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Opening: Director of GIFT Programming

Publication date: 
November, 2021

Position: Director of GIFT Programming
Organization: Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) is a diverse network of thinkers, doers, problem-solvers, and leaders who bring a variety of perspectives together to serve one common goal—to make a positive difference in the lives of people and our communities through effective, meaningful philanthropy. As a philanthropy serving organization (PSO), IPA provides grantmakers with unique opportunities to become stronger leaders and increase the impact of their charitable investments. Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) is an initiative of IPA and Lilly Endowment Inc. which has supported the development of community foundation in each of Indiana's 92 counties. IPA is home to the technical assistance component of GIFT, which is supported by the Endowment. IPA's GIFT Technical Assistance team offers hands-on support and professional development to Indiana community foundation staff and boards.


Salary is competitive. Benefits include group health coverage, which includes dental and vision; life insurance; short and long term disability coverage; health savings or flexible spending accounts; employer sponsored retirement plan; and paid time off.

Position Summary

The Director of GIFT Programming is a full-time (40 hours per week) position with a primary focus on supporting the Indiana Community Foundation field through developing and delivering program content with the goal of advancing the learning and advancement of the field. Director of GIFT Programming will play an integral role in the GIFT Technical Assistance team’s educational and networking events, programming, and communications for the Indiana community foundation field. Essential skills include good communication, self-motivated, focused on learning and growth, willingness to work in a team environment, and excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Growth potential includes a greater role developing new programs and delivery methods, participating and contributing to the vision and themes of IPA programming, connecting and learning with our state and national peers, and a greater development of expertise in the operations and all roles and functions of community foundations.

Principal Responsibilities & Essential Job Functions

  1. Develop and deliver GIFT Technical Assistance programming to Indiana Community Foundations, both virtually and in person, utilizing engaging education techniques and methods. Coordinate and prepare speakers and experts. 
  2. Seek continued knowledge in the functions of community foundations including community leadership, managing funds, financial management, grant making policies and procedures, and board governance; ensuring that GIFT programming and resources are consistent with current laws and best practices.
  3. Facilitate networking calls with community foundations around asset sizes and areas of work.
  4. Adhere and maintain event timelines and program budgets
  5. Work closely with the GIFT Team to support all aspects of the Program’s work.
  6. Support all-member IPA programs and meetings by contributing content, preparing program materials, and assisting in the execution of the programming, as assigned.
  7. Play an integral role in developing larger programming themes for IPA, and connecting effective speakers within these topics and themes.
  8. Work with other partner Philanthropy Serving Organizations (PSO’s) in the Midwest Partnership to jointly deliver programming to members.
  9. Work with IPA Director of Learning to build content for IPA conference (bi-annually) and to support content development for regional forums or symposium on non-conference years

Desireable Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in a programming or educational role in philanthropy.
  • Knowledge of community foundations.
  • Proficient with basic technology platforms and programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Knowledge of Salesforce and Drupal are desirable
  • Practical knowledge and comfort in educational techniques and practices.
  • Experience using and editing web and social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written.
  • Strong ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Well-developed relationship building skills with multiple stakeholder interests. 
  • Perform as a self-starter.
  • Ability to work well within a team environment.
  • Commitment to the values and mission of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.

Physical Requirements of Position 

  • Majority of job is located inside a downtown Indianapolis office during regular business hours of operation, but occasional evening or weekend work may be required.
  • Regular use of keyboard.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, bend, and stoop.
  • Flexible schedule that allows for conducting trainings at different times and locations.
  • Able to drive for travel around state.
  • Consistent sitting for many hours at one time. 

This job description does not represent an inclusive list of all duties encompassed in this position, but rather serves as a tool to assist the employee in this position. The existence of this job description, or any other job description, does not in any way negate Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s “at will” employment status.

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