New York, NY

Grants Manager, TCC Group

The Organization
TCC Group is a Certified B Corporation, founded in 1980, that provides management consulting and planning services to the social sector.  Our mission is to develop strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and corporate citizenship programs to achieve social impact.  Our core services are strategy; foundation, program and grants management; capacity building; and evaluation.  We help clients devise strategies, implement programs, evaluate progress and outcomes, and make ongoing improvements so that they can better achieve social impact.TCC Group has a staff of 30 professionals, headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

We work in teams of consultants that are assembled to reflect the client’s consulting needs and staff’s areas of expertise.  All of our consultants have at least a Master’s degree as well as practical experience working in nonprofit organizations and philanthropies.  We are critical thinkers, effective communicators, skilled facilitators, and insightful strategists.  We work with organizations of various sizes and lifecycle stages, in a range of sectors such as arts and culture, health and human services, education, environment, youth development, policy and advocacy, and public administration, to name a few.

Position Overview
About our Grants Management Services

TCC Group provides a range of management services for a number of corporate clients.  For these clients we serve as the primary grants manager, handling all grant administration and basic operational needs for foundation and corporate philanthropic giving.  We are the primary point of contact for grantseekers and the de facto staff for these clients with no professional grantmaking program or administrative staff.  We provide a range of services, customized for each client’s needs.  As part of our grants management services we lead and implement multiple processes including:

•Planning and implementation: including process development and protocol; systems and tools set up; legal and technical compliance; timing and logistics support; core criteria development, and ongoing project management;

•Application development and processing: including developing templates for applicants, managing proposal intake and tracking, coordinating follow up with applicants, and trouble-shooting as necessary for clients and grant seekers to ensure successful application processes

•Review & Due Diligence: including reviewing applications for eligibility and compliance, conducting financial and reputational due diligence on prospective grants, designing and facilitating grant review meetings, scoring and providing preliminary recommendations as needed.

•Approval: including managing various approval level and logistics related to committee meetings, development of dockets for review, facilitating committee meetings, conducting necessary follow up, and drafting award announcements.

•Payment: including overseeing grant payment processes to ensure accuracy ; complete financial document packages prepared for internal storage and auditing; and working with appropriate client contacts to ensure timely payment and reporting needs are met.

•Reporting & Storytelling: Including ensuring timely completion of grantee reports, synthesizing key data points, and supporting overall monitoring, evaluation and communications efforts for grant portfolios.

About the Position

TCC is currently seeking an experienced and versatile professional to play a lead role in our grants management work.  The position requires a mix of expertise in project and grants management as well as detailed oriented administration. The Grants Manager will be working as part of a client services team, and will be in direct communications with clients and grant seekers. The position demands extreme detail orientation, as well as exceptional client relations, discretion, and familiarity with nonprofit due diligence. This person must also be able to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines with the highest degree of professionalism and judgment. This position requires a hands-on analytical, detail-oriented, self-motivated manager who is able to effectively oversee all aspects of our clients’ grants operations. He or she must be able to meet our clients competing needs while also applying field wide best practices to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our grantmaking services. This individual should have experience managing others as need, as well as working independently.


This position oversees and implements all grants management functions, including:

Grants administration:

•Conducting ongoing grants administration as described above

•Reviewing, analyzing and summarizing grant proposals for board review; preparing grant write-ups for board dockets

•Implementing and maintaining grants management software that follows clients’ work processes while balancing the needs of program and accounting staff and regulatory compliance; assuring integrity of data

•Negotiating and facilitating sensitive issues in the grant-making process using the utmost levels of discretion

•Providing links between program, finance, information technology and other administrative staff so that all grants activities are smoothly implemented

•Training staff on both grants procedures and grants management software

•Drafting and updating grants management manuals

•Identifying professional development and training opportunities for staff and self

•Developing and overseeing standard terms and conditions for grant award letters, agreements and contracts

•Undertaking special projects as assigned or initiated

Project Management:

•Providing day-to-day project management with project manager and review team, as appropriate and as needed

•Developing and monitoring project work plans and budgets

•Supervising the project work of administrative assistants and grants reviewers

Client Relations:

•Developing and maintaining exceptionally strong relationships with clients, including email and telephone communication, and in-person meetings


•Supporting planning of board and committee meetings, in conjunction with foundation leadership (developing agendas, preparing dockets, etc.)

