Director, Leadership Development

Reports to: Executive Director

FLSA Status: Full-time/Exempt

Date: February 2022

Location: Temporarily remote. On a permanent basis, Washington, DC location is preferred, however remote locations will be considered. Once COVID conditions permit, regular domestic travel will be required, with recurring time expected in DC and California's Bay Area.

About the Organization
The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy works to ensure all communities, especially those that have suffered from structural racism and policies that have left them economically and socially isolated, can unlock the capital they need to thrive. We help communities set the stage for investments that advance their goals by helping leaders clarify local priorities, enlist institutions that could contribute to success, develop a pipeline of investments to achieve the vision, and change policies and practices to create a more supportive financing environment. We have a well-established framework and approach that community partnerships can use to mobilize investment capital to create opportunities for affordable housing, jobs, fresh foods, and other drivers of good health while making communities more cohesive, resilient, and environmentally sustainable in the face of climate change.

The Role
We are seeking a creative and curious self-starter with a commitment to shared leadership and achieving results, as well as a strong sense of intuition and emotional intelligence to direct the Center’s Leadership Development Team and play a significant leadership role for the organization. CCI’s leadership programs are grounded in racial equity and are designed to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to help disinvested communities achieve their environmental, social, and economic priorities. Our leadership work includes the Fulcrum Fellowship, the Field Catalyst programs, refinement of our curriculum, and network development efforts focused on linking the leaders from all of our programs. This emerging network of dynamic leaders is at the center of CCI’s vision for transforming community investment over the next five years to center community priorities and achieve greater impact. Responsibilities will involve working closely with leadership development staff, faculty, and external consultants on leadership development program design and implementation, nurturing and growing a network of leaders affiliated with the Center’s different programs, as well as cultivating external relationships with partner and peer leadership development programs. We strongly encourage candidates with an interest and commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice to apply.

Key Responsibilities
The Leadership Development department is currently managing two successful programs, and is expanding its activities to focus more broadly on influencing the field through networking and curriculum development. The Department Director’s duties will evolve and will likely include the following:

Support Field Building

  • Oversee efforts to consolidate and package leadership development curriculum modules for use in other CCI programs and by external partners
  • Help advance the Center’s learning and influence agendas, including sharing learnings and developing partnerships with other leadership development programs and funders
  • Participate in expansion of CCI’s network from core participants in LD programs to participants in other CCI programs and the field at large

Contribute to Organizational Leadership

  • Participate in CCI’s Coordinating Committee, a group of department heads that, together with the Executive Director, leads organizational strategy development and cross-departmental coordination
  • Establish and evolve a shared vision for community investment leadership that incorporates program design, recruitment, implementation, evaluation and learning, and network support
  • Lead CCI’s leadership development team, providing supervision and management, ensuring professional development and growth of team members, and integrating the team in the larger organization
  • Set and track annual goals, budget, and performance measures for the leadership development programs
  • Share achievements and learning with funders, CCI’s project advisory committee, CCI advisors and Lincoln staff and board as requested
  • With CCI’s Executive Director, lead fundraising efforts, funding proposals and funder reporting

Ensure Success of Program Offerings

  • Provide guidance and oversight to faculty, program manager and program assistant as they design and implement CCI’s flagship leadership programs, Fulcrum Fellowship and Field Catalyst Program
  • Ensure operational excellence in leadership program implementation, including budget development and oversight, contracting, and faculty relationships
  • Lead and support the department’s culture and practice of learning and evaluation across programmatic activities

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Direct experience leading community change
  • Fluency in core concepts and frameworks used at CCI including adaptive leadership, results-based accountability, capital absorption, community development
  • Brings a distributed leadership approach to organizational management 
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience in leadership development and/or community development and investment
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including cultural competence and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences 
  • Flexible and adaptive approach with the ability to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams
  • Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Certification in leadership coaching and leadership assessment tools is desired, such as MBTI, Emotional Intelligence, 360 tools


Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $160-180,000.

Benefits highlights include but are not limited to (a) 3x employer contribution towards retirement matching your employee contribution up to 15%, (b) health insurance, (c) dental insurance, (d) vision insurance, (e) 100% reimbursement of the health care deductible through a health reimbursement account, (f) short-term disability coverage, (g) long term disability coverage, (h) paid parental leave, (i) voluntary insurances such as accident insurance, (j) health care flexible spending, (k) dependent care flexible spending, (l) paid time off for holidays, vacation, personal, sick, bereavement, and jury duty, (m) office closure between December 24 – Jan 1 each calendar year, (n) flexible schedule and option for a compressed 4 day workweek, (o) tuition and staff development reimbursement, (p) pet insurance, and (q) Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Julia Howell Barros at by Friday, March 25, 2022.

About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, and Beijing, we organize our work in seven major areas: Planning and Urban Form, Valuation and Taxation, International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Latin America and the Caribbean, People’s Republic of China, The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and the Center for Community Investment.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law.

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The California Endowment.

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