Foundation for California Community Colleges

Director, Collaborative Impact Program

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is on a mission to double its impact in the next 10 years. We are a group of relentless optimists and innovators in education, working collaboratively with public and private partners to help improve the student experience and expand pathways to economic and social mobility in communities across California. We are seeking an Administrative Assistant to join the Foundation in its mission of benefitting, supporting, and enhancing the California Community Colleges—the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the nation.

What You’ll Do
The Foundation for California Community Colleges incubates, scales, and sustains solutions to California’s education-related opportunities and challenges through the Collaborative Impact Program. The Collaborative Impact Program supports intentional partnerships with mission-aligned programs and organizations through fiscal sponsorship and management services and plays an incubator and accelerator role for nascent projects or programs. 

Fiscal sponsorships and management services are a “win-win” exchange of value. Our Collaborative Impact Partners benefit from our business savvy, nonprofit management expertise, infrastructure, tax exempt status, aligned programs, partnerships, reputation, stability. Our professionalized, specialized, and streamlined back-office services for our Impact Partners include finance, human resources, contracting, information technology, communications, grants management, and operations. To achieve our mission and scale our impact, the Foundation for California Community Colleges benefits from the expertise, connections, perspectives, innovation, entrepreneurial nature, passion, success, and growth of our Impact Partners.

A strong candidate possesses proven non-profit management expertise, with consulting experience or fiscal sponsorship experience a plus. Desired expertise includes program planning and implementation, resource development,  board development, strategic planning, organizational development, capacity building, technical assistance, and development of outcomes and metrics to assess program success.

What you bring

Program Development: 

  • Develop and maintain a solid understanding of key trends and emerging opportunities in the areas of education access and equity, student success, community engagement, workforce development, and support for the California Community Colleges (CCC) system in order to align the Collaborative Impact Program with emerging and established CCC and FoundationCCC priorities in these arenas.
  • Within the organization’s planning framework and process, develop annual and longer-term strategies, tactics, and goals for the Collaborative Impact Program, and report progress, achievements, and changes to the plan.


Partner Development: 

  • Develop and implement program evaluation and tracking systems, including key performance indicators, to measure and report on the impact of individual partners and the program as a whole.
  • Design and coordinate resources for capacity building; training and technical assistance; consulting and convening for partners. 


Business Development: 

  • Steward referrals for potential new partners and partnerships, responding to inquiries and providing information.
  • Assess potential new partnerships according to established guidelines and processes and recommend new partnerships, guidelines for assessment, and processes for due diligence, as appropriate. Make recommendations based on assessment and manage or implement the vetting and decision-making process.


Portfolio Management: 

  • Manage the portfolio of Impact Partners to ensure the program, in its implementation, lives up to its purpose and promise. 
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Impact Partner leaders. Monitor activity by maintaining regular contact, including regular check-ins with Impact Partners’ leaders (both staff and volunteers).


Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Solid understanding of non-profit organizational requirements, business models, resources, and processes.
  • Ability to hold a critical role in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands while remaining flexible and willing to ask for help and learn from mistakes. 
  • Proven ability to develop systems and processes to track details and routinize workflow; able to multitask, prioritize tasks, and to efficiently manage time.
  • Learns quickly, with high level ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and express these concisely and helpfully both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively as a member of a team and to build and maintain strong working relationships across departments. 
  • Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall.
  • A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution.
  • A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges.
  • Practices ownership, takes accountability, and able to project manage, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


What we Offer
You’ll join a group of mission-driven, passionate, equity-minded individuals with a strong desire to impact and change lives for the better through education. As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.

We operate from an office located in downtown Sacramento’s thriving R Street corridor. Our benefits include the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, generous medical, dental, and vision, tuition reimbursement, and more. We take a strategic and comprehensive approach to investing in our people, fostering an environment for employee growth, and providing diverse opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and advancement.

To apply

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