Director, Systems Change Granting

Community / Organization: 
Vancouver Foundation
Posting Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Vancouver, BC
Job Status: 
Full Time

About Us
Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation that serves the entire province of BC. Our goal is to create positive and lasting impacts in communities. We do this by bringing together generous donors and linking their contributions to important work that addresses the needs of our communities. For a view into our world, please visit our website:

About You
You are committed to social justice and systems change and are passionate about using the unique levers of philanthropy to enable community leadership. You are curious and analytical and can balance the need to be both process minded and results oriented. You proactively seek opportunities to facilitate greater impact, and bring a learning lens to all aspects of your work.
You are a collaborative and thoughtful people manager, invested in developing your team’s skills and capacities. You eagerly roll up your sleeves to support your colleagues, while maintaining an eye on the bigger picture. You lead a team which is laser focused on providing outstanding service to external community members in every interaction with the foundation. You know how to work with a range of stakeholders from government ministers to community activists. You’re an excellent communicator and experienced in working effectively with volunteer governance and advisory bodies.

You are systems oriented, tech-savvy, and thoroughly document decision making in order to uphold institutional transparency and accountability. You understand and apply an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and feminist lens to the work. You uphold the values of the Foundation and support us to advance on our commitments, including the Philanthropic Declaration on Reconciliation.

About the Position
The Director, Systems Change Granting, supports and oversees an experienced staff team, delivering on what is currently the largest of Vancouver Foundation’s granting programs, in addition to supporting the overall work of the Grants & Community Initiatives Department. In 2020, this position will also oversee a significant research and development project experimenting with ways to shift Systems Change granting processes towards great equity. The Director should be both thoughtful and ambitious in evolving granting programs, and as described above, attentive to the grantee experience at each interaction with the Foundation.

This is a multi-faceted position that requires exceptional interpersonal and people management skills, big picture thinking, and operational fortitude. The Director reports to the Vice-President as well as occasionally to the Board of Directors and its sub-committees relative to the Systems Change grantmaking program. The Director ensures that the Systems Change Granting Unit operates within the Foundation’s overall systems, policies and practices, as well as the Canada Revenue Agency’s rules for charitable foundations.

Core Competencies
• Self-awareness – Reflexive with reference to individual social location, power and privilege, with a strong understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth.
• Emotional Maturity - Able to maintain composure under pressure and handle multiple priorities.
• Strategic Focus - Engages stakeholders in developing, supporting, and implementing the strategic direction.
• Decisive -Takes a systems approach to solving problems and making decisions. Exercises excellent judgement.
• Bias for Action - Uses a proactive approach to take action and achieve desired outcomes – able to multi-task.
• Service Orientation - Focuses on grant seekers and other stakeholder experiences through interactions with the Foundation.
• Embraces Complexity – seeks to learn from rather than manage complexity.
• Change Leader – Recognizes and promotes change as a necessity - able to lead others through transition and change.
• Excellent Communication – Written and oral. Effectively informs, influences and persuades others
Desired Experience/Education/Skills
• Understanding of anti-oppression, anti-racism, and feminist theory and practice, and the ability translate it to our work
• 5-10 years of progressive responsibility in not-for-profit
• Post-secondary degree in a relevant field or work experience equivalent
• Grantmaking experience within the not-for-profit or public sector preferred
• Ability to build and enhance relationships with key stakeholders
• Experience in project and/or program management, development, planning and evaluation
• Proven leadership and performance management experience
• Extensive knowledge of the charitable sector and key issues ranging from social change to our regulatory framework
• Superior analytical, research, report writing skills
• Confident public speaking and community convening skills
• Ability to read and absorb large amounts of documentation and information
• Understanding of social justice and systems change theory and practices
• Extensive experience with MS Office suite and competence in using CRM databases

Accountability: The Director of Systems Change Granting is directly accountable to the Vice-President, Grants and Community Initiatives.

Salary: Range of $100,00 and $112,000 plus a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Hours of Work: This position is a temporary full-time position (35 hours p/week) replacing a permanent employee on leave. It will begin in July 2020 and end in July 2021 (exact dates TBD).

Accessibility: Please note, Vancouver Foundation’s office is located on the second floor of the building with an elevator for access to the office, and an accessible, gender-neutral washroom.

Vancouver Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We are committed to the principles of equal and inclusive employment opportunities with regard to race, color, religion, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, domestic partnership status or any other status that is representative of the communities we work in. Vancouver Foundation actively encourages applicants from underrepresented communities.

If this sounds like you, we welcome a brief cover letter and resume by June 28, 2020 to: and be sure to quote position number 2020-08 in the subject line.
Type of opportunity: 
Job Posting
Job Sector: 
Not for profit