Community Leadership Officer
Job Type

Community Leadership Officer

We are Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana–a $1 billion collective of philanthropic organizations committed to making Central Indiana a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter place, race or identity. 

What We Do:

 For more than 100 years, we have helped people invest in the causes that matter most to them; awarded grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and provided leadership to make Central Indiana a better, more beautiful, more equitable community. We believe in anti-racism, authentic relationships, inclusivity, leadership, effectiveness and sustainability. 

What We’re Looking For:  

Join our team of change makers, building and maintaining a strong, equitable and supportive community for all residents of Central Indiana. We are looking for a Community Leadership Officer focused on arts and culture and health and wellness to join the Community Leadership & Equitable Initiatives team. 



The following functions have been determined by the Foundation to be essential to the successful performance of this position:

  1. Serves as a public liaison for The Indianapolis Foundation and The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).  This includes meeting with nonprofit organizations to assess effectiveness; educating nonprofits about CICF’s mission related to opportunity, equity and inclusion; maintaining contact with government, corporate and philanthropic funders in pertinent program areas; representing The Indianapolis Foundation/CICF at community events; and making public presentations on the basics of grantmaking and engaging with philanthropy. 
  2. Develop authentic relationships with residents, community members, and funders involved in the sector. 
  3. Convene stakeholders, form strategic partnerships, recommend proactive investment in systems change.   
  4. Continuing growth in knowledge of equity, including anti-racism, and its intersection with place based systems. 
  5. Provides assessment, guidance and assistance to nonprofit organizations and the community in meeting The Indianapolis Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines including our equity framework; assessing nonprofit organizations governance, leadership, financial and programmatic effectiveness; collaborating and coordination with partners.  Assessing eligibility and appropriateness of grant requests relative to funder priorities; reviewing proposals and providing feedback to applicants. 
  6. Prepares applicant evaluation summaries and makes recommendations for consideration of the appropriate board in the grant approval process.  Endures grant recipients reflect funder priorities.  Monitors and evaluates the performance of grantees by conducting site visits and meetings.  Using quantitative and qualitative information to inform grantmaking recommendations. 
  7. Serves as a community resource for fund advisors and effective philanthropy officers to cultivate donor engagement and investment. 
  8. Act as point of contact for our Artist Ambassador Program 
  9. Conducts research and analysis to determine trends and needs in the community. 



What You Get: 

  • $60,000 salary plus generous benefits including:
  • Employer-provided health, dental, vision – Valued up to $16,700 annually 
  • 1 percent 403b retirement match on employee contribution plus additional 7 percent employer discretionary 403b contribution 
  • Potential for an annual bonus, based on organizational and individual performance 
  • 10.5 paid holidays, including MLK Day and Juneteenth 
  • 10 personal days annually 
  • Up to 15 vacation days annually 
  • Flexible, hybrid work arrangement - Work from home on Mondays and Fridays 
  • Homebase–Newly renovated office space conveniently located downtown, just steps from Mass Ave.
  • An opportunity to do meaningful, results-driven work with a passionate, diverse team, supporting organizations that are committed to building and maintaining a strong, equitable and supportive culture for our team of changemakers. 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:  The following are the qualifications and minimum requirements necessary for a person to perform this job: 

  1. Willingness to build knowledge about opportunity, equity and inclusion issues, and how they intersect with race; and advance these core values through your work. 
  2. Knowledge of the sector and key challenges related to race and equity.  Knowledge of Marion County landscape and Indiana state policies preferred. 
  3. Minimum of three years in non-profit or public sector with experience in grantmaking, project management and task group management preferred. 
  4. Understanding and adherence to high standards of ethics and confidentiality. 
  5. Excellent conceptual and analytical skills; ability to research and analyze data and information. 
  6. Possess a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.  Excellent organizational and workload prioritizing skills. 
  7. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet designated deadlines. 
  8. Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary; ability to travel to attend off-site community events and meetings. 
  9. Working knowledge of basic office equipment and extensive knowledge of MS Office products is required.  
  10. Must be fully vaccinated as defined by CDC guidelines. 

WORKING CONDITIONS: Open office environment. Flexible, hybrid work arrangement - Work from home on Mondays and Fridays 


Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana are equal opportunity employers that seek to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and to support their retention and advancement. Justice is one of our core values, and we are committed to fostering a workplace culture inclusive of people with respect to their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, age, disabilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other characteristic. Our commitment to justice and diversity also means providing a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and engaging.  

Our mission is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make Central Indiana a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.  

Racism deeply impacts the well-being of our communities, compounding existing disparities and creating intersectional barriers. We strive to name and address these barriers through community engagement and assessment, relevant and effective policy creation, and organizational accountability methods. We support initiatives that address all forms of oppression, however, maintaining an explicit focus on race is essential to advancing equity across our communities. Improving outcomes for people of color will improve outcomes for everyone.