Our Vision

Empowered residents creating a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley.

Our Mission

To advance community-building in the underresourced communities of Warren and Youngstown, in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, through a powerful combination of grantmaking, capacity building, convening and partnerships.

Our Values

  • Resident Engagement
  • Race Equity and Inclusion
  • Social Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Community Investment
  • Learning

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

You may save your application and return to complete it at a later time.

With a commitment to racial equity, the Foundation strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Background and Purpose

The Wean Foundation is a private foundation that leverages a powerful combination of grantmaking, capacity building and convening and partnerships to advance community building in the underresourced communities of Warren and Youngstown, Ohio.

Driven by our values, we partner with residents, organizations and civic leaders to focus on viable solutions that move us towards our vision of empowered residents creating an equitable Mahoning Valley. Since our founding in 1949, we have refined our strategies and dedication to creating a future where race has no influence on how a person fares in society.

The Executive Assistant to the President (EA) will have a deep proficiency in a broad range of administrative skills, performing work well beyond the scope of entry-level assistants. The individual chosen will take on administrative and project-related tasks to allow the president to focus on Foundation priorities. Responsible for a wide variety of complex duties, the EA will be an integral team member, serving as the key representative of the president’s office.

Key Responsibilities

The EA will be responsible to drive the following:

Office Administration

  • Prioritize tasks and projects daily, monitor emails, documents or material requiring input and/or approval.
  • Draft written correspondence including organizational-wide and daily correspondence with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Create a wide range of materials, including PowerPoint presentations, briefings and support with editing collateral items produced by various departments.
  • Plan and execute a variety of special projects including site visits, PR/ Media branding opportunities, and org-wide gatherings and activities, in collaboration with appropriate staff.
  • Process monthly credit card expenses.

Calendar Management

  • Manage President’s calendar and coordinate high-level meetings with internal and external stakeholders, proactively communicating needed changes, responding to conflicts and anticipating and coordinating related arrangements.
  • Manage successful and efficient meetings including coordination of venues, meeting materials and documentation, including agenda planning, notetaking, synthesizing outcomes and distribution of advance materials as well as follow-on action items with task owners to ensure completion.
  • Manage logistics for travel, making reservations and coordinating related needs; responsible for reviewing and preparing monthly expense reports.

Board Relations

  • Manage board activities (meetings, new member orientation, etc.), utilizing online board management platform.
  • Oversee Board Discretionary Fund.
  • Record notes or minutes for a range of meetings.

Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Associates or BA degree in business management or a business-related field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional work in executive administrative support is ideal.
  • Demonstrate a current understanding of the Mahoning Valley’s political and cultural contexts, issues and challenges.
  • Possess a track record of designing and implementing efficient and accurate processes to manage executive administrative work.

Competencies:

  • High level of discretion, critical thinking and judgement in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Clear, effective communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite; expertise in Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Proven project management skills for multiple, simultaneous tasks, projects and priorities.

You Are a Candidate If:

  • You are a confident professional and desire to use your organizational and prioritization skills to manage workflow and keep leadership on task, on time and informed.
  • You possess superb interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse populations. You demonstrate a keen sense of discretion and maintain confidentiality when handling sensitive materials and issues.
  • You can anticipate the executive’s needs and make independent decisions when necessary. You adapt, stay focused and remain nimble in the face of rapid change, responding thoughtfully to emerging issues quickly and with efficiency. You plan ahead, work within deadlines and have high attention to detail and accuracy.
  • You are flexible, self-directed, and possess good judgement in balancing independent work with the need to seek guidance and ensure alignment with top priorities. You are at home in a lean environment, play well with others, pitch in whenever needed and can work autonomously and as a team player.
  • You are a proactive problem solver and strategic thinker taking advantage of available resources to address challenges and opportunities. You enjoy implementing effective solutions when a clear lack of process or standard is absent.
  • You are energized by setting goals and objectives, translate ambition into tangible activities and results, and analyze performance using data and insights.
  • You have a high degree of self-awareness relative to your strengths and weaknesses. You have a willingness to pursue training and development opportunities to continuously build knowledge and skills and share expertise with others.
  • You thrive in a work culture that values diversity, racial equity and belonging. You possess a genuine interest in amplifying the voices of the people least heard in society.

