Collective Impact Program Specialist


Job Purpose

The Collective Impact Program Specialist (CIPS) is responsible for bringing cutting-edge strategies to Mission Capital’s Collective Impact Projects. The CIPS must have a thirst for knowledge and a talent for relationship building and management. The CIPS will learn continuously about cutting-edge Collective Impact strategies and structures to bring to the Cl groups we backbone and guide. The CIPS should bring a bird’s eye view of the range of collective impact work MC is involved in and explore ways to tie these efforts to the broader work of Mission Capital. Must be willing to center equity in all work and consistently center community voice in the Collective Impact efforts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Project Management & Direct Client Engagement

Approx. 25% Child Welfare 25% Good Measure, 25% Emerging Projects Portfolios

Serve as project “Lead” to administratively manage designated engagements and collaborative initiatives across Collective Impact’s portfolios, managing the input from project team members on the Collective Impact, Consulting, and Learning & Leadership teams within the defined scope of work and project budget.

Serve as a project manager in support of Director of Collective Impact on portfolio projects/work threads where not serving in “Lead” role.

Lead or contribute to additional Collective Impact projects for Mission Capital including providing assistance to Senior Collective Impact staff in the investigation, design, and evaluation of projects.

Manage assigned projects within the defined scope of work and project budget.

Project activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing meeting agendas and creating relevant materials.
  • Facilitating backbone meetings and work sessions.
  • Directly present/facilitate content as a part of the larger convening agenda.
  • Conducting research and analyzing data to understand key project questions through literature reviews, constituent surveys, interviews, benchmarking activities, and focus groups.
  • Stakeholder identification, recruitment, and ongoing engagement to ensure productive, collaborative, and sustainable Collective Impact initiatives.
  • Communication via multiple channels and audiences to ensure understanding, participation, and buy-in throughout the life of a project.
  • Analyzing situations and issues, offering strategic, objective, and actionable recommendations to both partners and collective impact team members.
  • Evaluating individual client projects and ongoing collective impact initiatives; sharing results internally and with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Support the growth of community voice as part of Mission Capital’s DEi Journey to support the growth of community-driven collective impact initiatives.
  • Support trust-building and relationship cultivation among collective impact collaboration members/partners and with MC staff.
  • Coordinating logistical and administrative support as assigned and across Mission Capital teams when needed.

Collective Impact & Mission Capital General Support (Approx. 25%)

  • Build and maintain current industry knowledge of the social impact ecosystem and collective impact best practices.
  • Participate as a full member of Mission Capital’s team, adhere to core values, attend staff meetings, participate at Mission Capital events, and coordinate collaborative activities with other departments as needed.
  • Blog writing and thought leadership as assigned.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills – ability to multi-task and keep multiple streams of work on time and on task.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Race, Equity and Belonging

  • In alignment with our strategic plan, participate in the building of a “race, equity & belonging (REB)” culture across all MC departments and teams.
  • Work with the Inclusion Council and participate in internal race, equity, and belonging activities such as collective equity work sessions and affinity groups to embed and center race equity in both internal and external programming.
  • Apply a race equity lens and embed equity in all essential job duties and responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience supporting nonprofit efforts to build strong cultures of learning, where data is regularly used to guide program and organizational improvement.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication; ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and ability to work in a complex environment requiring significant collaboration.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to think strategically in the design, integration, and execution of programs.
  • Comfort working in an environment of uncertainty where consensus and strategic direction emerges from the group.
  • Ability to navigate different sectors and professional environments and build relationships with multiple stakeholders and volunteers.
  • Understands and values equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of racial justice, social equity, community development principles, racial and cultural differences; an understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias; sensitivity to issues and concerns of communities of color and other diverse groups; and critical issues driving opportunity gaps, poverty, and inequality in communities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of three (3) years of work experience, including experience working in philanthropy, nonprofit, data evaluation, community engagement, social services, or Mission Capital experience.
  • Proven experience in facilitation techniques and tools for small and large groups.
  • Experience in building consensus among diverse stakeholders working toward a common goal and success in motivating stakeholders to action.
  • Experience in prioritizing competing demands in a fast-paced, fluid environment with multiple goals and deadlines.

Additional Information

Reports To: This position reports to the Director of Collective Impact

Position Status: This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, exempt position.

Virtual Office: Mission Capital staff are currently working remotely. This position will also work remotely until we are able to safely return to in-person meetings and a physical office.

Salary Range: $43,000-$45,000, and is negotiable depending on experience.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Mission Capital is an equal opportunity employer.

Mission Capital recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or gender identity. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including, but not limited to: people of color, LGBTQ-identifying people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English.

We have a clear vision: A Central Texas where all have access to opportunity and can thrive; and we believe that begins with us. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We pledge to provide an environment of mutual respect where equitable opportunities are available to all and staff feel comfortable being their authentic selves.

We are committed to addressing systemic issues and inequities and are focused on advancing equity in our work both internally and externally. We have courageous conversations, apply a race equity lens to our work and hold ourselves accountable to the mistakes we will make by learning from them and correcting course with enhanced understanding.

Application Instructions:

To Apply: To apply, please submit the following attachments via email at by Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

• Resume

• Cover letter

• Three references (Your references will not be contacted before you are informed).


Interview Process: The interview process for this position will be virtual. Applicants selected for interviews will receive more information about the virtual interview process.

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