Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis is looking for a Director of Partner Support and Capacity Building.
Deaconess Foundation invests in the well-being of children, engages our region around the plight of youth and advocates for change. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $85 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998 and believes healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit the entire region. The Foundation’s grantmaking footprint includes the city of St. Louis, St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois.
The Director stewards a program of trust-based philanthropy to build the power to advance the foundation’s public policy agenda for child well-being. The primary responsibility of this full-time, professional position is leading grant making and funding efforts within the foundation’s program portfolio. The secondary responsibility is providing capacity building support and relationship management with funded and prospective Partners. S/he supports the CEO in development and oversight of multi-year grantmaking plans.
- Lead Foundation grantmaking efforts, including learning, assessment and knowledge management
- Review applications to recommend appropriate Partners and award funds
- Chronicle activities and outcomes of the grantmaking program
- Prepare written reports and presentations for leadership and the community
- Provide support beyond the grant to Deaconess’ non-profit Partners
- Develop a program of skill-building opportunities for grantees
- Serve as a sounding board or provide counsel
- Coordinate restorative learning retreats geared toward inspiration and renewal
- Collaborate with Director of Advocacy and Manager of Deaconess Center to align supports of funding, foundation advocacy and convening space for key Partners
- Support the professional development of the Program Assistant in partnership with the Director of Advocacy
Community Engagement / External Relations
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the needs of children within Deaconess’ grantmaking footprint and philanthropic supports to improve child well-being
- Participate in philanthropic support networks for learning, to inform grantmaking and to share knowledge from Foundation’s past and current work
- Leverage technology to continually simplify and streamline grant making processes
- Participate in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategic plans
- Assist in the design, implementation and evaluation of an internal capacity building effort
Education and/or Experience
Three to five years of experience in non-profit management or as an organizational development or management consultant is required. Other valuable experiences include: project management, civic engagement, community organizing, philanthropy and service to children or youth. A high school diploma is required. A master’s degree in social work, public health, public administration or a related field may be helpful in performance. Knowledge of the St. Louis regional systems change ecosystem is preferred.