Details

  • Full time (40 hours per week).
  • Compensation: Ranges from $45,500 to $55,500 - commensurate with experience.
  • Competitive benefits package (health, dental, and retirement).

Reports To:

President

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

You may save your application and return to complete it at a later time.

With a commitment to racial equity, the Foundation strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

The Wean Foundation is a private foundation that leverages its resources and experience to accelerate community building in the underresourced communities of Warren and Youngstown, Ohio.

Every day, we partner with residents, organizations and civic leaders through a dynamic combination of grantmaking, capacity building and convening and partnerships. Since our founding in 1949, we have refined our strategies and dedication to creating a future where race has no influence on how a person fares in society.

The Wean Foundation seeks to use our communications to​ provoke fresh thinking, partner with residents and organizations and disrupt the conditions that hold problems in place. We seek to:

  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of our funding opportunities, programs, and events
  • Deepen understanding of the issues being addressed through our work
  • Provide greater exposure for the work of our grantees and partners

The position of Communications Officer is a newly created position and will be an integral team member; the individual chosen will be the sole professional responsible for leading the Foundation’s communications efforts to advance its vision, mission and values.

Key Responsibilities

The Communications Officer will be responsible to drive the following:

Communications Strategy

  • Implement and monitor the 2020 Communications Strategy, developing organizational practices to ensure the Foundation’s brand, positioning and voice are consistently reflected in all external and internal communications.
  • Develop systems, procedures and applications to optimally deliver information in a variety of formats (website, social media, published reports, print materials, promotional materials).
  • With leadership, develop and manage communications budget.

Content Development

  • Prepare communications to complement and support a wide range of program areas, initiatives and audiences including the drafting and editing written materials including publications (e.g., reports, press releases, articles, presentations); promotional material (e-blasts, ads, etc); website content; social media posts and campaigns; and scripts/talking points.
  • Develop and manage crisis communications, policies and procedures.

External Relations

  • Coordinate with local media outlets; pitch stories and respond to media inquiries.
  • Coordinate with grantees to amplify their voice and advance their work in the community.
  • Manage and oversee outsourced work of communication firm and vendors. (graphic design, photography, videography)

Team Learning and Partnership

  • Manage communication projects, coordinating staff, tasks and timelines.
  • Identify relevant communications opportunities and emerging issues and execute appropriate strategies.
  • Provide staff support and training on communication activities such as social media, speaking engagements and media interviews.

Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • BS/BA or MA degree in communications, public relations or journalism.
  • A minimum of five years of professional work in a communications agency or in-house experience is ideal. Previous experience in philanthropy or nonprofits (or managing their communications as an external partner) is highly valued.
  • Demonstrate a current understanding of the Mahoning Valley’s political, cultural and media contexts, issues and challenges.
  • Possess a track record of designing and executing communication strategy effectively, using internal and external resources to achieve measurable impact.

Competencies:

  • Exceptional writer, compelling storyteller and gifted communicator.
  • Adherence to organizational and AP Style Guide.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite.
  • Proficiency in social media platforms (FB, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Experience managing online content management and email marketing platforms (WordPress, Constant Contact).
  • Proven project management skills that include vendors/consultant components.

You Are a Candidate If:

  • You are confident, professional and desire to use your persuasive skills to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley.
  • You thrive in a work culture that values diversity, racial equity and belonging. You possess a genuine interest in amplifying the voices of the people least heard in society.
  • You are energized by the power of listening and feedback to create positive change.
  • You are a lifelong learner applying current research, data and fact-checking to enhance your work, educate and inspire your audience and maintain credibility.
  • You are action-oriented and tackle problems as they arise, taking advantage of available resources to address challenges and opportunities. You enjoy figuring out the pieces of the puzzle and see barriers as an opportunity to work through.
  • You are a strategic thinker with the ability to implement tactically. You set goals and objectives, translate ambition into tangible activities and results, and analyze performance using data and insights.
  • You are a thoughtful relationship builder and engaging communicator. You communicate ideas in ways that inspire others to action. You have strong presentation skills and convey integrity and empathy when presenting to a group.
  • You are flexible, self-directed, well-organized and can efficiently handle multiple priorities. You are at home in a lean environment with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of rapid change. You play well with others, pitch in wherever is needed, and can work autonomously and as a team player.
  • You have a high degree of self-awareness relative to your strengths and opportunities for growth.

