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Director of Community Impact and Equity Initiatives

Center for Nonprofit Management


Job Summary

The Need:

Despite years of hard work, infusions of resources and a deep desire to improve conditions for all, our region is still experiencing deep entrenched systemic issues that prevent all members of our community from thriving. In order to move the needle, it is critical that partners from across sectors come together to vision, learn, and implement service and systems change together. Building on our Collective Impact Accelerator work over the past three years, CNM seeks to help build and support authentic collaborative initiatives working towards population-level improvements on critical community issues.

The Position:

The Director of Community Impact and Equity Initiatives directs CNM programs targeted at increasing the sector’s capacity to collaborate for equitable systems change. This position will identify and work with emerging collaboratives that prioritize systems change and are driving towards community outcomes. Additionally the Director will convene and lead efforts to increase understanding and skills for systems change among nonprofits. Throughout all of CNM programs, the Director will facilitate learning, support data-driven decision-making and community engagement, and foster a community culture that accelerates progress on our community’s complex problems through cross-sector partnerships, systems improvement strategies, and collective action. This position will report to the CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Management.

About Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management:

The Nashville region is home to more than 1.9 million people and more than 40,000 businesses. Nashville is proud to have a strong and diverse social sector of not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, and a philanthropic community that is increasingly focused on solving the community’s social problems through collaboration, co-creation and collective impact. Many corporate headquarter giants also call Middle Tennessee home, including Nissan North America, Bridgestone Americas, Dollar General, Hospital Corporation of America, Cracker Barrel, Dollar General, and Alliance Bernstein.

A national hub for the creative class, Nashville has the strongest concentration of the music industry in America. Our region is defined by a diverse economy, low costs of living and doing business, a creative culture, and a well-educated population. Cultural diversity, unique neighborhoods, a variety of industries, and a thriving creative community make Middle Tennessee among the nation’s best locations for relocating, expanding, and startup companies.

Since 1986, the Center for Nonprofit Management has been a home to Middle Tennessee’s nonprofit leaders. At CNM, nonprofit board members, executives and staff learn how to enhance their services through our comprehensive calendar of skill-building workshops. Our high-impact consulting and community impact services are catalysts to help organizations achieve new levels of impact. We also celebrate and recognize the enormous positive impact made by our nonprofit members through our annual Salute to Excellence awards dinner. Our vision is to see a connected community equipped to realize our greatest opportunities, and we achieve that vision by working to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners.

Job Responsibilities

Direct the consulting support and programs provided for local collaboratives, including:

  • Deliver, evaluate, and continuously improve CNM Community Impact and Equity programing
  • Integrate targeted collaboration support services into CNM’s other programs
  • Regularly update and collaborate with funders and community partners to shift community culture towards collective action
  • Coordinate resources efficiently to support successful outcomes
  • Manage CI program budget and activities

Build the community’s capacity to work collaboratively across sectors, align programs and resources, develop systemic change strategies in order to achieve community-level impact by:

  • Convening and/or participating in discussions about critical community issues
  • Building and maintaining productive partnerships across sectors (i.e. government, nonprofit, corporate)
  • Serving as the organization’s primary liaison to community impact collaboratives, including initiatives using the collective impact framework
  • Staying abreast of and disseminating latest collective action and systems change research and practices that lead to community outcomes
  • Coaching collaborative impact initiatives to define common priorities, develop and implement data driven strategies, and align resources around those priorities using systems change and community impact frameworks
  • Facilitating connections between collaborative initiatives to create greater alignment, reduce duplicative efforts, and accelerate community impact
  • Identifying and tracking emerging and established collaborative community impact initiatives

Provide leadership within CNM and the community on equity initiatives to increase collective effectiveness within the nonprofit sector at understanding and addressing the challenges of historic systemic inequities.

Educating organizations and community leaders about collaborative community impact through:

  • Public speaking and group presentations
  • Awareness building communications
  • Promoting related workshop and learning opportunities at CNM

Work with the CNM Education Department to regularly evaluate and update related workshop curricula.

Researching and writing regular communications (white papers, blog posts, e-newsletters, articles, etc.)


The most competitive candidates will possess:

  • A minimum of 10 years of nonprofit experience with at least 5 years successfully managing collaborative initiatives and DEI focused work
  • Previous experience in building consensus among diverse stakeholders and facilitating action around a common agenda
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (required) or Master’s Degree (preferred) in a related field


The most competitive candidates will demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive and practical understanding of collaboration practices, systems change strategies, and the Collective Impact framework
  • Experience managing initiatives addressing equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent project management and budget management skills
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector, preferably experience with Nashville nonprofits
  • Experience managing data in collaboration and awareness of community data practices
  • Ability to exercise discretion and navigate complex relationships
  • Ability to navigate comfortably among different sectors and professional environments, as well as engage with various levels of leadership, from resident activists to corporate CEOs
  • Ability to coach groups proactively and positively, including conflict management
  • Ability to distill abstract and complex concepts, theories, ideas and outcomes into straightforward, easily understood language
  • Demonstrates professional self awareness with the ability to take the initiative
  • Demonstrates comfort working independently and with a team – sharing information and meeting deadlines
  • Strong communications skills including public speaking, writing, and presentation skills
  • Strong event planning skills (preferred)

Additional Information


CNM offers a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, disability insurance, and retirement planning options.

How to Apply

To apply for the position, please submit a resume and a letter of interest by January 29, 2021 to:

** Only applications submitted to will be considered. Phone calls will not be accepted.**


  • Date Posted: December 22, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Program Management
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 02/01/2021
  • Salary Range: $60,000- $73,000 and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.