The Case Foundation, created by Jean and Steve Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation is in the business of catalyzing movements around social innovation by revolutionizing philanthropy, unleashing entrepreneurship and igniting civic engagement. As we enter our 21st year of work, we are driving at two major movements—impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship. Within both movements, we see boundless potential to get all oars in the water to help solve our most pressing social problems.
The Director of Social Innovation is a core contributor to the work of the Foundation’s Social Innovation team, which works collaboratively to develop and implement partnerships, programming and movement catalyzing initiatives within the Foundation’s strategic priority areas. The Director of Social Innovation is responsible for the creation, strategy and oversight of initiatives and programs, manages coalitions and partnerships and provides executive-level staff support and advice to the CEO and senior leadership. The Director of Social Innovation will also provide thought leadership related to the Foundation’s various focus areas in publications, at conferences and through various media platforms, as well as guiding internal reporting and evaluation of our programs.
Program Management: The Director will be responsible for the civic engagement portfolio at the Foundation, which includes Millennial Engagement. The Director will be expected to develop the strategy, propose and execute on programming and drive thought leadership related to the Foundation’s current civic engagement priorities.
- Develop, monitor and manage of programs, partnerships, investments and coalitions related to civic engagement at the Foundation, including creating program concepts, strategic action/work plans, success metrics, budgets and briefing materials and evaluating progress and reporting results to staff, board, and external colleagues.
- Review, assess, proactively cultivate and manage partnership opportunities to extend the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking and programs.
- Represent the Foundation in public settings and play an active role in external communications: draft and deliver public presentations, provide social media content and write thought leadership pieces for traditional and new media outlets.
Additional Program Support: As part of a collaborative team, the Director will work with the social innovation team to support the implementation of any of the Foundation’s programs in all necessary aspects, including: program strategy and execution, internal measurement and evaluation and partner development.
- Support the active projects for all movements and programs at the Foundation, including partner management, landscape research, logistics and event support.
- Draft issue and event briefing documents to inform Foundation executives and program leads when necessary.
- Contribute in team discussions and brainstorms to help generate innovative program and marketing ideas.
- Provide expert assistance to social-good organizations and enterprises and other Foundation partners.
- Manage support staff, interns and consultants.
- Draft written blog or other long-form content on topics related to our program activities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Program Evaluation and Reporting: As part of our ongoing assessment of our grants and programs, the Foundation meets regularly to report out and evaluate progress toward our goals. The Director will be a core part of the evaluation and reporting team, developing the best reporting practices and coordinating the gathering of all materials from program owners.
- Structure and coordinate the regular all-staff evaluation and reporting meetings, including creating reporting templates, providing feedback to program owners, ensuring all materials are reached on time and supporting on budget reporting.
- Track and contribute to the development of best practices among funders and maintain a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the Foundation’s areas of focus to enhance the effectiveness of program strategy and understanding of staff and board. Ensure results and lessons learned are shared broadly both internally and externally.
- Work with marketing, communications and interactive strategies teams to inform and contribute to the development of comprehensive programs that leverage the expertise and contributions of all internal talent and departments.
The Director of Social Innovation should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
- Ability to lead projects and work independently; able to take initiative, think strategically and work creatively.
- Perform in a high-energy environment and utilize strong organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities – a willingness to “roll-up sleeves” and personally handle all aspects of position.
- Detail-oriented and organized.
- Exceptional professionalism, follow-through and people skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Confidence and enthusiasm when communicating to both external partners and the internal project team in both formal and informal presentations.
- A flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including the humility and grace to work effectively with others in a collaborative workplace, a “can do” attitude.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- 5+ years of relevant experience.
- Passion for social change with knowledge of philanthropy, and interest in the field, including nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurship, racial and gender equity, civic engagement, etc.
- Understanding of and experience working with or within the social innovation field, including philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, etc.
This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC.
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