Hiring: Jackson Partnerships Coordinator – Mississippi Water Crisis

The role of the Jackson Partnerships Coordinator (Coordinator) will be to serve as a single point of contact for cross-sector response, helping to identify both emergency and longer-term needs across the city, identify and respond to potential funding sources, and direct resources appropriately. This Coordinator, housed within the Community Foundation for Mississippi, will work closely with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Water Crisis Advisory Group, Office of the Mayor, the Mississippi Alliance for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and philanthropic partners to implement effective public-private initiatives and promote an organizational response and recovery structure for this work. The Coordinator will encourage strong communication and collaboration on projects of shared interest and facilitate sustainable interaction across sectors. The position calls for a seasoned, professional leader with an innovative spirit and passion for the City of Jackson and the state of Mississippi. Research into candidates suggest the ideal staffing model will engage a deputy coordinator to shadow the coordinator and learn the job, so that it may be handed over at the appropriate time without losing continuity. Offers of funding from several sources may be combined to facilitate this plan.

Jackson Partnerships Coordinator

The Jackson Partnerships Coordinator will work directly with the Community Foundation’s leadership and a network of partners to respond to the current water crisis and support public programs and services benefitting Jackson’s residents. The Coordinator will manage a dedicated fund within CFM and serve as liaison between the Jackson Office of the Mayor and cross-sector supporters of the City.  The Coordinator will also interact with nonprofit organizations, foundations, donors, and external advisors to support the City. This position is envisioned as a contract position for a period of not less than 16 months, with these expectations:

  • Work closely with CFM Board of Trustees, Water Crisis Advisory Group, the Alliance, Jackson Office of the Mayor and other key stakeholders to identify community needs and match resources
  • Communicate regularly with the Office of the Mayor to ensure alignment and that private funds raised are addressing public priorities
  • Lead fundraising based on identified needs; cultivate private sector support from foundations, corporations, and individuals for priority City initiatives; and manage ongoing relationships with donors
  • Work closely with project partners to ensure funds are managed in a fiscally responsible manner and are in accordance with program deliverables, donor requirements, and CFM guidelines
  • Work with the Foundation’s Director of Finance and Director of Strategic Impact to manage grant deadlines, deliverables, and reporting needs
  • Establish a strong working relationship with CFM’s Water Advisory Board and capture their insights, talents and assets to enhance goals
  • Regularly convene philanthropic and corporate funding partners to ensure strong communications and coordination of activities, fundraising, and the allocation of resources
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and record of outcomes; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve targeted goals
  • Coordinate relevant activities with both the Foundation and City’s Communications team staff to ensure work is transparent and properly communicated to all stakeholders

Experience and qualifications should include:

  • At least 5 years of project management experience at corporate or government level
  • Strong written, organizational, and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record in grant writing, fundraising and donor relations
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative approach to planning; integrity, mission-driven, and self-directed

Letter of interest and resume to jane@formississippi.org no later than November 18, 2022.

For Strategic Impact: Donor Advised and Scholarship Funds

The Community Foundation for Mississippi works with donors to simplify and streamline their charitable giving through personal giving accounts such as donor advised and scholarship/award funds. By allowing donors to centralize their gifts and recommend grants at any time, we make giving easy, allowing donors to focus on the impact they are making with the causes they care about. 

These types of funds also allow the holders to leave a legacy by continuing charitable giving beyond one’s lifetime. Other fund holders may choose to honor the memory of a loved one by focusing on philanthropic grantmaking that reflects their values. 

Here are just a few stories of those working through CFM to connect legacy to generosity. 

Field of hay bales.

Jones Charitable Family Fund

Even before contacting CFM, the Jones family made philanthropy a part of their daily lives. When a farm was sold, creating a donor advised fund was the perfect way to realize a capital gains tax benefit and continue to support nonprofits making their communities a better place through fund grantmaking. Fundholder Bryan Jones said it was a “win, win.” When making decisions about capital gains, donor-advised funds are a perfect way to earn a tax benefit and impact the community.

Image of Blake Coghlan with field behind him.

Blake Coghlan Ag Scholarship Fund

At 19 years old, Blake Coghlan had dreams of building the best farm in the Delta. A native of Holly Bluff, Mississippi, born to a fourth generation Mississippi farm family, he was a promising young farmer. Tragically, in an unfortunate accident, Blake lost his life. The Blake Coghlan Memorial Ag Scholarship was established at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to provide financial assistance to a graduating high school senior from Yazoo County or Sharkey County intending to study Agriculture or Agriculture-related degree at a Mississippi 4-year or 2-year institution.

A group stands together in the gym at Murrah High School during an awards ceremony. Two of the students hold up enlarged checks with their names on them for $5,000.

Leland R. Speed Scholarship for Top Cadets

Established by William VanDevender, a CFM donor with a donor advised fund, the scholarship and fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi honors the late Leland R. Speed, a Jackson leader who served his state and country. The scholarship is awarded each year for the Jackson Public Schools JROTC Overall Top Cadet and the Murrah High School JROTC Top Cadet. The family was inspired by Speed’s passion for higher education and his appreciation for the JROTC program’s ability to produce the best and brightest candidates.