Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships (July 2021 - July 30, 2022)
The Mission Capital Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships leads an innovative team focused on supporting emerging community collaborations and partnerships that respond to community needs and advance Mission Capital’s (MC) strategic vision to “equip and connect mission-driven leaders, organizations and networks working to advance equity and opportunity in Central Texas”. The Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships will also be responsible for supporting the CEO and MC Team in diversifying our funding base through the expansion of regional, state, and national foundation relationships and grants, major donor gifts and corporate partnerships. The Interim Director will lead and support both external and internal projects for Mission Capital that intersect with different program and business functions within the organization to build MC’s internal capacity. Externally, the main responsibilities will be the effective and sustainable project and financial management of a portfolio of strategic, mission-critical projects and research, in alignment with Mission Capital’s commitment to racial equity, inclusion and belonging.
The Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships is designed as a one-year FTE role (July 2021 – July 31, 2022) to help advance Mission Capital’s program redesign efforts while expanding our field building and collaborative ecosystem efforts. The Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships will provide strategic leadership, business and revenue model design, relationship management, fundraising and budget development & oversight of this $550,000+ annual service line. Interim Director responsibilities include: collaborative team management, budget and revenue targets, business development, and program operations of the newly rescoped portfolio that includes: Community Collaborations, Research & Insights, Membership Services and Network/Field Building for the nonprofit sector. The Interim Director supervises a team of 2+ FTE staff and coordinates additional team contributions from other Mission Capital staff members and external affiliate consultants as needed. The Interim Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is an important part of the Mission Capital Leadership Team.
The Interim Director will support Mission Capital as we apply and integrate a racial equity lens to our work and offerings. The Interim Director will bring their diverse professional and lived experience, as well as industry networks, to support Mission Capital as we respond to emerging needs in Central Texas that engage diverse stakeholders and resources across the nonprofit, business and government sectors in Central Texas.
- Leadership of Emerging Community Collaborations & Partnerships: Lead the coordination of community collaboration projects from initiation to completion. Duties include: creating project plans and budgets, stakeholder engagement, process design, feedback loops and project monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- Nonprofit Ecosystem, Research Insights & Innovation: Conduct ongoing or one-off research projects, to include data analysis, synthesis, and presentation development to support team and organizational decision-making for internal/external MC stakeholders (clients) and nonprofit and cross-sector ecosystem efforts.
- Fundraising, Business Development & Client Cultivation: Fundraising and business development with philanthropic funders, nonprofits, community and corporate partners to resource and steward existing and future portfolio initiatives and collaborations.
- Operationalizing Overall MC Program Strategy: Work closely with the MC Leadership Team and CEO to operationalize MC’s program strategy under our new strategic vision and develop output/outcome measures to help track progress.
Reporting to the CEO, the Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships will be a trusted partner to the CEO, Leadership Team and MC staff on all existing and emerging community partnerships and strategic initiatives. The Interim Director will work in strategic alignment and harmony with the CEO and will be responsible for effectively managing MC’s organizational relationships, operational infrastructure, financial sustainability, and nurturing team talent, along with the CEO and leadership team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Explore, design, evaluate, and grow cross-sector, high-impact strategic initiatives, community collaborations, and network/ecosystem field-building aimed to “equip and connect mission-driven leaders, organizations and networks working to advance equity and opportunity in Central Texas”.
- Lead or serve as Executive Level Project Advisor/Consultant on large, complex community collaborations, research & insights, and membership engagements.
- Serve as a trusted advisor to community partners and stakeholders, analyzing situations and issues and offering constructive and actionable recommendations where appropriate and effectively stewarding projects from start to completion.
- Support SP clients and participants by facilitating engaging and impactful meetings, including preparation of meeting materials, topics and following up on action commitments.
- Cultivate relationships and maintain communication with community leaders and collaborative members to inspire alignment and tangible community action while encouraging collaborative leadership.