•Taking minutes at board and committee meetings, as needed•Ensuring compliance with clients’ by-laws


•Working with clients’ on matters relating to 990s, audits, etc.

•Ensuring compliance with IRS regulations and foundation’s legal requirements for all grants and programs

Desired Skills/Background


•Bachelor’s degree required

Grants Management Experience

•Knowledge and application of best practices in grant making

•Familiarity with accounting procedures and processes for structuring grants

•Understanding of current IRS regulations related to grantmaking

•Knowledge of grants management software and information technology skills

Management and Communications skills:

•Exceptionally strong client relations skills, especially experience working with grantmaking committees and boards

•Ability to communicate technical, budgetary and program details to clients, grantees and applicants

•Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage and motivate team members

•Demonstrated experience in formulating and implementing policies and procedures

•Ability to design and implement effective workflow processes and procedures

•Capability to foster an atmosphere which recognizes and respects cultural and individual differences

Professional Experience:

•A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in grants management.

•Experience using grants management software.

•Experience working directly with foundation boards and/or grants committees


•Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

•Excellent attention to detail, strong project management skills and ability to meet deadlines

•Ability to manage multiple complex tasks and maintain composure under demanding conditions

•Ability to prioritize work at hand

•Proven problem-solving skills and a focus on solutions

•Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary

•Proactive and action-oriented personality; strong sense of pace and urgency

•Ability and experience working productively and proactively both independently and as part of a team

•Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Internet search engines and databases. Technologically savvy with ability to learn new programs quickly

How To Apply
Please submit a resume and a cover letter for the “Grants Manager” position at telephone calls, please. TCC Group is an equal opportunity employer.

New York, NY

Campaign Manager, American Civil Liberties Union

The Organization
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

Position Overview
The Development Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Campaign Manager.


Having completed in 2010 an unprecedented nationwide campaign to raise $400 million in major and planned gifts, the ACLU is currently in the quiet phase of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, with a six-year goal over $1 billion, tentatively set to run up through the organization’s 100 year anniversary in 2020.  Nationwide, the ACLU currently raises more than $100 million annually, and is looking to significantly increase support throughout the duration of the campaign to strengthen the ACLU’s programs and its network nationwide. The Campaign Manager will report to the Campaign Director and will work closely with the Chief Development Officer, Deputy Director of Development, Director of Foundation Relations & Donor Communications, Director of Leadership Gifts, ACLU affiliates, development operations and database staff, and outside consultants. The Campaign Manager will assume a key role in the successful project management of the centennial campaign and focus their efforts on executing the day-to-day business operations of this major multi-year fundraising campaign, ensuring the meeting of milestones and deadlines, and implementing high-impact donor cultivation and stewardship opportunities.  The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and communications skills.


  • Ensure on-time execution of key deliverables;
  • Develop and produce compelling campaign materials, including cultivation materials and stewardship reports in close collaboration with the Director of Foundation Relations & Donor Communications and Director of Leadership Gifts;
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of cultivation and stewardship events for leading campaign prospects and donors;
  • Working with development operations and database staff, manage campaign business operations, including but not limited to pledge tracking, gift processing, donor recognition, and campaign reporting;
  • Plan and implement a campaign donor recognition program;
  • Organize internal campaign meetings and conference calls for development staff from the National Office and ACLU affiliates;
  • Handle other campaign-related tasks as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of four years of project management and/or events experience, ideally in a fundraising setting.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in a team environment and facilitate joint problem solving.
  • Highly self-motivated and willing to proactively develop and implement work plans, often within tight timeframes.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Sharepoint.
  • Experience with frontline fundraising preferred.
  • Committed to the ACLU’s mission and programs.Limited travel may be required.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

How To Apply
Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements) and a resume to Please reference [DEVF-64] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU email address.  This email address is specific to Development department postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

St. Paul, MN

Grants & Contracts Manager, Northwest Area Foundation

The Organization
The Northwest Area Foundation was founded in 1934 by Louis W. Hill. Our service region covers the eight states from Minnesota to Washington once served by the Great Northern Railway and the 75 Native Nations included there. Today the Foundation makes grants to support nonprofit organizations working to reduce poverty and achieve prosperity.

