Senior Community Partner – Behavioral Health

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Concord, NH
Job Type
Salary Type
Salary Range
$92,234 - $96,334

About the Organization

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation created by and for the people of New Hampshire. Of the more than 700 community foundations nationwide, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is among the oldest and largest. We manage a growing collection of 2,000 philanthropic funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses. These donors make it possible for the Foundation to award more than $60 million in grants and scholarships every year. We work with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, support great work happening in our communities and lead and collaborate on high-impact initiatives.

About the Job


Position Summary:

The Senior Community Partner is responsible for advancing the Foundation's purpose and achieving equity, racial justice and economic security through community engagement, effective grantmaking, managing grant programs, advancing Foundation strategic initiatives, and informing donor-advised grantmaking. Senior Community Partners also develop and share community knowledge with staff, donors, and community leaders. This position is focused on supporting NHCF’s substance use disorder (SUD) and behavioral health initiatives and the Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation (GRCHF).  Duties will also include contributing as a team member to advancing other identified strategic initiatives.  The position is statewide and requires regular presence in the Concord office and statewide travel. 


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Community Engagement and Impact

In partnership with and under the direction of the Initiative Lead or Director of Community Impact:

  • Identifies and evaluates opportunities for using foundation resources and levers to achieve outcomes – grants, public policy, and community engagement --  and presents strategic recommendations that achieve the goals of NHCF SUD and behavioral health initiatives.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key partners including nonprofit collaborators and grantees, elected and appointed officials from the public sector, and community leaders .
  • Manages the work of grant committees that may be established to bring community engagement to the grantmaking process and serves as a content area knowledge resource to the committees. 
  • Contributes to evaluation and learning related to work conducted under programmatic initiatives and recommends and implements modifications to Foundation strategy based on outcomes and lessons learned. 
  • Contributes to grantmaking in assigned areas, in collaboration with other CEI department staff, including:
    • Manages and oversees grant programs.
    • Reviews applications; recommends funding; responds to funding requests. 
    • Monitors and reports on grant outcomes to staff, donors as requested, and other stakeholders 
  • Manage ongoing grant programs
  • Participate on community-based workgroups or committees, including but not limited to the NH Children’s System of Care Advisory Council and other collective impact efforts within the behavioral health space
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and coordination of work under NHCF’s service agreements with GRCHF in the areas of finance and investment, community expertise and engagement, grantmaking and governance and administration. Guides the GRCHF board in the areas of community engagement and grantmaking.  Establishes and maintains relationships with community members and organizations in Strafford County with a focus on elevating voices of Strafford County residents.   

Providing Community Leadership 

In partnership with and under the direction of the Initiative Lead or Director of Community Impact:

  • Represent NHCF externally on needs and issues related to strategic initiative areas and advancing the goals of strategic initiatives. 
  • Works directly at the community level to meaningfully engage individuals and stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs responding to community need in strategic initiative areas.

Informing Donor-advised Grantmaking

  • Provides grantmaking advice and planning, and responds to staff and donor inquiries, working with Donor Engagement and Philanthropy (DEPS) staff to increase donor engagement and giving with a specific focus on strategic initiative areas.
  • Reviews grant applications and advises on community needs, quality nonprofits, best practices, and grantmaking or impact investing opportunities for donors.  

Developing and Sharing Community Knowledge

  • Acquires and shares community knowledge with staff, donors, prospects, and community leaders to inform grantmaking, grantee practice and Foundation initiatives, or to provide content for Foundation materials and events as needed.


  • Performs other duties as assigned


Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes:

  • Belief in the purpose and values of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills; demonstrated ability to interact well with and respect a diverse range of people, experiences, and constituencies
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with NH’s substance use disorder ecosystem, including prevention, treatment, harm reduction and peer recovery supports
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in children’s behavioral health issues and NH youth-serving systems 
  • Experience or willingness to learn about the social determinants of health. 
  • Experience or willingness to develop skills in using grantmaking, public policy and community engagement to achieve stated outcomes. 
  • Knowledge and/or experience with intentional and meaningful involvement of individuals and communities in the development and implementation of programs and/or policies that affect them
  • Understanding of and experience with the nonprofit sector
  • Broad understanding of equity and social justice issues and philanthropy's role in advancing equity
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and judgment
  • Ability to learn, hold, and share knowledge across a range of topics. 
  • Ability to be self-directed, as well as succeed and thrive in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate others, and assume leadership on a team when appropriate
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including active listening, and public speaking
  • Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks/projects, as well as prioritizing tasks within projects and delegating when appropriate
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to present complex ideas and analysis of ideas


Essential Qualifications:

  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to the needs of the role
  • Background in Public Health or Macro Social Work a plus 
  • Nonprofit, public agency or for-profit (in an adjacent field) experience required
  • Strong computer skills, including email, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and databases
  • Valid driver’s license
How to Apply

The Foundation offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume by email to Please reference ‘ Sr. Community Partner – Behavioral Health – (your name)’ in the subject line. A full job description may be found at

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation welcomes diversity and does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of factors such as race, color, sex, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, and veteran.