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Director Of Convening And Capacity Building

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Convening and Capacity Building oversees: 1) the Foundation’s non-profit sector capacity-building programs; and 2) ZSR’s efforts to connect and convene grantees and other partners. The position also co-leads ZSR’s efforts to operationalize its racial equity lens. This is a new position that will be part of a five-person executive team.

The Foundation’s three, long-standing, non-profit capacity-building programs include the Non-Profit Internship Program, the Sabbatical Program, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Fellowship. In addition, the Foundation is currently supporting two new capacity-building projects: the first is a partnership with the NC Center for Nonprofits (Center Managed Solutions) aimed at capacity-building for nearly twenty current grantees; the other is the Investing in Leaders of Color Fellowship that is working with foundations and nonprofits to support leaders who have faced systemic disadvantages in their work. This position will oversee these programs, in partnership with other staff, in addition to new capacity-building projects that the Foundation may pursue.

This position also will support the Foundation’s efforts to convene grantees and other partners as part of the Foundation’s All for NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. Convening provides opportunities for relationship-building, strategizing and learning, all of which are important parts of ZSR’s commitment to being a learning organization.

Along with the Director of Strategy and Learning the Director of Convening and Capacity-Building will co-lead ZSR’s efforts to operationalize its commitment to racial equity. This will include serving as a primary liaison to the Foundation’s racial equity consultant and working with staff and Trustees to deepen knowledge and improve practices, policies, and procedures related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The position requires the development of a thorough understanding of the Foundation and its priorities, operations, structure and culture. Experience with project management and meeting facilitation, as well as expertise in using a racial equity lens, are vital to this role. An understanding of philanthropy, of North Carolina, and of its communities, is preferred. The position is full-time and is based in Winston-Salem, NC.

Job description:


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is a statewide, private, family foundation, based in Winston-Salem, NC. For more than 85 years, ZSR has strived to support the efforts of North Carolinians to make our state a better place for everyone through investments totaling $667 million. Our All for NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning includes three strategies: a State-Level Systemic Change Strategy; a Community-Based Strategy; and an Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy. It also includes commitments to using a racial equity lens, to being a learning organization, and to participating in the life of the Foundation’s home community of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

Our mission:

To improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

Our core values:

  • Stewardship
  • Dignity and Equity
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Civic Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Fairness and Justice
  • Excellence


All staff work together to live out the Foundation's mission and core values. We are on a continuous journey to enhance our individual and institutional understandings of how to operationalize our shared commitments to racial equity, to engaging in the Foundation’s home community of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and to being a learning organization. The Director of Convening and Capacity-Building will play a key role in helping ensure that the Foundation is intentional in tending to these commitments.


  • Provide oversight of the Non-ProfitInternship Program, including but not limited to:
    • Manage the ZSR Fellows to implement the program
    • Work with the NC Network of Grantmakers(NCNG)to manage logistics
    • Attract additional funders to participate in the program
    • Help design and participate in the opening and closing sessions of the program
    • Work with other funders and NCNG to implement program evaluations
    • With the Director of Communications, implement a communications strategy
  • Provide oversight of the Sabbatical Program, including but not limited to:
    • Manage the selection process, including staffing the selection committee
    • In conjunction with the Travel/Meetings Coordinator, develop materials for the Sabbatical Committee, Executive Director and Board of Trustees
    • Serve as the primary staff liaison to applicants and former recipients
    • Manage the learning and evaluation objectives of the program
    • Convene program alumni every five years
    • Identify ways to grow and enhance the program
    • With the Director of Communications, implement a communications strategy
  • Provide oversight of the Z. Smith Reynolds Fellowship Program, including but not limited to:
    • Manage the selection process
    • Manage the Fellows, including assisting with hiring, orientation, overseeing and supporting workloads, conducting an exit interview and annually ensuring a smooth transition between Fellows
    • Manage the learning and evaluation aspects of the program
    • Convene and connect program alumni, as appropriate
    • With the Director of Communications, implement a communications strategy
  • Oversee ZSR’s additional capacity-building investments (currently including Center Managed Solutions and Investing in Leaders of Color) and identify additional possibilities for how ZSR can help build the capacity of the nonprofit sector


  • In conjunction with staff, Trustees, grantees and other partners, identify and implement opportunities for ZSR to connect stakeholders with one another around a common purpose. Initially, this primarily may be convening grantees within and across ZSR’s grantmaking strategies.
  • Co-create goals and agendas for convenings with those being convened
  • Identify and handle facilitation needs
  • With the Director of Strategy and Learning, identify learning goals and craft mechanisms for capturing learnings
  • Manage convening follow-up and appropriate next steps

Racial Equity Lens (Co-Lead with the Director of Strategy and Learning)

  • Help ZSR develop and implement the next steps of its racial equity journey, including managing racial equity/DEI consultants
  • Develop learning opportunities about racial equity for Trustees, staff and grantees
  • Support staff in further applying a racial equity lens to the Foundation’s strategies, processes, and operations including but not limited to assisting internal committees, reviewing current application and grant practices, etc.
  • Identify opportunities for staff and Trustees to further understand the ways in which systemic and institutional racism have and do intersect with the field of philanthropy
  • Stay abreast of the larger context of issues facing North Carolina at both the state and local levels, the ways in which race intersects with those issues, bring awareness to staff and Trustees, and develop ideas for addressing racial inequities

Operations and Communications

  • Work with the Director of Finance and Operations to create budget projections and descriptions for the convening, capacity-building and racial equity work
  • Work with the Director of Communications to share information with external audiences as appropriate


  • Commitment to the Foundation’s core values
  • 10+ years of work experience
  • Experience with project management
  • Experience managing convenings
  • Experience in meeting facilitation
  • Experience/expertise in using a racial equity lens
  • Experience with philanthropy is preferred
  • Knowledge of North Carolina and its communities is preferred
  • Highly collaborative; skilled connector and communicator
  • Highly detail-oriented, with superb organization and follow-through skills; proven ability to multi-task, strategize, problem solve and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain highly confidential information
  • Flexibility and adaptability in dealing with a variety of assignments, people and resources
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; comfort with technology and ability to learn and adopt new computer programs
  • Willing to reside in Forsyth County

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the person assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of personnel as classified. Other duties may be assigned as needed.


The Director of Convening and Capacity-Building is expected to work on-site in the office most days, with some flexibility for remote work. Our office is in downtown Winston-Salem. Occasional travel is likely, primarily around North Carolina. As part of the team of directors, occasional after-hours work may be required.


Following are physical and mental requirements of the position as typically performed. Inability to meet one or more of these physical and mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position. Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, the Foundation may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation.

  • Operates in a professional office environment and performs primarily sedentary work.
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, copiers, and phones.
  • Sits for prolonged periods at a desk. Frequent standing and walking. Occasional stooping, reaching, bending, climbing, pushing, pulling.
  • Repetitive use of fingers and hands for typing and other tasks.
  • Frequent listening, speaking, and use of visual acuity.
  • Reading and writing at an intermediate to complex level.
  • Occasional lifting up to 35 lbs.
  • Ability to use all senses to safely drive a vehicle, and ability to drive a vehicle.


Salary range is $140,000 - $175,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include generous paid time off (PTO) and holidays, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick leave and short-term disability, parental leave and a 403(b) retirement plan. There is no waiting period for participation in the 403(b) retirement plan. Other optional benefits include a flexible benefit plan, matching gifts program, professional development, and tuition reimbursement.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is committed to equality and diversity. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, or cultural background. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employees based on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected class.

Winston-Salem, NC
$140,000 - $175,000

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