Community Engagement Officer for Philanthropic Services

Website Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation


The Community Engagement Officer works closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and the Program Director to advance the community foundation’s new relationship development, donor stewardship, competitive grant and area fund programs. Part of a collaborative team of philanthropic services and program staff, s/he is externally focused on the work of building productive relationships with donors and nonprofits, gaining knowledge of the nonprofit sector and issues facing the region, supporting volunteer advisory committees and serving as a foundation representative at community meetings and events. Approximately 70% of the officer’s time will be spent on working on advancement activities and supporting donors, and 30% will be spent on program-related activities and on other priorities, including professional development and administrative matters. The position is one of four Community Engagement Officers that integrate advancement and programmatic responsibilities. The position reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer.

The successful Community Engagement Officer will achieve the following outcomes over time, working with other staff, board and volunteers:

  • Refinement and execution of enhanced prospect cultivation and management process
  • Stronger relationships with donors and prospective donors in his/her portfolio through regular communication that results in personal visits, attendance at foundation-sponsored events, support of strategic priorities and/or grant proposals referred for consideration, or new gifts
  • Incremental progress toward greater alignment between the grantmaking of area funds and other competitive grant programs with the foundation’s strategic priorities
  • More effective coordination of fundraising activities for area funds and field of interest funds


  • Work with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and Gifts Coordinator to expand prospect identification and cultivation processes, especially building out new ways to engage board, volunteers and staff in advancement activities.
  • Develop productive working relationships with a portfolio of donors. Proactively engage donors through in-person meetings to share information on grantmaking opportunities and community foundation leadership initiatives and respond to fund-related questions. The community engagement officer will serve as the key contact/relationship manager for approximately 30 to 45 donors.
  • Support fundraising activities of volunteer committees, including area funds and select field of interest funds that seek to build charitable resources to address an issue or geographic region.
  • Manage a portfolio of competitive grant programs, including six area funds. This involves:
    • Maintaining up-to-date information on grant opportunities on the foundation’s website
    • Supporting nonprofits through the application process
    • Reviewing and evaluating proposals
    • Preparing committee agendas
    • Preparing donor stewardship reports
    • Working with committee chairs to facilitate advisory committee review and decision-making processes
    • Notifying applicants of grant decisions
    • Facilitating grantee site visits
  • Coordinate regular communication and meetings involving all area fund committee chairs.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Chief Philanthropy Officer.

The successful candidate will possess, and have demonstrated in previous roles, the following attributes and skills:

  • College degree required, along with 2-3 years of professional experience
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector, especially development
  • Project management skills
  • Critical analysis, oral and written communication skills
  • Public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Ability to synthesize and organize information with an attention to detail
  • Ability to travel to meetings around the foundation’s region and occasionally to conferences and other professional development opportunities