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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $116,000 - $122,000 - Salary
  • Organization Type: Art/Culture

Deaconess Foundation

Join us at Deaconess Foundation as a Full Time Director, Grants & Partnership, where you can make a difference in the St. Louis community. With a competitive salary range of $116,000 to $122,000 per year, this opportunity offers an exciting platform for experienced professionals in non-profit management, philanthropy, or related fields. Your expertise in project management, civic engagement, and public health can contribute to our mission of creating positive social change in St. Louis. As a key player in our organization, you will have the chance to drive impactful initiatives and foster partnerships within the community. Apply now to be part of our dynamic team!

Starting Annual Salary & Benefits:

To increase equity, and because we know that salary negotiations tend to have an unfair bias, we do not participate in salary negotiations outside of this stated starting annual salary range of $116,000 to $122,000.

You will receive great benefits such as Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement 403(b), Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Competitive Salary, Flexible Paid Time Off, Snack/Drink Room, Gym membership, Generous Parental Leave, Generous Caregiver Leave, Paid Holiday Break between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, Company Cell Phone or Limited Cell Phone Reimbursement, and Individual Staff Professional Development Budget. This position is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Deaconess seeks to create conditions where liberation is the lived reality within seven generations. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $100 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. Our grants and cultivated relationships support the accelerated change in conditions through policy, advocacy, and/or organizing efforts building and wielding power to transform systems to respond to the will of the people. The Foundation’s advocacy and grantmaking footprint includes St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties in Illinois.

The Director of Grants and Partnership at Deaconess Foundation is a visionary individual who champions trust-based philanthropy and nurtures collaborations across various sectors to propel the Foundation’s aspiration of liberation for future generations. In this full-time role, you will spearhead the establishment of strategic partnerships through grant allocation and offer support beyond financial assistance to enhance organizational capacities. Serving as a liaison between Deaconess Foundation and external stakeholders, you will play a crucial role in identifying innovative partnership opportunities grounded in community insights, best practices, and local needs. The position is exempt and salaried, reporting to the VP, Strategic Impact & Innovation, and managing grants & program staff.

Join us in driving impactful change and fostering meaningful connections in St. Louis and beyond.

To excel in the role of Director of Grants and Partnership at Deaconess Foundation, candidates should possess a diverse skill set including expertise in grant-making and capacity building, leadership, strategic and systems thinking, as well as strong writing and evaluation skills. Effective facilitation, collaboration, and staff management abilities are essential, along with proficiency in community engagement, relationship management, and project management. A commitment to racial equity and justice, coupled with emotional intelligence and radical hospitality, are essential traits. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent communication skills, inclusive people management practices, and the ability to overcome challenges with a focus on strategic decision-making. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, financial management, coaching, and mentoring are also key requirements for this dynamic position at our St. Louis-based foundation that serves the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois region.


  • Dedicated professional with commitment to racial equity and justice. Demonstrates commitment to embrace, understand, and apply concepts of racial equity as both processes and outcomes. Possesses the ability to surface and disrupt learned behaviors antithetical to Deaconess culture of well-being in pursuit of liberation i.e. disrupt perfectionism, sense of urgency, quantity over quality, worship of the written word, paternalism, either/or thinking, power hoarding, fear of open conflict, individualism, progress is more, objectivity, and right to comfort.
  • Ability to see the big picture in small details.
  • Sense of identity and self-awareness: Understands own identities and commits to suspend disbelief about identities of others.
  • Seeks awareness at all levels and particularly in issues involving ethics, power and values.
  • Emotional agility: Understands and works with own emotions and those of others to lead from one’s values rooted in Deaconess Foundation values.
  • Radical hospitality and external relations: Serves as an effective ambassador, builds connections, and maintains relationships with teammates, community members, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills. Conveys information effectively and flexibly across diverse audiences.
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents.
  • Capacities for organizational development, staff, and volunteer management.
  • Ability to assess needs, find and implement solutions.
  • Identifying and overcoming challenges: Sees and foresees obstacles, takes steps to understand and analyze the problems, identifies and executes appropriate solutions.
  • Decision-making and strategic focus: Aligns resources to strategy to make effective decisions.
  • Systems thinking: Makes decisions with a whole system perspective in pursuit of health justice and equity. Plays the role of broker and translator pushing for systems and institutions to accelerate being responsive to realize the priorities set by our most impacted communities.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, familiarity with databases and certain domains of data.
  • Inclusive people management: Approaches leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over.” Builds a high-performing team, appropriately structures jobs, and manages team in ways that improve their ability to succeed on the job. Fosters a culture of wellness with the team.
  • Coaching and mentoring: Enables teammates to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and motivation. Encourages and empowers personal and professional growth of individuals and teams.
  • Financial Management: careful use and stewardship of financial resources under one’s control. Adheres to budget as assigned. Assesses expense in relation to desired outcomes. Provides correct financial information as required.

Personal Characteristics

  • Advocate and exemplar for the values and mission of Deaconess Foundation.
  • Be committed to the pursuit of liberation being attuned to self and to current needs of the community.
  • Possess unbounded curiosity and enthusiasm about what our futures may hold, and creatively imagine and ignite new thinking.
  • Be open to growth and feedback.
  • Model high ethical standards and good judgment.
  • Collaborative and self-directed individual who is an independent thinker and a team player.
  • Orientation to social change through servant leadership.
  • Facilitative leader who is trustworthy, willing to raise tough questions and serves as a coach.
  • A well-organized individual with a focus on achieving goals in a timely manner.
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, discern and facilitate clarity.

Work Environment

Primarily indoor, office setting, high community contact. This job has a hybrid work environment, requiring working on-site, in person at the Deaconess Center at minimum 50% of the calendar month and working remotely or in community otherwise. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. The employee is constantly required to talk, hear, vocalize, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and operate a computer and mouse.

If you believe that this position matches your requirements, applying for it is a breeze. Best of luck!

Interview Process & Timeline

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis, with a desired start date of April 15. The interview process will likely consist of two interviews, with the potential for a work assignment or case-scenario to respond to. Candidates are paid a stipend for in-person interviews.

Desired Timeline:

  • Week of 3/4: First Round of Interviews Begin
  • End of Week of 3/11: Second Round of Interviews Begin
  • Monday, 3/25: Offer Extended
  • Monday, 4/15: Date of Hire

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.