Position Overview

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create all grant and consulting agreements; review all paperwork for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with IRS and other regulations.
  • Conduct due diligence activities and review completed Program grant documents for compliance with NWAF policies.
  • Review proposal details with Program staff, providing Grants & Contracts perspective and resulting in clear and compliant grant agreements.
  • Collaborate with legal counsel as needed to ensure documents comply with Foundation guidelines and IRS requirements.
  • Serve as the owner of the Foundation’s contract management system.
    • Responsibilities include: understanding the key functions/features of the system, ensuring users are properly trained, leading system adoption and compliance, and maintaining system relevancy.
    • Maintain the data integrity of the grant making system.
    • Actively participate in the implementation and enhancement of a new grant making system.
    • Enter payment requirements and grant tracking codes; schedule payments.
    • Prepare expected payment reports; participate in cash projection meetings.
    • Communicate with grantees regarding grant award, agreement, and other topics as needed.
    • Review and edit agreements for consultants and contractors engaging with the Foundation.
  • Lead problem solving discussions in agreement creation and processes through a thorough understanding of the situation and the development of creative solutions that take into consideration the needs of all participants.
  • Maintain a continuous process improvement environment while developing efficient procedures in a team environment.
  • Process employee matching grants; manage the employee discretionary grant program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • BA/BS degree and a minimum of seven years of experience in grants and contracts management or similar, preferably in a large, private foundation setting or equivalent.
  • An understanding of grant making legal concepts, particularly as they apply to the creation of grant and contract agreements, advocacy and lobbying restrictions, and the conditionality of grants.
  • Excellent grant database expertise and a high level of competency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience with MicroEdge Gifts preferred.
  • Experience with project management, specifically grants management system implementation, preferred.
  • Skillful and respectful communicator who operates in a consistent, open, and honest manner.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills including the ability to set clear objectives and identify and understand issues thoroughly.
  • Strong collaboration skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Able to work effectively both as a team member and independently. The Foundation can consider the possibility of relocation assistance for out-of-state candidates.
How To Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, & salary requirements to

Resumes may also be sent to:
Northwest Area Foundation
Attn: Human Resources
60 Plato Blvd. E., Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55107

NWAF is an equal opportunity employer

Philadelphia, PA

Senior Director of Evaluation, Equal Measure

The Organization
Established in 1988 as the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Equal Measure has evolved into a growing professional services consulting firm providing evaluation and philanthropic services to a wide range of clients, including private and community foundations, national and regional nonprofits, and government organizations. Equal Measure helps its clients achieve maximum reach and impact by combining insights from mixed-method, interdisciplinary approaches, grounded in the practicalities and reality of social change.  Through its work, Equal Measure engages as thought partners to its clients, working together to solve today’s most pressing and wide-ranging social challenges from educational and health disparities to systemic barriers to opportunity.

Position Overview
Reporting to the President, the Senior Director of Evaluation will serve as a thought leader in the sector; provide strategic leadership over evaluation portfolios and projects; contribute to strategy and agenda-setting with the project leadership team; become an effective steward of relationships with clients and partners; support the development and growth of the organization; and provide organizational leadership to support and build the capacity of the Equal Measure team. The successful candidate will be a senior manager with at least 12-15 years of experience in mixed-methods evaluation and have content expertise in youth or community development, education reform, asset building, organizational development, and/or health and human services systems. S/he will have a track record of success in research and evaluation, as well as established national networks and thought leadership recognition. S/he will have experience coaching and leading teams, preferably in a professional services environment. Finally, S/he will be deeply committed to Equal Measure’s core values and principles, including commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This search is being conducted with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.

