Position:  Manager, Learning Services

Status:  Full-time exempt

Reports to:  Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives

Committees:  Program Committee

San Diego Grantmakers seeks a Manager, Learning Services, who exemplifies our values of learning, impact and courageous leadership and will thrive in a fast-paced, teamwork-oriented nonprofit environment.Under the direction of the Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives, the Manager will produce program and conference content and support peer networking and collaborationto strengthen effective philanthropy and impact investing in our region, always championing equity. They will work in close conjunction with other members of the staff to incorporate themes from our funder and cross-sector collaborations and advance funders’ connection to and alignment with community-led initiatives. 

Essential duties and responsibilities

Design and implement engaging and cutting-edge member learning experiences about best practices and emerging trends of effective philanthropy and impact investing and critical information about challenges and solutions related to regional issues.

  • Develops the structure and content for the annual curriculum and is also ready to adjust offerings based on developments during the year. Annual schedule will include a regional full-day conference and a statewide conference every two years co-produced with Northern and Southern California Grantmakers staff.
  • In communication with colleagues and through self-directed monitoring of the field, keeps up with best practices in philanthropy and impact investing and maintains awareness of community, state and national issues.
  • Tracks knowledgeable, engaging speakers and topics. Takes a customer-service approach to the role of liaison with program speakers to ensure they are prepared for our sessions and achieve program objectives.
  • Supports partnerships with members, subject matter experts and other philanthropy serving organizations to enhance SDG learning sessions and conferences through their participation.
  • Incorporates adult learning concepts into program design, including agenda co-creation, peer learning, and practical application of concepts. Deploys relationship building strategies to keep members connected to learning and to each other.
  • Works with colleagues to include peer-learning, technology, and immersive experiences that offer alternative learning environments (e.g., webinar with chat, small groups, site visits) and to extend access to content beyond its initial delivery (e.g., recordings, blogs, etc.).
  • Ensures that learning opportunities are available throughout the entire region by identifying geographically diverse spaces to host events and utilizing technology for remote learning options. 
  • Works collaboratively with SDG staff, volunteers and partners
  • Works closely with the VP of Collaboration & Special Initiatives and Program Committee to develop the annual schedule and incorporate staff, member, community, nonprofit and other partner voices.
  • Works with collaboration, policy and impact investing staff to develop related learning opportunities. 
  • Works with communications staff to collect and report member feedback and ensure it is reflected in program development.
  • Serves as liaison to Philanthropy CA Programs staff to co-create learning opportunities for our combined statewide membership base.
  • Works with the communications team to implement audience development strategies and ensure timely development and distribution of key communication materials for programs and conferences.
  • Works closely with event planning consultant to ensure seamless logistical planning and support for annual conference.
  • Works closely with vendors, as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements 

3+ years of demonstrated success developing and implementing programming and events; experience in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector preferred; connection to communities throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties preferred; proven capacity to quickly learn new things; excellent writing and research skills; experience in curriculum development, group facilitation, adult learning and network building a plus; strong attention to detail; excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence; top notch organizational skills with an ability to multi-task and work under deadline on multiple projects using solid project management and planning expertise; a creative thinker and a skilled implementer; ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a small team; passion for the wellbeing of all people in the binational region of San Diego and Imperial Counties; excitement to join a hard-working, fun-loving team.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Salesforce or other customer relationship databases, Asana or other project management cloudware; ability to lift 15 pounds, possession of a CA Driver's License with a good driving record and access to a reliable, properly insured vehicle for travel throughout the region.

The above job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the job. Management retains the right to add or to change the duties of the positions at any time with or without notice.

Salary and Benefits

San Diego Grantmakers provides a generous compensation package, including medical, dental, vision; a retirement plan; professional development opportunities; as well as paid vacation and holidays. The salary range is $50,000 to $60,000.

To Apply

Create a Submittable account and submit a cover letter and resume by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of this posting. No phone calls, walk-ins or recruiters please.  

San Diego Grantmakers provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military.