Job Opportunity: Vice President, Impact and Partnerships/Chief Impact Officer, The San Diego Foundation

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The San Diego Foundation is an agent for social change and a respected thought leader in the San Diego Region. The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) will bring together funding, internal talent, and external collaborators to achieve strategic impact. This position provides leadership for all of The Foundation’s Community Impact programs. Working closely with The Foundation’s Leadership Team, the CIO will collaborate on strategies for well-researched priorities, legislative vigilance, effective fundraising, strategic communications and grantmaking in accordance with The Foundation’s strategic plan and donor’s priority areas.

Working at the frontier of philanthropy, the CIO will help shape, test and validate new ideas in programming and philanthropy. Serving as a sounding board, thought partner and key advisor to the CEO, this position will also help identify opportunities for TSDF to serve specific, unmet needs in the community.

The five key aspects for this new position are:

  1. Lead the Foundation’s Community Impact Division (7 team members total), serving as the most senior liaison between The Foundation, its programs and the nonprofit community.
  2. Create innovative new ideas and programs around which The Foundation can marshal resources for community investment. This includes funding from existing donors, as well as attracting investment from new philanthropic channels.
  3. Work closely with the CEO and Chief Development Officer to drive program revenue targets for specific community impact areas.
  4. Partner with the CDO to strategically deploy the Foundation’s discretionary funds to local nonprofit organizations working in these key impact areas.
  5. Serve as an ambassador and connector to critical external constituencies including philanthropy, government, business, academia, nonprofit and community organizations at the regional, state and national levels.

The CIO plays a key role in educating and mobilizing internal stakeholders, especially donors, volunteers and staff, on the intersection and synergy between their goals and priorities and those of the Community Impact division. This position serves on the Leadership Team and is instrumental to the public positioning of and policy development for The Foundation. The CIO will work with several Board committees and attends meetings of the Board of Governors.

  • Deep connectivity to the San Diego region.
  • Strong network of relationships at all levels across the community.
  • Experience working within the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social purpose, equity and durable impact.
  • Capability to work effectively and authentically across generations, cultures and diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to model and inspire teamwork, motivate and mentor staff and effectively manage conflict.
  • Strategic vision and agility.
  • Entrepreneurial approach and growth mindset.
  • Demonstrated ability to take a concept from ideation all the way through to execution.
  • Leadership skills and style based on trust, self-awareness and humility.
  • Ability to generate trust, shared purpose and commitment within and beyond the San Diego region with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the principles and practice of social equity as effected through philanthropy and, specifically, Community Foundations.
  • Experience developing and achieving performance metrics.
  • Awareness of and ability to interpret opportunities in complexity and ambiguity.
  • Excellent listening, writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Familiarity with regulatory and compliance requirements and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Possess a strong moral and ethical compass; maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive supervisory experience, successful performance in a program-related role within nonprofit organizations, corporate or government entities.
  • Understanding of and commitment to philanthropy in the San Diego region
  • Understanding and knowledge of the greater San Diego community
  • Experienced and skilled at working in multicultural and varied socio-economic contexts.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills; advanced facilitation skills a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish objectives with minimal guidance, find solutions, and be resourceful.
  • Budget development, implementation and monitoring experience.

Visit The San Diego Foundation's Careers webpage or contact Liliane Lendvai, Director, Blair Search Partners, [email protected]

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