- Build MC’s SP services and identity as a trusted & respected collaborative partner and advisor to nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.
- Support SP team in effectively and equitably managing workload while cultivating team member engagement in Mission Capital’s work, mission, and workplace culture.
- Lead, co-lead & support local and regional research, data, and evaluation consultations and partnerships anchored in empowerment, participatory, community-based, and action-oriented approaches, and strategies.
- Bridge the world of applied, traditional research and the more iterative, design thinking (human-centered design) approaches, coupled with participatory and empowerment evaluation strategies.
- Identify, recruit, and engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders to ensure productive, collaborative, and sustainable initiatives, as we support nonprofit and cross-sector ecosystem efforts.
- Provide guidance to MC staff in conducting research and data collection to understand key community issues through surveys, interviews, benchmarking activities and focus groups where appropriate.
- Develop and implement new tools, services and network connections that address community needs.
- Promote research and evaluation work as a tool for peer learning, organizational culture change and decision-making.
- Leverage Mission Capital’s positional power, experiences, and skillsets to increase accessibility, transparency, and connectedness within the local social sector ecosystem through data and insights.
- In collaboration with the CEO and MC staff, engage in strategic fundraising and resource development to build a pipeline of prospective clients, partners, and revenue sources.
- Proactively seek and secure diverse funding sources for MC work, including national, state, and regional foundation funding, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and government funding.
- Serve as an internal hub for overall MC grants management, grant compliance and reporting.
- Cultivate relationships with external organizations, individuals, and stakeholders and oversee the lead generation, intake, proposal development and close process for the team.
- Facilitate new business development along with the MC team fielding inquiries, identifying new leads, conducting initial meetings with prospective clients, and ensuring timely and achievable proposal development, scope of work and engagement timelines.
- Establish, maintain, and develop strong ongoing relationships with Mission Capital’s current and future clients, partners, funders, and donors.
- Coordinate business development contributions from CEO, Leadership Team, and other staff members to attain strategic program alignment and annual revenue targets.
- In partnership with the CEO and MC Team, effectively translate Mission Capital’s strategic plan into clear, annual goals and objectives.
- Serve as organizational hub/ liaison for tracking MC’s multi-year operational and program objectives with clear and measurable results.
- Develop, coach and mentor SP team members, ensuring the team has the resources they need to do their jobs well and the support they need to grow and develop professionally.
- Drive excellence while inspiring staff to galvanize collective talent and efforts to take our collective work to the next level.
- Anticipate, manage, and solve problems deliberately and decisively so Mission Capital is internally and externally successful.
- Display humility, resilience and create calm steadiness in managing a wide variety of internal and external activities, while continuing to lead Mission Capital through growth and change.
- Strategically lead and supervise a talented team of 2+ staff dedicated to enhancing Mission Capital’s internal and external customer service, staff capacity, operational business processes and data systems.
- Encourage curiosity and support continuous individual and organizational learning and improvement initiatives at Mission Capital.
- Model and nurture an organizational culture of deep trust and belonging, excellence, authentic and courageous leadership, and mutual accountability.
- Support Mission Capital staff and board as we center equity in our relationships, work, and decision-making, by supporting our internal learning and capacity to be “equity-equipped” at a personal, interpersonal, organizational and systems level.
- In alignment with our strategic plan, participate in the building of a ”race, equity & belonging (REB)” culture across all MC departments and teams.
- Work with the Inclusion Council and participate in internal race, equity and belonging activities such as collective equity work sessions and affinity groups to embed and center race equity in both internal and external programming.
- Apply a race equity lens and embed equity in all essential job duties and responsibilities.
- Proven strategic and operational leadership experience. Strong quantitative, problem solving project management, financial management, and planning skills; comfort with profit and loss statements and utilizing data analysis, wisdom, experience, judgment and data to inform business decisions.
- Demonstrated experience leveraging data, evaluation and learning for community insights and collective action.
