Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is a dynamic, growing membership organization that brings the philanthropic community together to shift resources, capital, and power back to historically marginalized communities leading transformative change. Northern California has a rich cultural legacy and commitment to social justice. NCG’s membership is made up of stakeholders across philanthropy including program officers, board members, donor trustees, movement organizers, communicators, visionaries, advocates, dreamers, and believers. We started as the “Lunch Bunch” in the 1960s, a group of philanthropic leaders committed to growing together. We formalized ourselves in the 1980s with the goal of supporting a base of philanthropic members. Currently we have 217 institutional members and more than 4,000 individual members. For the past forty years, we have been working to gather, mobilize, and transform philanthropy. We believe in our collective power for good. Learn more about NCG at www.ncg.org.
NCG seeks an experienced, highly motivated individual to join our team as the Vice President for Equity and Justice. Three years into a deeper commitment to advancing racial equity by sharpening the region’s philanthropic practices, NCG is at a critical juncture. While the north star has been established and key strategic choices have been made, additional guidance and thought partnership will help define the road forward. The VP will lead the organization’s efforts to clarify further the implications of centering equity across programs, membership activities, and internal operations, guiding the institution to greater impact in alignment with its strategic vision. The position will steward internal organizational development on racial equity, culture, and team cohesion, and will complement a team with a broad array of skills, experience, and expertise on equity issues throughout every level of the organization, eager to make the most of this collection of talent for impact.
This position will be a member of the NCG management team, reporting directly to the President and CEO, supporting the realization of the vision for an equitable organization, sector, and community. The VP will set forth and execute a strategy to advance equity and justice goals for the organization in consultation and collaboration with NCG members, external partners, and other key stakeholders. The VP will also play a crucial role in alignment and integration of NCG’s offerings to build greater impact and transform philanthropy, fulfilling its commitment to modeling the transformation of practice it seeks from its members.
This role requires a person with a demonstrated track record of strategic visioning and execution of racial equity efforts. The ideal candidate will find it second nature to lead conversations of stakeholders of diverse racial backgrounds compassionately and firmly, drive racial equity strategy, seek input from others to make informed decisions, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships to attain goals. We value willingness to expand in new directions, navigate the complexity of advancing racial justice in this moment, anticipate future needs, and take action. The candidate should embrace racial equity as a core value and have the emotional intelligence to effectively work with people of all backgrounds and positively contribute to NCG’s culture.
Essential Job Functions
Lead strategic alignment and integration of NCG’s offerings to build greater impact and transform philanthropy. (35 percent)
Steward internal organizational development strategy on racial equity, culture, and team cohesion. (25 percent)
Oversee cohort-based NCG programming and communities of practice that advance racial equity. (40 percent)
NCG works with great intention to build an organizational culture rooted in equity; inclusion; diversity of experience and perspective; and belonging. As we shifted into a more hybrid work environment, we refined and affirmed the core competencies necessary to succeed in this role in alignment with our values. These competencies, in priority order for this role, include:
Relevant Experience and Qualifications
The following qualifications serve as a guide to the ideal experiences and knowledge the Vice President should bring. However, NCG encourages candidates to submit their applications even if they do not meet all of the requirements stated below. Applicants should feel free to identify additional relevant experience or transferrable skills that would contribute to your effectiveness in this role.
Compensation, Benefits, and Work Environment
The salary range for this position is $145,000 to $176,000, commensurate with experience. NCG also offers competitive benefits that reflect our values and commitment to our team members, including:
You would be joining a joyful team of individuals committed to social impact, a healthy working culture, and a respect for the many different aspects of life. Racial equity, belonging, and diversity, equity, and inclusion are baked into everything we do, and we encourage applicants of diverse race, ethnic culture, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities to bring your lived experiences along with your professional selves.
For health and safety, NCG requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If you receive an offer and are unable to get vaccinated for religious or medical reasons, you may request a reasonable accommodation.
How to Apply
To apply, please email your cover letter (not to exceed two pages) and resume (not to exceed two pages), answering the questions below, as well as a list of three references (who will not be contacted without advance notice) to [email protected] by no later than Friday, October 13, 2023, at 5 pm PT including “Vice President for Equity and Justice” in the subject line: