Hiring for the unique job of leading a collective impact initiative can be complicated. We worked with our leaders on the ground to compile videos, job descriptions and lessons learned to help in the process!

Hiring the right person to lead a collective impact initiative can be a confusing process for many reasons. Sometimes multiple partners come together to make the selection and sometimes someone is appointed that has already been spearheading the work in its infancy. Either way, the job is inevitably a very unique one that requires a breadth of tangible and intangible skills and competencies. In collaboration with our partners at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, we have pooled learning from initiative directors in The Integration Initiative and Working Cities Challenge around what it takes to effectively lead an initiative, and what to look for in a candidate.

1. Bundle of Sample Job Descriptions

As a practical addition to the lessons learned and advice in the resources listed below, download a bundle of sample job descriptions from our partners by clicking on the blue “download this document” button in the top right corner of this page.

2. Blog: Hiring Initiative Directors

A summary of lessons learned and recommendations from current initiative directors in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge.

3. Video: Advice from an Integration Initiative Director

In this nine minute video, Monique Baptiste-Good, Director of Newark’s Integration Initiative called the Strong Healthy Communities Initiative, discusses her work, her role, and what to look for when hiring someone to do similar work.

Monique Baptiste-Good explains what it takes to lead a collective impact partnership

4. Video: Advice from a Working Cities Challenge Director

In this seven minute video, Fariq Khelfaoui, Director of Holyoke’s Working Cities Challenge Initiative called SPARK Holyoke, discusses his work, his role, and what to look for when hiring someone to do similar work.

Farid Khelfaoui describes what it takes to lead a cross-sector partnership