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Director of Engagement and Policy

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Job Title: Director of Engagement and Policy
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February 18th, 2018
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Description & Details

This is a full-time position at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, a statewide nonprofit association of private and community foundations, corporations, donor advised funds, giving circles, public charities and grantmaking intermediaries. The Association’s mission is to maximize the impact of giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective philanthropists.


The Association works to engage and elevate philanthropy in Maryland as an integral force in tackling the region’s most pressing problems.  We do this through collaboration and partnership between Association members, government, business and nonprofit decision-makers. The Association acts as a catalyst for those partnerships by supporting leadership in the philanthropic community; cultivating a new generation of trustees, donors, and professional staff; engaging a diverse network of partners with philanthropy; and encouraging accessible, efficient and ethical philanthropic grantmaking practice. As a membership association, our priority is to support the philanthropic aspirations of all of our members through peer networking, high quality training and education, exposure to new funding opportunities and technical assistance.


This position is responsible for developing, maintaining and deepening individual relationships with current and prospective members through individual engagement as well as identifying policy issues that resonate with members and developing opportunities for them to engage in policy learning and action.

Reports to the President


The following responsibilities are descriptive of current policies, practices and programs. The role can change pursuant to directives of the President and the Board of Directors.

Member Engagement and Development

This position is responsible for leading member engagement by deepening individual and organizational relationships as well as identifying policy issues and supports that are responsive and relevant to current and prospective members and their issues, activities and investments – taken together these contribute to key value propositions for membership in the Association. Responsibilities include:

  • Leading with the President and team, the ongoing assessment and, as necessary, repositioning of the member value proposition.
  • Collaborating with Director of Operations to ensure that member engagement goals are realized annually.
  • Leading implementation of strategies to enhance engagement with members.
  • Leading implementation of strategies to recruit new members.
  • Developing networking opportunities for Association members and leaders in the broader community.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Engagement & Learning to ensure responsive, relevant learning and engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all members and further learning, action and/or investment.
  • Leading development of learning, action and investment opportunities for and with member types including: community foundations, corporate members, family foundations and Rising Leaders.
  • Coordinating member sponsored briefings highlighting member endorsed investment opportunities to other members.
  • Cultivating partnerships with other philanthropic serving organizations and business sector associations to elevate the profile of the Association and opportunities for our members to be informed by and engage with a broader network working to address member affinity issues.
  • Serving as the liaison to the Board’s Member Engagement Committee, working with the Committee to propose strategies and policies advancing membership issues and engagement.
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including trends in membership development and management.
  • Provides customized assistance in response to member requests.

Policy Engagement and Critical Community Issues

The position leads, with members and staff, strategic convening to deepen member understanding and opportunities for advocacy-focused strategies on critical issues in our region. Responsibilities include:

  • Cultivating strategic, policy oriented opportunities to engage current and prospective members
  • Elevating the policy work of the Association with key stakeholders across all sectors – positioning the Association and its members as a partner in addressing critical issues.
  • Providing experienced based knowledge in support of member developed advocacy and policy agendas often in partnership with funder affinity group leaders.
  • Collaborating with team to develop strategic learning engagement highlighting policy/legislative activity, cross cutting issues, intersections and opportunities.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with federal, state and city policy makers; community and nonprofit leaders. 
  • Leading/coordinating partners in targeted advocacy efforts.
  • Participating on Maryland Nonprofits Policy Committee and United Philanthropy Forum’s Policy Peer group.
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of public policy toolkits and recommendations for philanthropy and collaborating with Director of Learning and Engagement to infuse those ideas and actions into all programming as appropriate.
  • Supporting national and state policy advocacy for the tax-exempt sector.
  • Serving as the liaison to the Board of Director’s Public Policy Committee.


  • Maintaining external relations with a variety of stakeholders, including prospective members, nonprofit organizations, policy makers and other audiences.
  • Representing the work of philanthropy in Maryland to the nonprofit sector, policy makers, government agencies and other partners.
  • Collaborating with the Association team to publish effective, responsive and relevant communications to a range of audiences and over a variety of communication platforms.
  • Supporting the development of program summaries infusing policy ideas/actions as appropriate.
  • Developing and publishing quarterly public policy updates to members.


The position works collegially with all staff to ensure the smooth operations of the organization.  Responsibilities include: 

  • Playing a critical team leadership role in developing organization-wide strategy and goals.
  • Leading and coordinating with team, fundraising efforts in support of strategic programming and convening.
  • Participating in regularly scheduled staff meetings and other organizational planning efforts.
  • The position may also play a leadership role providing oversight of fiscally hosted initiatives and collaboratives.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the President.



  • Understands and values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Comfortable in a fluid work environment with limited hierarchy requiring good judgment and decision-making ability.
  • Capacity to work well with competing priorities and tight deadlines; a high degree of independent action, flexibility, and minimum supervision.
  • Must be team player with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with diverse personalities and work styles.
  • Good send of humor.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to strategically develop and manage initiatives.
  • Ability to use technology effectively and to adapt quickly to the use of new technology.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • Minimum five years of experience in a responsible position, preferably involving one or more of the following: government/policy; membership services; network/program management.


  • Content / policy knowledge in one or more Association affinity group topics.
  • Knowledge and experience planning and facilitating meetings, workshops and seminars.


Range starting from $72,000 annually – commensurate with experience. Full benefits package offered.

ABAG is an equal opportunity employer.

We are committed to building a diverse team and encourage applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply / Contact

Applicants are required to complete a short application form. In addition to a cover letter and resume, all applicants are required to submit two writing samples.

You must complete the application form to be considered. 

Click here to complete the short application form.

You may attach your documents in the form. If you have trouble accessing the form, please contact Kim Snipes, ksnipes@abagrantmakers.org

No phone calls or direct emails, please. 

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