How To Apply
A complete position description and application instructions can be found at:

Philadelphia, PA

Director of Evaluation, Equal Measure

The Organization
Established in 1988 as the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Equal Measure has evolved into a growing professional services consulting firm providing evaluation and philanthropic services to a wide range of clients, including private and community foundations, national and regional nonprofits, and government organizations. Equal Measure helps its clients achieve maximum reach and impact by combining insights from mixed-method, interdisciplinary approaches, grounded in the practicalities and reality of social change.  Through its work, Equal Measure engages as thought partners to its clients, working together to solve today’s most pressing and wide-ranging social challenges, from educational and health disparities to systemic barriers to opportunity.

Position Overview
Reporting to the Vice President, the Director of Evaluation will serve as a thought leader in the sector; provide strategic leadership over evaluation portfolios and projects; contribute to strategy and agenda-setting with the leadership team; become an effective steward of relationships with clients and partners; support the development and growth of the organization; and provide organizational leadership to support and build the capacity of the Equal Measure team. The successful candidate will be an experienced manager with 6-9 years of experience in mixed-methods evaluation, and have content expertise in youth or community development, education reform, asset building, organizational development, and/or health and human services systems. S/he will have a track record of success in research and evaluation, as well as established national networks and thought leadership recognition. S/he will have experience coaching and leading teams, preferably in a professional services environment. Finally, s/he will be deeply committed to Equal Measure’s core values and principles, including commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This search is being conducted with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.

How To Apply
A complete position description and application instructions can be found at:

Eden Prairie, MN

Program Officer, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

The Organization
Margaret A. Cargill was a woman of warmth, modesty and generosity.  She was the granddaughter of William Cargill, co-founder of Cargill, Inc., one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies.  Ms. Cargill was a significant, but usually anonymous, philanthropist during her lifetime, making substantial donations over the years to organizations globally, nationally and in Southern California, where she lived most of her adult life. During her lifetime, Ms. Cargill created two grantmaking organizations, Anne Ray Charitable Trust (ARCT), which makes grants nationally and globally, and Akaloa Resource Foundation (Akaloa), which focuses grantmaking on Southern California.  Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF) was created upon Ms. Cargill’s death in 2006.  All are based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


The three charitable grantmaking organizations formed by Margaret A. Cargill (Akaloa Resource Foundation, Anne Ray Charitable Trust and Margaret A. Cargill Foundation) are dedicated to providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts and the environment. The philanthropic vision of the organizations includes program areas such as animal welfare, environment, disaster relief and recovery, aging services, arts and cultures, children and families, and health.  There is also a history of support for all the Philanthropies’ interests in one region and a continued commitment to investing in and making a difference to the communities living there.


In addition to program areas, the Philanthropies are guided by cultural values of making a difference, respect, excellence, learning, integrity and humility.  In this light, we use education and innovation as a means to achieve our core purposes of empowering people to be self-sufficient; maintaining a low profile, while meeting the needs of others; supporting programs that could have a broad impact; and supporting programs that have socially redeeming values and standards that respect life and relieve suffering in times of disaster.

Position Overview
The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies seeks a Program Officer with broad intellectual interests, humility, integrity, and the strength of character and conviction not driven by ego, but by a passion for carrying out Ms. Cargill’s legacy and dynamic mission to make a difference in the world.  Reporting to the Program Director, he/she will manage, implement and steward a key portfolio of place-based grants primarily in Southern California, as well as opportunistic grants initiated by leadership in all of the Philanthropies’ programmatic areas.  Also, in conjunction with colleagues throughout the foundation, he/she will manage multi-tiered grantee relationships


As part of the initial priorities, the Program Officer will be expected to:

•    Gain comprehensive knowledge and insights into the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies’ history, mission, values, culture, programs, constituencies and infrastructure.

