Director of Programs and Partnerships, Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum (Forum), a partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is a field building program focused on supporting individuals using the collective impact approach to create social change in their communities. Collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem at scale. The Forum is a place for practitioners of this approach to access the training, tools, resources, and peer connections that can help them succeed. To learn more, visit www.collectiveimpactforum.org.
We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial professional with experience developing and implementing programs that help practitioners advance their mission. The Director of Programs and Partnerships will sit within FSG, report to the Executive Director of the Forum, and will be a critical member of a small team that works collaboratively to achieve the Forum’s goals.
We want to hear from you if you:
- Believe increasing collaboration and alignment across organizations and sectors is core to achieving equitable systems change
- Bring a keen sense of what it takes to engage in effective cross sector collaboration, and want to continue learning in partnership with others in the field
- Enjoy both designing and implementing programs to support other practitioners in their work
- Care deeply about racial equity and justice, and seek to incorporate this into all facets of your work
Oversee delivery of existing and development of new, innovative programming
- Lead planning and execution of the annual Collective Impact Action Summit, convening 1000+ leaders; source and prep speakers, develop and secure sponsorships, and curate additional experiences to generate an event producing meaningful learning for participants and revenue contribution for the Forum
- Design, sell / raise funding for, and execute (may include facilitation) 2 - 3 additional programs per year for collective impact practitioners. Previous programs included communities of practice, action learning labs, and leadership development series. Potential themes could include: supporting practitioners to embed equity throughout a collaborative’s work; creating meaningful community ownership in collective impact; and pursuing systems change through collective impact, etc.
- Create and deliver (may include facilitation) client-specific fee-for-service workshops and trainings
- Explore opportunities for partnership with other platforms and intermediaries that can reach new audiences
- Contribute to collective impact knowledge development and dissemination for the field through various channels (e.g., blog posts, podcasts, webinars, internal FSG / Aspen content development efforts, etc.)
Generate revenue to support the Collective Impact Forum’s work. The Director of Programs will be responsible for generating $300,000 - $400,000 in annual revenue through fee-for-service programs and / or grants to support the Forum’s work
- Identify new funding opportunities, develop and deploy partner cultivation plans, and convert into new philanthropic relationships and program financial support
- Partner with the Executive Director in stewardship and ongoing relationship management with existing funders
- Attend relevant events representing the Forum while cultivating new relationships
- Engage with relevant FSG and Aspen colleagues to align partner cultivation efforts and inform/co-create proposals
- Bring a nuanced understanding of collective impact and other topics core to our programming (e.g., equity, community engagement, power, systems change) in order to be effective with new and existing relationships
Contribute to Forum team leadership and overall strategic direction
- Contribute to the Forum’s core value and commitment to racial equity and justice in our programming and relationships
- Lead with influence over authority, with a results orientation and a collaborative spirit
- Help shape the overall strategic direction of the Forum, particularly elevating and advancing practice on core topics of focus including equity, community engagement, power, and systems change
- Coach and mentor members of the team to help develop their skills and leadership
- Contribute to FSG firm-wide leadership, people development, learning, and culture
Your skills and experience
Program and partnership development experience
- 10 years of experience in the social sector with focus on program design and implementation experience, or similarly relevant experience
- Experience developing and leading programming for stakeholders, with demonstrated ability to deliver value for all participants
- Experience with, and commitment to, anti-racist work, and creating greater equity in society demonstrated through prior work experience and/or volunteer work (e.g., designing and implementing programs to build capacity on topics such as racial equity)
- Prior experience participating in a collective impact initiative preferred, but not essential
- Experience designing and facilitating meetings and workshops that engage the full range of participants and elicit input from all stakeholders, especially from people whose voices may be more commonly marginalized
- Strong revenue generation skill set and orientation, developed networks with foundations funding collaborative and place-based work
Collaboration and team work
- Comfortable working in a collaborative team environment with shared focus and accountability to achieve the Forum’s overall goals and outcomes
- Exceptional time management skills with ability to support high-paced, nimble team
- Ability to balance multiple responsibilities and the willingness to take initiative to get the job done
- Comfortable working in a small remote team where colleagues are based in different states and time zones
- Strong attention to detail, follow-up skills and results orientation; able to take the lead role in all areas of the role’s responsibilities
- Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Ability to travel within the US ~25% of the time (given COVID-19, FSG currently has a travel ban in place for all employees)
FSG has offices in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.. This full-time role will begin remotely, and we are open to considering candidates in other geographies as we continue to refine our policies regarding office presence. Given COVID-19, all US employees are currently working virtually. We offer a competitive and equitable compensation package with the goal of attracting and retaining exceptional people; the salary range for the Director of Programs and Partnership position is $140,000 - $150,000. Salary bands are set according to an explicit compensation policy, and relevant market data is analyzed when setting bands for each role. We also offer a generous benefits package including: health insurance with 100% of premiums covered by FSG, 4 week paid vacation, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, cell phone stipend, disability and life insurance, and more.
Note: Visa sponsorship is not available for our US offices. In addition, we are unable to support the OPT Training Visa, as this visa will eventually require sponsorship.
Equal Opportunity Employer
As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Please follow the prompts below to submit a cover letter and your resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm. We are experienced advisors to corporate, foundation, and nonprofit/NGO leaders. Through our combination of customized consulting services, powerful insights, and ground-breaking initiatives, we help clients around the world create social impact.
FSG is a recognized leader in collective impact, defined as the commitment of a group of cross-sectoral actors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem at scale. FSG has published several highly acclaimed articles on collective impact in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and has conducted workshops and trainings globally on the topic over the past decade. FSG also partnered with the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions to operate the Collective Impact Forum, with a goal to create the knowledge, networks and tools that accelerate the adoption and increase the effectiveness of collective impact. Membership in the Forum has surpassed 30,000 nonprofits, backbone entities, foundations, and others.