Jobs at The Wilson Foundation

Program Director

Location: Rochester, NY
Reports to: VP of Operations
Staff Size: 2
Status and Salary: Exempt Salaried

The Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, Inc., seeks an energetic, creative, and collaborative candidate to work with the Foundation to help it achieve its critical mission: to fight poverty in the Rochester area by reducing the impact of trauma and housing instability on the youth and families of our community.

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The Foundation was created in 1963 by its Founders, Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson, out of a deep sense of commitment to the Rochester community and their desire to enhance the quality of life for its residents. Although they are now deceased, the work of the Foundation is carried on by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Over its 50-year history the Foundation has been committed to social and community initiatives in Rochester and throughout the nation. The Foundation is now solely focused on making an impact in the Rochester area.

Job Profile

The Program Director manages the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership in the Foundation’s mission area. The incumbent will lead the Foundation’s efforts to make effective grants and to further refine its areas of strategic grantmaking focus—capacity building, collaboration, prevention, and advocacy—and develop and implement a program of evaluation for the Foundation’s grantmaking and related activities. The Program Director also manages the Foundation’s important community relationships and involvements with individuals and entities that align with its mission, such as the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), and communicates with the public about its work, collaborations, and initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Grantmaking: Manage the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking processes, including presenting grantmaking opportunities to the Wilson Foundation’s board committees and ensuring that the board’s decision-making process is informed, dynamic, and effective; maintain the Foundation’s grant application process and database (Foundant); prepare and publicize grant-related reports for internal and external constituencies.
  • Program Evaluation: Based on best practices and research, develop and implement a robust evaluation system to assess the effectiveness of the Foundation’s programs; through a lens of learning and improvement, evaluate investments for impact and share knowledge with the wider grantmaking and grant-seeking community; meet with grantees as necessary to understand progress and gain feedback. Incorporate learning from the community into Foundation processes.
  • Community Partnerships & Communications: Acting as a key spokesperson for the Foundation, represent the transparent and respectful culture of the Wilson Foundation and family to all external constituencies, convening and working with other locally-based philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, businesses, government, and community leaders to advance new and existing collaborations and shared investments. Respond to community inquiries for information about grantmaking programs and activities. Engage in key initiatives and networks that advance the Foundation’s ability to achieve its mission. Prepare press releases and annual report materials; manage the Foundation’s social media accounts and website updates.
  • Administration: Attend to grant due diligence and grant-related administration.

Due to the dynamic nature of the Foundation, the job will inevitably grow and change over time. There will be other duties as assigned from time to time. The incumbent’s input will be valued as to the way in which the job progresses.

Candidate Profile

Strong interpersonal skills and a capacity to work with people from different backgrounds are essential for this position. A candidate should also be creative and collaborative; possess outstanding oral and written communication skills; and demonstrate strong planning and organizational skills. The candidate should also be data-driven and analytical with respect to decision-making. Experience in growing and maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships among colleagues is critical, as is facility with relevant technology, especially databases and social media outlets. Candidate should possess grantmaking and/or grant-seeking experience. Candidate must be a self-starter who can handle a high volume of work and multiple priorities simultaneously. Demonstrated ability to be flexible in light of changing needs and circumstances is necessary. Candidate should be passionate and mission-driven, and willing to invest the time to aid the Foundation in achieving its mission. Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends. Travel for the position is primarily local. Must have reliable transportation and driver’s license in good standing.

Strong interpersonal skills and a capacity to work with people from different backgrounds are essential for this position. A candidate should also be creative and collaborative; possess outstanding oral and written communication skills; and demonstrate strong planning and organizational skills. The candidate should also be data-driven and analytical with respect to decision-making. Experience in growing and maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships among colleagues is critical, as is facility with relevant technology, especially databases and social media outlets. Candidate should possess grantmaking and/or grant-seeking experience. Candidate must be a self-starter who can handle a high volume of work and multiple priorities simultaneously. Demonstrated ability to be flexible in light of changing needs and circumstances is necessary. Candidate should be passionate and mission-driven, and willing to invest the time to aid the Foundation in achieving its mission. Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends. Travel for the position is primarily local. Must have reliable transportation and driver’s license in good standing.

Minimum Experience

Leadership experience on matters of housing, trauma responsiveness, poverty, and poverty reduction in a diverse urban center. At least seven to ten years’ professional experience in program management in community, social services, government, or other areas directly related to the Wilson Foundation’s work. An advanced degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred; a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience will be considered.

In support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job description lists only those responsibilities and qualifications deemed essential to the position.

THE WILSON FOUNDATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

To Apply

By February 5, send a cover letter and resume, either by mail or email to:

The Wilson Foundation
6 S. Main Street, 2nd Floor
Pittsford, NY 14534
resume@wilsonfdn.org

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