Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Director, Program Operations

Eden Prairie, MN


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Website: Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Founded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) supports efforts to enhance quality of life and prevent and relieve suffering of children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage the humane treatment of animals. MACP actively partners with capable organizations to make a lasting difference for individuals and communities, with particular attention paid to overlooked causes. With $6.8 billion in assets, MACP is among the top ten grantmakers in the United States. In 2016, MACP’s national and international grantmaking efforts consisted of 375 grants, totaling more than $260 million.

As MACP undergoes transformational change through the implementation of an organization-wide grantmaking strategy, MACP now seeks applications and nominations to fill the newly created position of Director, Program Operations. The Director will work collaboratively across program, evaluation, finance and legal functional teams to ensure excellence, efficiency, and consistency in the operational management of program activities in support of strategically aligned grantmaking that maximizes impact.  

Reporting to the Managing Program Director, who oversees the Quality of Life domain and Program Operations, the Director will lead the cross-functional management of an efficient grantmaking process. As a member of the Program Leadership Team, s/he will support MACP-wide goals that model the values-based culture, content, and philanthropic expertise MACP represents to employees and grantees, and will provide effective leadership for staff, including: training and staff development, assigning and directing work, and appraising performance. The Director will work closely with program leadership and the finance team to ensure an effective budgetary process across the Programs, and develop systems to track distributions and inform decision making regarding domain strategy and grantmaking.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned leader, manager, and influencer with extensive experience in operational management, preferably in settings that include strategic grantmaking and/or a complex nonprofit.  S/he will demonstrate knowledge of grants processes and related financial and compliance matters and an understanding of online systems that support grantmaking workflows. The Director will be a dynamic, engaging, and approachable manager and colleague with effective interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at multiple levels.  Experience leading teams through organizational change is essential.

TO APPLY

Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word format) should be sent to: MACP-DPO@nonprofitprofessionals.com


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Cara Pearsall

Cara brings nearly ten years of experience in nonprofit organizations supporting public health and community development.

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