Vice President – Programs

Texas Women's Foundation
February 27, 2019
Dallas, TX
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Job Title: Vice President – Programs

Reports To: COO

Main Office:  Dallas

Supervises: Programs Team

Category: Exempt; Full-time

Revision Date: December 2018

Purpose: The VP – Programs is a member of the Texas Women’s Foundation leadership team and is directly responsible for the grants, programming and advocacy projects of the Foundation. This position marries the Foundation’s strategic direction, the results of research initiatives, and effectiveness of grantmaking to demonstrate the impact of the Foundation’s programs to its donor base and the entire community. Additionally, this position serves as an additional steward for a variety of donors, including the advisors of donor-advised funds.

Key Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking - Sees the big picture and is focused on long-term solutions; senses trends that might impact the organization’s future; able to develop an action-oriented plan; develops and communicates the roadmap for change and innovation required to achieve the organization’s vision; engages others to create common goals that support the organization’s vision.
  • Managing and Developing Others - Gives ongoing, constructive feedback; recognizes individual contributions and ideas; delivers personal and behaviorally focused praise; Works to create a strong team; aligns the right work with the right people; ensures the team has the necessary skills and resources to achieve success; Encourages the growth and development of others by providing ongoing feedback, coaching, and learning opportunities.
  • Business Alignment – Mission focused; continually searches for and implements strategies to make the organization’s mission relevant to the changing realities of the marketplace. Understands the community and population being served; provides effective expertise to ensure programs and campaigns meet the needs of the community. Positively represents the organization to the community and maintains the organization’s credibility.

Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties and responsibilities listed below. The duties and responsibilities include the following, though other duties may be assigned.

  • Provides executive leadership to the grantmaking and advocacy projects to ensure work is of highest quality and consistent with best practices in the Foundation community. This could include reviewing and revising strategy, approach and methodologies used
  • Oversees the grants team and committees and provides direction to the competitive and donor-advised grants processes, including grant review, due diligence and grant allocation
  • Engages with advisors of donor-advised funds, in cooperation with the development team; gains general knowledge of donors' areas of interest and align these with the Foundation's grant opportunities
  • In partnership with COO, contributes to the Foundation's research initiatives, staff and committees, providing analysis and strategic direction to this work
  • Oversees the Foundation’s advocacy initiatives, staff and committee, providing analysis and strategic direction to this work
  • Manages information tracking processes regarding on-going communications and continued cultivation of assigned donors and partners to enhance their relationship with the Foundation


  • Administers all Foundation grantmaking
  • Oversees grant application development
  • Oversees review for all grant applications and manages culling process
  • Oversees recruiting and management of volunteers serving on the grants committee
  • Provides reports to COO, grants committees and Board of Directors.
  • Oversees development and implementation of evaluation methodology to best measure grant impact

Donor Services

  • Reports to cooperative funding partners either directly or through the relationship manager on grants awarded
  • Works with donor advised funds on grant selection and administration, in cooperation with development team
  • Assists in providing year-round stewardship of donor advised funds’ advisors and donors

Research (In partnership with COO)

  • Leads department research for development and communications purposes
  • Identifies and implements research projects that support the Foundation’s mission
  • Oversees all statewide research studies from vendors and academic partners, including approval of methodologies, review of interim reports and approval of final reports

Program Management and Delivery

  • Oversees management of Giving Circles
  • Serves as primary staff contact on volunteer committees, including Grants Policy, Grant Review and Advocacy Task Force
  • Oversees the Foundation’s key programmatic work, including the Economic Security Initiative, Leadership Initiative and Young Women’s Initiative

Community and Outreach / Presentations

  • Makes presentations on the Foundation’s mission programs as requested
  • Represents the Foundation on councils, committees and collaborations, as well as at conferences, key community meetings and events
  • Attends and makes presentations at meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other committees, as requested

Key Technical Skills and Knowledge: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each qualification satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Strong knowledge of the North Texas community and a network of contacts within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Sound judgment and professional maturity, with strong interpersonal, team-building, and supervisory skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Experience in overseeing research studies or managing research projects
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel; Blackbaud suite and Grants Edge proficiency a plus
  • Ability to work as part of a team and able to relate well with the public, community, volunteers and support groups of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations; familiarity with women’s issues preferred
  • Excellent planning and time management skills

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, non-profit management or social science field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in a nonprofit program, stewardship, advocacy or philanthropy role with leadership and/or management responsibility
  • Experience in developing and managing public policy and advocacy initiative.
  • Experience managing grant-writing and grantmaking; knowledge of best practices in grants management

Physical Requirements: 

The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Moderate to high-stress level
  • Regular and predictable attendance
  • Moderate noise level
  • Occasional standing and lifting of at least 5 pounds
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Occasional travel

To Apply:

  • E-mail ONLY a cover letter and resume, including salary history to:
    • Reference "Vice President - Programs" in the subject line
    • For more information on the foundation:

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