NFG Job Announcement: Democratizing Development Fund Director

Location: Oakland, CA or New York, NY preferred; position can be virtual 

About Neighborhood Funders Group

Founded in 1980, Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) is a membership association of grantmaking institutions. Its mission is to build the capacity of philanthropy to advance economic, social, and racial justice and community well-being.  NFG has a growing staff of twelve. Our board is made up of prominent philanthropy leaders from across the U.S. Headquartered in Oakland, California, NFG also has staff based in New York, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

As an affinity group in philanthropy, NFG is oriented to helping grantmakers play their best roles in promoting transformative social change. At the center of NFG’s strategic framework is a distinguishing practice we call community-centered philanthropy. Community-centered philanthropy encompasses an approach to grantmaking that includes a fundamental commitment to equity and justice, a clear understanding of power and privilege and the ways it can manifest in philanthropy, and a clarity in centering the wisdom, needs and experiences of communities of color and low-income communities in funding strategies.

With a formal membership of 90 grantmaking institutions and a broader network of over 900 people who have participated in our programs in recent years, NFG is growing. Through convenings, funder working groups and programs, we bring together NFG funder members with other strategic partners to promote philanthropic support for community power building. 

Position Overview

NFG seeks to hire a seasoned, organized, and well-rounded professional to lead NFG’s new Democratizing Development Fund. The Fund is a four year, multi-million dollar collaboration of national and local funders seeking to build the capacity and strengthen the networks of organizations that are working to grow the power of low and moderate income communities and communities of color to determine how development happens in places. The Fund also seeks to advance and deepen a power building approach within philanthropy and will do this work in collaboration with the Democratizing Development Program.

The successful candidate will have a track record of working in philanthropy as a grantmaker, preferably managing a collaborative fund. The DDP Fund Director will manage the grantmaking, governance and decision making process, strategy development, stakeholder engagement, fund development, and programming of the Fund. In addition, this position will establish, develop, and work closely with the Fund Leadership Team, comprised of the core funders of the Fund, as well as NFG leadership and potentially other stakeholders.

Desired Capabilities

  • Understanding of community and economic development and neighborhood revitalization strategies
  • Understanding of Democratizing Development issues and familiarity with NFG programming
  • Understanding and familiarity in community power building strategies, especially voter organizing
  • Knowledge, relationships, and experience working with organizations building community power towards democratizing development locally and nationally.
  • Experience with place based grantmaking
  • Commitment to social, economic, gender, and racial justice principles and values
  • At least 5 years of experience working in philanthropy and/or public sector grantmaking, with a preference for someone who has worked in or with a collaborative fund.
  • At least 7 years of experience in the nonprofit sector supporting community organizing and social justice, with a preference for someone who has been a community organizer in the past.
  • Ability to operationalize strategy and vision in high-impact and integrated programming. 
  • Strong facilitative leadership, team-building and capacity-building skills. 
  • High level of proficiency with synthesizing large amounts of information, finding core themes, and then communicating this information in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced organization where multiple tasks and shifting priorities must be managed.
  • Experience coordinating diverse teams including group decision making.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Intermediate proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Ability to learn and use database software (NFG is adopting Salesforce).
  • Willingness to travel around the country (minimum once a month)

Specific duties of the position include

  • Develop Fund grantmaking strategy, multi-year work plan, and budget for the Fund
  • Fund Development
    • Build out a detailed a 4-5 Year Fund Development Plan
    • Draft program content and budget information for foundation proposals
  • Coordination of Fund Leadership Team—which will be the governing body of the Fund
    • Plan and coordinate meetings, develop and support process for decision-making
  • Coordination of consultants for technical assistance, evaluation, and cohort shared learning
  • Conduct due diligence on potential areas for selection and potential grantee partners
  • On-going communication and coordination with grantee partners and other stakeholders
  • Draft content for external communication materials about the fund

Working with NFG

The Fund will be integrated into the staffing of NFG and will be well supported by a variety of departments within the organization including NFG’s Fund development, communications, and administrative staff. The Fund Director will be an active member of the NFG Program team and will be supervised by the Vice President of Programs. NFG’s President will participate in strategy and external relations related to the Fund.

The Fund Director will work in close collaboration with the Democratizing Development Program team to ensure alignment between overall DDP program goals, funder/field learning, and the grant-making strategy of the Fund. 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time staff position with full benefits, including medical, dental, vision and retirement. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Please include “DDP Fund Director” in your email subject line. 

This position is open until filled, and applicants will be reviewed as they apply.

Neighborhood Funders Group deeply values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds including with regard to gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. For more information about NFG, visit our website at