•    Understand and embrace the values of caring and humility embodied by Margaret A. Cargill, which provide the underpinning for all the work of the Philanthropies.  Work in partnership with colleagues to advance the overall philanthropic vision of Margaret A. Cargill.

•    Implement all grants aligned with foundation goals with a focus on greatest place-based impact within the Southern California region, as well as developing grants initiated by leadership to an expanded list of organizations working at regional, national and international levels.

•    Manage grantee relationships and the implementation of program concepts diplomatically and sensitively.

•    Oversee active grants, review grant reports, monitor and evaluate progress of grantees, and provide clear communications and guidance to grantees, applicants and other interested parties.

•    Develop methods and systems for analyzing grant impact and effectiveness in collaboration with the Managing Program Director, Program Director and the Director of Evaluation.

•    Work closely with the legal, finance and grant management teams to conduct due diligence and monitor budgets.

•    Assist with Board meeting preparations; participate and present information in Board meetings as necessary.

•    Promote partnership and a culture of learning within the foundation and among the variety of grantees.

•    Attend meetings and site visits related to understanding the foundation’s program interests in the designated region in general and to specific grants and programs.

•    Organize overview visits for Program Director and other foundation leaders.

•    Represent the foundation to the public, community leaders, social service and community-based organizations, and colleagues in the field of philanthropy.

•    Attend conferences, as appropriate, to further the goals of the place-based program.

•    Connect program goals and financial targets through the select portfolio of grantees, ensuring there is a strong capacity to deliver.

•    Strategically and responsibly recommend new program concepts with portfolio that will further regional impact, leveraging the resources and current investments of the organizations and their partners.


•    Caring with humility, modesty, honesty and integrity, driven by a passion to help others and represent the Philanthropies without being ego-driven – for whom the ownership and/or credit for ideas is less important than the collective results of the effort.

•    A general understanding, curiosity, appreciation for and commitment to the Philanthropies’ programmatic areas.

•    An unwavering work ethic and commitment to excellence.

•    Collaborative, positive, and able to deal well with ambiguity and change.

•    A naturally consultative and inclusive style with the maturity, confidence and collaborative skills necessary to garner the trust and confidence in staff, management and colleagues across the foundation and the external constituencies, including grantees.

•    Adept at building collegial relations with the emotional intelligence to navigate effectively a complex organization and a rewarding set of relationships internally and externally.  Able to respond to issues with clarity and diplomacy and able to promote effective collaborations and partnerships.

•    A reflective and pragmatic practitioner.  Ability to think conceptually, critically and strategically.  A commitment to and experience with learning, exploring and sharing for a common purpose.  An active listener able to learn from others.

•    The ability to serve and lead by example, bringing out the best in others.

•    High level of personal and professional integrity and ethics.


•    Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in a related field.

•    Five to seven years of relevant philanthropy or related experience with a background in place-based grantmaking, grant implementation and knowledge of how best to leverage program interests.

•    Strong skills in program management, program development and evaluation.  Skilled in project management planning, including the ability to organize and prioritize tasks, effectively manage time, meet multiple competing deadlines, work independently and in a team environment, quickly develop written materials, maintain a positive attitude under pressure and manage budgets.

•    The individual will possess strong skills in program development, management and evaluation.  Significant experience as a grantmaker in a private foundation granting over $5 million annually is desired.

•    An understanding of the emerging trends, concepts, and technical and practical issues involved in philanthropy.

•    Experience with evaluation methodology.

•    Professional demeanor with proven ability to build collaborative relationships.

•    Strategic thinker with analytical and planning skills and experience.

•    Self-motivated and able to work independently.

•    Experience as a user of grant-management software and tracking systems.

How To Apply
Applications, nominations and contact information should be sent to Paul Spivey at additional information on the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, please visit

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Minneapolis, IN

Program Officer - Mississippi River, The McKnight Foundation

The Organization
Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota based family foundation, The McKnight Foundation, has assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2014. McKnight concentrates resources in the arts; early literacy; the environment; the communities of greater Minneapolis-St. Paul and Minnesota; neuroscience and crop research; and select efforts in Southeast Asia and East Africa. McKnight subscribes to the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ “Principles for Minnesota Grantmakers.”

Position Overview
Following a Mississippi River program refresh in 2015, the program officer position is being filled following the promotion of the previous program officer to program director. This is an exciting opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the water quality and resiliency of the Mississippi River and to work in partnership with the Foundation’s other grantmaking and impact investment programs. Please see The McKnight Foundation website for information on the program.

Key to the position is the ability to link strategic program vision to effective grantmaking and to leverage opportunities outside of grantmaking in both the public and private sectors. Good communication and project management skills are essential. The position participates in the entire process of assessing grant proposals, from conversations with potential grantees about Initial Inquiries to reviewing, recommending, and evaluating the success of funded proposals. Keys to this work are strong analytical skills and the ability to manage and maintain effective working relationships with grantees, key stakeholders, and members of the Foundation staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise internally and externally related to the Mississippi River programWork with the Program Director to implement the mission and program priorities established by The McKnight Foundation board.
  • Review letters of inquiry and grant requests within program area.
  • Prepare grant- and program-related documents for quarterly board meetings and other communications needs.
  • Develop and manage outcomes and evaluation plans for key investments and projects.
  • Collaborate with McKnight’s Impact Investment program to find and assess potential investments that advance the Foundation’s Mississippi River goals.
  • Through close collaboration with program director, coordinate use of data and information for learning and use in written reports, website, and presentations.
  • Stay current on information about local, national and international activities related to the Foundation’s grantmaking interests and areas of intersection with other program areas.
  • Foster and nurture relationships with community, business, and intermediary partners.
  • Foster working relationships with leaders in the public and private sectors working on issues related to Mississippi River water quality and resiliency.
  • Model behavior that ensures that grantmaking principles and program practices align with Foundation values and operating principles.
  • Present information about McKnight’s Mississippi River program at selected gatherings that will advance the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Manage and participate in program-related workshops and meetings.
  • Manage and participate in other program-related activities including: convenings, participation in grantee and funder networks, special events, and the commissioning of reports and publications.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of 7 years of related full-time professional work experience in the private sector, nonprofit, or government field with a focus on sustainability. The ideal candidate will have applicable experience in driving greater environmental sustainability in agricultural landscapes, particularly in the Midwest. Experience working with a family foundation is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the policy landscape of Minnesota, Upper Mississippi River basin states, and pertinent national policies.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across organizational functions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a variety of people and groups, particularly nonprofit organizations, public and private sector leaders, government agencies, and research institutions or universities.
  • Ability to analyze, question, and identify key issues and use data to support conclusions.
  • Ability to view issues and challenges from multiple dimensions and apply intellectual energy and creativity.
  • Ability to prepare clearly written summaries and analysis.
  • Ability to engage others and influence outcomes.
  • Knowledge of governance and operations of nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively interpersonally and in group presentations.
  • Ability to use Microsoft products including SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook with skill and proficiency.
  • Ability to handle heavy workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to skillfully juggle multiple projects simultaneously and manage unexpected events smoothly.
How To Apply
If you are interested in this opportunity please go the Job Openings portal on The McKnight Foundation website and submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume.

Competitive salary with excellent benefits.

Louisville, KY

Communications Director, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

The Organization
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is an endowed public charity whose mission is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.

Position Overview
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky seeks an experienced Communications Director to oversee and strengthen the Foundation’s communications.  Reporting to the CEO, the Communications Director is a member of the Foundation’s leadership team at an exciting time of transformation within the Foundation and in the larger Kentucky health services community.

The position calls for a seasoned communications professional with excellent strategic and creative skills, and the ability to understand complex policy issues in the Foundation’s priority areas and clearly communicate them to a variety of audiences. The role calls for broad experience in communications, including a thorough understanding of institutional branding, media relations and digital media engagement.

