Senior Associate, Organizational Effectiveness

Annie E. Casey Foundation | Baltimore, Maryland

Job Summary

The senior associate for organizational effectiveness will report to the director of Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion and be responsible for developing pragmatic approaches designed to increase the effectiveness of nonprofits and maintain a network of organizations and individuals to support the use of equity-centered capacity-building strategies among Foundation grantees and networks. The senior associate will also work with staff to develop critical skills needed to encourage the adoption of capacity-building approaches that recognize equity as an essential lever to achieve organizational effectiveness.

Senior associates have opportunities to deepen their formal knowledge, expand their networks and challenge their thinking about improving results for children, families and communities.


  • Develop and implement an organizational capacity-building strategy that strengthens grantees and networks to have greater collective impact; is responsive to high-need, time-sensitive grantee capacity-building requests; advances principles of equity and inclusion within Casey and equitable outcomes for the children and families it serves; and contributes to building the infrastructure required to more broadly support nonprofit capacity-building efforts aimed at improving results for children and families
  • Work in partnership with Foundation program staff to make high-quality organizational development grants that build the capacity of their grantees and networks to meet programmatic results that foster equitable outcomes for children, families and communities
  • Build and maintain clear, respectful, results-driven and action-oriented communication with Foundation staff, grantees and networks
  • Provide thought partnership and technical assistance to Foundation staff, grantees and networks to assess and support capacity-building efforts
  • Work closely with director of Equity and Inclusion, as well as the External Affairs team, to integrate and improve the team’s collective efforts to strengthen the nonprofit field
  • Make grants, further strategy and engage leaders in the field of nonprofit organizational and network effectiveness
  • Implement strategic planning, oversight and deployment of technical assistance
  • Serve as a technical resource, providing content expertise and strategic input to Foundation staff working on a diverse range of projects and initiatives
  • Prepare budget requests for assigned projects and monitor spending
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining positive relations with key contacts, leaders, public officials, residents and organizations as required
  • Prepare written reports and program/policy analyses
  • Represent the Foundation’s mission, principles and work, as assigned and requested, by participating in meetings, public presentations and the preparation of written materials
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation
  • Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender
  • Demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs, drawing on Casey’s knowledge management system, intranet, website, staff development sessions and other learning opportunities to establish this competency
  • Perform administrative duties in support of the above work

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Minimum requirement includes a graduate degree in business administration, law, community development, political science, human services, urban planning and development, public policy, public administration or a related field. Senior public-sector experience or nonprofit experience may substitute for a graduate degree
  • Candidate should also have substantial relevant postgraduate experience in public human services management and/or the private sector that includes a background in implementing outcome-oriented initiatives for children, youth and families facing significant barriers to success; expertise and experience expanding conversations and practices that bring equity into decision making to improve practices and policies; and experience in self-managed, task-driven initiatives, with the ability to balance demands related to multiple projects and meet multiple deadlines


Starting salary is commensurate with experience. A strong benefits package will be provided.


Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Strong diagnostic skills, strategic planning, management and public policy analysis
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for diverse professional challenges
  • Commitment to fostering an environment where equity and excellence are core to the effectiveness of an organization and where an equity lens is applied to achieving results
  • Political savvy, good judgment and instincts and excellent social skills
  • Commitment to a service concept of philanthropy and to the public trust it involves
  • Ability to build and use analytical frameworks, models and approaches for use in large-scale system change efforts
  • Ability to take responsibility for day-to-day work activities and projects with very little direction
  • The work is performed primarily in an office setting, with up to 30 percent overnight travel required.

How to Apply

Please apply online at

For additional information, contact:
Jestine May, Human Resources Specialist
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
503 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 11101

Annie E. Casey Foundation


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