Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a project of Tides, is seeking a detail-oriented, systems thinker and collaborative Chapter Liaison to play a key role in developing, strengthening and evaluating EPIP’s national volunteer chapter network. The Chapter Liaison will work to provide robust professional development for chapter leaders, while building upon current chapter management processes and infrastructure with an eye for further improvement. This is a great opportunity for an individual who has an interest in community building, adult education, and volunteer management. This position is a remote, full-time position within EPIP’s team.
This position reports to the Director of Programs and forms part of EPIP’s growing team. This position serves a critical role in advancing EPIP’s mission to deliver learning and professional development experiences, while empowering a community of emerging practitioners focused on deep interactions, relationships and knowledge sharing. You will work closely with the Director of Programs to support existing chapter leaders, coach incoming chapter leaders, support the growth of new chapters, and build upon existing chapter policies and tracking systems. This role is best suited for a process-oriented individual with an interest in volunteer management, community building, systems management and supporting the leadership of inclusive philanthropic emerging leaders. This position will require occasional travel (approximately 15%), however employee travel is halted due to COVID-19 safety precautions at least through the end of 2021.
DURATION & COMPENSATION
This position reports to the Director of Programs and is a permanent, exempt, full-time position and will be compensated in the $75,000 - $85,000 range. This position is remote and candidates may be located anywhere within the United States. EPIP employees receive access to a variety of benefits, from comprehensive healthcare to a robust 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more, designed to support the health and well-being of our staff (e.g, home office, internet, and professional development stipends).
TIMELINE & PROCESS
EPIP seeks to minimize bias and the impact of structural discrimination within our hiring practices. As such, we focus on relevant skills, experience, and approach first, while de-prioritizing information that can allow for implicit bias.
Round 1: To apply, candidates must submit a resume and cover letter by November 19, 2021 at 11:59pm PT through our online portal. Your one-page cover letter should respond to the following questions: What draws you to EPIP's work at this time? How might your specific skills and experience make you well-suited for this role? What is your personal commitment to social justice, and how do you see this position aligning with that?
Round 2: Candidates will be invited to schedule a 45 minute video interview.
Round 3: Finalists will be invited to a 90 minute interview. Upon invitation, finalists will be asked to submit their references.
Anticipated Start Date: February 1, 2021
Questions should be submitted to [email protected]
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a project of Tides, is a national network of early and mid-career philanthropic professionals and changemakers working to advance equity within and through philanthropy. Our mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. EPIP is one of ten partner organizations which make up CHANGE Philanthropy.
Over the years, EPIP has established itself as a leading network for diverse early- and mid-career philanthropic professionals, particularly those who identify as people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ. Our 14 member-led chapters span the country and provide peer-to-peer programs, networking opportunities, and support while serving as platforms for member leadership. National programs like the webinar series and the biannual conference and Philanthropology, coupled with local programming led by EPIP Chapters connect members to additional support, knowledge, and opportunities. As EPIP celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, this is an exciting time in our organization’s development and the Chapter Liaison will play an integral role in evaluating, supporting and strengthening existing and new chapters, supporting chapter volunteer leaders, and deepening EPIP’s chapter systems and data infrastructure.
EPIP chapters play an integral role in delivering EPIP leadership development programming and fostering connections among EPIP members in their respective service areas. As we continue to grow, we seek to support our chapters to be strong, multi-racial, inclusive spaces for emerging practitioners to grow into leadership. The Chapter Liaison will support the EPIP team to deliver dedicated professional development to help chapters reach this goal.
YOUR CORE RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE
Network and Volunteer Management
Utilizing best practices in chapter/network management principles, manage and coordinate EPIP Chapters and volunteer Chapter Leaders to ensure a strong, collaborative, and thriving chapter network. Work in partnership with Director of Programs to develop chapter strategy.
Oversight of Network
Building on existing resources, relationships, and practices, operationalize chapter strategic direction to support a robust and thriving national network of EPIP chapters.
- Ensure chapters are representing EPIP’s mission and values
- Monitor chapter performance and coach chapters in overcoming challenges or barriers
- Update and refine existing infrastructure for managing the growing community of EPIP chapters
- In partnership with the Director of Membership & communications, research opportunities and make recommendations to senior leadership regarding potential chapter expansion opportunities
- Balance universal chapter needs alongside individual chapter needs and adapt systems and supports as needed
- Catalyze and support self-organizing among chapter leaders and create opportunities for chapters and chapter leaders to engage in peer-to-peer learning and relationship building
Chapter Leader Support and Thought Partnership
- Build and nurture relationships with each chapter and its volunteer Chapter Leaders.
