Work With Us

We have several open opportunities at this time: 


Strategic Planning Consultant

Brooklyn Community Foundation is seeking proposals from experienced strategic planning consultants to design and facilitate a participatory planning process, frame and summarize key findings, and lead staff to create a 3–5-year strategic plan for the organization. We are looking to engage not only the staff and the Board of Directors, but also stakeholders from the many varied communities across Brooklyn we serve. View the RFP.

Deadline to apply: June 1, 2022


Chief Operating Officer

This position will be part of the executive team responsible for the leadership, strategic decision making, execution of the mission and overall operation of this $125 million institution for Brooklyn. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will manage our growth and future expansion plans while overseeing, creating, and revising our organization’s ongoing procedures and operations to ensure we are moving towards the mission. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to racial equity, especially as it applies to Brooklyn communities. They will be a key spokesperson for the Foundation. The COO will optimize operating capabilities, assist fundraising initiatives, and manage employees and resources. They will be responsible for organizing, planning, developing and implement strategy as well as overseeing all day-to-day operations. From information technology to human resources, they’re expected to understand the major challenges of each department with an eye for establishing policies and procedures that actively support the entire staff and promote overall organizational success. The COO will need to understand the real-world struggles that stand in the way of productivity before determining the best approach to each challenge. The COO with the CEO will help to create a climate and culture centered in equity that demands excellence, accountability, and agency. They will have strong finance and business acumen, to assist in bringing structure and professionalism to all the important work of the Foundation. They will need to have strong problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities
To this end, we will count on the COO to:

  • Directly oversee finance, Information technology, operations, physical plant, human resources and all internal operations
  • Deeply understand and commit to the mission and vision of the organization to be a trusted steward and spokesperson of the foundation
  • Work with Foundation's President and CEO and organizational PEO to create a sound human resources program/strategy that ensures employee’s voices are heard while guaranteeing that the work of the Foundation is achieved
  • Advise, develop, guide and implement strategies, procedures and business plans needed to organize and enhance the Foundation’s internal structure and future growth
  • Spearhead strategies to steer the company’s future in a positive direction
  • Work with the finance and operations team to ensure there are appropriate financial controls and policies that include sound procurement policies and procedures
  • Oversee day-to-day operations
  • Develop and implements growth strategies
  • Measure effectiveness and efficiency of operational processes both internally and externally and find ways to improve processes
  • Promote communication between colleagues for the benefit of information flow and to curb any problems that arise
  • Provide assistance in controlling organizational costs and introduce initiatives to improve total cost productivity
  • With entire team provide suggestions on activities, outings, books etc. designed to assist in employee skill sharpening and team building skills
  • Motivate staff to meet or surpass organizational goals
  • Coordinate with human resources department to recruit skilled talent and keep the best employees
  • Oversee the creation of and monitor employee performance reviews, salaries and benefits
  • Oversee the development, execution and communication of strategic planning processes with clarity, transparency and enthusiasm
  • Collaborate with President and CEO to prioritize the organization's operational goals
  • Prepare and present special reports to President and CEO
  • Oversee and supervise daily operations of all departments
  • Directly manage Finance, Operations, Facilities, and Human Resources
  • Build and direct teams you oversee
  • Assist President and CEO in fundraising ventures
  • Work with the Senior Team to set company-wide performance goals and metrics for staff
  • Regularly analyze and interpret data to reveal and devise strategies that will improve the efficiency of operations
  • With senior team establish and formally document company policies and procedures
  • Oversee the management of third-party vendor relationships
  • Perform employee reviews and develop corrective action plans if needed
  • Cultivate and provide opportunities for rising talent within the organization


Required Skills, Qualifications and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or another relevant field required
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience
  • Nonprofit/philanthropy experience
  • Data driven leader
  • Proven track record of managing complex budgets successfully
  • Proven employee relations skills
  • Ability to make business projections three years into the future
  • Experience drafting policies and designing high-level solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of information technology, networks, and business intelligence
  • Strong public speaking and leadership skills
  • Solid understanding of staff management, industry specifics and business strategies
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking-skills
  • Superior management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to remain calm and focused under pressure
  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Passionate about racial, social, and economic justice
  • Desire to serve Brooklyn Communities

Salary
$165,000-$175,000 in addition to a robust benefits package that includes employer paid health, vision, dental and life insurance, 403b plan, and matching contributions.

Additional Information
This is a full-time, senior position located in Brooklyn, NY that occasionally requires early morning, evening, and weekend work. The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package, which includes generous paid time off, and a friendly work environment.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In alignment with its Racial Justice Lens, the Foundation is committed to maintaining a staff that diversifies philanthropy, including lifting up the leadership of people from communities historically underrepresented in the field and those directly affected by structural racism, centering them in decision-making. Additionally, the Foundation does not base any hiring decisions on an applicant’s history of involvement in the criminal justice system.

Email cover letter and résumé to search@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org (no phone calls please!). Please list "Chief Operating Officer" in the Subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

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Program Officer 

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for leading key community-driven programs, managing grantmaking portfolios, maintaining the integrity of grant information, and assisting with policy and advocacy efforts. To further the Foundation’s strategic priorities, the PO develops relationships and works closely with community residents, leaders and other external partners.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and analytical skills, a clear commitment to racial justice, in-depth knowledge of the Brooklyn nonprofit sector, a learning orientation and humility, and will be a team player capable of putting the common good first. This is a full-time exempt position, and reports to the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. It is located in Brooklyn, NY and will occasionally require early morning, evening, and weekend work. There is the need to travel within NYC via public transportation for visits with community partners.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Grantmaking

  • Conduct field scan research, issue-specific Insights processes, convenings, and interviews to inform grantmaking strategy
  • Create and manage the grantmaking process for Invest in Youth and other assigned portfolios, including recruiting and launching advisory councils, preparing Requests for Proposals, proposal review, due diligence, site visits, grant recommendations, monitoring grantee progress and outcomes. Topic areas for portfolios may change/ expand.
  • Prepare docket materials that summarize recommendations for consideration by the Program Committee and other appropriate councils.
  • Identify strategic opportunities to advance Foundation’s key areas of focus and advocacy efforts, connecting to larger issues of racial and economic justice that reflect the political environment.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to share information and key learnings and inform communication and advocacy efforts.

