Position: Capacity Building Lead
Reports to: Director of Capacity Building
Location: Greater Seattle Area
Position type: Full-Time, Exempt
Salary: $60,000-$70,000 DOE
Benefits: 23 days paid time off, 11 paid holidays, flexible, family-friendly schedule, medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package
Start date: 11/01/2019, with flexibility to start earlier if desired
RVC strengthens the power of communities of color in order to create a more equitable society through capacity-building, leadership development, and operations support. We accomplish this through our core programs and services as well as through leading partnerships with community members and organizations of color. These members and organizations provide support services tailored to the strengths and needs of the communities they serve. For this reason, people of color are encouraged to apply to our job postings.
Summary of position
We are looking for a life-long learner who is passionate about utilizing organizational development to support organizations of color. The Capacity Building Lead will provide holistic consulting and coaching to RVC’s partner organizations to help organizations and leaders reach their full potential.
Capacity-Building with CBO Partners (40%)
- Work with our partners to assess their capacity building needs and administer an organizational assessment
- Work with CBO partners to co-develop customized organizational development plans that align with their culture, financial structure, priorities, and challenges
- Facilitate capacity-building for our partner organizations, both short-term projects (e.g. work plan development) and long-term projects (e.g. strategic planning) with the support of the Capacity Building team
- Provide culturally responsive coaching to the leaders and/or staff of our CBO partners
- Support facilitation of strategic planning, board retreats, and other meetings for our CBO partners as needed
- Research and recommend high quality capacity building resources aligned with partners’ unique needs, budget limitations, and learning opportunities
Partner Grant & Fundraising Development (25%)
- Support CBO partners to strategically develop diverse funding streams including grants, individual giving, corporate sponsorship and/or earned income.
- Support CBO partners in co-developing fundraising content. Depending on experience, this may include writing or reviewing partner grants, creating grant calendars and boiler plate language, coaching partners on individual donor programs, and/or developing sponsorship packages..
Capacity Building Program Development (15%)
- Collect and synthesize feedback from CBO partners to improve RVC’s programs
- Increase coordination between RVC’s departments through communication with the Fellowship Program and Operations Support Program
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the capacity-building support provided to our partners and track their growth and development
- Develop tools, processes and trainings in close collaboration with the Capacity Building team, develop a suite of tools and processes to contribute to RVC’s toolkit to support partner organizations
General Operations (15%)
- Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting RVC’s future
- Coordinate with staff delivering related programs to our partners
- Participate in staff meetings, attend community events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the deep roots within our community, both internally and externally
Thought Leadership (5%)
- Write about lessons learned and effective approaches, building the capacity-building knowledge of the sector and contributing to RVC’s Blog on a regular basis
- Explore opportunities for RVC to present at relevant conferences and/or publish findings and best practices for our Capacity Building work
- 5+ years experience working with communities of color and grassroots organizations, with a nuanced understanding of systemic oppression
- 5+ years of demonstrated experience (via paid work, volunteer, and/or life experience) in facilitating capacity-building processes
- 2+ years of experience in senior leadership/management roles in the nonprofit sector (or a related area), with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by leaders of small grassroots nonprofits with budgets under $500,000. Work, volunteer, academic, and other life experiences are all acceptable
- 2+ years experience mentoring and supporting leaders in their growth and development (via paid work, volunteer, and/or life experience)
- Excellent written skills, with the ability to synthesize quantitative and qualitative information from multiple sources into a cohesive document
- Strong oral communication skills, with exceptional listening ability
- Able to work some evenings and weekends
What we are looking for:
- High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
- Flexible and adaptable, able to shift communication and consulting styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
- Highly organized and uses tools efficiently and with consistency
- Commitment to our mission and our values of Equity, Integrity, Community, Action, and Transformation
- Life-long learner with a passion for organizational development, who loves learning about new studies of human development and leadership, and is ready to expand their skill set around facilitation, coaching, and transformational processes
- Well-versed in different organizational development theories, as well as nonprofit leadership and management resources, and skilled in applying this knowledge in a variety of settings
- An excellent facilitator
- Skilled in fundraising and/or financial management
- Humble, knowing when to ask for help and advice from others
- A great sense of humor!
- Able to drive to partner organizations in South King County that are not reachable by public transportation
- Fundraising experience is preferred, but not required. External training in this area is also available for this position.
This is a full-time, exempt position, with a salary range of $60,000-$70,000. Salary offer will be dependent on experience. We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.
We provide 23 days of Paid Time Off, 11 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule. We provide medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package.
Our Hiring Process & Timeline:
We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- We will begin scheduling phone interviews in late September through October.
- We will begin in-person one-hour interviews in late September through October. If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for two work samples relevant to this position, e.g. a process you created, a writing sample, or other relevant materials.
- Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview and, if needed, a short additional follow-up phone call. We will make an offer shortly thereafter.
- We would like to have the selected candidate start in early November.
A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration. A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment.
Equal Opportunity Employer
RVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals upon request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact [email protected]