Community Impact Environmental Initiatives Program Specialist

The San Diego Foundation - San Diego, CA

Full-time
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 Program Specialist to support the strategic environmental initiatives program-related activities that are established as priorities of The San Diego Foundation. These priorities will maximize the impact of philanthropic investment made by donors and Foundation discretionary funds.

This opportunity offers:
An exciting career opportunity at a leading San Diego philanthropic institution
An opportunity to work with a collaborative team and regional environmental initiatives
A convenient Point Loma location, green-certified professional office building with free parking
A competitive pay, a comprehensive and generous benefit package
Essential duties and Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Support Environmental Initiative’s Director in program development, foundation and individual fundraising, and overall function of the Environmental Initiative’s programs by positioning and articulating TSDF program impact, value and purpose through research, writing, and report creation.

Oversee and update/improve systems that support information aggregation, organization, and content development in support of fundraising and programmatic goals, including communications for external partners, TSDF Development & Stewardship team, and TSDF donor community. Coordinate fundraising proposal timeline and supporting content development.

Support the coordination of efforts related to convening actions and stakeholder engagement, and the development/presentation of related program data and messaging.

Support TSDF’s community leadership efforts by providing research and subject matter insight around initiatives, policy implications, and issues impacting the local non-profit community, TSDF partners, and local government, especially those related to TSDF strategic program areas.

Steward donor interest through effective administration of strategic grantmaking programs, information sharing, and support of engagement opportunities.

Create content, including writing, data visualization, and reports/proposals, in support of short, mid and longer-term donor stewardship opportunities, as appropriate. Oversee and continuously improve donor requested research and related systems in support of informed conversations with donors through high-quality final product.

Maximize operational efficiency to increase impact: improve efficiency, enhance collaboration, and continue to oversee and update systems that support effective messaging, evaluation, and strategic alignment in support of Community Impact programs and goals. Effectively manage and coordinate grantee communications and related agreements, timelines, and documents.

Effectively administer the Community Impact’s Environmental Initiatives (CIEI) program operations, including systems related to the grantmaking processes and documentation, grantee coordination, timeline upkeep, research, writing and report creation in support of CI programs.

Aggregate information and produce content to support knowledge sharing with committees, grantees and partners.

These efforts require strong written and verbal communication skills, project management experience, and administrative capabilities, including financial administration, proposal writing, timeline creation and management, database utilization, and progress reporting.

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QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum of three years of administrative and/or program support experience in a private or community foundation, or position in a corporate, government or nonprofit organization
Demonstrated track record in developing and utilizing administrative organizational systems with attention to detail, timeliness, finances, and record keeping
Ability to work independently and successfully organize and prioritize multiple projects, and meet deliverables and deadlines
Knowledge of the range of regional/local issues as they relate to how we work, learn, live and enjoy in the San Diego region
Demonstrated organization, time and project management skills. Ability to “right size” projects
Knowledge of and interest in advancing the collective impact model of cross-sectoral collaboration
Strong emotional intelligence with excellent interpersonal skills and customer service orientation
Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment where adapting to change is necessary and the ability to multi-task successfully is critical
Advanced knowledge and proficiency with computer software applications: MS Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Google Docs; database/contact management software experience and data visualization software experience preferred
EDUCATION

Bachelor’s degree in related field
LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, write and speak English fluently
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Able to sit for prolonged periods of time at meetings, desk, computer
Able to sit at a desk and view a computer screen for up to two hours
Able to speak into and use a telephone
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Non-smoking, professional office environment
Fast-paced work with multi-level distractions
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
If interested in joining our team, please submit a resume and cover letter to: jobs@sdfoundation.org

Please indicate in the Subject Line: Community Impact Environmental Initiatives Program Specialist

Please direct all inquiries to: jobs@sdfoundation.org

MANAGER, THRIVE OUTSIDE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITIES
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.
PURPOSE OF POSITION
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:

PRINCIPAL DUTIES
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.
QUALIFICATIONS
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
EDUCATION
Bachelor’s degree required
LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, write and speak English fluently
JUDGMENT/REASONING ABILITY
Use of good judgment and own initiative
Logical thought process
Strong time management skills
Strong interpersonal communication skills
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Non-smoking, professional office environment
Fast-paced
Multi-track workflow that requires the ability to prioritize and plan
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
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 jobs@sdfoundation.org and please place Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego in the subject line. Please attach your PDF resume and cover letter.