Effective communications efforts are critical to understanding and informing important public policy debates on health issues affecting Kentucky.  The Communications Director will be responsible for assessing, revising and implementing a communications strategy to advance the Foundation’s mission, strengthen our brand and support our continuing efforts to promote health policies that improve access to care, reduce health disparities and promote health equity.  The Communications Director will oversee and inform Foundation communications to assure that they support the Foundation’s key relationships with the philanthropic sector, the media, policy makers, the Foundation’s own Board of Directors and Community Advisory Committee, grantees, as well as other external and internal stakeholders and the general public.



Ensure that all internal and external communication plans, policies, procedures, and practices reflect and seek to advance the Foundation’s mission, vision and values.


  • Update, modify and implement a comprehensive communications strategy that articulates the Foundation’s mission and philanthropic priorities.
  • Develop relationships in a broad range of media to assist the Foundation in increasing the audience for and response to Foundation-funded research on health policy matters.
  • Manage any external communications vendors effectively and within the communications budget.
  • Manage the Foundation “brand” and associated collateral materials to enhance the Foundation’s unique identity and build internal and external awareness of the Foundation’s approach and priorities.
  • Develop and manage the content, design, writing, and production of all print and electronic publications, including the annual report, website, and updates on Foundation community and grantee activity, issue area publications, event promotional materials, and announcements/press releases.
  • Support the Foundation’s efforts to build local, regional, and national awareness, recognition and use of findings of Foundation-funded research and demonstration projects to inform local and state level planning and decision-making.
  • Manage the publication of such findings from all Foundation sources.
  • Support the Foundation’s efforts to build local, regional, and national awareness and recognition of innovative programs and services that it supports through grantmaking, funded research and demonstration projects.
  • Coordinate proactive and reactive relations with the media and advise the Foundation staff, Board members and Community Advisory Committee on media relations.
  • Support Foundation staff in their efforts to develop presentations and publications showcasing the work of the Foundation and of Foundation grantees.


Assist the Foundation’s CEO and program staff to:

  • Leverage the Foundation’s local, regional, and national philanthropic presence and that of its grantees and partners.
  • Engage and collaborate with other foundations, organizations, and government agencies that relate to the Foundation’s mission and vision.
  • Represent the Foundation in the community on national, state, and local committees as appropriate to advance the Foundation’s work.
  • Attend and participate in meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Community Advisory Committee and subcommittees as needed.


  • Reports to the CEO of the Foundation.  May work on a day-to-day basis with all members of Program staff. Works in concert with Grants Manager/Communications Associate.
  • Provides program monitoring of media grant relationships (currently, Kentucky Educational Television, Institute for Rural Journalism and Louisville Public Media)


The Foundation seeks to retain an individual with:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Significant experience in marketing, public relations, public affairs,  media or advocacy communications or a related field in the corporate, government, and/or not-for-profit sectors. Varied and broad experience is preferred.
  • Expertise in a broad range of marketing or journalist activities such as effective writing, publishing, and/or multimedia communications and associated tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
  • A supportive management style that fosters trust through clear and open communication and communication of a clear sense of direction.
  • Leadership qualities of flexibility, diplomacy, empathy, creative problem-solving and inclusion.
  • Experience or strong familiarity with health-related public interest and public policy communities at the state, regional and national levels.
  • Proficiency in electronic communications, including supervision of website development and maintenance; communications software, social and other electronic media.
  • Proven ability to think strategically, analyze critically and translate ideas and insights into action through clear, cohesive and practical programs and plans.
  • Commitment to the development and execution of strategy and messaging.
  • Effective experience in collaboration and teamwork.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Foundation.
How To Apply
E-mail a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: with “Communications Director” in the subject line or mail materials to:

Mary Jo Shircliffe
Vice President, Operations and Administration
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40223

Equal Opportunity Employer

Philadelphia, PA

Program Officer, The Philadelphia Foundation

The Organization
One of America’s oldest community foundations (founded in 1918), The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) is committed to improving the quality of life in the Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). A foundation and a public charity, TPF connects philanthropic resources to societal needs. TPF manages assets of approximately $370 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships, and promotes greater philanthropy and stronger nonprofits in service to community needs. To learn more, visit

