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Position Announcement: Director of CT Urban Opportunity Collaborative

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG), The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF), have been working together on collective strategies to promote equity and opportunity. Building on their long-standing commitment to increasing equity of opportunity in their communities, and rising to the challenges of this historic moment, the three foundations are committed to doing their part to dismantle structural and systemic racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility in their communities.

The three foundations have been selected to collectively participate in the Community Foundation Opportunity Network’s (CFON) inaugural cohort of community foundations in the Aligned Action Network (AAN). This cohort will, for the first time, align the goals, strategies, and outcome measures of participating foundations nationwide to increase the impact of each individual foundation and demonstrate the aggregate impact of community foundations on their communities and our country.

If you are a self-starter committed to dismantle structural and systemic racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility in American communities, please consider this opportunity to facilitate the participation of our cohort, the CT Urban Opportunity Community Foundation Network, in the AAN. The CT Network was recommended for selection by an independent review panel for their leadership and standing in their community, track record of evidence-based strategies resulting in measurable impact, and support from donors and other funders.

Summary of Role
The Director will facilitate and coordinate a team of community foundation chief executives and senior level staff to develop collective strategies to dismantle structural racism and advance social and economic mobility; aligning the strategic and programmatic efforts of the three foundations to create an actionable plan that builds on each organization’s individual strengths.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop a broad network of relationships with national and local partners
  • Manage collaborative/pooled investments made by the CT Network (applications, RFPs, monitoring and reporting)
  • Research and make recommendations for opportunities to advance the CT Network’s goals
  • Prepare for and represent the CT Urban Opportunity Community Foundation Network along with foundation executives at regular CFON meetings
  • Strategically plan for and manage the CT Network’s meetings and agendas
  • Document the CT Network’s efforts to capture efforts, learning and inform reporting to CFON and other funders

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Deep commitment to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and the ability to embed those values in all aspects of work.
  • Knowledge of Connecticut and its cities, including the disparities in opportunity faced by its urban residents
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge of community foundations; knowledge of and experience with any of the three CFs a plus
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating groups and teams, building diverse coalitions, and gaining consensus among stakeholders; accomplishment leading cross-functional teams, groups/organizations
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector or philanthropy to advance equity in education, workforce development or housing
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to drive decisions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to distill and accessibly present complex ideas and concepts
  • Development skills a plus
  • Grant management skills a plus where we may need to apply jointly for funding and/or develop pooled/collaborative investments

Education and Experience:
Degree requirement can be substituted with equivalent practical experience

  • Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or other relevant area.
  • Five or more years of experience in nonprofit or public sector, in project management or implementation.
  • Experience in a role requiring programmatic activities and/or critical and strategic thinking related to issues of equity and antiracism

Temporarily remote due to COVID; Normal work assignment includes remote work and in-office work at all three Community Foundations (Norwalk, New Haven, and Hartford).

Employment details:
This is a full-time, grant funded, 2-year position. Continuation beyond 2 years is not guaranteed and contingent on continued funding. The Director will be an employee of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and eligible for all benefits.

Application instructions:
To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter describing your match to our requirements to:

For best consideration, application materials must be received by Friday, March 12, 2021, 5:00 pm EST.


Any and all offers to applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a comprehensive background, credit and reference check to the satisfaction of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.