Education, Program and Community Development·Social Innovation Forum·
Social Innovation Forum- Funder Learning Manager
The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) builds the networks and capacity to accelerate social change in Eastern Massachusetts. SIF connects innovative nonprofit organizations with an ever-growing community of volunteers, investors and practitioners who contribute their time, talents, resources and money to drive positive social impact. In 2023, over 5,000 people engaged in our “marketplace,” building relationships and connections that accelerate positive social change. It is by mobilizing the members of Eastern Massachusetts that SIF is able to catalyze the impact of over 120 nonprofits. Since its launch in 2003, SIF has directed more than $59 million in cash and in-kind resources to more than 120 nonprofits. To learn more about the Social Innovation Forum’s impact, check out our website.
As the Funder Learning Manager, you’ll share our belief that we can meaningfully drive social change by challenging and shifting the power dynamic inherent in traditional philanthropy. You’ll bring a drive to move the sector towards a more equitable allocation of philanthropic resources. Learn more about the Social Innovation Forum’s core values here. You will focus your time and talent on evolving SIF’s emerging Funder Learning program within the Network Engagement department, which supports funders to learn about equitable funding practices and build trust-based partnerships with community-led nonprofit organizations.
You’ll be a wonderful addition to our team if you share our vision of a more equitable philanthropic landscape focused on building meaningful relationships for greater social change. It’s your ambition to engage a wide range of stakeholders in making social change a priority, while centering the nonprofit leaders who are doing on-the-ground social change work each day. This role reports to the Director of Network Engagement and is part of SIF’s Network Engagement team, along with the Alumni and Nonprofit Network Program Coordinator. This position may supervise an intern and/or co-op. The role also works closely with SIF’s Accelerator Program team, communications team, and development team.
Program Design, Delivery & Evaluation
Manage the design, delivery, and evaluation of funder learning programming, supporting SIF’s funder community to learn about equitable funding practices and build trust-based partnerships with community-led nonprofit organizations.
Pilot and refine strategies to support funder learning and network building, to build an inclusive and equity-focused learning community of business leaders, philanthropists, and others who can support the nonprofit organizations in SIF’s network.
Engage in regular landscape analysis and feedback collection to identify the strategies to best engage SIF’s funder community in learning and action that advances SIF’s goal of bi-directional, trust-based relationships between local funders and grassroots organizations.
Build funder learning content by hiring and managing external facilitators and presenters, designing and facilitating interactive sessions, and moderating panel discussions.
Provide logistical and administrative support for funder learning activities, including managing advertising and registration, communication with participants, and technology support.
Ensure the timely collection of participant feedback and output/outcome data to support the organization’s learning and ongoing program improvement; use participant feedback and program data to iterate on program offerings.
Manage the Funder Learning Advisory Council, leveraging it as a resource to inform and support programming.
Build partnerships and collaborate with other organizations in Eastern Massachusetts that share the goal of equity-focused learning for funders.
Funder Learning Strategy Across SIF
Collaborate with other teams and departments at SIF to incorporate a funder learning strategy throughout the organization’s programs and initiatives.
Stay up-to-date on equitable grantmaking and social justice philanthropy strategies and serve as a thought partner to team members about how to incorporate such strategies more fully into SIF’s initiatives.
Collaborate with others in the Network Engagement Department to design programming that brings funders and nonprofits together for meaningful learning and relationship building.
In partnership with the Accelerator team, support opportunities for funder learning in SIF’s Accelerator selection process.
Spearhead a communications strategy to engage funders in learning and networking opportunities.
Manage email distribution list and develop strategies for maintaining up-to-date contact information.
Partner with the Communications team to highlight funder learning events through blog posts and social media, and to share out learnings and resources more broadly.
Build and maintain a resource library with educational materials regarding equitable grantmaking and social justice philanthropy.
Each candidate brings their own unique combination of strengths, skills and lived and professional experiences to a role. Reviewing the qualifications listed below can help you to better understand what will be expected of you as a member of the SIF team. We do not expect candidates to meet all of the criteria. If you think you would be a strong candidate for this role, please apply even if you don't meet all of the qualifications listed. Due to SIF’s event schedule, a willingness to work some early mornings and evenings is required for this position.
Minimum 3 years of relevant program/project management or fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector, including experience working directly with funders and philanthropists
Experience facilitating inclusive and interactive workshops and trainings, and designing learning opportunities for adults
Experience building strong relationships, partnerships, and/or networks to advance social change with cultural humility
Experience managing multiple projects and deadlines
Exceptional organizational skills, detail orientation, maturity, and discretion
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Comfort leveraging technology, including experience with CRM databases (experience using Salesforce for Nonprofits is a plus), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Canva, Constant Contact, and/or a willingness to learn new web tools and computer programs as needed
Flexibility and an ability to thrive and learn in our dynamic environment while bringing an enthusiastic, collaborative approach to your work
Commitment to ongoing learning about advancing equity, and enthusiasm for supporting others in their learning
Commitment to SIF’s mission and to capacity building as an approach to strengthening the nonprofit sector
Familiarity and/or lived experience in the Eastern Massachusetts community highly valued
MAKING THE DECISION TO APPLY
SIF is a vibrant organization with a deep commitment to creating positive social change. We work in a highly collaborative environment that values learning. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, SIF is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.
SIF has a hybrid working environment. Employees typically come in to the office 1-3 times per week depending on the programming and team needs. All SIF employees must reside in Massachusetts and be available to commute with some consistency to and from SIF’s Boston-based office.
We aim to have phone interviews in February with select candidates followed by video interviews with Jenna Nackel, Director of Network Engagement and Melissa Duggan, Chief Operating Officer in March. A few finalists will have an interview day with other staff and leadership at SIF followed by a holistic reference check process. The expected start date for this role is April 2024.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary will be commensurate with experience, with a starting salary range of $72,000-$77,000. The Social Innovation Forum offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high quality health and dental insurance, four weeks of paid time off, and access to a retirement plan.
We partner with nonprofits and socially-minded organizations that want to make a difference in people's lives. Since organizations are most impactful when there is alignment between its mission and their employee's values, and employees are most engaged when their strengths, purpose and attitude align with their role, our goal is to match qualified applicants with organizations that align with their strengths, purpose and values.
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Education, Program and Community Development·Social Innovation Forum·