Open Position Announcement: Investment Program Officer for Invest STL

Position Description
Investment Program Officer
Invest STL
(Fiscal Sponsor: The St. Louis Community Foundation)

Invest STL is recruiting a candidate for its first Investment Program Officer. Invest STL seeks to prioritize equitable community development in the St. Louis region through its own direct investments in neighborhoods, convening public and private philanthropic partners to support neighborhood-based grantmaking, and by convening thought leadership than can lead to policy development and systems change. The St. Louis Community Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor.

Given the much-studied and longstanding disparities in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region (recent studies include: “For the Sake of All”, “Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide”), Invest STL was created to catalyze sustained, resident-powered improvement of neighborhoods faced with historical disinvestment. Invest STL is building a network of grassroots and regional leaders, funders, businesses, nonprofits, and community development experts to increase financial support for community development investments and to maximize their impact.

With the recent hiring of its first Executive Director, Invest STL seeks to develop a difference-making plan of action for its next five years of neighborhood investments and partnership building. The Investment Program Officer will report to and work closely with the Executive Director to scope, build out, and promote the initiative’s community investment opportunities.

Position Responsibilities
Community Outreach

  • Build and maintain relationships with neighborhoods, corporate and public organizations, and other funders to inform Invest STL’s investment strategy and ensure strong partnerships and engagement.
  • Attend public meetings and events to develop and maintain organizational visibility and accessibility for investees and potential investment seekers.
  • Identify and participate in regional policy initiatives that can inform and further the investment strategy.
  • Directly engage a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations within neighborhoods
    to promote available opportunities for neighborhood investment.

Investment Program Development

  • Advise and support the Executive Director and Program & Evaluation Committee in
    development of the neighborhood investment strategy, including developing investee
    selection indicators and investment outcome metrics.
  • Develop investment application cycles and selection processes.
  • Recruit and manage partners for effective implementation of the investment strategy.
  • Review and evaluate investment applications.
  • Oversee implementation evaluation of the investment strategy.
  • Assist with developing platforms to communicate the investment strategy’s impact in
    the community.

Other Duties

  • Carry out special projects as required.
  • Support the Executive Director in building the Invest STL team.
  • Attend and occasionally present at Leadership Board meetings.

Required Qualifications and Critical Qualities

The chosen candidate will have a track record of building and leveraging relationships within and among a diverse group of stakeholders in a community, business, and/or nonprofit setting. In addition, the candidate will have:

  • At least five years of paid experience that includes some combination of the following:
    community planning, government or community relations, community engagement,
    public administration, community or real estate development, research and data
    analysis, grants development and management, strategic planning or program
  • Some familiarity with major community development concepts and financing tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a strategy development process from partnership and
    coalition building through implementation.
  • Operational understanding of and commitment to equity.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic with the ability to handle multiple assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement, initiative, and tact when interacting
    with colleagues, the community, and elected officials.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, real estate, public health, social sciences, public
    administration, business, or related fields. Master’s degree preferred.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary range is $65,000-$75,000 and will be negotiated based on experience, qualifications, and record of achievement. Candidate salary history will not be requested nor referenced in negotiating salary. Health, dental and additional benefits are available.

Application and Additional Information
Submit in confidence by September, 6, 2019, a cover letter, resume and brief professional writing sample via email to Marilyn Trauner at Invest STL prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Invest STL conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all
applicable laws and regulations. Invest STL values diversity in the workplace and community.