Assistant Director, Board & Member Engagement

Assistant Director, Board & Member Engagement


Chief Impact Officer



Founded in 1991, Living Cities is a collaborative of prominent foundations and financial institutions.  We foster transformational relationships across sectors to connect those who are willing to do the hard work of closing racial income and wealth gaps.  Together, we are partnering with cross-sector leaders in cities across the country to imagine and create an America in which all people are economically secure, building wealth, and living abundant, dignified, and connected lives.  Our staff, investments, convenings, and networks support efforts that operationalize racial equity and inclusion in local government, create inclusive narratives, bring communities together to devise and act on a shared vision for the future, and eliminate inequities in systems such as entrepreneurship, homeownership, and access to capital.



The Assistant Director, Board & Member Engagement, manages our board of directors and related committees and leads efforts to leverage the combined heft of Living Cities’ members – prominent foundations and financial institutions – to close the racial wealth gap.

The goal of this role is to lead effective governance and foster collaborative spaces for shared learning, joint action, and greater influence.

The ideal candidate brings experience in the philanthropic or financial services sector and a passion for harnessing the potential of these sectors to build equitable wealth-building pathways for all Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in US cities. Ideal candidates are continuous learners about philanthropy and philanthropic impact investment.

This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer (CIO), serves as a leader in the Member Engagement and Results team, and will supervise assigned staff resources.

Primary functions may include:

Leads strategic and practical activities in support of board member engagement in Living Cities mission and collaboration with each other and with staff, including but not limited to:

  • Manage all board governance support activities, including but not limited to board meetings, executive committee meetings and board subcommittees.
  • Develop new leaders on the board through an effective onboarding process, board member handbook, strategic engagement opportunities and clear succession planning for board leadership.
  • Lead, with the Chief Impact Officer (CIO) and MER team, the ongoing assessment – and repositioning as necessary – of the member value proposition.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director Learning & Results to ensure that member engagement goals are set and realized annually with input from CIO and CEO.
  • Drive strategy and collaboration with staff experts on capital innovation and city engagement to foster ongoing member learning and action related to specific wealth-building pathways (e.g., capital innovation, entrepreneurship, homeownership, etc.)
  • With Communications, develop and oversee implementation of a plan to strategically use member voice to spread key ideas and for strategic influence to strengthen BIPOC wealth-building pathways nationally.
  • Provide direction for, and foster relationships through, member task forces/working groups.
  • Ensure tracking and contextualization of Living Cities’ members priorities and initiatives in order to anticipate areas of collaboration.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director, Learning & Results to ensure responsive, relevant learning and engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all members and further learning, action and/or investment.
  • Cultivate partnerships with other philanthropic collaboratives and philanthropic serving organizations and business sector associations to be informed by and engage with a broader network working to address mission-related issues.
  • Collaborate with and support relevant board entities/officers focusing on member engagement issues.
  • Lead process for identification and cultivation of new members aligned with Living Cities mission
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including trends in membership development and management.
  • Provide customized assistance in response to member requests.
  • Manage Associate, Member Engagement & Results in addition to other team members as the role requires


  • A four-year degree and/or equivalent of 10 or more years’ work experience in a related role or field
  • Understanding of philanthropy/financial institutions broadly; direct experience in either/both of these sectors preferred.
  • Familiarity with our members’ focal areas, and other philanthropic collaboratives relevant to our goals
  • Experience with board management
  • Experience managing people and projects, and demonstrated comfort working across teams.
  • A track record of building strong relationships and partnerships; experience facilitating collective action a plus.
  • Interest in addressing economic inequality and racial disparities; experience in the urban, social change field is a significant asset.


  • Capable of managing competing priorities with an attention to detail in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with aggressive deadlines and a high level of ambiguity, balancing long-term goals with day-to-day demands.
  • Aptitude in problem-solving with the ability to analyze data and metrics to drive decision-making.
  • Excellent project management skills, with a track record of developing and implementing new or improved systems and processes, achieving strong results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships across lines of difference and to serve as an organizational culture carrier.
  • Comfortable working within a team with a results-driven approach.
  • Commitment to actively building racial equity competencies (including history and concepts, such as how the construct of race has impacted the distribution of power and resources) and applying these to our work (both what we do and how we do it).
  • Foundational knowledge and core concepts related to racial equity and inclusion (REI), with a clear understanding of why racial equity is an integral part of Living Cities’ approach.
  • Engages with curiosity, humility and openness in discussions about race, equity and power inside and outside of the organization
  • Applies REI to inform discussions and decision-making


Yes. This role may include supervising other permanent staff, contractors, or temporary staff, such as interns.


This job operates in a professional office environment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

As much of our work is performed on a computer, the employee must be able to remain in a position that allows them to do so effectively. Additionally, they may require some movement around the office to access files or other equipment or technology. As collaboration and communication are a large part of our work, the employee must also be able to accurately exchange information in these situations, whether verbally or written.

We will work with each employee to provide reasonable accommodations as needed.


This is a full-time position.



Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.


Living Cities is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive team at all levels.  We are an equal opportunity employer and provide opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Salary is commensurate with experience and background and follows our internal compensation strategy.

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