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Community Impact Officer

  2020-10-28     Community Foundation for Monterey County     2354 Garden Road  



Job Purpose: The primary role of the Community Impact Officer (CIO) is to assist with one or more grant making programs (Community Impact grants, Opportunity grants) of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). The CIO reports directly to the Director of Grantmaking. This position directly manages and implements the Community Foundation’s grantmaking and engagement activities in specific areas of interest and participates in strategy development around grantmaking, community leadership, and other programmatic activities. The CIPO works with the CFMC staff team, board members and community leadership to recommend and oversee grants that positively impact the local community and further the Community Foundation’s grantmaking goals. Based on the duties described below, this is an exempt position and is based in the CFMC Salinas office. (During the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position will primarily work remotely).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Grantmaking (Neighborhood Grants Program - NGP). Develop and implement an annual work plan for Neighborhood Grants to ensure the successful implementation of this grantmaking program. In collaboration with CFMC team, manage and implement the NGP grantmaking process. Solicit applications through information sessions and other appropriate communications, evaluate proposals, conduct due diligence, lead funding recommendations, award grants, ensure completion of funded activities, and accountability for funds.
  • Grantmaking (Community Impact Grants). Lead proposal review within assigned priority grant areas, including analysis of requests, due diligence, communicating with prospective grantees, preparing docket materials for grant committee, correspondence, and entering and maintaining information on CFMC’s grants database.
  • Grantmaking (affiliate and/or special funds). Facilitate proposal review for regional and special population focused affiliate funds. Work closely with DG, Vice President of Philanthropic Services and/or Vice President of Community Impact to assist with the development of grant guidelines, volunteer management and logistics, including meetings and events.
  • Grantmaking (Opportunity Grants). Review and recommend Opportunity grant proposals within assigned priority grant areas, including analysis of requests, due diligence, communicating with prospective grantees, preparing written recommendations for President/CEO approval, correspondences, and entering and maintaining recommendations on CFMC’s grants database.
  • Data Analysis: Provide analysis of grantmaking data, including assessing grant evaluation information for CFMC team to help determine effectiveness of grantmaking and future needs.
  • Meeting Facilitation. Responsible for staffing grant committees comprised of volunteer board and community representatives and charged with recommending grants to the CFMC Board of Directors. Duties include coordination of meetings, training new grant committee members, managing proposal review, facilitating decision making processes, and the preparing of meeting agendas and minutes, writing proposal summaries, analyzing issues and other information to support committee recommendations.
  • Grant Evaluation. Monitor progress of grants, evaluate organizations’ success, and assess impact of grants.
  • Nonprofit Relations. Work directly with grant seekers and grantees to provide clarity about the CFMC’s priorities, direction about application procedures, feedback on proposals and linkages to other resources as appropriate.
  • Community Research: Develop and maintain subject matter expertise and networks within priority impact areas; research community needs and leadership opportunities to inform CFMC’s strategic directions.
  • Networking and Collaboration. Serve as a catalyst, convener and facilitator to stimulate and promote collaborations to address emerging needs and opportunities within the CFMC’s priority impact areas.
  • Accountability. Work as a member of the CFMC team to ensure that grantmaking and programs are responsive to community needs and that operations are efficient and effective.
  • Volunteer Management. Supervise and monitor work of interns, volunteers and independent contractors, as needed.
  • Public Relations. Represent the Community Foundation for Monterey County at multi-agency collaboratives, networks, and/or other work-related convening(s).
  • Manage Special Projects. Manage and facilitate special projects, as assigned; potentially: disaster grantmaking and affiliate or special purpose fund grantmaking/leadership.
  • Program Administration and Staff Support. Perform any and all other program-related administrative duties as required from time to time or as assigned by the Director of Grantmaking and/or the Vice President of Community Impact.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred; some advanced course work in a related field preferred.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit and/or public sector institutions, with a least three serving in a professional or management role.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written). Ability to prepare and give presentations and comfortably interact with diverse audiences.
  • Advanced computer technology including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database concepts.
  • Fully bilingual and bi-literate (English/Spanish) is preferred.
  • Clear, concise and grammatically correct verbal and written communication skills, both in English and in Spanish.
  • Team oriented with an ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, board members, consultants and community leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.
  • Strong analytic, interpersonal and networking skills. Ability to interact with grant seekers, board members, donors and Foundation staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and group processes for fact-finding, decision-making, peer learning and problem solving.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the community and a desire to assist nonprofit organizations in addressing community needs and supporting positive change efforts.
  • High level of customer service
  • Must have a valid California driver's license, a reliable motor vehicle and proof of valid auto insurance as required by law, for travel throughout the Monterey County for site visits, community engagement and meetings.
  • Prior grantmaking experience is not a requirement, however experience with program/project development and evaluation is highly desirable.

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