November 7, 2017

Website Cambridge Community Foundation

About the Foundation:

The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is a 501(c)3 public charity established in 1916. Vision: A vibrant, diverse and inclusive Cambridge with a culture of giving and opportunity for all. Three overarching goals motivate our actions:

Create an inclusive vision and agenda for shared prosperity through grantmaking, civic leadership, and philanthropy;
Build a permanent endowment to serve the city today and protect its future;
Expand the capacity for civic leadership with a sustained focus on equity, justice and opportunity.

CCF has assets of about $37M, makes competitive grants of approx. $1.3M through its Community Fund and leverages significant resources through pro-active co-investments with donors and philanthropic partners in four areas: Strong Families (building income and assets); Early Childhood Development (birth through Age 3); Equity & Opportunity in the innovation economy (through education, workforce and entrepreneurship); Arts & Innovation. In addition, we exercise and foster civic leadership through large convenings on key issues, research and reports, and participation in the life of the city.

An inflection point:

Cambridge is changing. Its rapid growth and prosperity, bolstered by long-standing institutions and the growing innovation economy make the city a powerful global force — and yet many of its residents are getting left behind. Our recent centennial has created an opportunity to take the organization to the next level, adapting to changes in the community… in society… in technology. This new phase of growth will move us from quietly serving the needs of Cambridge’s most vulnerable residents to also becoming a connector, convener, catalyst for change — A collaborative partner to the entire community – Residents, Nonprofits, Institutions, Government, Businesses.

CCF passionately believes in the power of philanthropy to change lives and build a stronger community. A foundation OF and FOR the community, the Foundation is poised to reaffirm our value and our values.

Re-imagining the next 100 years:

We are a growing organization with a team of seven and an active Board of Directors, entering a new centennial and our next phase of growth that seeks to be on the cutting edge of philanthropy and social change. We are working towards:

·         Becoming a place that authentically holds Cambridge values of intellectual curiosity, respect for diversity and inclusion;

·         A place that fuels ideas and curates solutions that support the city as a thriving community for all;

·         Building a civic institution that is a knowledge hub of Cambridge, a ‘go-to’ place for ideas, a neutral convener, an independent voice and, a place for connecting and collaborating with others;

·         Deepening our presence in Cambridge. We have a solid presence in the nonprofit community and strong relationships with city government. We are working to build stronger connections with the universities, tech and bio-tech business community, donors and city residents;

·         Creating an institution that can sustain its power, prestige and presence in Cambridge for generations to come by fostering local philanthropic giving and by building the Cambridge Endowment.

Director of Marketing & Civic Engagement 

A core member of the management team, the Director of Marketing and Civic Engagement will report directly to the President and be responsible for: Developing and managing a compelling brand to increase the Foundation’s visibility, credibility and impact; Being the Foundation’s spokesperson on a range of issues associated with the Foundation and the city; Connecting and deepening relations with key stakeholders, in particular the tech, bio-tech business and the civic sector. Managing and overseeing all of the Foundation’s external communications — including web, social media, print etc., which include newsletters, annual reports, issue statements and research, press releases, development/fundraising campaigns.

Requirements & desired attributes:

·         Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit;

·         A self-starter with a pioneering spirit, experience and willingness to tackle all aspects of brand development, modern communications and civic connection activities;

·         Track record of managing strategic communications, marketing and brand building with increasing levels of responsibility in the marketing and communications area;

·         Experience working in Cambridge or other dynamic/progressive cities or environments that capture the spirit of a global innovation hub and deep community values;

·         Ability to become an articulate and compelling spokesperson on behalf of CCF, its mission, and its values related to collaboration, equity, and inclusion;

·         Ability to influence and engage a wide range of partners and build long-term relationships. Key Cambridge-focused relationships and/or familiarity with similar cities is   an important plus;

·         Ability to work with technology companies and volunteers and engage them in the life of the city;

·         Experience in mentoring staff, institutionalizing the roles and practices required to develop CCF’s communications infrastructure;

·         Ability to work independently without close oversight and also be a team player;

·         Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred).

This is a full-time position with benefits, but some flexible work options are negotiable.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit your resume with a cover letter to:

Gwyn Gallagher


Mailing Address:

Director of Operations & Grantmaking

Cambridge Community Foundation

99 Bishop Allen Drive

Cambridge, MA 02139

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