Strategy Officer - Community Power | Victoria Foundation
ABOUT VICTORIA FOUNDATION
Founded in 1924, Victoria Foundation is a private foundation based in Newark, New Jersey, with an endowment of $320 million. For the past 55 years, Victoria Foundation has focused most of its resources on children and families living in Newark, New Jersey, with grants totaling $300 million. The current grantmaking of about $11 million a year has been traditional in nature, with 160 grantees receiving annual grants to support operations and to provide a broad range of programs and services.
The Foundation is emerging from an intense time in its 97-year history. Throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, trustees and staff engaged in a strategic planning journey to consider how the foundation might generate greater impact with its resources. The key question at the outset of this effort was: How might the foundation address the root causes of generational poverty in Newark? As this essential inquiry was explored, the need to understand the pernicious role of structural racism as a root cause of persistent poverty was fundamental. Government sanctioned racist policies and other forms of institutional racism over the centuries have contributed deeply to the current reality of Newark: a highly segregated, post-industrial city where 36% of children are living in poverty or extreme poverty.
Victoria trustees recently adopted the following mission:
Victoria Foundation partners with Black and Brown residents and other marginalized communities and nonprofit organizations in Newark to champion bold strategies that strengthen community power, foster economic justice, promote youth self-determination, and respond to pressing needs.
Supervised by the Vice President of Strategy, Impact, & Communications (the VP), the Strategy Officer (one of three) oversees a portfolio of grants and other investments, develops strategies, and manages the on-the-ground execution of Victoria’s strategic goal to Strengthen Community Power. Utilizing an equity lens, the Strategy Officer works closely with the Newark community to identify and administer an overarching strategy that involves a variety of programmatic, communications, policy, and advocacy approaches. In addition, this position will help build metrics and other mechanisms for continuous improvement and learning, analyzing and evaluating information and situations to strengthen program strategy and increase impact.