Assistant Director, Community Grantmaking (TBF)

Position Summary

The Assistant Director, Community Grantmaking will be responsible for implementing and managing participatory processes to inform several of the Boston Foundation’s responsive grantmaking programs including Open Door Grants, My Summer in the City, and Collaborate Boston.  This person will also manage the Boston Neighborhood Fellows program.  This role requires strong project and operational management skills, as well as a deep commitment and connection to communities that have been structurally and historically marginalized.

Essential Functions

  • Operationalize and manage community processes to inform several grantmaking programs
    • Work with Manager, Open Door Grants and grants management staff to develop and communicate integrated processes for various programs (Open Door Grants, Collaborate Boston, My Summer in the City, Action Fund)
    • Recruit and build relationships with nonprofit intermediaries and individual reviewers
    • Resource and train intermediaries and reviewers for successful participation
    • Manage and track participation and processes to inform continuous improvement in subsequent grant cycles
  • Manage and develop Boston Neighborhood Fellows (BNF) program which provides recognition and support to local leaders performing grassroots work
    • Forge relationships and connections with current class of fellows
    • Working with Grassroots Strategy Program Associate and consultant, develop and implement curriculum and programming for current class of fellows
    • Design and implement a BNF Alumni Council
    • Serve as primary relationship manager and connector between the fellows and the Boston Foundation
  • Strengthen current evaluation practice
    • Building on current practice, and working with Assistant Director, Data and Insight, refine and enhance data collection for major bodies of work outlined above: community grant processes and Boston Neighborhood Fellows
  • Represent TBF externally including speaking on panels and at community and sector events
  • Participate in grant proposal review and recommendation process in collaboration with Foundation colleagues
  • Supervise and collaborate with staff and consultants associated with the programs described above

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • 8-10 years of relevant work experience required; Bachelor and/or Master’s degree or equivalent preferred
  • Deep connection to and knowledge of local Greater Boston communities

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • Ability to connect with and motivate a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and orientations
  • Highly organized and proven ability to manage multiple strands of work and tight timelines in a high-pressure environment
  • Deep understanding of, experience with and commitment to social justice work including grassroots nonprofits and leaders
  • Demonstrated success managing teams, including the supervision and evaluation of staff and consultants
  • Exceptional interpersonal, writing and verbal communication skills, with the ability to serve as an external voice for the work of the Boston Foundation
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Boston Foundation’s mission
  • A resourceful self-starter, able to work and problem solve independently
  • A participative work style and the ability to give and receive feedback

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer monitor and keyboard for long periods of time
  • Ability to carry up to 25 pounds

To Apply

All applications should be submitted online. Go to and select “Assistant Director, Community Grantmaking” to complete our online application process. Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job.  It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time.  At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.




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