Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Director

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is seeking applications and nominations for the role of Program Director. Reporting to the Managing Program Director, this role oversees the Quality of Life Domain’s International Health programs as well as the Animal Welfare Domain. Founded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, MACP supports efforts to enhance quality of life for children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; assist in the response to, and recovery from natural disasters 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 $7 billion in assets, MACP is among the top ten grantmakers in the United States. In 2017, MACP’s national and international grantmaking efforts consisted of 339 grants, totaling more than $235 million.

Under a general theme of supporting life’s journey at vulnerable stages for children, young adults, families and the aging, the Quality of Life domain has strategic program areas focused on aging, families, post-secondary success, and youth camping and swimming. The Quality of Life domain also includes a limited scope International Health program focused on maternal and child health, family planning, and vaccines internationally in countries of strategic importance to MACP. 

The Animal Welfare domain focuses on care of domestic and injured wild animals and increasing empathy toward animals among children and adults. This domain supports a continuum of care, addressing both prevention and treatment through three distinct grantmaking programs: Companion Animals, Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Empathy & Compassion.  All three Animal Welfare programs are focused on a seven-state geographic region that includes Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska. 

In partnership with a talented team, the new Program Director will develop, manage, and lead program portfolios within Animal Welfare and Quality of Life; serve as a member of the MACP Program Leadership Team in support of organization-wide goals; and, provide effective leadership for program staff including mentorship and development opportunities and contribute to positive organizational culture that is reflective of MACP values.

The ideal candidate for the role will have at least 15 years of direct experience working in a human services field as a grantmaker, administrator, or program director; with a deep understanding of the key issues in philanthropy, a detailed knowledge of grantmaking tools and types, a broad perspective of various program areas with deep experience in more than one field, and an appreciation for place-based grantmaking. S/he/they will have demonstrated experience working with a range of large and small nonprofit organizations that support programs and/or services that address one or more of the areas of focus for this position: animal welfare, youth development, and/or maternal child health, along with experience in cross cultural contexts working with diverse communities, including Native American, Alaskan Native, and/or rural communities preferred. A graduate level academic degree in business administration, social work, public administration or a related field, or equivalent level of experience is preferred. 


Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and your resume (in Word format) should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.  


Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.