Participatory Funding Specialist
Company: The Nature Conservancy
Posted on: September 14, 2020
Preferred work locations are either New York City, New York (NY) or
Arlington, Virginia (VA). However, the work location is negotiable
nationwide with access to a major airport.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
As a member of the Cities core team, the Participatory Funding
Specialist will execute grantmaking initiatives to build the
leadership, institutional capacity and power of community-based
organizations, grassroots and local communities across our 20+
Network cities to support inclusive and equitable conservation
practice. This position is grant funded. Future funding for this
position is dependent upon status of grant funding.
The Participatory Funding Specialist will be responsible for
developing and implementing a strategic plan for a holistic suite
of transformative funding mechanisms -the Cities Fund- to advance
community-driven collaboration for improved health and well-being
and integrate technical assistance and training opportunities for
TNC local city program staff and partners.
They will manage and coordinate all aspects of our two main grant
initiatives, the Partnership Fund and Strategic Small Grants,
including communications, RFP process, contracting and reporting
process coordination, metrics tracking and evaluation frameworks,
grantee feedback incorporation into grant guidelines as well as
They will liaise with TNC city leads and partners across the U.S.
to distill and share lessons learned from grantee experiences and
coordinate cross-functional initiatives. They will engage the
external professional philanthropy community to keep abreast of new
developments and opportunities that will support our grant
initiatives and report on and share TNC's experiences with others.
They will support efforts to raise funds for Cities team's suite of
resourcing opportunities and grants initiatives, by providing input
on proposal writing, negotiating with agencies and foundations, and
engaging in donor cultivation, as needed.
They will help establish TNC as a valuable conservation partner in
cities across the U.S., by contributing to the development of a
broader strategic framework for participatory grantmaking that
centers inclusion and equitable partnership and widely communicates
solutions and best practices.
Specifically, they will:
- Serve as the principal convener for cohorts of Cities
Network-funded grantees, including local city programs, partner
organizations, philanthropic community and the academic
- Work to envision and develop a cohesive suite of participatory
grantmaking opportunities (i.e., the Cities Fund); and
- Manage the Cities Fund, coordinating all aspects of its
multiple resourcing opportunities via collaborative partnerships
between TNC local city programs and partners.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis,
experience, and context.
- Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people of
different cultures to develop, negotiate and/or implement
functional grantmaking initiatives.
- Provides technical assistance to address Cities Fund grantee
needs and provides guidance/coaching on how to embed participation
in programmatic/partnership values, practices, communications
patterns and behaviors.
- Convenes learning cohorts and facilitates two-way
communications with Network members and grantees.
- Engages in cross-functional work (across TNC business units)
and manages relationships with grant and project partners.
- Takes initiative and leads on the development of novel
processes, procedures and tools to translate our vision of
transformative funding into practice.
- Initiates field-wide discussions to produce insights for
restructuring Cities Fund processes and explores how
non-grantmakers' participation in grantmaking processes can lead to
more effective decisions about resource allocation and/or grantee
- Develops and implements new Cities Fund business plan to
advance co-created strategies that increase its impact.
- Develops evaluation frameworks and reporting processes with
grantees to ensure program accountability.
- Displays responsibility and accountability for meeting
departmental strategic goals and objectives.
- Manages and coordinates current resourcing and grantmaking
priorities for the Cities Network, including RFP processes,
preparing and presenting grant cycles outcomes and capturing
learning by tracking metrics and developing written reports.
- Coordinates with the NY finance & operations team contracting
and reporting processes, financial management of subawards
including tracking budget reporting, analyzing results and taking
- Bachelor's degree and 6 years' experience in community
organizing, community development, deliberative democracy or
related field focused on participatory practice.
- Experience with written and oral communications in
- Experience planning and facilitating collaborative meetings and
- Experience establishing and building working relationships
across race, gender, class, and ability and engaging members in
decision making through events and actions.
- Experience designing, implementing, and managing multiple
complex projects, co-creating agreements, and negotiating contracts
to ensure accountability.
- Multilingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural
- Takes initiative and works independently on problem
- Demonstrative active listening skills, and ability to process
and to identify people's needs and potential.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal
- Working knowledge of current trends in the field of
participatory philanthropy and conservation.
- Experience training, supporting, and developing leadership
- Demonstrated knowledge of the functional needs and practices of
grants management, including experience creating, monitoring, and
- Demonstrated experience building relationships among
organizational leaders, and between leaders and perceived power
- Experience negotiating agreements and contracts with donor
agencies, companies, private parties, or related entities.
- Demonstrated experience participating in and shaping
organizational change management processes.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Center for Whole Communities (CWC)
launched the North America Cities Network in 2014 to bring together
and support emerging conservation work in 12 cities. Today, the
Cities Network spans 20+ cities across the U.S. with 50+ embedded
staff working on over 150 projects in collaboration with hundreds
of external partners. We aim to create enabling conditions, support
structures and incentives for co-created initiatives that improve
public health outcomes and strengthen economic resilience and
social cohesion. We seek to partner on initiatives and implement
conservation projects that focus on community-driven health and
well-being outcomes. Our commitment to support the voice and vision
of local communities is most evident in our funding mechanisms that
are increasing the capacity of TNC programs to build collaborative
partnerships based on trust, respect, reciprocity and equitable
power and resource sharing.
--- Established in 2018, the Cities Network Partnership Fund is a
$1million/year initiative to invest in strengthening collaborative
and equitable partnerships between community-based organizations
representing frontline and historically-underfunded communities and
TNC local city programs. The Partnership Fund is grounded in
extensive research, input from an external advisory group and
feedback from many internal stakeholders. Through the first rounds,
we are strengthening our ability to provide transformative funding
for community-driven collaboration that improves the health and
well-being of people and nature in cities.
--- Strategic Small Grants, which launched in 2015, provides local
city programs with grants up to $15,000 to directly fund the
development, design and implementation of innovative, collaborative
conservation projects with community-based and grassroots
organizations in environmental justice, frontline or other
historically-underfunded communities. In three rounds of funding,
we've disbursed more than $400,000.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 48932, submit resume (required) and
cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications
must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on
September 24, 2020.
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