About the Organization
Episcopal City Mission (ECM) is a justice organization that works with Episcopal communities (parishes, chaplaincies, missions etc.), grassroots organizations, and faith-rooted organizations that are addressing racial and economic injustice.
The mission of ECM is to build relationships and collective power across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for racial and economic justice as the expression of God’s transforming love. The organization does this by developing, convening, mobilizing, and funding prophetic leaders in Episcopal communities, grassroots organizations and faith-rooted organizations.
Founded in 1844, this well-respected, trusted organization has a strong history of successfully partnering with Episcopalians, faith-rooted communities and grassroots organizations and movements. ECM demonstrates its organizational commitment to social justice by integrating spirituality and justice in its internal practices and external partnerships. The organization has a strong commitment to embodying its organizational values of liberation and equity, transformational learning, purposeful action, collaboration and partnership, and spirituality and faith.
ECM exists at the nexus of grassroots community organizing, movement building and faith-rooted justice engagement. ECM builds capacity, resilience, and active participation in movements for social justice. The current activities that support the work include grantmaking, convening, leadership development training, and mobilizing for action. ECM is most known for a strong track record of grant making through Burgess Urban and Parish Partnership Funds.
In recent years, ECM has made many internal strategic updates to better serve its community and constituents. In addition to tripling its staff size since 2014, ECM merged with the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), an organization that specialized in values-centered leadership training through the teaching of community organizing tools.
Current three-year goals for ECM include:
Reflective of ECM’s values-centered leadership approach, this learning organization offers a highly-relational, reflective workplace that is committed to excellence. Staff enjoy a welcoming culture of balance and collaboration and are encouraged to be their whole, authentic selves. ECM’s environment is one in which staff and staff leaders work together to “roll up their sleeves” and get the work done and contribute to the emerging culture and strategy.
ECM is seeking a Director of Philanthropy, Learning and Evaluation (Director) to:
The Director will be a part of the senior management team and will work collaboratively with ECM Staff, Board, Grant Committees, grantees, and philanthropic partners. This position reports to the Executive Director of ECM.
Learning & Evaluation
Organizational Strategy and Culture
The Ideal Candidate
ECM is seeking an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader who is experienced in team management, philanthropy, and organizational learning and evaluation work. The ideal candidate will approach the work with a power analysis and knowledge of the broader racial and economic justice ecology across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Director will build on the organization’s past grantmaking successes and be committed to living and implementing its core values. With grantees and philanthropic partners, they will be a strong external bridge to strengthen and expand relationships and to imagine and implement new processes and initiatives to amplify the impact of ECM’s work.
A strong communicator and connector, they are able to challenge people’s thinking while bringing them along in a shared vision. They have achieved sustainable organizational change through thoughtful engagement of diverse stakeholders, great listening skills, transparent communication and genuine curiosity and collaboration. They will infuse energy and joy into the work and culture of the organization.
Passionate advocate for the mission
There is no requirement around candidates' religious affiliation; rather, the ideal candidate must believe in the core values of ECM and be driven by the mission of racial and economic justice.
Collaborative relationship builder
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people including staff in a highly collaborative culture, church leaders, for-and nonprofit leaders, as well as individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. They will be able to effectively negotiate collaborative agreements and bring people together.
Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
The ideal candidate will demonstrate integrity, self- awareness, efficiency, flexibility, and good humor in their work with others. They will be highly relational with internal staff and external partners.
Self-starter and team player
The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to take initiative independently and lead and work within a team.
Experience in field of grantmaking and philanthropy
The ideal candidate will have experience in grantmaking and philanthropy or adjacent experience that informs their understanding of best practices and processes for developing a portfolio aligned with ECM’s strategy and its place in the movement ecology.
Experience in grassroots community organizing
They ideal candidate will have experience or familiarity with grassroots community organizing and a strong interest in bringing community organizing sensibilities into philanthropic process and practice.
Experience in field of learning and evaluation
The ideal candidate will demonstrate success developing and evaluating program models and operationalizing innovative programs with emphasis on impact. They will be able to apply data-informed insights to further develop and hone ECM’s role in the broader racial and economic justice ecosystem. They will have experience applying a racial and economic justice lens to learning and evaluation.
The ideal candidate will have proven experience with staff and team management. They will be able to effectively facilitate participatory meetings and processes.
Exceptional communication skills
The ideal candidate will be transparent and direct, able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences and across diverse contexts.
Proven project manager
The ideal candidate will be highly organized and will bring strong project management skills with complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable success and program growth in a related field.
The ideal candidate will be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive and will use technology for work planning, management and evaluation.
Candidate guidelines and additional information
Electronic submissions are preferred.
Please include a resume and a cover letter that includes a description of how your qualifications and experience match Episcopal City Mission’s needs. All submissions will be acknowledged. All inquiries and submissions are strictly confidential. Submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget. Total compensation includes an extremely generous benefits package.
As an EOE/AA employer, Episcopal City Mission will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.