Website Crown Family Philanthropies

About Crown Family Philanthropies
Crown Family Philanthropies (“CFP” or the “Foundation”) is the philanthropic division of Henry Crown and Company and CC Industries, Inc. and supports the Crown Family’s philanthropic and grantmaking endeavors. In 2009, after more than 60 years of family grantmaking under the name Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, CFP was developed to represent and facilitate an array of family grantmaking practices. Today the legacy of Arie and Ida Crown lives on in the work continued by their descendants, who remain dedicated to the Jewish tradition of tikun olam, or “repairing the world.” Supported by a professional staff of experts, CFP is led by more than 50 family members across multiple generations who come together to set strategy and make grantmaking decisions.

Position Description
Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP or the Foundation) seeks an Equity Lead to further CFP’s work, mission, and culture. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, intercultural awareness, collaboration, and community-building. Significant experience in the non-profit or philanthropic sector, with particular knowledge of the Chicagoland community, is a plus.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and appetite for learning and the project management skills to move forward complex initiatives with multiple stakeholders. They will have the gravitas and insight to facilitate challenging conversations among leadership, with the practical, compassionate approach of an experienced changemaker. They will understand and respect the critical need for discretion and humility when working for and representing a private family foundation.

The Equity Lead will report to the CFP President and work closely with the Director of Operations and other foundation leaders to focus on two primary areas: 1) CFP grantmaking, collaborating with program, operations, and engagement teams to ensure that considerations of diversity, equity, and inclusion shape CFP’s grantmaking practices and strategies; 2) CFP team and culture, providing the leadership and drive to design, advance, and refine best-in-class talent development and work culture that feed a supportive community of colleagues. This is a strategy-centered role focusing on equity in grantmaking and in team strategy.

Equity in Grantmaking:
· Lead an assessment of current CFP grantmaking practices
· Work with CFP program staff as they develop, implement, and expand grantmaking strategies that reflect and embody CFP’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as community building and investment that confronts and dismantles systems of discrimination, violence, racism, and anti-Semitism
· Work with CFP program and operations staff to ensure development and implementation of equitable grantmaking processes, including the application of an equitable lens on due diligence review and compliance, identification and implementation of partnerships, data collection, and impact assessment
· Work with engagement staff to ensure that DEI best practices continue to inform and guide their personal advisory services; collaborate with the engagement team to develop learning opportunities focused on promoting equity, countering racism and discrimination, and ensuring equitable approaches to family-based philanthropic efforts
· Collaborate with other grantmaking entities on field-wide activities that further DEI commitments within the philanthropic sector and strengthen CFP’s practices and partnerships; advance best practices and immediate needs around equitable grantmaking
CFP Team and Culture:
· In coordination with senior foundation leadership, advance CFP’s efforts to ensure best-in-class talent development, work culture, and inclusive community building within the CFP department; ensure equitable application of HCC/CCI DEI practices through development and implementation of the CFP Talent Plan
Build, refine, and implement CFP staff training opportunities and intra-departmental teams to bring an equity lens to our grantmaking work, team building, and culture
· Serve as an active participant and leader in convenings of funders at the local and national level, while acting with sensitivity and maintaining discretion as a representative of a private family foundation
· Represent CFP in the broader philanthropic field at community, grantee, funder meetings, and conferences and other professional development opportunities, as appropriate
Develop, facilitate, and leverage relationships with grantee partners, funders, and other external stakeholders to collaborate on efforts and maximize impact

Required Experience
• Minimum of seven years of progressive experience in a foundation, non-profit, and/or government agency working on diversity, equity, inclusion, intercultural awareness, team collaboration, and community-building
• Minimum of five years of progressive experience leading change management in the non-profit, philanthropic, government or corporate sector
• Minimum of five years of progressive experience in successful problem-solving and project management, including work with multiple groups of stakeholders at various levels of power, agency, and involvement
Minimum Knowledge/Skills Required
• Demonstrated ability to set clear goals and develop and implement metrics to measure outcomes
• Demonstrated work with senior leaders (close work with C-level executives and/or Board members a plus), including relationship management and meeting facilitation
• Demonstrated ability to act with humility, sensitivity, and discretion
• Experience as a highly collaborative team player who enjoys engaging with colleagues
• Excellent oral and written communications skills including ability to listen and synthesize multiple inputs with sensitivity, diplomacy and professionalism
• Superb organizational skills including ability to prioritize agendas and manage conflicting needs; ability to respond flexibly to shifting priorities
• Growth mindset with an eagerness to receive feedback and seek opportunities to grow


About CC Industries, Inc.
CC Industries goes to market through a portfolio of companies in the following industries: Transportation Equipment & Logistics, Packaging, Capital Equipment, and Food. A primary focus across the portfolio is on manufacturing and distribution including metal fabrication, machining, reinforced composites, injection molding, lamination, and assembly.

Why work for us?
CC Industries, located in downtown Chicago, is a family owned business with more than a 100-year legacy and track record of creating an inclusive and engaging work environment. The company offers a rewarding workplace with a culture rooted in core values of integrity, trust, and empowerment. The workplace offers a high-level of self-direction and engagement with others to create a collaborative environment.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals experiencing disability and BIPOC are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At CC Industries we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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