Director of Community Investment Initiatives
Job Details
Movement Strategy Center - Oakland, CA
Optional Work from Home
Full Time
$105,000.00 - $120,000.00


Job Announcement


MSC seeks a Director of Community Investment Initiatives with a strong customer service mentality and understanding of intermediary work with foundations, to join our Advancement team. The Director will report to the Chief Advancement Officer and will be the lead staff for the administration of philanthropic re-granting partnership services.The Director will also offer high-quality, proactive, and responsive support to the philanthropic interests of MSCs current and prospective partners in this regard; partners include private philanthropic, corporate and individual supporters as well as community based organizations.


This is a full time and remote-based (US-only) role that has room for professional growth in an evolving organization.



Founded in 2001, Movement Strategy Center over the last two decades has been a social and environmental justice incubator, serving as a movement hub for both housing visionaries and emergent networks, and providing core intermediary functions to advance ecosystem-wide impact: resourcing a robust and maturing ecosystem of leaders, networks, and projects, and offering core infrastructure support through fiscal sponsorship and philanthropic services.


In recent years, MSCs in-house incubation efforts have focused on cross-sector movement building to cultivate the power necessary to accelerate a just transition from a world of domination, extraction, and violence, where the few live at the expense of the many to a world of interdependence, liberation and resilience, where the many govern for the benefit of all. MSC centers Black, Indigenous, and people of color intergenerational systems leaders and networks that are committed to transformation and boldly leaning into the future and whose communities are most impacted by extraction, domination, and violence.


MSC understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are. We recognize that we are whole people, and whole communities, and because the issues and problems we face are interconnected, our systemic solutions and movements must be interconnected as well. The way we achieve our goals and with whom are just as important as our outcomes.




  • Design, create, manage and document robust philanthropic regranting and community investment initiatives
  • Lead donor education and engagement about best equitable practices in philanthropy and in areas of alignment with MSCs work.
  • Lead the development of strategies and appropriate systems and structures for new areas of philanthropic engagement, act as a thought partner to internal and external leaders and team members.
  • Act as the lead staff for the contracting phase of a service engagement, point of contact for MSCs legal and compliance teams during negotiations
  • Maintain awareness of the goals and strategies of MSCs established thematic programs, and exploring and nurturing synergies among and between the thematic programs, Advancement team, and the Executive team.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



  • 4 7 years of experience working in philanthropy and/or grant making.
  • 3+ years of experience supporting donor advised funds, individual philanthropists or high-net-worth donors
  • Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Well-organized; a creative self-starter, capable of handling multiple tasks, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
  • Passion for the organizations mission with a desire to be an ambassador
  • Proven leadership and team management skills
  • Expert written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to collaborate effectively
  • Comfort with remote work software and a tech-centric approach to work. We use Google Drive, Airtable, and Slack
  • Experience with database management
  • Experience with grant management and grant program design
  • Experience in or understanding of collaborative or participatory grant making is a plus.



This is a full-time, 100% FTE, exempt position. Annual compensation is $105,000-$120,000.

MSCs 100% FTE benefits package includes:

o 20 days vacation leave per year;

o 13 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;

o 12 sick days per year;

o 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;

o Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);

o 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;

o Access to a 403b retirement plan.

o Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.



Expected hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm PST. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.



Travel is not expected to be more than 5-10%, proximity to a major airport is desirable.


Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.