• Director of Philanthropy, Learning and Evaluation, Episcopal City Mission

    Job Locations US-MA
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/18/2019 2:01 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Philanthropy and Grantmaking
    Executive Search
    Location : Name
    Episcopal City Mission
  • Overview

    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: 

    • Activate and support a base of Episcopalians across Massachusetts who work for economic and racial justice in partnership with the Diocese and Episcopalian Communities.
    • Increase resilience of organizations and leaders in ECM’s social justice network.
    • Build an accompaniment network for immigrant justice in the Bristol region through collaboration with local partners.


    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. 


    The Opportunity


    ECM is seeking a Director of Philanthropy, Learning and Evaluation (Director) to:

    • Align the organization’s grantmaking purpose, process and practice with organizational values and strategy.
    • Develop a learning agenda to guide the evolution of organizational strategy and culture that will eventually guide its measurement and evaluation practices.
    • Support relationships across a broad network of grassroots, philanthropic and faith-rooted justice organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    • Partner with the management team to shape organizational strategy and culture.


    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.




    • Lead the development of a coherent grantmaking strategy inclusive of existing and new programs in alignment with ECM mission, values and program strategy and commitments.  
    • Supervise and mentor the Grants Manager and Manager of the Social Justice Network. 
    • Work with the Manager of the Social Justice Network to develop the Social Justice Network Strategy, including funding, to enable more whole, equitable, and effective leaders across the Commonwealth. 
    • Work with the Grants Manager and benchmark with our philanthropic partners to develop coherent practice and process for all of our grantmaking including implementing elements of Just Transitions, a framework of equitable giving and relationship building with our grantees.
    • Work with Executive Director to build relationships with philanthropic partners to leverage our grant making through collaborative funds. 
    • Participate and represent ECM in collaborative efforts/learning circles with philanthropic partners, e.g. Solidarity Economy Learning Circle, Massachusetts Census Equity Fund, Social Justice Funders Network.

    Learning & Evaluation 

    • Create an organizational learning agenda, in collaboration with ECM staff and constituents, that clarifies ECM’s role in the broader racial and economic justice movement ecology. 
    • Develop outcome-based performance measures across initiatives using external data to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting.
    • Work with staff team to shape the Annual Celebration gathering to build relationships across grassroots and faith-rooted communities and uplift the leadership of our constituents. 

    Organizational Strategy and Culture

    • Partner with the Senior Leadership Team to develop organizational strategy and learning culture to maximize the synergies across the organization.
    • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to develop ECM’s strategic decision making process to discern when/how we work with our partners.
    • Partner with the Senior Leadership Team to further define and develop ECM’s staff culture through a commitment to values, learning, and participatory practice. 
    • Support Board and Advisory Board subteams that facilitate support and leadership development across constituencies.
    • Work with the Senior Leadership Team on Human Resources, Administration, and Internal Communications. 


    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.

    Minimum credentials

    • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.   
    • At least 10 years of experience with at least five in a team management role.



    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. 


    Team leader

    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.


    Technologically proficient

    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.


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