The J.M. Kaplan Fund is a leading family philanthropic organization established in 1945 by Jacob M. Kaplan that has continued through four generations. The Fund has benefited from unwavering family support, talented and devoted staff, and creative leadership throughout its history. Today, the fourth generation, known as the Concord Group, is looking for a Coordinator to aid in the overall management, coordination and expansion of its grants program, inaugurated in early 2023.
The Concord Group is composed of the 16 great-grandchildren of J. M. Kaplan. Ranging in age, geographic location, and educational and professional background, the members of this fourth generation are nonetheless united in their dedication to justice, equality, freedom, and a sustainable future for all people. They seek to be leaders in innovative and adaptable philanthropy focused on grantmaking that builds opportunity and creates lasting impact.
The Concord Group Coordinator will be a talented individual tasked with overseeing this generation’s grantmaking efforts, connecting members with emerging organizations and issue areas, encouraging and systematizing group communications and reporting, and maximizing the resources and connections of the J.M. Kaplan Fund to help grow the reach of the Concord Group’s philanthropic work. This person will work as a consultant to the J.M. Kaplan Fund approximately 20 hours per week, reporting to and partnering with the Fund’s Executive Director to help craft and execute a tailored learning and philanthropic agenda. The Coordinator will be the Fund’s primary point-of-contact with and for the Concord Group, assisted by the Fund’s staff and its grantmaking infrastructure.
In its first year of thematic giving, just completed, the Concord Group’s learning and philanthropy were concentrated on food insecurity. In 2024 the group will focus on childcare and youth development, and while any level of expertise in this issue area is welcomed, it is not a requirement of the role. The group works individually, as a whole, and especially in “squads” – small groups comprised of siblings and cousins across families.
- Manage administrative support to the Concord Group, including overseeing individual, group, and squad communications, monitoring grant-making progress, and organizing in-person and virtual convenings.
- With the Executive Director, craft and execute a learning agenda inspired by the Concord Group’s philanthropic theme(s) and conduct research to support individual and squad grantmaking.
- Serve as lead point-of-contact and support for Concord Group members.
- Handle ongoing communication and frequent contact with Concord Group Members, outside partners and grantees, and J.M. Kaplan Fund staff.
- Help communicate information to Concord Group members, including program information, news releases, upcoming event invitations, and articles / publications of interest.
- Support Concord Group member meetings, including agenda creation and coordination, meeting logistics, material preparation, on-site management, and meeting minutes.
- Coordinate squad workplans, ensuring that the squad experience includes inclusive opportunities for deliberation, equitable information sharing, and clear integration with other governance structures.
- Compile and disseminate a quarterly board book to the Concord Group and provide quarterly reports to J.M. Kaplan staff and the Fund’s Trustees.
- Identify and create opportunities for the Concord Group to meet, interact with, and learn from innovative, emerging and growing organizations, campaigns, and social efforts through Concord-hosted events, specific meetings, and outside gatherings.
- As directed, administer surveys, assessments, and benchmarking research projects such that the Concord Group’s structures and governance remain relevant to the group’s needs and best practice.
- 3-5 years of progressively more responsible administrative experience working with board-level constituents at a non-profit. Multi-generational board and / or Millennial / Gen-Z-led board experience is preferred.
- Ability to handle delicate and confidential material and to work with autonomy and as a team player in advancing goals.
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
- A “self-starter” attitude.
- Strong administrative and organizational skills; the ability to handle multiple projects concurrently and accurately while adhering to timelines and budgets.
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build equity, diversity, and inclusion in the governance function; culturally competent with respect to issues such as racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
- Occasional night and weekend work required around events.
- College degree or equivalent required.
- Excellent sense of humor.
Remuneration and Location:
The remuneration for this consulting contract is $60,000 for the 2024 calendar year. The Concord Group Coordinator may work entirely remotely, with occasional trips to NYC; if the Coordinator is NYC-based, they may choose to work in-person at the J.M. Kaplan Fund office.
The J.M. Kaplan Fund recruits, hires, and trains its staff and consultants without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, ethnic identity, national origin, age, creed, religion, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. We are interested in hearing from every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States; we are not able to sponsor visas at this time.
How To Apply:
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Concord Group Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for additional information.