Chief of Staff

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
August 18, 2021
Remote, United States of America
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About Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a fiscally-sponsored project of Tides, is a growing community of foundation professionals and other changemakers working to advance equity within and through philanthropy. EPIP's mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. EPIP has established itself as a leading network for diverse early-and mid-career philanthropic professionals, particularly those who identify as people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ. EPIP's 14 member-led chapters span the country and provide peer-to-peer programs, networking opportunities, and support while serving as platforms for member leadership.  National programs like the biannual conference and Philanthropology, coupled with local programming led by EPIP Chapters, connect members to additional support, knowledge, and opportunities.

EPIP envisions a world where people of all identities can live full and prosperous lives, supported by a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and effective philanthropic sector. As an anti-racist and inclusive organization, EPIP is committed to empowering staff to apply an equity lens to their work and champion social justice. EPIP is currently at a critical transition point of internal and external practice, process, and growth.  This is an exciting time to influence culture and infrastructure while championing inclusion and equity within the philanthropic sector! To learn more about EPIP, visit

About the Opportunity

EPIP is seeking a Chief of Staff to support EPIP's internal operations. In this role, you will provide strategic oversight, project management, and communication throughout the organization to support EPIP's continued growth, effectiveness, and impact over time. The Chief of Staff will work closely with the Executive Director, staff leadership, and the Board of Directors to manage executive communication and design systems, policies, and procedures supporting the organization. Additionally, the Chief of Staff will serve as a champion of organizational culture and staff learning.

The ideal candidate is a thought partner and synthesizer with an eye for intricate detail. They are ready to champion and guide EPIP's internal organizational culture and partner with the Executive Director to support EPIP's efforts. This position will require occasional travel (approximately 5%); however, employee travel is currently halted due to COVID-19 safety precautions until further notice.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The Chief of Staff focuses on three primary areas: executive and board support, administrative coordination and project management, and internal operations and culture. In this capacity, this leader will streamline work, help to set internal strategic and operational priorities, and oversee culture-building initiatives across the organization.

Executive & Board Support

  • Serves as a strategic advisor and participates with the Executive Director and senior management team in strategic planning, policy development, and decision-making
  • Acts as the liaison between the Executive Director and other stakeholders to ensure consistent communication and informed decision-making
  • Manages the Executive Director's office, including drafting correspondence, calendar management, expense tracking, reimbursements, travel coordination, and meeting notes

Administrative Coordination and Project Management

  • Ensures project management systems are implemented and used effectively and consistently across the organization, monitors progress in meeting goals and tracking metrics
  • Conducts short term research projects as assigned, including reading, analyzing, and synthesizing information from multiple sources to assist the Executive Director and leadership team to foster a learning culture within the organization
  • Helps address and troubleshoot issues that may arise and develops and implements innovative and effective solutions among staff

Internal Operations and Culture

  • Plans and implements organizational events to foster continued learning around leadership development and sector-wide trends
  • Facilitates smooth communication and collaboration throughout the organization to ensure projects are moving forward and staff remain well-informed and supported to deliver high-quality work
  • Works in collaboration with the Finance and Operations Manager to ensure the design and implementation of systems that optimize effective cooperation and support EPIP's infrastructure
  • Works in collaboration with EPIP staff to identify and recruit dynamic, values-aligned talent

About the Ideal Individual

  • Empathetic and Supportive. You create connections and relate to others while balancing self-reflection. You can kindly but firmly lead and hold others accountable while allowing space for colleagues' humanity.
  • Stakeholder-Focused. You lead by example and operate with the organization's best interests in mind and align the work of your colleagues to advance those interests.
  • Astute and Attentive. You see the big picture and the small details and can go between the two fluidly. You have the ability to keep track of milestones, shifting priorities, and are proactive in developing solutions to potential challenges.
  • Solutions-Driven. You identify solutions.  You are a creative thinker and problem solver - able to think outside the box to find a new path forward.
  • Decision-Maker. You exercise discretion for all matters under your purview and can apply sound judgment around when to involve colleagues and/or the ED in decision-making.
  • Relationship Builder. You're skilled at building relationships and recognize the importance of relationships and teamwork to accomplish any goal. You strive to make authentic connections and trust to advance the organization's goals and strengthen the culture.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • A strong understanding of operational systems and structures to facilitate collaboration within a remote organization
  • At least 8-10 years of experience working closely with executive leadership, preferably with cross-functional experience as a Chief of Staff or in a similar role
  • Collaborative team player who participates in all levels of tasks to accomplish goals
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Software experience: Google Suite, MS Office, Salesforce, Asana, Zoom
  • Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced and transitioning environments
  • Demonstrated ability to hold multiple projects/tasks simultaneously

Compensation and Benefits

This position reports to the Executive Director and is a permanent, remote, exempt position that will be compensated in the $100,000 -$125,000 range. EPIP employees receive access to a variety of benefits, from comprehensive healthcare to a robust 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more, designed to support the health and well-being of our staff (e.g., home office, internet, and professional development stipends).