• Location: Madison, WI
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #4931

Carex is partnering with Madison Community Foundation as they begin their search for a VP of Community Impact.  The mission of Madison Community Foundation (MCF) is to engage Greater Madison in philanthropy to advance a more vibrant and equitable community. MCF is a nationally accredited community foundation and a trusted philanthropic leader – they collaborate with donors to connect them to the causes they care about most and work with nonprofits to build endowments and utilize grant funding in effective, efficient, and equitable ways. What makes MCF strong is their team – they know their donors and they know their community.

Their office is in beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin, conveniently located off the state capitol square and surrounded by restaurants, shops and businesses of all kinds. Whether just the daily hustle and bustle, the free Lunchtime Live music series, Art Fair on the Square or the largest producers-only Farmers’ Market in the country, there is always something going on downtown. When you are part of the MCF team, you are in the middle of what makes Madison … Madison.

MCF is currently seeking a Vice President of Community Impact to guide its Community Impact department, including the development of its new nonprofit center. This role is ideal for someone who leads with integrity, humility, innovation and vision; someone who is intrinsically motivated, diligent, and has a strong desire to succeed. They are looking for a candidate who seeks purposeful work, is passionate about serving the community; values working in a friendly team environment alongside people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, orientations and abilities; and desires to grow both professionally and personally.

What You’ll Do:

Grantmaking – 30%

  • Work with the department’s Director of Grantmaking to implement MCF’s Community Impact, Field of Interest, and Staff-Advised Field of Interest grantmaking programs.
    • Collaborate with the President & CEO, Community Impact staff, Community Impact Committee and Board of Governors to research and develop Community Impact grantmaking focus areas and strategy.
    • Award proactive and reactive Community Impact grants in the focus areas and in the manner approved by the MCF Board, utilizing industry best practices in grantmaking, and ensuring MCF’s process is developed, implemented and documented in a transparent, disciplined and equitable manner to build trust in the community.
    • Oversee MCF’s impact investing efforts to award recoverable grants that further work in our five focus areas, serve as an innovative model for impact investment, and help leverage peer funding.
  • Employ equitable grantmaking guidelines, policies and practices in the distribution of grants from  MCF’s Field of Interest Funds, and affiliated Donor Advised Field of Interests funds.
  • Ensure proper payment, documentation and impact measurement of grants awarded by the Foundation.
  • Utilize grant evaluations to refine MCF approaches to grantmaking and community impact.

Nonprofit Capacity Building – 20%

  • Work with the Goodman Nonprofit Center (Center) Director to develop, launch and evolve a nonprofit center.
    • Identify, develop and implement Center programs that bring value to the Greater Madison nonprofit community.
    • Develop strategy, establish policies, create standard operating procedures, implement evaluation practices, and set goals and objectives for the Center.
    • Develop the Center Advisory Council’s roles and responsibilities, purpose, meeting schedule, and agendas.
    • Work with the Vice President of Donor Engagement to continually develop endowed gifts for the Center.

Evaluation, Research and Advocacy – 20%

  • Work with the department’s Director of Evaluation, Research and Advocacy to evaluate the outcomes of MCF grant awards; identify, develop and promote research to address community issues and opportunities; and convene nonprofits working on similar issues to write federal grants and coordinate advocacy for policy change.
    • Evaluation: Work with MCF grant recipients to help them identify reasonable, impactful outcomes for their grant proposals that reflect MCF’s larger community impact goals, evaluate grants on their success in achieving those outcomes, and measure MCF’s achievement on community impact goals.
    • Research: Oversee research efforts that inform the work of MCF, MCF donors, and the nonprofit community. Increase and share MCF knowledge and expertise to increase nonprofit capacity and philanthropic giving. The Vice President of Community Impact will lead the team in reinforcing the Foundation’s unique value of providing research and grantmaking within the nonprofit ecosystem, while maintaining a strong learning and equity orientation.
    • Advocacy: Oversee efforts to fund community organizing and advocacy efforts within MCF’s five grantmaking focus area, with the goal of increasing federal and state funding for nonprofits.

Nonprofit Community Outreach – 15%

  • Maintain a high-profile presence in the nonprofit community and set the same expectation for your team members in their respective areas.

Leadership and Administration – 15%

  • Work in a cross-departmental fashion to implement MCF’s strategic goals and amplify its impact
  • Develop and maintain an annual departmental budget
  • Seek growth and professional development to enhance skills and expertise
  • Supervise team and support the growth and development of individual team members in their respective capacities and responsibilities
  • Work with the MCF Communications Director to develop and share stories of the Foundation’s grantmaking impact.
  • Provide content for the grantmaking portions of the Annual Report, newsletters, website, social media, blog, etc.
  • Serve as a contact for media coverage of grant stories.
  • Act as liaison with the MCF Community Impact Committee and Goodman Nonprofit Center Advisory Council.

Success in this Role Requires

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, business, community services, or related fields required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in grantmaking, the nonprofit sector, public policy or applied research
  • Knowledge of the Greater Madison area philanthropic and non-profit sector preferred
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Willingness to embrace and reflect MCF values
  • Strong listening, written and verbal communications abilities
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A proactive work ethic and ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office products; experience with akoyaGo preferred
  • High integrity and confidentiality handling sensitive information
  • A continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to create strategy and develop systems to effectively implement strategies
  • All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship

Salary Range

$110,000 – $130,000; commensurate with experience

Carex Consulting Group is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.


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