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Careers at the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is accepting applications for the following position(s). For additional information, you may contact us at info@cnycf.org.

1. Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives
2. Events & Communications Associate

Position Title: Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Reports to: Program Officer

Status: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt 


POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:

The Program Manager assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of strategic initiatives and grantmaking that is designed to foster a thriving Central New York community. This position is a key member of the Community Investment Department and will participate directly with nonprofit staff members, community members, other funders and board members to be responsive to the region’s needs, play a community leadership role and assess impact.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop relationships with community members, neighborhood leaders and residents of the city of Syracuse and Central New York.
    • Provide support to the Community Foundation’s community initiatives
    • Build trust and enhance the Community Foundation’s standing with community members by being actively involved in community engagement and neighborhood development activities
    • Support Vice President, Community Investment and Program Officer with community outreach and performance management of projects
    • Present funding and leadership activity recommendations to Grants and Community Initiatives Committee members for consideration at Board meetings
    • Manage new grantmaking and/or community initiatives as determined through staff and Board engagement and strategic planning sessions
    • Serve as a relationship builder, identifying best practices and areas of need or challenges, and forging collaborations with nonprofit organizations, community stakeholders and other funders
  • Support the grantmaking process for strategic initiatives and the community grantmaking process, including all aspects of the review and analysis of proposals in collaboration with the Community Investment Department
    • Meet with grant seekers to help determine funding priorities and provide feedback on grant application proposals.
    • Monitor the progress of awarded grants through the collection of progress reports, payment schedules and other related correspondence with grantees
    • Develop processes for keeping constituent records up-to-date and accurate on an ongoing basis
    • Support the Program Officer to ensure best practice implementation in all strategic initiative grantmaking activities
    • Prepare and present written and oral analyses of grant requests and/or outcomes of various community initiatives
  • Provide grantmaking support and guidance to the Community Foundation’s four affiliate funds
    • Support all aspects of the affiliate funds grantmaking process: intake, processing, and evaluation
    • Collaborate with the Development, Communications and Finance departments to manage the funds’ grantmaking
    • Main point of contact with affiliate fund leadership as it relates to grantmaking
  • Work as a member of the larger Community Foundation team to ensure coordination with Finance, Development and Communications departments
  • Assist in conducting research and data analysis on issues or concerns of importance to the Community Foundation
  • Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Love of Community:  Deep interest in and commitment to philanthropy and the work of the Community Foundation, with a demonstrated commitment to the Central New York area, its people and their concerns
  • Place Based: Critical knowledge of and experience working within the city of Syracuse and Central New York’s residents living in poverty
  • Education/Experience:  At least 3 years of work experience, preferably in a community or externally facing role. College degree preferred. 
  • Technology Skills:  Computer proficiency including knowledge of Microsoft Office and database management, and a willingness to learn all appropriate Community Foundation software
  • Analytical and Organizational Skills: Strong analytical skills with an ability to prioritize and manage work effectively
  • Relational Skills: Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Communications:  Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to prepare and give presentations and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences including donors and Board members as well as nonprofit and community groups
  • Community Knowledge:  Familiarity with the Central New York area, its opportunities and challenges

 

TIME AND TRANSPORTATION:

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Syracuse, NY requiring 37.5 hours per week including frequent night and weekend events and meetings. This position requires the ability to travel routinely in the 5 county Central New York area. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

BENEFITS:

Current employee benefits include health insurance, annual vacation and sick days, eleven paid holidays, term life insurance, additional disability insurance, parking, 401(k) retirement savings program with employer contribution and match, optional flex spending accounts for medical or dependent care expenses and other benefits as outlined in the employee handbook.

 

SALARY:

Salary is dependent on experience.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a letter of interest and resume, which must include your salary requirements, to careers@cnycf.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job classification. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.

 



Position Title: Events & Communications Associate

Reports To: Vice President, Communications

Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt


POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Events & Communications Associate will plan and execute Community Foundation events and provide general communications support to deepen relationships with current & potential donors, professional advisors, nonprofit organizations, civic leaders and the Central New York community as a whole.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Event Planning & Execution
    • Create annual event calendar, work with staff to set major milestones for each event
    • Produce and work from project timeline that tracks tasks for each event
    • Design, print and coordinate mailing of print invitations
    • Design and distribute email invitations
    • Promote events on social media and website
    • Maintain online event registration pages
    • Liaison with staff or outside vendors on event details such as mailing lists, table set-up, food and beverage orders and AV requirements
    • Track event registrations in database, prepare attendee lists
    • Design and coordinate printing of signage
    • Layout, print and prepare event handouts
    • Plan and purchase decorations, gifts and favors
    • Prepare nametags for attendees
    • Logistics day of the event, such as onsite or offsite set-up of registration, audio visual, handouts and decorations
    • Take photos at all events; maintain and promote online photo albums
  • Communications Support
    • Coordinate with and provide marketing support to the Community Foundation’s affiliate funds in the form of event promotions, public relations, collateral pieces, email announcements and other communications
    • Write and distribute social media announcements and press releases
    • Maintain website
    • Design and place advertisements
    • Maintain advertising contracts with outside vendors
    • Write content and take photos for online and print publications
    • Prepare collateral packets for use by staff in meetings or events
    • Track social media interactions; prepare monthly reports for staff
    • Order promotional items; maintain inventory
    • Provide general communications, public relations and marketing support toward the implementation of publicity campaigns


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Deep interest in and commitment to the Central New York area, its people and their concerns
  • Minimum of two years of similar event planning work experience required
  • Project management experience a plus
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite publishing software and social media management a plus


TIME REQUIREMENT:
This is a full-time, non-exempt position requiring 37.5 hours per week. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some flexibility. Occasionally, early, late or weekend hours are required for executing events onsite and offsite.

BENEFITS:
Employee benefits include health insurance, annual vacation and sick days, eleven paid holidays, term life insurance, additional disability insurance, parking, 401(k) retirement savings program with employer contribution and match, optional flex spending accounts for medical or dependent care expenses and other benefits as outlined in the employee handbook.

SALARY:

Salary is dependent on experience.


TWO STEPS TO APPLY
:

  1. 1. Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to careers@cnycf.org.
  2. 2. Writing and design layout samples encouraged. Please do not attach large attachments to your application email, as these may not get past our firewall. Instead, upload large sample files to: https://cnycf.sharefile.com/r-r5a2b4d8647b4135b

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job classification. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.