The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Vice President of Programs

New York, NY

Website: The Nathan Cummings Foundation


The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF or the Foundation), a multigenerational family foundation committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society, seeks nominations and applications for the role of Vice President of Programs (VPP).

As philanthropic organizations across the United States and beyond consider their role in society in extraordinary times, the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) has boldly committed to leveraging 100% of its assets – including its grants, voice, investments, and people – toward its mission. To do this effectively, NCF is revisiting traditional structures and practices in philanthropy in support of greater impact and positive changemaking in communities.

The new Vice President of Programs will be a critical leader, visionary, and partner to the CEO and the board in the achievement of NCF’s vision of a best-in-class social justice philanthropy that is integrated and intersectional in its approaches and fully aligned in its culture, operations, and systems. S/he/they will work to position NCF internally and externally as a leading force for change in alignment with grantees and other philanthropic partners to effectively respond to national and international challenges with urgency and impact.

Over the last 27 years, NCF has awarded nearly half a billion dollars in grants to support movements, organizations and individuals to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society. The Foundation is focused on finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality – and aims to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The Foundation’s grantmaking, concentrated in the US but with a long history of support in Israel, is focused on four key areas: an inclusive, clean economy; racial and economic justice; corporate and political accountability; and voice, creativity and culture. NCF has expanded its approaches beyond grantmaking through a strong fellowship program and impact investing. With a firm commitment to being guided by and grounded in its values, the Foundation is a leader and innovator in the field of philanthropy and seeks to grow its impact and influence.

Reporting to and partnering closely with the CEO, the VPP will join a senior leadership team alongside the VP of Finance and VP of Human Resources and Administration to realize NCF’s mission and to guide and manage NCF operations, culture, and external partnerships in a way that aligns with the Foundation’s values. The VPP will be a team builder bringing knowledge, skill, strategy, and savvy to the development of a strong programmatic team and the creation of effective systems for ongoing learning and refinement. S/he/they will develop strong relationships with the Board of Trustees and be the key partner to the President in supporting their oversight of program strategy and impact, supporting a culture of accountability, transparency and learning that deepens their engagement and governance. The VPP will also represent NCF externally, collaborating with partners across sectors to extend the Foundation’s impact and influence and actively contributing to the field with leadership and innovation.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned strategist with progressive and exceptional leadership combined with a proven track record of innovative ideas and approaches that support learning and greater effectiveness in the art of grantmaking. An inclusive leadership style, outstanding management skills, and experience building and supporting high-functioning teams are essential. The VPP will be an adaptive, collaborative leader who will develop strategies grounded in principles of social justice philanthropy that are nimble, responsive, and reflective of the integrated and complex nature of social change.


This search is being conducted by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Erica Nicole Griffin of NPAG. Nominations and applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

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Allison Kupfer Poteet

Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.

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