Employment Opportunities


TITLE:                                 Director, Community Engagement for Health Initiatives

REPORTS TO:                    Vice President, Community Engagement

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Director of Community Engagement manages the Foundation’s extensive portfolio related to health initiatives.  This includes the management of the grants process for both non-profit organizations and support organizations (i.e.: aligned and affiliated funds). This is an exempt, full-time position.


Community Leadership

  • Conduct research on issues or concerns of importance to the Foundation, identifying trends or best practices in the focus area of health and wellness. Present findings in written and verbal formats.
  • Convene non-profit organizations, funders, and community leaders around the topic of health and wellness. Participate in the alignment of desired regional outcomes and indicators of progress.
  • Collaborate with other funders to share, develop, and leverage resources to address community needs. Focus on high impact, long-term, sustainable change.
  • Interact with health systems and providers as is appropriate to represent their perspectives in community philanthropic endeavors.
  • Represent the Foundation through service on committees and attendance at community events and meetings, providing strategic guidance on issues that reflect Foundation priorities.

Grant Process

  • Serve as the Foundation’s leader for multiple health and wellness-related support organizations, serving as their content expert, coordinator of grantmaking processes, coordinator of outcome evaluation, and contact with non-profit organizations who seek or have received grants. Significant hands-on, full scope work with support organization board leadership and committees. Involved with support organization policy-making and budget design.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for the Foundation to provide funding, capacity building, volunteers, or community leadership support within the focus area of health and wellness.
  • Work directly with grant seekers to provide clarification of Foundation priorities, direction regarding the application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
  • Participate in Foundation grantmaking process to include review of applications, interviews, site visits, and decision-making. Provide written and verbal analysis of grant applications for Foundation staff, board, and donors.
  • Gather outcomes from grantees and provide analysis of results vs. objectives set on grant application.

Donor Interaction

  • Collaborate with Philanthropic and Donor Services teams to work with prospective and current donors in carrying out their philanthropic goals and engage them as participants and leaders in community problem-solving.
  • Assist individual donors with their specific grantmaking efforts, educating them on issues and non-profit organizations working in the health and wellness sector, including arranging for site visits.

Other Duties

  • Participate in national, regional, statewide, and local groups that provide health and wellness philanthropy and further enhance the work of the Foundation.
  • Work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the Foundation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


·        A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Advanced degree is preferred.

  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in the non-profit, foundation, and/or funder sector. Exposure to a grants process is preferred. Experience in governance (i.e.: managing/staffing) boards of directors and their committees is preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of experience in the health and wellness field, including knowledge of service providers and policy-making process at a regional and state level. Service in a leadership role, managing boards and board committees, is preferred.
  • Knowledge of key partners in the Foundation’s work, with experience in the non-profit landscape of the Richmond region preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects at one time.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and seize leadership roles when a need is realized.
  • Solid computer literacy in Microsoft Office and database management.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, one-on-one, and group presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and persuade across broad audiences from diverse backgrounds: grant seekers, board members, community leaders, donors, and the Foundation staff.

The position is eligible for a competitive salary and benefits package.  For consideration, email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to or send to The Community Foundation, Human Resources, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110, Richmond, VA 23225 by Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  No phone calls or agencies, please.