Community Investment Officer Job Application

Background and Purpose:

The Wean Foundation is a private foundation that leverages a powerful combination of grantmaking, capacity building and convening and partnerships to advance community building in the under-resourced communities of Warren and Youngstown, Ohio.

Driven by our values, we partner with residents, organizations and civic leaders to focus on viable solutions that move us towards our vision of empowered residents creating an equitable Mahoning Valley. Since our founding in 1949, we have refined our strategies and dedication to creating a future where race has no influence on how a person fares in society. We seek to create an environment where an individual can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to participate and bring their authentic selves to the work.

Aligned with the Foundation’s race equity and inclusion outcomes, a primary function of this position is to support the development and implementation of viable solutions led by organizations whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities in which they work. Working closely with the president, the ideal candidate will be responsible for other duties as assigned.

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Job Description

Salary Range: $55,000 - $70,000

Benefits: Competitive package (health, dental, and retirement)

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: On-site and remote

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday
Non-traditional hours will be required.

Supervisory Responsibility: Yes

Travel Required: Occasional travel will be required.

Reports to: President

COVID-19 vaccination protocol: All CDC recommended vaccine doses and boosters are required as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is in place. If offered the position, you will be required to provide documentation.
Key Responsibilities


- Coordinate grant review and recommendation process, including drafting grant applications, processes, and timelines.
- Guide grantmaking lifecycle including application/proposal review, synthesis of background information, analysis and recommendation.
- Provide technical assistance, as appropriate.
- Participate in site visits.
- Lead annual portfolio review and assist in the development of strategies for each of the four funding priorities (community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, and public and civic sector leadership).

Organizational Learning and Dissemination

- Utilize data and research to inform and measure the Foundation’s strategies.
- Compile stories from Foundation programs, partners and grantees and incorporate lessons into Foundation’s work.
- Create organizational learning opportunities to share across priorities, areas and organizations.

Community Engagement

- Develop and maintain visibility and accessibility in the community and the sector.
- Ensure inclusive outreach and recruitment.
- Build strong relationships with grantees, strategic partners, funders, businesses and government.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Education and Experience

- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred; or the equivalent trade-related education and/or experience to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
- Five years combined experience in the:
  - technical areas of grantmaking, grants management and evaluation and the
  - operational areas of administration, finance and governance.
- Strong leadership skills, with at least two years, managing projects and coordinating staff.
- A minimum of five years of professional work in philanthropy or nonprofits is highly valued.
- Demonstrate a current understanding of the Mahoning Valley’s political, cultural and media contexts, issues and challenges.


- Proven project management skills for multiple, simultaneous tasks, projects and priorities.
- Ability to source, synthesize, analyze and effectively present information for a variety of audiences.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Clear, effective communication skills, verbal and written.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite; Outlook, Word and Excel as well as comparable online platforms, such as Google Suite.
- Proficiency with capacity to learn various database systems and platforms, including grantmaking and board management.

You Are a Candidate If:
- You thrive in a work culture that values diversity, racial equity and belonging. You possess a genuine interest in amplifying the voices of the people least heard in society.

- You are a thoughtful relationship builder and engaging communicator. You communicate ideas in ways that inspire others to action. You have strong presentation skills and convey integrity and empathy when presenting to a group.

- You are confident, professional and desire to use your persuasive skills to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley.

- You are energized by the power of listening and feedback to create positive change.

- You adapt, stay focused and remain nimble in the face of rapid change, responding thoughtfully to emerging issues quickly with efficiency. You plan ahead, work within deadlines and have high attention to detail and accuracy.

- You are a lifelong learner applying current research, data and fact-checking to enhance your work, educate and inspire your audience and maintain credibility.

- You are action-oriented and tackle problems as they arise, taking advantage of available resources to address challenges and opportunities. You enjoy figuring out the pieces of the puzzle and see barriers as an opportunity to work through.

- You are a strategic thinker with the ability to implement tactically. You set goals and objectives, translate ambition into tangible activities and results, and analyze performance using data and insights.

- You are flexible, self-directed, well-organized and can efficiently handle multiple priorities. You are at home in a lean environment with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of rapid change. You play well with others, pitch in wherever is needed and can work autonomously and as a team player.

- You have a high degree of self-awareness relative to your strengths and opportunities for growth.  

- You have a willingness to pursue training and development opportunities to continuously build knowledge and skills and share expertise with others.

Physical Demands
- Frequently requires standing; walking; and kneeling.
- Requires the ability to occasionally lift or carry; push or pull, or otherwise move objects up to 20 pounds.
- Requires the ability to ascend or descend stairs.

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