Details

  • Full time (40 hours per week).
  • Compensation: Ranges from $55,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience.
  • Competitive benefits package (health, dental and retirement).

Reports To:

Jennifer Roller, President

Overview
Neighborhood SUCCESS, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, awards $500 to $5,000 to support grassroots groups in Warren and Youngstown with the most promising efforts to address Resident Identified Priorities and:

  • Center race equity and inclusion in the design, implementation and impact
  • Expand meaningful participation and leadership of residents closest to the challenge
  • Build community by encouraging communication, collaboration and connection among residents and organizations
  • Leverage the financial, human and material resources that exist in the community

Resident Identified Priorities

  • Race equity and inclusion
  • Blight remediation and housing conditions
  • Job training and entrepreneur development
  • Food security and healthy food access
  • Youth employment, training and recreation
  • Neighborhood safety
  • Community cohesion and unity
  • Digital inclusion
  • Effective and accountable government and civic leadership


COVID Response
For 2021 the Neighborhood SUCCESS Grants Program has been adapted to be responsive to the pandemic, and the additional fall 2021 round will include a streamlined application process, on-demand grantseeker orientation and an expedited review process.
Within the Resident Identified Priorities above requests will be considered for:
COVID Stabilization - efforts related to overcoming neighborhood challenges caused or made worse by the pandemic
Program/Operations - resources to bolster organization operations or programs

Technical Assistance

The RSVP period for scheduled virtual technical assistance sessions has ended, and you may contact Tara Walker-Pollock at tpollock@rjweanfdn.org for further guidance. Please note that having already reviewed the application guidelines, viewing the Step-by-Step On-Demand Orientation Videos and beginning to draft an application are all ideal before reaching out to receive more specific feedback for your grant proposal, 


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 21, and reviewed by the Resident Council. Organizations may only receive one Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant per year. If an application was unsuccessful during the spring 2021 round, it can be amended and submitted for consideration at this time.

The Foundation Does Not Fund:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
  • Individuals, businesses/for profit entities
  • Individual scholarships or grants, even if through an otherwise qualified organization
  • Religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes
  • Government agencies or departments
  • Endowment funds or capital campaigns
  • Fundraising event sponsorship
  • Political campaigns or promotion of issues
  • Debt reduction
  • Foreign operations or expenditures
  • National fundraising campaigns or mass mailing campaigns
  • Veterans' organizations or fraternal societies


Grantee Project Management
Should a grant be awarded:
Grantee Orientation
Grantees and fiscal sponsors are required to complete the Grantee Orientation before funds are released. The orientation outlines the program/staff grantee relationship and provides support for the implementation of the project.
Implementation
Projects must be completed by October 31, 2022.
Racial Equity Institute
The grantee's primary and secondary contacts are required to participate in the Race Equity and Inclusion two-day Phase I Workshop within the grant period at no charge to the grantee. Due to COVID safety guidelines the training is virtual until further notice.
Utilization
Funds that are not expended or committed for approved purposes during the grant period must be returned to the Foundation.
Grantee Check-ins
Foundation staff and grantees share the responsibility of maintaining contact: in person, by phone or online.
Share the Learning
At the end of the grant period, grantees share successes and key learning from their projects through either:

  • Completion of the Budget Form and participation in an opportunity to showcase their work or
  • Completion of the Share the Learning Narrative and Budget Form.


For questions regarding any of the Neighborhood SUCCESS Fall 2021 Guidelines, you may contact Tara Walker-Pollock at 330-394-5600 x105.