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Manager, Equity and Practice

Manager, Equity and Practice
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Job Description: 
Position: Full Time, Exempt 
Salary Range: $70,000-97,500
Reports to: Senior Director, Leadership, Culture, & Community 

Position Summary 

Northern California Grantmakers (“NCG”) is a dynamic membership organization that brings the philanthropic community together to build healthy, thriving, just communities.  We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as Manager, Equity and Practice. We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcome applicants of diverse race, ethnic culture, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. 

NCG is a catalyst for our region’s philanthropic community. We bring funders and other key stakeholders together to tackle big issues and achieve shared goals. To maximize the collective power of our community, we partner with our members in three areas of focus:   

Equity and Social Justice: Activating philanthropy to shape a world where all people can flourish 

Leadership, Culture and Community: Nurturing the dynamic and diverse people and  institutions in philanthropy. 

Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability: Building networks to sustain the fabric and culture of the place we call home.    

This approach allows us to advocate for smart strategic philanthropy and community practice while maintaining flexibility to respond to emerging issues that impact our members and the region.   

The Manager, Equity and Practice is responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of strategic goals, primarily under two areas of focus: Equity and Social Justice and Leadership, Culture and Community. This position is responsible for project management, strategic support, supporting the development and management of related networks and cohort institutes, program development and providing research and technical assistance to members and will work in close collaboration with the Directors of Leadership, Culture and Community and Equity and Social Justice.   

Essential Job Functions 

Manage programs, projects and services in the Leadership, Culture and Community portfolio (40%)   

  • Manage partnerships, meetings, programs, and resources related to projects within Leadership, Culture and Community; 
  • Support the Sr. Director of Leadership, Culture, & Community and work closely with members and experts in field to develop, publicize, and disseminate a robust set of programs, resources, and tools related to this body of work;  
  • Support the on-going partnership with the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project (TBPP)T and Grantmakers for Effective Organization (GEO), working closely with TBPP, GEO, Southern California Grantmakers and Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties staff; 
  • Project manage the development and delivery of NCG’s signature event, the New Grantmakers Institute;  
  • Support NCG’s Rising Leaders Cohort, including participant communications, resource management, and content development; 
  • Project manage NCG’s emerging program series, the Foundations of Racial Equity;  
  • Develop, coordinate, and/or support specific projects, programs, and/or networks that may emerge related to this body of work;  

Manage programs, projects and services in the Equity and Social Justice portfolio (40%)   

  • Project manage the work of the Racial Equity Action Institute, a program invested in organizational change with multiple sectors -- government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropy to operationalize racial equity.   
  • Support the Director of Equity and Social Justice and work closely with members and experts in field to develop, publicize, and disseminate a robust set of resources and tools related to Equity and Social Justice to advance member engagement in this work;  
  • Support general programs, events, and/or networks that may be established to support this racial equity and social justice work; 
  • Develop/Coordinate specific projects that may emerge. 

Other Support (20%)  

  • Support NCG’s policy work as requested by the Director of Public Policy, include managing events, relationships, meetings, and resources;  
  • Facilitate weekly programs team meeting with 12 program and communications team members; 
  • Respond to and work with members on select member-initiated briefings;  
  • Work collaboratively with NCG’s program team and our Philanthropy California partners as needed;  
  • Assist the President & CEO and Vice-President of Member Engagement with special assignments as requested; 
  • Other duties as they emerge. 


  • Collaborative: Partners with others to realize better results 
  • Articulate and Communicative: Speaks and writes with ease, clarity and impact 
  • Relational: Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with colleagues and members 
  • Adaptable: Ability to change course and support the successful completion of projects.  
  • Joyful and optimistic: Has an overall positive outlook on life; brings joy, humor, possibility, and positivity in the face of challenges 
  • Attention to Detail: Ability to ensure high quality of delivery on projects 
  • Results oriented: The ability to organize, prioritize, and manage complex, multidimensional projects and the commitment and ability to meet work goals in a timely manner 
  • Emotionally intelligent: Is self-aware and reflective, and able to read and respond appropriately to the energy in a room 
  • Initiative: Acts proactively to achieve results  
  • Enthusiastic: Positive attitude and ready to do what it takes to get the job done 
  • Resourceful: Finds alternative solutions to overcome problems or limitations 

Relevant Experience Required: 

  • Minimum five years of successful work experience, preferably working with a member-driven organization or network. 
  • Minimum three years of experience of operationalizing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion tools and frameworks in an organization.  
  • Familiarity with cross-sector partnerships between in philanthropy, business, government, and/or the nonprofit sector. 
  • Proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.  
  • Experience managing conflicting priorities and seeking out a variety of perspectives. 
  • Experience and comfort with facilitation, public speaking, and relationship management 
  • Willingness to translate mistakes into lessons learned, anticipate future needs, and take action.  
  • Ability to be present in the NCG offices when we resume in-person activities  
  • Ability to travel throughout the region. 

About NCG 

NCG brings philanthropy together to build healthy, thriving, and just communities. We work to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy and to strengthen the ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders, including nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large. 

We offer a robust benefit package including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off for community service and participation in a retirement plan. You would be joining a joyful team of individuals committed to social impact, a positive working culture, and a respect for the many different aspects of life. 

Learn more about NCG at    

Work Setting 

Physical Demands. While performing the duties of this job, the Manager, Equity and Practice is regularly required to sit and to use a computer keyboard, to talk or hear and use a telephone. The Manager must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The position requires a level of energy adequate to work before and at certain events and also to get to and participate in meetings or events at several different locations during a single day. 

Direction of Others. The Manager, Equity and Practice reports to the Director, Leadership, Culture and Community and has no direct reports. Work is conducted in team and cross-team environments. 

Decision Making/Problem Solving. The Manger, Programs and Events makes day-to-day routine decisions regarding the proper organization, coordination and management of multiple projects, and participates in strategic thinking to ensure effective use of all of the organization’s resources. 

Accountability. The Manger, Programs and Events is responsible for coordinating projects, and works in close collaboration with Directors to organize their workflow to advance NCG’s goals. 

Application Process 

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (not to exceed one-page) to  Put the title Manager, Equity and Practice and your last name in the subject line. We invite you to consider your cover letter as an opportunity to tell a story that illuminates your interest in the field of philanthropy and in the work of Northern California Grantmakers. Applications are due by June 7, 2021.       

This job description does not necessarily list all the duties of the job.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  This job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the company may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.