Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a statewide, private, family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to Z. Smith Reynolds, the youngest son of R.J. Reynolds. For more than eighty years, the Foundation has been engaged in forward-thinking philanthropy with contributions of $608 million in North Carolina.
The Foundation’s current All For NC Grantmaking Framework for Grantmaking and Learning includes the following strategies:
A State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, to improve state-level systems and structures to remove barriers and create opportunities.
A Community-Based Strategy, to leverage the unique assets, knowledge, experience, and connections in communities to create meaningful change.
An Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy, to invest in the bold ideas of North Carolinians.
Alongside these three main strategies, the Foundation has also expressed its commitment to:
- Augment its participation in its hometown of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.
- Use a racial equity lens to underpin all of its work.
- Continue to be a learning organization.
The intent of the Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning is to provide different strategies that meet people and communities where they are, as well as to break down silos, allow more flexibility in our grantmaking, and provide multiple entry points for potential applicants. The Foundation recognizes that not all the work that is funded will fit neatly into these three strategies; rather, there is work that lives in between them. Therefore, the Foundation wants to remain flexible to foster those areas of intersection.
The Assistant Director has responsibility for promoting the mission and core values of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR or the Foundation) by overseeing the implementation of the Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. This includes, but is not limited to, helping Trustees identify programmatic priorities, playing leadership roles within the state of North Carolina and within the broader field of philanthropy, actively listening to and learning from people and communities across the state, and coordinating the programmatic and grantmaking operations of the Foundation as set out below. The Assistant Director supports the Executive Director in matters of Foundation operations, strategic planning, and general management. This person acts as a liaison between the Administrative and Program Staff and provides staff support to Trustee Committees as assigned. The Assistant Director is a pivotal member of the team, contributing to idea generation, strategic thinking, organizational networking, and collaborative team dynamics. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director and works cooperatively with all Foundation staff.
The successful candidate will be a strategic, analytical, intellectually curious thought leader, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required, and an advanced degree or equivalent experience is preferred. Ten years of related work in operations and project management, and experience working with an influential board and staff is essential.
Exceptional writing and communication skills are required, along with the ability to assimilate information quickly, work under pressure and meet deadlines. A fundamental knowledge of the State of North Carolina, humility, self-confidence, and a sense of humor are helpful and preferred.
The position is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with ZSR’s leadership team. To apply, click on the link to the Z. Smith Reynolds Assistant Director position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact email@example.com.
The salary range for this position is $150,000 - $170,000 based upon the candidate’s level of knowledge, education, skill, and experience. The Foundation provides an exemplary benefits package.
The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM, April 19, 2021.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from people of all races, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientation.
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