Grant Operations

  • Work externally with applicants and grantees and internally with Programs and Operations teams to ensure compliance with regulations and meet deliverable expectations for assigned grants.
  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of the grants management platform and additional databases/file systems to meet legal, auditing and foundation requirements.
  • Work closely with the Operations team to facilitate processing of grants.

Programs

  • Partner with other Program Officers to support project consultants.
  • Partner with the Programs Team to support the Foundation’s discrete initiatives.
  • Help organize workshops and convenings, develop agenda, identify speakers, and manage logistics.
  • Actively participate and represent the Foundation in local, regional and national groups and events focused on effective philanthropy, resident engagement, racial justice, and related issues.

Foundation Supports

  • Collaborate with Communications to increase the visibility of the grantees and community-led solutions
  • Support Development in fundraising efforts, providing information and attending events
  • Participate as active member in Foundation-wide activities

 

Abilities and Competencies

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills: especially the ability to listen well, establish and maintain authentic and professional relationships, and exercise effective and inclusive leadership in cross-cultural and multi-cultural settings,
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills: using sound judgment, able to quickly gather, synthesize and summarize information in a clear and jargon-free manner in written and oral communications.  Bilingualism or multilingualism is a plus.
  • Strong presentation skills: comfortable making presentations to public audiences and skilled in both group and one-on-one meeting facilitation,
  • Intellectual curiosity and learning orientation: commitment to continuously learning and growing, remaining humble and ego-free in the work, striving to minimize power dynamics, 
  • Flexible and versatile: ability to perform gracefully in various situations and thrive in an environment of flux, ability to anticipate obstacles and creatively offer solutions, serve as a team player.

Qualifications

  • Deep commitment to racial equity, especially as it applies to Brooklyn communities. Resident of Brooklyn preferred, or strong ties to the borough. Passion for Brooklyn communities.
  • At least 4-7 years of experience in social justice philanthropy, nonprofit or public policy.  Grantmaking experience, organizing and strong facilitation skills preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Foundation’s vision and values, specifically a passion for racial and social justice.
  • Direct work experience and strong familiarity with organizations that fit the foundation’s funding priorities; especially with community organizing and advocacy in Brooklyn.
  • Strong planning, administrative, and organizational skills: ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus, meet deadlines, and work independently with minimal support.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce.

Additional Information

The Foundation currently institutes a hybrid working schedule.  Full-time employees are expected to work in the Foundation's office, located in Crown Heights, two days per week.

The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package, which includes generous paid time off, employer-paid health, vision, dental and life insurance, and a vibrant, dedicated, and flexible work environment.

Salary: $78,000 - $85,000 annually.

Applications

Email a cover letter and résumé to search@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org (no reference letters or phone calls please) listing ‘Program Officer’ in the subject line.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In alignment with its Racial Justice Lens, the Foundation is committed to maintaining a staff that diversifies philanthropy, including lifting up the leadership of people from communities historically underrepresented in the field and those directly affected by structural racism, centering them in decision-making. Additionally, the Foundation does not base any hiring decisions on an applicant’s history of involvement in the criminal justice system.

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Communications Intern (Part-Time, Paid)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is seeking a communications and social media intern to join our Communications team part-time for summer 2022.

The ideal applicant will possess strong writing and content development skills and a demonstrated commitment to the Foundation’s racial justice mission. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to web and print projects, updating and monitoring the Foundation’s blog and social media channels, promoting events, and updating our website. Those looking to gain valuable online media experience with a mission-driven organization are encouraged to apply. This position reports to the Foundation’s Communications Manager.

About Brooklyn Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to advance racial justice and bolster vital nonprofits. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $75 million in grants to nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Vice President of Communications and the Communications Manager on executing the Foundation’s digital content strategy
  • Create and schedule engaging blog and social media content, following Foundation’s content calendar
  • Interview subjects and draft copy for profiles of donors and grantees
  • Draft the Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator newsletter for nonprofits
  • Support for events (in-person and/or virtual)
  • Special communications projects as needed

Qualifications

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Communications or related field (or recent graduate)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • In-depth working knowledge of Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube
  • Basic Photoshop skills, familiarity with Canva
  • Basic video editing skills (Adobe Premiere, iMovie, or similar software)
  • Experience with social media analytics, including Google Analytics, Hootsuite analytics, or similar
  • Experience with Mailchimp or similar email marketing software
  • Experience with HTML, Drupal and/or WordPress
  • Proficient with Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Desire to serve Brooklyn Communities; strong ties to Brooklyn or living in Brooklyn a plus
  • Passionate about racial, social, and economic justice

Compensation

$20/hour, for a 16-hour/week schedule

Additional Information

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Communications Intern will be a hybrid position, and interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample as a single PDF to jsyed@bcfny.org (no reference letters or phone calls please!), listing Communications Intern in the subject line by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In alignment with its Racial Justice Lens, the Foundation is committed to maintaining a staff that diversifies philanthropy, including lifting up the leadership of people from communities historically underrepresented in the field and those directly affected by structural racism, centering them in decision-making. Additionally, the Foundation does not base any hiring decisions on an applicant’s history of involvement in the criminal justice system.

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