Community Leadership Associate
Job Type


Job Title: Community Leadership Associate

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $45,000

Reports To: Senior Community Leadership Officer, Hamilton County Community Foundation

Hiring Organization: Central Indiana Community Foundation

About us: 

Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana are 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. 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. Our values include anti-racism, authentic relationships, inclusivity, leadership, effectiveness and sustainability.

Scope of Position:

This position is part of the Community Leadership Team for Hamilton County Community Foundation (HCCF), a part of the Central Indiana Community Foundation Philanthropic Collaborative. This team represents the Foundation to the community, grantees, donors, and board members, serving as liaison between not-for-profit organizations, the community, and the Foundation’s Board, advising on Hamilton County grant making and community issues. This position serves as a point of contact and administrative support for HCCF competitive and Family Foundation grant processes and Collaboration Hub activities. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

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


1. Growing and Working through a Lens of Equity. All members of HCCF staff must be committed to learning how systemic racism and other biases marginalize Central Indiana residents and to actively working to dismantle unfair systems both internally and in the community.

Community Leadership

1. Serves as a point of contact for Hamilton County Community Foundation. This includes: educating not-for-profit organizations about funding opportunities and assisting with the creation of public presentations on the role of community foundations, the basics of grant seeking, and engaging in philanthropy. 

2. Provides logistical support to Community Leadership initiatives and collaborations. This includes: scheduling workgroup and quarterly meetings for the Hamilton County Behavioral Health Collaborative, Hamilton County Housing Collaborative and Hamilton County Food Resource Coalition; creating agendas and taking minutes at Collaborative/Coalition meetings; and scheduling site visits and other requested meetings between not-for-profits and Community Leadership staff.


1. Assists in launching Hamilton County Community Foundation open grant cycles. This includes drafting and scheduling marketing/communication grant outreach emails and reminders; point person for all grant inquiries and questions during the open grant cycle; providing technical assistance during open grant cycles and coordinating with marketing/communication to schedule and provide this support.

2. Perform the administrative functions of the Foundation’s grant making programs. This includes: managing grant timelines and schedules; preparing board report materials; providing assessment, guidance, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations and the community in meeting the foundation’s responsive grant making guidelines; assessing eligibility and appropriateness of proposals relative to foundation priorities; and providing feedback to applicants.

3. Navigate and use the online grant portal system as Hamilton County Community Foundation's point of contact in coordination with Central Indiana Community Foundation system experts. This includes monitoring application submissions to ensure compliance with grant guidelines; helping coordinate needed revisions within applications; running reports for Community Leadership team review; assisting in slating and grant payment processing; and participating as a team member in continuous improvement of the grant making process.

Collaboration Hub

1. Manages Collaboration Hub logistics for Community Leadership collaborations. This includes booking the Collaboration Hub calendar for the Hamilton County Behavioral Health Collaborative, Hamilton County Food Resource Coalition, and Hamilton County Housing Collaborative workgroup and quarterly meetings; managing and coordinating all meeting logistics including scheduling, RSVP tracking, catering, and room setup and tear down.

2. Provide support to Fishers Arts Council for their 2nd Friday gallery shows. This includes: booking the Collaboration Hub calendar for gallery shows; scheduling art load-in and load-out days; assisting Fishers Arts Council with any other logistical needs; and point person for this initiative. 

3. Oversees the logistics for capacity-building programming for Hamilton County not-for-profits. This includes: booking the Collaboration Hub calendar for training, facilitating payment of invoices; assisting with the creation of registration pages and other marketing collateral; and all meeting logistics including RSVP tracking, catering, and room setup and tear down.

4. Facilitator for Collaboration Hub booking request forms from Community Leadership partners. This includes: fielding inquiries for Collaboration Hub bookings, scheduling meetings in the Collaboration Hub calendar; providing on-site staff support for meetings; and assisting with any logistical needs required for meetings. 



Required Skills and Qualifications:
The following are the qualifications and minimum requirements necessary for a person to perform this job:

  1. Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  2. Associate’s degree with a minimum of one year of experience in the not-for-profit or public sector or Bachelor’s degree in not-for-profit management, communication, or equivalent field. Experience in grant making, project management, and task group management is preferred.
  3. Familiarity with Hamilton County, its communities, critical issues, key organizations, civic leaders and resources perferred. 
  4. Willingness to build knowledge about the opportunity, equity and inclusion issues, and how they intersect with race, and advance these core values through your work.
  5. Ability to effectively interact and communicate with others in an appropriate manner. This includes excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to discuss and present multiple concepts with others.
  6. Excellent conceptual, analytical and strategic planning skills.
  7. Strong organizational, time management and workload prioritizing skills.
  8. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and independently with little supervision.
  9. Ability to organize, facilitate, and manage projects and meetings in an efficient and effective manner.
  10. Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
  11. Ability to travel between multiple office locations and attend off-site events as necessary, such as community events and meetings.
  12. Fully vaccinated against coronavirus, per CDC guidelines.

Working Conditions: Flexible hybrid office environment (in the office three days a week). Home base– Hamilton County Community Foundation’s Fishers office. 

CICF offers competitive salaries and benefits including:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match
  • Health, Dental, Vision and Pet Insurance
  • Potential for an annual bonus, based on organizational and individual performance 
  • 10.5 paid holidays
  • And more


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.