Senior Manager, Systems Change Initiatives

January 5th, 2022
Senior Manager, Systems Change Initiatives

Senior Manager, Systems Change Initiatives

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Programs/Services
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Community Improvement, Education, Human Services

The Role: 

The Social Impact Exchange (aka “Exchange”) is addressing critical social issues by leveraging a broad-based network of multi-sector stakeholders to advance the field of equitable systems change, including the increased flow of capital and other resources to systems transformation initiatives. The Senior Manager will play a key role in the development and support of this work. They will work with and grow a range of important relationships and work: from cross-sector collaboratives of funders and stakeholders involved in co-funding systems change in various issues, to our National Conference and Learning Community that focus on sharing key learnings, approaches and case studies on integrated, systemic change strategies that center racial equity. 

Reporting directly to the Vice President, the Senior Manager will help steward key relationships (funders and key institutions) in major SIE initiatives, and work to ensure stakeholders’ positive experience across SIE’s complementary initiatives. Responsibilities include an important role in the design and execution of SIE’s co-funding collaboratives and its learning convenings, such as its Learning Community and National Conference. They will help deepen relationships with external partners, such as funder networks, affinity groups, thought leaders and coalitions. The Senior Manager will also play a key cross-functional role within the organization, including network weaving across stakeholder groups, helping to integrate SIE’s offerings, project management across SIE’s activities, participating in internal strategy and process planning for SIE initiatives, and support of stakeholder communications. 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will bring a minimum of 8+ years of relevant experience in philanthropy (in education, health, economic equity, or other issues) and/or nonprofit development/fundraising, preferably with exposure to funding innovative strategies for systemic social change that focus on equity and particularly racial equity. They will work with the leadership at the Exchange to build an enduring, robust learning and action ecosystem in the social sector to advance equitable systems change.

  • They will be self-driven with a keen and demonstrated commitment to advance the Exchange’s ambitious goals, including a passion for equity and racial equity. 

  • The Senior Manager will have a proven track record of successfully stewarding external groups, and relationship management paired with an understanding of leading issues in the sector (e.g. education, health economic equity) and ideally with exposure to systems change strategies. 

  • They will be an excellent collaborator both internally and externally and be a capable manager and influencer of people and process. 

  • They will excel at executing and operationalizing key initiatives and collaborative groups. 

  • Outstanding written/oral communications skills are essential as are keen attention to detail and the flexibility to operate with unknowns while innovating and establishing best practices, systems, and processes. 

  • Also important are a thirst to learn and to support a culture of continuous learning and improvement. 

  • Strong working knowledge of supporting digital communications technologies and software applications is essential, including online convening platforms e.g., Zoom.

Work environment:  

The Exchange is a small organization and operates with a nimble, entrepreneurial mindset. As such, the Senior Manager should have professional work approaches and organizational skills that allow them to work well independently and be highly self-supporting. Further, adaptability, collegiality and internal community building are important attributes of the Exchange’s culture.

About the Social Impact Exchange:

The Exchange is a national membership association that was launched in 2009 with funding from Robert Wood Johnson, Rockefeller and Gates Foundations. Its goal is to help create a society where all individuals can thrive, with a particular focus on addressing systemic racial inequities that continue to marginalize BIPOC communities. It now has 6,000+ multi-sector members interested in learning together and funding clusters of well-vetted initiatives that can shift systems and achieve large scale equitable impact on difficult social problems. This includes major shifts in mindsets, power, and societal structures and resources flows to support equity and racial equity. Its purpose is to serve as a focal point and forum for those interested in further building the field of equitable systems change, and a platform that facilitates the efficient flow of capital to systems change efforts.  

The Exchange has three main functions: (a) Establish diverse, multi-sector collaborative networks that fund and advance initiatives that together can achieve systems change and large-scale impact on specific issues; (b) Develop and communicate knowledge, on systems change, collaboration and large-scale impact; (c) Build field infrastructure that enables community-involved collective action focused on systems change to emerge as a primary approach to addressing complex social problems. This includes establishing communities of funders and other stakeholders that learn together, map problems and solutions together, and co-fund complementary initiatives that lead to equitable systems transformation. In pursuit of its mission, SIE seeks to continuously adapt and improve its own culture and operations to center equity and racial equity so that it does not reinforce norms that are disempowering and non-inclusive. The Exchange is the signature initiative of Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN).  

To Apply:

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format only), salary requirement and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected]

To expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) – Senior Manager Candidate as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. Resumes without cover letters or salary requirement will not be considered. No phone calls, please. Those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your resume as having been received unless your email has bounced back.  

Candidates of Color are Encouraged to Apply. SIE believes in a culture that is inclusive, culturally responsive and welcoming where all team members feel they belong and can thrive as integral and contributing members of the organization and its mission.


  • Fair, equitable, and competitive pay

  • Best-in-class health benefits

  • Respect for work-life balance, including a flexible work from home policy

  • Five sick days and up to 20 personal time off [PTO] days, as well as holidays

  • Other paid time off when the office closes the last week of the year

Social Impact Exchange is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, perceived disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other legally protected characteristic.

The statements in our job descriptions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work currently being performed in the position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of the employee. Duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Social Impact Exchange

  • 575 Lexington Ave, 4th floor
  • New York, New York 10022
  • U.S.
  • Phone:
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