Vice President, Strategy & Impact

Vice President, Strategy & Impact

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
The Dallas Foundation
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Job Category: 
Program Management
Job Description: 

The Dallas Foundation (TDF) seeks a strategic and community-connected leader to join its Executive Team as the chief architect of the Foundation’s community impact strategy. The organization recently adopted a new strategic focus on reducing intergenerational poverty and improving child well-being. As such, this is an exceptional opportunity for a results-focused leader to meaningfully improve the lives of children and families in poverty. The Vice President will serve as one of the Foundation’s key external-facing leaders liaising with philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic leaders throughout our community, in addition, to deeply engage the Foundation’s 350+ donor partners who routinely put tens of millions of dollars to work in the community. 


Reporting to the President & CEO, and as a member of the leadership team, the Vice President, Strategy & Impact will play a key role in devising grantmaking strategy. In addition, she/he will play an active role in leading and managing coalitions of high-impact nonprofits and funders in support of The Dallas Foundation’s impact strategy. This includes the development of metrics that demonstrate impact and their application in shaping how the community allocates resources. Specifically, she/he will:

  • Develop, execute, and evaluate the Foundation’s community impact strategy, “A Strong & Healthy Start;”
  • Lead a team of professionals focused on improving community outcomes through various levers: grant making, philanthropic innovation, and funding collaboratives to name a few. Evaluate personal, team, and institutional effectiveness against goals/outcomes;
  • Build an enduring coalition of institutional and individual partners to address some of the community’s largest challenges & opportunities – set big goals, monitor and evaluate progress, adjust strategic course as necessary;
  • Deeply partner with board committees & colleagues throughout the organization to ensure operational excellence internally and strategic impact externally; and
  • Collaborate with the Philanthropic Partnerships team to educate and activate the Foundation’s donor partners on how their capital – social, political, and philanthropic – can positively impact our community.  

Candidate Qualities


Strategic thinker and self-starter with the ability to translate a concept into action that achieves measurable organizational goals.

Innovative leader with a hands-on and involved style marked by collaboration and a willingness to think creatively.

A service-oriented person who inspires colleagues, staff, and the community through her/his knowledge, experience, creativity, vision, and dedication to The Dallas Foundation mission.

A tenacious leader who measures her/his success against standards of excellence, who consistently sets challenging but attainable goals, and who brings a track record of meeting and/or exceeding those expectations and goals.

Hardworking individual who fully dedicates her/his energy to a cause and is willing to “go beyond the job description,” including extending extra effort when necessary, to see projects to successful conclusions.

An innovator excited to bring fresh eyes to a 90-plus-year-old philanthropic institution and help define The Dallas Foundation’s impact in the community.


At least 7 years of leadership experience in a grant-making organization with a focus on education or social services or within a nonprofit organization providing education or social services. Alternatively, at least 7 years of strategic consulting experience with extensive interactions in the education or social services sector.

Proven ability to build and lead a team to success and foster a culture of accountability, inclusiveness, teamwork, and collaboration with others; experience implementing and managing performance measurements to achieve success.

Proven ability to work with volunteers, community leaders, organizations, and businesses to advocate for and promote the value and mission of The Dallas Foundation.

Proven experience in strategic planning, analysis, and vision casting, particularly when devising collaborative grant-making strategies.

Skills and Knowledge

In-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector, with deep subject matter knowledge and expertise in the area of education and/or social services, including best-in-class programs, evolving needs, existing resources, and innovative solutions, metric tracking and data sources.

Ability to synthesize new information readily, as well as complex issues and concepts on behalf of the greater good of the community

Skilled at reading people and forging cooperative efforts between and among staff and other departments of the organization, thereby leading teams to success and fostering a culture of accountability, inclusiveness, teamwork, and collaboration.

Excellent communication and coalition-building skills with an ability to balance, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.



How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Pena Search
Application Instructions: 
For more information, contact: Carlos González Peña 214-736-8891 Travis Hillier 214-736-8890
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