- Thorough understanding and proven experience in community collaborations, facilitation, collaborative decision-making, and community engagement.
- Success as a leader of change management processes, including the development and use of technology, knowledge and data management systems, and administrative systems.
- High emotional intelligence and exceptional relationship management skills, with the proven ability to work well with diverse constituencies.
- Commitment to participatory management and shared leadership practices and experience working as part of and leading highly collaborative teams delivering complex programs and services.
- Superior verbal, interpersonal, written, and listening communication skills, with proven ability to communicate information diplomatically, concisely and professionally with internal and external audiences.
- Exceptional service ethic and skills, including effective interactions, responsiveness, resourcefulness, and follow-through.
- Understands and values equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Knowledge of racial justice, social equity, community development principles, racial and cultural differences; an understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias; sensitivity to issues and concerns of communities of color and other diverse groups; and critical issues driving opportunity gaps, poverty, and inequality in communities.
- Deep passion for creating an inclusive and equitable work environment and world.
- Experience engaging in difficult conversations with individuals and groups around race, equity, diversity, and inclusion. A personal understanding and commitment to nurturing racial stamina.
- Ability to lead self and others with a spirit of temperance and equanimity.
- An authentic persona that inspires trust, invites collaboration and engenders an environment of teamwork.
- Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit leadership, business management, organizational development, public policy, social work, data science, human services, or related degree. Additional related work experience may substitute for the required education on a year for year basis with a maximum substitution of four (4) years.
- 8 - 12 years of professional experience, including experience managing a program budget and portfolio administration of a high-growth service line and budget.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a for-profit or non-profit consultant leading client engagements.
- Leadership and staff management experience at the executive or senior management level ideally overseeing multiple and varied functions of a dynamic organization experiencing rapid growth.
- Experience in equity and inclusion work, through formal/informal learning, community engagement, lived experience and/or personal/professional work.
- High level of business acumen and the ability to balance the delivery of operational functions and programs against the realities of a large, complex budget (current SP portfolio budget is $550,000+).
- Experience building and scaling operations in a fast-paced and mission-driven environment and proven capacity to set priorities and practice adaptive leadership.
- Ability to assimilate a high volume of information across disciplines and departments, providing leadership and support to CEO and MC staff.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and a CRM system, preferably Salesforce.
- A flexible and enthusiastic approach to providing outstanding service to internal and external customers.
- Leadership experience with community engagement, cross-sector (private, public, government) community stakeholders and/or Board of Directors.
- Master’s Degree in nonprofit leadership, business management, organizational development, public policy, data science, social work or human services.
- Demonstrated sector experience in a particular focus area (i.e., economic development, health, philanthropy, evaluation, education, workforce, advocacy).
- At least 2-5 years of demonstrated, practical understanding and application of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles in an organizational setting.
Reports To: This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer
Position Status: This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, exempt position
Salary: The starting salary for this position is $73,000 and is negotiable depending on experience.
Deadline to Apply: June 18, 2021, by 11:59pm
Mission Capital is an equal opportunity employer.
Mission Capital recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or gender identity. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including, but not limited to: people of color, LGBTQ-identifying people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English.
We have a clear vision: A Central Texas where all have access to opportunity and can thrive; and we believe that begins with us.
We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We pledge to provide an environment of mutual respect where equitable opportunities are available to all and staff feel comfortable being their authentic selves.
We are committed to addressing systemic issues and inequities and are focused on advancing equity in our work both internally and externally. We have courageous conversations, apply a race equity lens to our work and hold ourselves accountable to the mistakes we will make by learning from them and correcting course with enhanced understanding.
To apply, please submit the following attachments via email at HR@MissionCapital.org by Friday, June 18, 2021.
- Cover letter - Please detail how you meet the Minimum Requirements in your cover letter.
- Three references (Your references will not be contacted before you are informed)
Interview Process: The interview process for this position will be virtual. Applicants selected for interviews will receive more information about the virtual interview process.