and social justice.

The Director of Programs will have primary oversight over EPIP’s programmatic portfolio, aligning activities with EPIP’s strategic plan and reflecting the following seven-point framework:

  • Hard skills development, including job-related professional skills as well as newer approaches to the work
  • Learning philanthropy, including its history, role in social justice efforts, different models of philanthropy, and the mechanics and craft of the work
  • Social justice and equity, including the history of social justice work, specific social justice issues, content related to specific populations and adopting an equity lens
  • Leadership stance, helping our members find their own, personal approach to leadership within and outside their institutions
  • Internal and external advocacy and influence, including managing up, supporting and managing change, and engaging in leadership and activism outside of work
  • Current events and philanthropy, putting both positive news and reports of injustice in context and helping members explore how they and their institutions might respond
  • Career advancement, helping members identify and chart potential career paths.


  • Develop EPIP’s portfolio of national and chapter-led programs to align with EPIP’s new seven-point programmatic framework (above), including both EPIP-branded programming and curated offerings from partners
  • Manage EPIP’s current programming, including our national conference, People of Color Network and Wednesday Webinars
  • Engage EPIP staff, members, chapter leaders and partners to support program development and delivery
  • Ensure that EPIP members and communities most affected by inequities in our society are centered in our programming
  • Lead planning and execution of EPIP’s national conferences
  • Serve as a key member of the EPIP National leadership team, including strategic input on organizational efforts, management of programming budgets, support for fundraising efforts, and contributions to learning and evaluation
  • Cultivate programmatic partnerships that bring new funding, resources and opportunities back to EPIP members; manage programmatic work with current key partners such as CHANGE Philanthropy and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers


  • Three to five years of experience in the philanthropic sector
  • Program development and management experience required
  • College degree or relevant life experience required; relevant graduate degree a plus


Strong knowledge of philanthropy and leadership development; training/facilitation experience a plus; experience with network and/or distributed leadership models a plus

  • Commitment to EPIP’s values, particularly a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice
  • Commitment to supporting member leadership as well as staff-driven projects
  • Ability to manage competing demands and communicate promptly as priorities shift
  • Ability to work with diversity of members and stakeholders; cultural competency and geographic facility a plus; experience working in or with community also a plus
  • Excited by challenge of building a strong portfolio in a small but growing organization
  • Exceptional communicator, both in writing and face-to-face
  • Able to handle challenges with a solutions-focus and sense of humor
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented but able to dream big
  • Able to work effectively in a highly collaborative and open small team environment


  • Executive Director (Supervisor)
  • Tides Center (EPIP’s fiscal sponsor)
  • EPIP staff, members, chapter leaders, and partners

Competitive salary plus performance-based compensation and full-time-equivalent benefits. Flexible based on experience and location.

(These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.)

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel to operate a computer; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear to communicate and exchange accurate information with staff and members. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk about the office and while traveling.

(While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.)

EPIP is based in an office building in New York City, though the position can be based anywhere in the United States. The role will be full-time, with 25-40% domestic travel to support meetings/events (likely heaviest in the spring and fall). The Director would ideally be available to attend parts of the CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit in New Orleans (Sept. 17-21).

Interested parties should apply with a cover letter and a resume to Christi Tran, Consultant ( with "Application: EPIP Director of Programs" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with all applications due by July 24, 2017. Writing samples may be requested. No calls, please!

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. EPIP strongly encourages and seeks applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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