Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives Fund

This role will develop, direct, execute and take stragetic initiatives to the next level!
Job Description

This role directs the design and institutionalization of all aspects of the Strategic Initiatives Fund (Fund), including its overall strategy, desired outcomes and portfolio mix; processes and procedures for surfacing, selecting, piloting, and testing programs; selection criteria and due diligence processes for managing and taking programs to scale through grants to YMCAs; and systems for measuring outcomes, ensuring continuous improvement and on-going portfolio management.

This is a leadership role in growing and managing the Fund’s investments in high-impact YMCAs.

This position is funded with proceeds from a Trust which will be reviewed annually and has primary responsibility to sustaining a strong partnership between the Trust and Y-USA.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree is preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience in the nonprofit/public sector in a grantmaking or program/portfolio management role; proven ability to successfully navigate complex organizations
  • Minimum 5 years of project management experience with a demonstrated ability to develop and execute project plans from concept to implementation is required
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written skills are required as is an ability to engage multiple types of audiences and present strategies and technical information in a manner that establishes rapport and persuades others
  • Demonstrated strong conceptual and systems thinker with solid qualitative, quantitative and analytical skills, able to evaluate needs and apply solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and direct the work of cross-departmental, multi-disciplinary teams in support of desired outcomes
  • A high degree of competence in managing relationships with C-Suite leaders, peers and direct reports; exceptional judgement in communicating information


Essential Functions
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the Trust, orchestrating the work of the CEO, executive leadership, direct reports and supporting teams to achieve and sustain a strong partnership 
  • Direct the ongoing refinement and execution of the processes and procedures necessary to realize the Fund’s long-term goal and investment principles 
  • Direct the annual multimillion-dollar concept-to-proposal process, liaising with funder and Y-USA leadership on ideas and projects that advance each organization’s mission and goals. 
  • Build relationships/protocols to ensure cross-departmental coordination of resources to support Fund initiatives, including Program, Finance, HR, Research and Evaluation, IT, etc.  
  • Build relationships with the Movement Services team and local YMCAs that are the recipients of investment by the Trust 
  • Direct a 1500+ application annual grantmaking program from the creation of RFA through selection and continued tracking, monitoring and assessment until completion of grant projects. 
  • Contribute to the ongoing evolution of the Strategic Initiatives Fund, its direction, approach to achieving desired outcomes, and the role it plays in advancing the long-term vision of the partnership between the Y and the Trust 
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing internally and externally, disseminate lessons learned among grantees and technical experts, enhance the credibility of the Y as a thought leader in key initiative areas 
  • Supervise a team of 2 -3 
  • Other duties as assigned.