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Community Engagement Officer for Education

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundaton
Job Title: Community Engagement Officer for Education
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March 30th, 2018
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The mission of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) is to build stronger communities through philanthropy and leadership. We offer donors, nonprofits and community groups the tools and expertise to achieve their philanthropic vision and goals, and identify critical areas where the foundation can leverage its relationships and leadership for lasting impact. Founded in 1987 in Salisbury, Conn., Berkshire Taconic serves Berkshire County, Mass.; Columbia and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y.; and northwest Litchfield County, Conn. In all, we support the residents of 70 towns and three cities across three states, within a 2,200-square-mile region.

Like most community foundations, Berkshire Taconic offers a variety of fund types that allow donors and community groups to build charitable resources and make grants and other awards over time to achieve their philanthropic goals. BTCF has also proactively established funds to address a specific issue in our region or to develop permanent charitable resources to serve a set of communities. This has resulted in the creation and growth of 11 area funds, 33 educational enrichment funds that serve every public school district in our region, and special initiatives to address regional challenges, such as the shortage of high-quality early childhood programs and affordable housing options. In 2017, BTCF adopted a new strategic plan that is focused on three issue-based priorities: increasing educational attainment, from early childhood through adult learning; increasing community engagement; and fostering economic opportunity for all residents.

In total, the foundation manages more than 520 funds totaling over $150 million in combined assets that together make between $7 million and $12 million in grants and other awards each year. BTCF is a learning organization that embraces a culture of high performance, transparency and flexibility. All staff participate in professional development activities on an ongoing basis and work cooperatively as a team, respectful of one another, the volunteer board that guides our work, and the nonprofits and donors who are our vital partners in improving lives around the region. More information can be found at www.berkshiretaconic.org.


The Community Engagement Officer works closely with Program Director and Director of Philanthropic Services to advance the community foundation’s education strategic priority, scholarship program, education-related grantmaking, and donor stewardship activities. Part of a collaborative team of program and philanthropic staff, s/he is externally focused on the work of building productive working relationships with guidance counselors and other school personnel, nonprofits and donors. S/he will build institutional knowledge of issues related to education and scholarships, and the BTCF region; provide staff support to volunteer advisory committees; and serve as a foundation representative at convenings, community meetings and events. Approximately 60% of the officer’s time will be spent on program-related activities, 30% working with donors and advancement activities, and 10% on other priorities, as well as professional development and administrative matters. The position is one of four Community Engagement Officers in a reorganized staff structure designed to integrate programmatic and donor services responsibilities. The position reports to the Program Director.


The successful Community Engagement Officer will achieve the following outcomes over time, working with other staff, board and volunteers:

  • Best practices incorporated into scholarship system and methods created for consistent donor reporting. Continue process of developing and implementing enhancements that increase efficiencies in managing scholarship fund portfolio.
  • Greater alignment and coordination created between and among education enrichment funds and respective area funds. Ongoing staff support of education enrichment funds with maximum efficiency.
  • Knowledge and relationships built over time to become the “go-to” resource for donors on education.
  • Implementation of new education strategies as identified through the foundation’s research partners.
  • Strategic priorities are used effectively to inform donor engagement activities.
  • Incremental progress toward greater alignment of grantmaking with the foundation’s strategic priorities.
  • Stronger relationships with donors in his/her portfolio through regular communication that results in personal visits, attendance at foundation-sponsored events, support of strategic priorities and/or grant proposals referred for consideration, or new gifts.


  • Manage a portfolio of over 50 scholarship programs, which involves:
    • Conduct outreach to guidance counselors
    • Prepare an annual perating plan for the scholarship season
    • Oversee the cmmittee review process, including:
      • Maintain up-to-date information on grant opportunities on the foundation website
      • Update and maintain information on committee members
      • Work with team members to schedule review meetings
      • Prepare committee agendas
      • Review applications for eligibility
    • Collaborate with committee chairs to facilitate advisory committee review and decision-making processes
    • Collaborate with the Program Director to align the foundation’s scholarship resources with its strategic grantmaking priorities.
  • Manage the education enrichment fund portfolio, which consists of 33 funds supporting every public school district in the region served by the community foundation.
    • Oversee the cmmittee review process, including:
      • Maintain up-to-date information on grant opportunities on the foundation website
      • Update and maintain information on committee members
      • Work with team members to schedule review meetings
      • Prepare committee agendas
      • Review applications for eligibility
      • Collaborate with committee chairs to facilitate advisory committee review and decision-making processes
    • Support fundraising activities of select education enrichment fund volunteer committees seeking to grow their funds through new gifts.
    • Collaborate with the Program Director to implement changes in procedures for the funds and develop deeper engagement with the committees, including convenings and alignment of grantmaking with the foundation’s strategic grantmaking priorities.
  • Oversee the foundation’s Early Childhood Development programs and grantmaking in Berkshire, northwest Litchfield and northeast Dutchess counties, and coordinate with Columbia County initiatives managed by other colleagues.
  • Collaborate with team members on implementing new education leadership strategies. Serve as a resource to donors on education.
  • Develop productive working relationships with a portfolio of donors with particular interest in education; proactively engage donors through in-person meetings, sharing information on grantmaking opportunities and community foundation leadership initiatives, and responding to fund-related questions. The officer will serve as the key contact and relationship manager for approximately 30 to 45 donors.
  • Participate in new relationship development activities with prospective donors and nonprofits unfamiliar with the foundation and the opportunities it provides.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Program Director.


The successful candidate will possess and have demonstrated in previous roles the following attributes and skills:

  • College degree required, along with 3-5 years of professional experience
  • Experience in high school or postsecondary education or the strong desire to learn about issues related to education, including college financing
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector
  • Project management skills
  • Critical analysis, oral, written communication skills
  • Public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Ability to synthesize and organize information with an attention to detail
  • Ability to travel to meetings around the foundation’s region and occasionally to conferences and other professional development opportunities


Commensurate with experience and skills. Benefits include health, dental, life, disability, paid vacation, sick leave and contribution to 403(b) plan.


Please submit resume and cover letter to hr@berkshiretaconic.org. No calls please.


Applications accepted until filled. Candidate review will begin February 12.

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