Job Announcement: Vice President of Programs | Oakland, CA

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 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 program department. The successful candidate will have a track record of working in philanthropy and in senior-level program and management responsibilities in social justice and philanthropic settings. This position will report to the president and serve on the senior management team. The VP of programs will manage the full program team and directly supervise 4-5 program managers. S/he will staff the program committee of the board and, in partnership with the program managers, support the engagement of the steering committees of NFG’s member-led programs.

Areas of Responsibility

 Program Strategy, Development and Leadership
  • Offer high-level strategy for NFG and each of its member-led programs; support NFG and its programs to plan and take advantage of opportunities in the field and think creatively about how to advance and grow community-centered philanthropy.
  • Maximize learning, efficiency and impact across programs, by regularly carrying out planning and evaluation efforts.
  • Provide strategic guidance and content support to program managers in designing and conducting programming, such as webinars, to address emergent trends in social justice philanthropy and members’ funding priorities.
  • In partnership with director of member engagement, help design and carry out NFG’s signature biennial conference, particularly in terms of cross-cutting and field-building content and strengthening relationships among members.
  • Staff and engage the board’s program committee in providing effective guidance and oversight of NFG’s programmatic work; create meeting agendas and lead committee meetings.
  • By working with the program managers, facilitate integration among NFG’s programs.
  • As needed, lead the design of new programs and help build the internal capacity to carry them out.
 Program Team Leadership and Management
  • Develop, lead and supervise a strong and integrated program team, so that NFG is an effective hub for its members and social justice philanthropy.
  • Provide coaching, capacity building training and ongoing support to program managers on topics such as facilitation, project management, and philanthropic strategy so that they can effectively facilitate the engagement and learning of their funder members.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an annual program workplan and budget that is aligned with NFG’s strategic priorities.
  • In partnership with the director of organizational development and the president, direct the planning, execution, and follow-up for regular staff and program meetings, calls, and retreats.
  • Develop and oversee contracts and agreements with program consultants and other relevant vendors.
 Relationships and Partnerships
  • In support of the president, and as appropriate, represent NFG at external meetings and conferences.
  • Guide the organization in developing protocols and strategies for effective external engagement; help ensure that engagement is happening at the most appropriate organizational level: board, executive, or program leadership. 
  • Ensure that NFG is tracking and maintaining key relationships and partnerships with other affinity groups, national and local social justice organizations, philanthropic organizations, national research organizations, and other strategic allies and stakeholders.
  • As needed, serve as primary point of contact for a limited number of strategic partnerships.
 Membership and Fundraising
  • Serve as a partner to the president and director of organizational development to strategically and systematically engage current members and cultivate and recruit prospective members and funders.
  • Ensure that the program team is responsive to inquiries from members.
  • In partnership with the president and director of organizational development, assist with the preparation and submission of grant proposals and reports, as needed.
  • Help maintain and cultivate relationships with funders that are supporting NFG’s programs.
 Information and Communication
  • Serve as key leader of the senior management team, providing a programmatic lens while looking out for the best interests of the full organization.
  • Ensure that appropriate communications, information and programmatic systems and structures are developed and used.
  • As a member of the senior team, help develop and carry out a communications strategy that is both proactive and responsive to member interests.
  • Actively track emerging themes and common program threads as well as timely field-based issues; synthesize and articulate core findings and learnings; and, when appropriate, feed these into communications activities and materials.

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.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

NFG is looking for someone who shares its values and strategic vision for connecting people, place and power. The ideal candidate will bring his/her collaborative leadership style to build and support the program team as the hub of NFG’s programmatic work and membership engagement. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, team-oriented, energetic, and flexible individual with a passion for community organizing, social justice and philanthropy’s role in social change. S/he will also have:

  • At least 5 years of experience working in private philanthropy and/or public sector grantmaking, with a preference for someone who has worked in a foundation affinity or membership group. NOTE: Applicants who have no work experience in organized philanthropy will not be considered.
  • At least 10 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.
  • Excellent nonprofit management skills, with systems orientation and organizational capacity.
  • Ability to support, motivate and supervise staff.
  • High level of proficiency with synthesizing large amounts of information, finding core themes, and then communicating this information.
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced organization where multiple tasks and shifting priorities must be managed.
  • Very strong communication skills exhibited in written and verbal communications.
  • Experience with playing an external role and publicly speaking.
  • Willingness to travel approximately once a month.
  • Intermediate proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Ability to learn and use database software (NFG is adopting Salesforce).

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Please refer to the VP of programs for NFG position in your email subject line.

First consideration will be given to applications received by February 15, 2017. This position is open until filled.

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