ABOUT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SONOMA COUNTY (CFSC)
Based in Santa Rosa, CA, CFSC has, for the last 35 years, leveraged its local knowledge and love of place to bring together community-minded donors and diverse nonprofit grantees to catalyze change in health and human services, emergency response, education, environment, arts and culture, and animal welfare. In 2018, CFSC held assets at $178 million, received contributions totaling $18.3 million, and awarded $13.5 million in grants to the community. CFSC is today recognized as the only Sonoma County organization poised to both harness the generosity of those who have been fortunate enough to have philanthropic resources, and to serve as their partners in making catalytic charitable investments.
Now, both the community and the Foundation stand at an inflection point, and the next five years will mark an exciting period of growth for CFSC as its new business model will provide a menu of opportunities for donors to better leverage their funds for local community investment. Building on its legacy of community partnership and on the momentum of having raised a $15M Resilience Fund for disaster recovery, CFSC is moving toward a new philanthropic model focused on impact and characterized by transformational relationships with donors that are inspired to “invest with” rather than simply “giving through” the Foundation.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
A primary liaison between CFSC and its surrounding community, the Program Officer (one of two at the organization) will play a key role in supporting CFSC’s transition to an impact-focused model of grantmaking. Externally, the Program Officer will serve as the front line for CFSC’s Community Impact Department. He/she/they will forge and steward relationships with current and prospective nonprofit grantees throughout the community to increase CFSC’s visibility and champion the county’s most critical causes. Internally, the Program Officer will manage the full life cycle of grantmaking, including due diligence, approval and denial recommendations, and evaluation and reporting.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Builds relationships on behalf of CFSC with nonprofit leaders, sector groups, and other key stakeholders active in the specific fields of interest under Program Officer’s purview; delivers tactical presentations and memos to this end; represents CFSC in the community to increase its visibility and strengthen its brand, but also to learn about and serve as a messenger for the community’s specific, evolving needs
- Performs due diligence on organizations and grant proposals through site visits, review and analysis of financial data, and assessment of capacity and alignment with Foundation priorities; decisively makes or denies grants with a balance of humaneness, humility, and rigor
Portfolio Management and Resource Allocation
- Prepares proposal summaries and grant amount recommendations consistent with CFSC’s grantmaking guidelines for review and action
- Critically assesses community needs, donor intent, and budget constraints to best utilize resources, identifying opportunities to influence and leverage impact
- Analyzes CFSC’s bi-annual focus areas
- Proactively engages in continuous learning related to philanthropic giving
- Assists with preparing written information for CFSC communications including resource allocation acceptance/denials and website administration, as needed
- Addresses requests from the nonprofit community for information and resources through thoughtful and clear communications
- Assists with communication to and from senior leadership including the CEO/President, Board of Directors, and Community Investment Committee
- 5+ years of nonprofit or other relevant experience demonstrating commitment to community impact through professional and/or personal experience
- Strong internal and external customer service ethic, personal warmth, and sincerity
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds
- Strong analytical and critical thinking ability
- Ability to manage several workstreams simultaneously and meet deadlines, while adapting to changing circumstances and adhering to high standards of personal and professional integrity; prior experience with complex project management
- Experience in policy work; diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; and/or Spanish language skills are a plus
- Prior relationships with nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County are a plus
HOW TO APPLY
CFSC has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a current résumé and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and outlines your relevant skills and experience.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation. As an equal opportunity employer, CFSC is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, differently-abled people, and LGBT persons are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please refrain from contacting CFSC directly; all inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at CFSC-ProgramOfficer@schaffercombs.com.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.