Organization: New Venture Fund

Location: San Francisco or Los Angeles, CA

Express Interest!


The New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity, supports innovative and effective public interest projects. NVF was established in 2006 in response to demand from leading philanthropists for an efficient, cost-effective, and time-saving platform to launch and operate charitable projects. NVF executes a range of donor-driven public interest projects in conservation, global health, public policy, international development, education, disaster recovery, and the arts.

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The New Venture Fund seeks a project director to manage a California gun violence prevention donor collaborative. The collaborative will work on a range of issues that intersect with gun violence, such as suicide prevention, domestic violence, gang violence, and other related topics. Reporting to the President of NVF, the Project Director will guide the development of the vision, strategy, and programmatic initiatives of the fund in close collaboration with the advisory board and other members of the collaborative.

Key qualifications for the project director include strong relationship management and communications skills, as the project director will need to work effectively and build consensus among diverse constituencies within the gun violence prevention community. Direct community experience with and extensive knowledge of gun violence prevention programs, policy, and research is preferred, but not required.

The Opportunity:

The Project Director will be responsible for the following essential responsibilities and tasks:

Leadership and Management

  • In partnership with the advisory board, provide guidance and clarify the vision, mission, goals, and strategy for the work of the donor collaborative.
  • Facilitate effective interactions, communications and consensus building within the donor collaborative. Plan, facilitate and report on all collaborative-related in-person and virtual meetings, including advisory board meetings, broader collaborative meetings, or convenings with external parties.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations and delegate responsibilities to members of the donor collaborative and consultants.
  • In partnership with the New Venture Fund (NVF), the fiscal sponsor for the donor collaborative, manage the financial, administrative, and legal compliance aspects of the collaborative.

Fund Development, Communications and Partner Engagement

  • Represent the collaborative to a wide array of current and potential funding partners and other key stakeholders by effectively conveying the collaborative’s mission and vision to external audiences.
  • Work with the collaborative’s advisory board, to identify, reach out to, and follow up with potential funding partners. Develop and execute associated fund development strategies.
  • Manage the external communications plan, including overseeing production of communications “products” for external distribution.

Planning, Monitoring, and Learning

  • Develop clear and measurable goals and outcomes for the collaborative’s strategies. Design a plan for tracking progress towards the collaborative’s annual and long term goals, including increases in funding that can be attributed to the collaborative’s efforts, and perform and assign tasks required to achieve those goals.
  • Report to the collaborative’s members on progress towards achieving shared goals.

Grant Making

  • Consult with collaborative members and experts to identify organizations with strong potential for partnership; conduct due diligence and assess potential grantee partners.
  • Develop and present written materials that communicate the alignment of grantee activities with portfolio goals, including grant recommendations and summaries of grantee reports.
  • Develop criteria for grantee performance and conduct performance-monitoring activities.
  • As appropriate, convene grantees and others in the field to advance collective action, networking, and learning opportunities for partners.


  • At least ten to fifteen years of relevant professional experience, including at least ten years of experience in leadership-level positions within the social sector, with a strong track record of being able to articulate and achieve strategic objectives and manage budgets.
  • Strong relationship management and communications skills: listening, demonstrating empathy and sensitivity, building trust, demonstrating integrity. Ability to work effectively and build consensus among diverse constituencies.
  • Experience in fund development with different types of funders (foundations, individuals, giving circles, corporations, etc.)
  • Grant-making experience preferred
  • Ability to be located in San Francisco or Los Angeles, California preferred
  • Degree in public health or other relevant subject area is an asset
  • Direct experience in leading community-based gun violence prevention initiatives, conducting gun violence prevention research, and/or developing policy related to gun violence prevention is an asset but not a requirement, as is extensive knowledge of a range of topics related to gun violence prevention programs, policy, and research, including suicide prevention, domestic violence, and gang violence, in California.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


New Venture Fund has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

New Venture Fund is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit