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Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Vice President of Community Impact

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Job Summary

Job Description: The VP of Community Impact provides functional leadership to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s grantmaking, community engagement, and impact work. This includes identifying and executing strategies that will enhance effectiveness in addressing important community issues where informed philanthropy, strategic grantmaking, and community leadership play a critical role.

This position will direct and oversee the Community Impact department, including all grantmaking, scholarship, DHS-funded childcare initiatives, employee emergency grant programs, and stakeholder education activities. The VP is an integral member of the executive leadership team, defining the Foundation’s overall strategic direction and priorities as well as serving as a spokesperson to enhance CFMT’s visibility in the nonprofit community.

Job Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include:


  • Work with the CEO to develop and articulate a community impact strategy.
  • Serve as a member of CFMT’s senior leadership team.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility in the community, nurturing relationships and community efforts that align with our mission.
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO and Board to articulate and frame overall strategy and goals for community leadership and grantmaking activities.
  • Develop and cultivate trusted community relationships across our region.
  • Provide inspiring leadership for the Community Impact team.
  • Provide staff leadership for the Board Community Impact committee, including working with the committee chair, monitoring the progress of committee goals, and providing supporting resources and research.
  • Periodically assess the capability and performance of staff members in relation to department and organizational strategy.

Community Impact and Investments:

  • Foster innovative grantmaking approaches, partnerships, and solutions to the problems our community faces.
  • Implement and manage all grantmaking cycles and processes, including the field of interest, childcare DHS-funded grants, scholarships, and discretionary grants.
  • Oversee GivingMatters.com.
  • Research and incorporate national best practices in community investment activities.
  • Ensure that grant and scholarship policies and procedures comply with legal requirements and adhere to Community Foundation National Standards
  • Ensure that all grants issued are only given to organizations that are in good standing with federal agencies and that do not condone or foster hate or divisiveness.
  • Develop metrics for monitoring the progress of community impact work.

Community Education & Relationships:

  • Create innovative plans, activities, and programs that are noteworthy and address CFMT’s desired community outcomes.
  • Oversee fiscal sponsorships of external community initiatives and partnerships. 
  • Understand current trends and activities within the community that relate to our donor’s interests and work with the donor services team to create opportunities for them to achieve desired philanthropic intent.
  • Create opportunities for foundation donors, board members, and grantee partners to gain a better understanding of key challenges facing our region.
  • Help cultivate trusted and open relationships between the foundation, its donors, our grantee partners, and scholarship recipients.
  • Represent the foundation on external boards and committees.


Desired experience and leadership style: The fully qualified candidate would ideally possess a Master’s degree in public administration, business, non-profit leadership, or a related field. He or she will have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in community development, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, or donor relations leadership.

Specific characteristics desired:

  • Ability and commitment to be an engaging ambassador and advocate for CFMT with key community leaders.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills with a proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, with an attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of and experience with diverse communities and experience related to promoting social, economic, and racial equity.
  • The ability and commitment to envision and describe the long-term future of the organization.
  • Full commitment to CFMT’s mission, vision, and values.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong, clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage tasks and remain focused in an open office environment.
  • Comfortable in an office environment that is accessible to the community and hosts frequent gatherings.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and the ability to learn other software programs.
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines and complete projects.

Additional Information


PTO; Paid federal holidays; Medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance

How to Apply

Send an introductory email about your interest in the position and your resume to: humanresources@cfmt.org


  • Date Posted: January 5, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 02/01/2024
  • Working Hours: M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm