Bravo Greater Des Moines
Title: Community Impact Specialist FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Executive Director
Revision Date: October 2015
PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Community Impact Specialist will primarily be responsible for managing and evaluating Bravo’s grantmaking programs and enhancing Bravo’s community engagement function. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Grantmaking and Community Engagement Committees of the Board, and Bravo-funded organizations, the Community Impact Specialist will provide essential support to Bravo as the organization defines our position as a leader in enhancing the role of arts and culture as a key driver of quality of life in the region.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Manage current grantmaking programs, including the Cultural Enrichment grant and Capital Campaign and Project grant.
Develop necessary grant materials, including guidelines, applications, press releases, reports, review materials, web copy, etc.
Implement efficient application procedures and review processes.
Lead Bravo’s Board Grantmaking Committee through discussions and recommendations about current grantmaking programs, gaps and opportunities.
Provide general information about Bravo’s grantmaking process and priorities to potential grantseekers, providing technical assistance as needed
Cultivate ongoing relationships and maintain regular dialogue with grantee organizations that can inform Bravo’s grantmaking function.
Monitor the performance of active grants through site visits, review of grantee reports, and evaluation of grant outcomes and relay information to the Executive Director and/or Grantmaking Committee as appropriate.
Maintain Bravo grant calendar and process documentation for grantmaking functions, including paper and electronic grantmaking filing systems, file set-up and organization, and management of centralized grant, decline, and pending files.
Evaluate effectiveness of current grantmaking programs and regularly consider enhancements, opportunities and gaps that can be addressed to increase Bravo’s impact on quality of life in the region.
Maintain grants management system and database software, including access and training for Bravo staff and Board as well as applicant organizations.
Assist with data collection and analysis relevant to reporting on investment outcomes.
Regularly coordinate grant planning and processes with Executive Director, Board’s Grantmaking Committee.
Communicate and promote Bravo planning priorities, resources and funding programs to communities, arts organizations and related constituents while cultivating relationships among stakeholders and Bravo.
Identify opportunities and develop strategies and partnerships that leverage Bravo resources and networks to enhance community arts organizations, events and initiatives.
Develop ideas for adding value to grantmaking programs by identifying opportunities for innovation, collaboration, professional development and networking.
Build and maintain relationships with other funders and community groups.
Lead Bravo’s Board Community Engagement Committee through discussions about how best to achieve identified strategic priorities.
Serve as Bravo’s primary point of contact for the Principal Charity Classic and Connecting Kids and Culture program, operated jointly with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation.
Design and deliver presentations to boards, agencies, professional associations and community groups, as needed.
Plan and direct development and communication of information designed to keep public informed of Bravo’s programs, accomplishments, or point of view, including social media.
Provide staff support for Cultural Capital work within Capital Crossroads initiative.
Support special projects or initiatives that enhance Bravo’s strategic goals and objectives and enhance the cultural community in central Iowa.
Conduct research and analysis of interest areas, as directed.
Represent Bravo during community projects and at public, social, and business gatherings, as directed by the Executive Director.
Perform other duties, participate in special projects and Bravo initiatives as needed, including attending exhibits, events, performances and programs by Bravo grantees.
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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills; mature judgment and critical thinking ability; innovative problem solver; proven ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, set priorities, handle numerous responsibilities, and work both independently and in a small team environment. Adaptable attitude, self-starter, creative, requires little regular supervision. Comfortable with frequently evolving direction and priorities.
Highly dependable with initiative to take independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; goal oriented; Follows through on commitments. Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
High integrity; Excellent interpersonal skills, able to interface well with a variety of people and effectively present information to a variety of stakeholders. Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust. Must be a conscientious listener.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out as well as develop instructions; excellent writing, proofreading and communication skills. Strong computer, database management and internet research skills.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree and two to five years related project management or implementation experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior program/project or grant management experience desired with knowledge of the nonprofit arts and cultural sector and existing community initiatives strongly preferred; demonstrated commitment to enhancing quality of life in central Iowa.
Strong proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required; proficiency with databases and research tools preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hand to finger, handle or feel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Bravo Greater Des Moines Community Impact Specialist 4
Bravo Greater Des Moines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or applicable state regulations, Bravo Greater Des Moines will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with Bravo Greater Des Moines.
Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Stacy.Earley@meritresources.com with “Bravo – [NAME] – Community Impact Specialist” in the subject line.
No phone calls please.
Applications will be accepted through November 20, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is found.