Director, Early Childhood and Family Supports

Director, Early Childhood and Family Supports

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Concord, NH   |   April 9, 2021

About New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Founded in 1962, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation by and for the people of New Hampshire. We manage a growing collection of nearly 2,000 philanthropic funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses. These donors make it possible for the Foundation to award more than $40 million in grants and scholarships every year.

We work with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, support great work happening in our communities and lead and collaborate on high-impact initiatives.

Committed. Collaborative. Accountable. Adaptive. These four words describe the core values of the Foundation’s work with generous donors, community leaders and nonprofit partners. And they also describe our workplace culture.

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The Opportunity

In 2016, the Foundation committed to investing at least $100 million over 10 years in New Hampshire Tomorrow, a comprehensive partnership bringing together hundreds of organizations and businesses toward a single goal: increasing opportunities so that more young people can reach their potential and grow into thriving adults who will sustain New Hampshire’s communities and economy. We are making strategic grants, building and supporting multisector coalitions and advancing sensible public policy to achieve that goal. Because no child, regardless of how much their family struggles, or where they live, or the color of their skin, should be shut out of opportunity in the land of opportunity

To increase youth opportunity, the Foundation is investing in four proven areas: early childhood development; family and youth supports; substance use prevention, treatment and recovery; and education and career pathways. Each area of investment aligns with work being done by the public sector, nonprofits, education and business. For highlights of some of the initiative’s impact, you can review our 2020 annual report here.

The Director, Early Childhood and Family Support (Director) will be responsible for advancing the Foundation’s vision and achieving community impact through effective strategic community leadership and grantmaking, advancing Foundation initiatives, and informing donor-advised grantmaking. The Director also develops and shares community knowledge with staff, donors, regional advisors, and community leaders. The Director will provide strategic leadership and management of the Foundation’s early childhood and family supports work, overseeing strategy and grantmaking and community relationships, and providing external leadership.

This position will be based either in a home office with an on the ground presence in NH required or in the Foundation’s Concord office.

Candidate Profile

The Director will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Policy and Community Leadership

  • Develops and advances the Foundation’s strategy and external leadership role on policies and investments related to young children and their families, working in close partnership with community including those providing and receiving early childhood education, care and supports
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with legislative, state, and community leaders and partners; represents the Foundation on state commissions and other collaborative efforts; supports and convenes community partners to advance the Foundation’s strategy, and acts as the Foundation’s spokesperson with the press
  • Deepens relationships and understanding of needs of parents and families engaged with the early childhood and family supports system, elevating the voices of those furthest from opportunity
  • Brings an unwavering commitment to equity and racial justice, to ensure systems and services advanced through the Foundation’s work support equitable outcomes for children furthest from opportunity in New Hampshire


  • Designs and implements the Foundation’s early childhood grantmaking strategy working in close partnership with community partners and families, including determining use of funds, application review and analysis, grantee communications and relations, convening grantees, and financial oversight of all grants focused on issues of early childhood, family supports, and related policy
  • Proactively cultivates relationships with key stakeholders and nonprofits, identifies opportunities and invites applications as appropriate pursuant to strategy
  • Monitors and reports back to donors, board members, and staff on grant outcomes and advancement of strategic goals

Donor Engagement

  • Works with Philanthropy staff and VP and CEO to develop and advance plans for stewarding and engaging donors in early childhood and related work. Participates in relevant donor visits and provides information to donors as requested
  • Provides customized grantmaking advice to donors and other staff on early childhood and family supports grantmaking opportunities, working in partnership with Philanthropy staff and acting as a resource to donors and staff

Additionally, the Director will:

  • Participate in the Foundation’s organizational life, including improvement teams and events as required
  • Positively demonstrates the values and contributes to the culture of the Foundation
  • Demonstrates a commitment to community and the well-being of New Hampshire

The ideal candidate will have many but not necessarily all of the following professional and personal skills, competencies and characteristics and we welcome your interest in this opportunity.

  • Understanding of local, regional, state and national systems that impact access to early childhood and family supports and desire to center children and families in this work
  • Extensive knowledge of early childhood programs and services, including best practices and policy issues, knowledge of leaders and practitioners in New Hampshire and nationally, with keen understanding of strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and lead initiatives, organize and prioritize multiple tasks and projects, and to work successfully with a professional team to meet organizational priorities
  • Excellent relationship management skills and ability to engender trust
  • Understands and advocates for a systems thinking approach to maximize the value of working together to build support for shared outcomes and deliverables
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and judgment
  • Ability to be self-directed, as well as succeed and thrive in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate others and assume a leadership role on a team
  • Prior significant nonprofit leadership, management, and supervision experience
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including active listening
  • Effective public speaking and group presentation skills
  • Ability to delegate tasks or projects when appropriate
  • Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks/projects, as well as prioritize tasks within projects
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to present complex ideas and analysis of ideas
  • Belief in the mission and purpose of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Cassie Scarano and Alicia Salerno here.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants without regard to factors such as race, color, sex, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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