First 5 LA

Manager, Investment Integration

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

REPORTS TO: Director of Integration and Learning

Under the general direction of the Vice President of Integration & Learning, and the Director of Integration and Learning, the Manager, Investment Integration is responsible for creating the organization-wide process for initiation of all new investments (i.e., grants, partnerships, contracts, etc.) for First 5 LA. S/he is responsible for leading a diverse set of internal stakeholders that will review and propose recommendations for new work to be elevated for approval from the executive team. The Manager, Investment Integration is responsible for ensuring learning plans are developed in the early stages of the new investments and monitors its progress for continuous improvement and shares learnings internally. S/he is responsible for developing the guidelines for the diverse internal stakeholders who are initiating new work and tracking the effectiveness for purposes of making the necessary improvements. Additionally, the Manager, Investment Integration is also responsible for soliciting grantees feedback on their experience working with First 5 LA and uses such findings to make recommendations that can be adopted by the executive team. S/he collaborates with internal stakeholders to guide the expiring initiative process, as well as develop a process for leadership across the organization to provide updates to the Board of Commissioners on First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan.

The Manager, Investment Integration should visibly demonstrate the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, respect, accountability, purpose, shared leadership and learning in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Organization-wide review process for new work
  • Learning Plan for new work and review process
  • Organization-wide process for updating strategic plan
  • Expiring Initiative Process
  • Grantee/partner feedback recommendations
  • Staff supervision and talent development

Essential Duties:

  • Creates a review process and tools for the organizational-wide internal stakeholders to initiate and recommend new work (i.e., grants, partnerships, contracts, etc.) to the executive team for approval
  • Collaborates with leadership to recruit internal stakeholders from various departments to participate in the review process for new work
  • Facilitates the organization-wide internal stakeholders to plan, recommend and implement new work
  • Develops guidelines for the review process and continuously identifies and evaluates opportunities to make improvements
  • Develops learning plans at the initial stages of new work to share learnings and continuously make improvements
  • Monitors and ensures new work moves expeditiously through an efficient review and approval process, focusing on high-quality, timeliness and consistent due diligence
  • Stays current on best practices from the field and shares learnings with the organizational-wide stakeholder group
  • Implements a process to acquire feedback from grantees/partners about their experience working with First 5 LA, shares findings with internal stakeholders and provides recommendations to the executive team based on the grantees/partners responses
  • Co-develops, implements and continually tracks the effectiveness of the process for keeping the board of commissioners informed about First 5 LA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders to lead the successful close out of First 5 LA’s expiring investments, captures lessons learned and shares them with internal and external stakeholders
  • Supports the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and values a diversity of perspectives
  • Adheres to policies and procedures to ensure alignment with State regulations, local ordinances and First 5 LA directives
  • Keeps apprised of all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting First 5 LA and Proposition 10
  • Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed
  • Collaborates both internally and with external stakeholders to capture, synthesize and share learning
  • and knowledge outcomes from the ongoing execution of all activities as necessary

Staff Supervision and Talent Development

  • Monitors staff performance and provides ongoing performance feedback
  • Develops, coaches and supervises Department staff consistent with values and competencies required for successful job growth and development

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Organization-wide Competencies

  • Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors
  • Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is able to identify appropriate and relevant stakeholders; identifies internal and external stakeholders needs (customers); is responsive to stakeholder needs, considers impact when making recommendations
  • Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public
  • Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; strong presentation skills; demonstrates ability to develop and deliver relevant and appropriate communications; delivers messages in a direct manner; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences
  • Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of his/her true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to analyze complex problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches
  • Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Identifies key issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; develops alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to develop a point of view on a course of action to accomplish goals; develops priorities with the right balance of short and long-term wins

Job Specific Competencies

  • Role Specific Content: Ability to build and maintain strong relationships within and across internal teams at all levels of the organization; skilled at facilitating discussions with diverse stakeholders; ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of data and clearly communicate complex issues; ability to work with ambiguity
  • Content Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to learn and apply new skills; ability to learn how to operate new systems quickly; demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; knows how to use technology tools to effectively manage and expedite processes; uses resources effectively
  • Planning and Organization and Project Management: Works in an organized manner with strong attention to detail; prioritizes and plans work activities; ability to effectively manage overlapping projects and deadlines; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly; sets goals and objectives; ability to manage high performance projects

Management Competencies

  • Managing People: Provides direction and gains compliance; takes responsibility for direct reports’ activities; makes self-available to direct reports; develops direct reports’ skills and encourages growth; provides regular performance feedback; encourages open communications; uses negotiation skills to resolve conflict; strong influencing and relationship skills; experience in managing high performance teams


  • Minimum of five years of experience managing mid to large scale, cross-functional projects or programs
  • preferred
  • Minimum of three years of staff supervision experience preferred
  • Minimum of three years in the philanthropic sector
  • Experience implementing organization-wide changes
  • Experience with principles and practices of monitoring strategies and constructive ways of tracking progress for continuous improvement
  • Experience leading work across disciplines with individuals from various levels of an organization
  • Experience in developing and editing high-quality written materials, including: guidelines, learning plans, procedures, memos, briefs and reports


  • Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in organizational development, business, and/or the social sciences or a related field preferred

Direct Reports:

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Proficiency using project management software and online platforms to collaborate electronically
  • Ability to use widely supported internet browsers

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Valid automobile liability insurance
  • Travel Requirements:
  • This position requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

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