Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego Communities

The San Diego Foundation - San Diego, CA3.5

Full-timeEstimated: $55,000 - $77,000 a year
At The San Diego Foundation, we value our diverse and experienced staff that are committed to our mission of improving the quality of life within all of San Diego’s communities. We strive to be an employer of choice, offering a competitive compensation package, and a professional and vibrant work environment for those who have a passion for our mission that is carried out every day by providing leadership for effective philanthropy and promoting community solutions.

We are seeking an experienced professional to serve as a program manager for the Thrive Outside San Diego program. The Thrive Outside Community Initiative is a program of the Outdoor Foundation. Four communities, including San Diego, were selected nationally. The initiative is focused on supporting regional community networks to develop and implement a collective approach to providing youth and families with multiple, repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors. The San Diego Foundation will provide organizational support to implement this exciting and transformative collective impact program with its community partners: Outdoor Outreach, YMCA, University of San Diego Non-Profit Institute, and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This opportunity offers:
An exciting career opportunity at a leading San Diego philanthropic institution.
An opportunity to work with a collaborative team, and community members passionate about improving their communities through philanthropy.
A convenient Point Loma location, green-certified professional office building with free parking,
A comprehensive and generous benefit package.
The Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego is responsible for managing the implementation of the initiative’s goal to build a community network that will increase meaningful opportunities for youth and families in the San Diego region to grow, connect, and thrive outside, through hosting community convening’s, building relationships, fundraising, and overseeing program-related grant-making.

The focus of this work relates to:
Building the regional framework and strategic action plan to launch the Thrive Outside Collective Impact initiative.
Working closely with the TSDF’s Director of Environmental Initiatives to maximize and align the impact of the Opening the Outdoors grant making.
Increasing access for diverse populations to meaningful outdoors programs and experiences.
Identifying opportunities to engage broader community to align programmatic resources to measure and improve collective outcomes for populations served.
Essential Duties and Principal Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program management: oversee timelines, map program activities to strategic goals, report on progress, write and research as necessary, identify and pursue alignments in the community related to the initiative.
Conduct research and identify organizations to collaboratively work on issues related to enhancing access to meaningful outdoor experiences.
Raise funds from donors and foundations to support initiative.
Communicate community need and impact of programming through strategic data collection and storytelling.
Convening stakeholders on issues concerning access to outdoor opportunities and maximizing the collective impact of regional funders
Engaging policymakers and staff to understand the policy opportunities to improve outcomes and outdoor access for K-12 youth in San Diego County.
Coordinate activities internally with the Community Impact Division to ensure integration and increase effectiveness and efficiency within WELL framework;
Implement the strategy of Thrive Outside San Diego to ensure outcomes are aligned with the program objectives;
At the direction of and in conjunction with the Director, Environmental Initiatives, initiate and participate in fundraising and networking efforts that will support and encourage the strategic plan for Thrive Outside San Diego;
Plan, evaluate, and improve the efficiency of processes and procedures to enhance quality and output;
Coordinate activities internally with Charitable Giving and Communications teams to develop donor engagement in the Thrive Outside initiative, as well as tell stories to the media about the need and value of increasing access to meaningful outdoor experiences.
Lead (when appropriate), support (when appropriate) and enhance cross-sectoral collaboration and integration of community-based efforts among nonprofits, government, academia, and businesses in helping enhance the region’s collective impact in this area.
Lead and support grant seeking efforts that leverage Foundation discretionary funds with other philanthropic and public sources;
Plan and manage the preparation and maintenance of requests for proposals, timelines, applications, letters, surveys and reports necessary to carry out programmatic functions;
Create opportunities for peer learning, education and inspiration from outside experts.
Minimum of three years of management-level experience in a private or community foundation or corporate, government, nonprofit organization (or comparable), to include fundraising experience
Knowledge of the range of issues facing the inequities in access to outdoor experiences.
Understanding and knowledge of philanthropy in San Diego preferred.
Experience professionally representing a program or organization with both internal and external customers
Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to engage, convene, and build collaboration with diverse constituents
Experience in fundraising, grant/proposal writing and reporting as well as knowledge regarding stewarding successful donor relationships
Regularly takes initiative to recognize and anticipate problems, and clearly communicate possible solutions
Knowledge of and interest in advancing the collective impact model of cross-sectoral collaboration
Interdisciplinary, analytical, innovative and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated organization, time and project management skills. Ability to “right size” projects.
Outstanding verbal, interpersonal and written communications skills
High level of comfort with public speaking and interacting with elected officials, donors and other community leaders
Professional personal presentation and demeanor
Strong emotional intelligence with excellent interpersonal skills and customer service orientation
Culturally competent
Team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
Knowledge, experience and proficiency with computer software applications: MS Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; contact management software experience
Bachelor’s degree required
Ability to read, write and speak English fluently
Use of good judgment and own initiative
Logical thought process
Strong time management skills
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Non-smoking, professional office environment
Multi-track workflow that requires the ability to prioritize and plan
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
Needs to have own transportation
The San Diego Foundation offers an excellent benefit package and competitive compensation. Please apply at and please place Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego in the subject line. Please attach your PDF resume and cover letter.