- Provide strategic partnership and professional development that empowers Chapter Leads to lead local chapters and fuels member, sector and community engagement
- Provide operational and logistical support to chapter leaders in the execution of local programming, events and activities.
- Monitor and support chapters in succession planning and ensuring the continuation of proper leadership
- Establish and maintain regular communication with and respond to questions and inquiries from chapter leaders
- Monitor compliance with all chapter and volunteer support policies and procedures (e.g., volunteer form, treasurer commitment form, chapter roster updates; grant applications, etc), implementing appropriate changes, as necessary
- Plan and facilitate appropriate chapter leader training and other programming
- Ensure proper and effective Chapter Leader usage of Nationbuilder; refer to training resources or supplemental training as necessary
- Provide oversight over Chapter Leader tools and resources, including the Chapter Leader Google Drive, NationBuilder and Chapter policies, and update resources as needed
- Coordinate and lead quarterly touch points with chapter leaders to nurture relationships and maintain levels of engagement.
Our Chapter Liaison will be responsible for ensuring chapter leaders are empowered with the skills and tools needed to successfully run multiracial and inclusive chapters as they:
- Develop, implement, facilitate, and evaluate professional development opportunities for EPIP Chapter Leaders that align with EPIP’s Inclusive Leadership Framework (e.g., New Chapter Leader Orientation, Chapter Leader Gatherings at EPIP Conferences, Chapter Officer training)
- Partner with programs team for collaborative programs with chapters (e.g. Philanthropology or communities of practice)
Help EPIP tell the story of its chapters and professional development programming:
- Work closely with EPIP Chapter Leaders to maintain an accurate accounting of chapter records and history
- Utilize existing volunteer management systems to track and evaluate chapter health, and update systems as needed
- Provide regular updates to EPIP Staff and Board
- Assist with administration and facilitation tasks as needed
WHO YOU ARE
A Lover of Learning. You are knowledgeable about adult education and various methods of learning and are passionate about cultivating a community of lifelong learners. You have an interest in supporting and educating a cadre of inclusive philanthropic leaders who are successful in advancing equity in all facets of their work.
A Solid Communicator. You have great oral and written communication skills. You can craft high-quality presentations and explain complex concepts in a clear and relatable manner, using your intellect and intuition.
A Systems and Process Person. You recognize the importance of a well-organized database and access to information. You appreciate that it’s easier to learn and evaluate when you have information at the ready. You are an implementer and can find the magic in a strong system.
An Organizer. You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You truly believe in our organizational value of shared leadership, and that anyone can have the capacity to participate in transformative change.
Inventive and Adaptable. You’re at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive attitude and identify creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many important responsibilities at once and you’re rigorous about prioritizing without sacrificing quality.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Five or more years of experience in program management and delivery, with preferred experience in the not-for-profit, philanthropic, or membership association industries.
- Understanding of chapter/network management principles and best practices and the ability to maintain a member-focused mindset
- Demonstrated knowledge and training around racial equity, inclusion, belonging, power, and access, and an ability to engage and support diverse professionals of all backgrounds .
- Strong project and people management skills with attention to detail, including the ability to coordinate workflow, establish priorities, meet deadlines and effectively balance competing demands.
- A strong eye for detail and a knack for data management, coupled with familiarity with Google Products (Drive, Docs, etc.), Zoom, Salesforce, and Nationbuilder.
- Demonstrated dedication to EPIP’s values, particularly social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize and systemize knowledge or volunteer management through a CRM or similar product
- Ability to leverage virtual meeting tools to enhance program delivery and engagement in virtual settings
- Experience in building and nurturing chapters, networks, coalitions, or communities of practice that encompass a range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds, including experience growing a virtual and/or in-person community
- Deep passion for building and supporting relationships; skilled in lifting up the work of others and connecting people with resources
- Strong prioritization and project management skills
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 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; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to move around a space when hosting or attending EPIP events and travel via ground or air transportation several times a year.
Equal Employment Opportunity
We strongly encourage women, people of color, bilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS related conditions. We encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek an accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a project of the Tides Center. The Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Questions should be directed to [email protected].