Director of Community Investment | Women’s Foundation of California

Director of Community Investment
Oakland, CA
Organization Name: 
Women’s Foundation of California


The Women’s Foundation of California has a 40-year track record of supporting community-based organizations working to advance gender, racial, and economic justice. As a public community foundation focused on intersectional feminist funding, we have raised and granted $40M in movement-building grants since 1979. Our core strategies are: investing in community organizations, training community leaders, and convening community partners in order to mobilize significant financial resources to advance the health, safety, and economic security of people impacted by gender-based oppression and violence. We support movements led by cisgender and transgender women, gender-variant, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals--especially those who are formerly incarcerated, immigrants, people of color, low-income, and/or queer.  We’re comprised of a dynamic, smart, collaborative group of people who are passionate about our work and committed to making good things happen for all Californians. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2019 with a refreshed strategic plan, the Foundation is taking a bold and significant leadership role in advancing gender, racial, and economic justice in California.

Job Summary

The Director of Community Investment works closely with the Chief Strategist, Programs and Foundation staff to shape and implement the strategic vision for the Women’s Foundation of California (Foundation), ensuring that the Foundation’s programs are innovative and strategic and aligned with our core belief that those who directly experience injustice are best suited to develop solutions that ultimately benefit all Californians. The Foundation leverages an intersectional, inclusive approach to building a California where all our communities are healthy, safe, and economically secure.

The Director of Community Investment working with the Chief Strategist of Programs, will lead grantmaking focused on building community power through multi-issue grantmaking in three core issues areas: economic security, health and safety.  In addition, The Director of Community Investment conceptualizes, plans and executes the Foundation’s Connect strategy to convene movement partners throughout California and beyond. The Director of Community Investment represents the Foundation in public settings, provides leadership in multiple social movements, and offers timely opinion and analysis to Foundation management, constituents and board members on issues impacting gender, racial, and economic justice. This position requires frequent overnight travel.

Reports To

Chief Strategist, Programs

Essential Duties

Program Leadership & Oversight

  • Provide leadership, oversight, management and supervision for all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking and community convenings and special initiatives, including program design and evaluation, achieving the goals and objectives of the project(s) within the budget assigned.
  • Design, plan and implement convenings for community and grant partners.
  • Ensure alignment and coordination around community convenings, grantmaking practices, special initiatives and other Foundation program activities.
  • Analyze the progress of grant partners and community convenings and special initiatives and proactively interpret and assess partner needs to determine areas of strengthening and serve as a resource as requested.
  • Review proposals submitted for consideration within the Community Power Fund; make site visits, as appropriate; prepare written summaries and analysis documents of grant applications to aid staff and board members in evaluating and making awards.
  • Design and execute community convenings, grant partners and special initiatives monitoring processes, including conducting assessments, collecting and analyzing data, documenting results and identifying and discussing implications.
  • In collaboration with Chief Strategist, Programs, support the Program Committee of the Board of Directors by providing information and analysis to ensure the Board’s appropriate due diligence and fiduciary oversight.
  • Ensure an accurate, timely, efficient and transparent process for the entire Community Power Fund grant life cycle, from proposal to close (e.g., pre-award management, tracking payments, reviewing and producing relevant reports, monitoring and post-award management).
  • Collaborate with the Finance Team to aid in monthly reconciliation between the grantmaking and finance databases.
  • Cultivate new relationships and networks to broaden the awareness and deepen the impact of the Foundation’s programmatic work. 
  • Supervise Program Assistant.

Team & Organizational Management

  • Support the Foundation’s Program Team by providing guidance, mentorship and direct supervision of staff and consultants. Create opportunities for team members’ leadership and professional development and ensure that Program team members are supported, valued, appreciated and motivated to produce high-quality work.
  • Participate in Foundation staff and Program Team meetings on a regular basis.
  • Engage in other activities as needed or assigned to successfully move the Foundation’s mission forward.


  • Minimum 6 years of experience with progressively more responsibility planning and managing multiple mission-driven programs within a large nonprofit setting, and staff supervision; 
  • Passion for and knowledge of issues and challenges faced by cis and trans women, gender-variant, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals; and trans men;
  • Advanced project management experience and expertise with effective project management practices;
  • Excellent analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to innovate, with capacity to create or seize opportunities to improve program effectiveness and organizational outcomes;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including confidence and comfort with public speaking in front of a variety of audiences;
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing programs that successfully engage diverse communities; strong understanding of best practices related to cultural competence of gender, racial, and economic justice issues;
  • Demonstrated history of innovative program design and implementation experience supporting creation of funding proposals and budgets;
  • Evidenced commitment to an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary team approach to work; strong collaboration and conflict resolution skills;
  • Excellent computer and technology skills including proficiency with MS Office suite and familiarity with using databases and online project management tools; must be comfortable learning and using new technology;
  • Ability to conduct regular overnight travel throughout California and the United States. At times, up to 30% of the position’s time will be spent traveling.


  • Possesses a strong commitment to the mission, policies, goals and values of the Women’s Foundation of California;
  • Committed to leading with humility, approachability, and accessibility, and helping team members grow and learn by being a mentor, facilitator and coach;
  • Possesses a strong commitment to the self-reflection and interpersonal work needed to create an inclusive and grassroots-driven organization that is at the forefront of gender justice in California;
  • Results-oriented and entrepreneurial;
  • Able to work independently as well as within a team, set and achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgement and maintain confidentiality;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team;
  • Creative thinker, joyful collaborator, self-starter and detail-oriented communicator with a positive approach, can-do attitude and a sense of humor;
  • Ability to create positive, long-term working relationships by demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and customer service, tact, dependability, diplomacy, and flexibility;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to meetings and other Foundation events.


  • This is a full-time, non-exempt position, with a salary range of $90,000-105,000. Salary offer will be dependent on experience.
  • We provide 15 days paid vacation to start which increases over time (20 days after 5 years, and 25 days after 10 years); 12 paid sick days, 15 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • We provide generous benefits including paid parental leave, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flexible spending account, fitness reimbursements, a 401(k) retirement plan match, transportation benefits, and AD&D insurance with the Foundation covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package.

Our Values and Committment to Diversity and Inclusion

At the Women’s Foundation of California, we believe outstanding people are the key to our success. We value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, trans people, gender non-conforming individuals and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit and hire with the understanding of systemic oppression and of the lived reality of people with marginalized identities. We also recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume, combined in one document, with the subject line: Director of Community Investment to: The cover letter should highlight why you are interested in the position and what makes you a strong candidate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. All documents need to be Microsoft Word or PDF files (PDF files are preferred).