STATEMENT OF EMPLOYER EXPECTATION: Each employee of The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) is expected to contribute directly to TPF’s growth and success by advancing its mission, strategy and priorities, while adhering to the highest professional and ethical standards; to perform job duties capably and in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration; and to uphold TPF’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

Position Overview
The Program Officer supports TPF’S philanthropic services, currently consisting of more than 900 funds.  The Program Officer is integral to TPF’s grantmaking for a healthy and sustainable nonprofit sector in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region.  Through application review and analysis, ongoing technical assistance to potential and successful grantees, and working as a team member with other TPF staff in providing up-to-date information to donors and prospective donors, the Program Officer will ensure that TPF’s grantmaking strategies are carried out in an accessible, fair, and thoughtful manner consistent with the goals of a community foundation.  As part of the program team, the Program Officer will manage a portfolio of nonprofit grant applicants, perform due diligence and analysis, provide advice and technical assistance related to nonprofit capacity building, and youth engagement, present workshops and seminars, take on special projects and other initiatives as required, develop and manage relationships with colleagues and engage in other activities that generally serve the region on behalf of TPF.


Grantmaking (70%)

  • Be professional, accessible, transparent, clear and respectful in work with nonprofits seeking grants and non-financial services from TPF; initiate and maintain relationships with grant applicants, potential grant applicants, and grantees to ensure strong levels of respect and satisfaction.
  • Review, analyze, and make written recommendations on grant requests submitted to TPF. Perform organizational and financial analyses of nonprofit applicants to inform recommendations.
  • Provide pre-application assistance, via telephone and onsite meetings, as necessary, to organizations seeking information about TPF’s funding programs and/or to those preparing grant applications.
  • Offer informational workshops about TPF’s application processes and grant review processes primarily within the 5-county region and provide other assistance as necessary.
    • As part of the program team, facilitate workshops and grantee convenings in support of TPF’s grantmaking strategies.
    • Make site visits to grantees to monitor progress.§  Assist in the support of the Grantmaking Services Committee.
  • Serve as TPF’s representative at meetings, programs, conferences and in other public settings.
  • Use technology (database, and other software) to manage caseload and to perform analysis.

Knowledge (10%)

  • Perform research, gather and analyze data, and synthesize information on issues related to TPF’s grantees and grantmaking strategies.
  • Provide assistance in the development, analysis and dissemination of information about the nonprofit community, issues related to the sector and regional social and public policies to a variety of audiences including TPF staff, Board of Managers, donors and the general public.
  • Provide reports as needed to Board of Managers, staff and donors.

Organizational (20%)

  • Identify and remain informed of communities’ emerging needs within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties as they relate to the mission and grantmaking priorities of TPF.
  • Provide technical assistance to nonprofits regarding organizational management and financial position and suggest areas for improvement.
    • Participate in the review and evaluation of grantmaking processes as they occur, helping to formulate recommendations for their enhancement, as well as participate in ongoing staff discussions concerning grantmaking strategies, grants management, and technical assistance to grantee organizations; prepare reports as needed to inform staff, board and others regarding impact of grantmaking.
  • Participate in organization-wide management and improvement teams, and functional committees (communications, staff retreat, etc.) and other projects or initiatives as assigned.
    • Attend approved conferences, workshops, and meetings that advance TPF’s grantmaking efforts.
  • Participate in activities, as appropriate and as approved, with professional associations and groups. Other job functions may be assigned or changed by TPF.

The general and specific responsibilities of the program officer position may also change periodically.


  • Strong commitment to providing capacity building services to nonprofits; knowledge of and skills in nonprofit organizational development, nonprofit finance, leadership, and business operations.
  • Mastery of analytical approaches and ability to make sound, informed judgments and evaluate different types of data as necessary to support TPF’s grantmaking strategies.
  • Demonstrable skills in research and familiarity with quantitative/qualitative evaluation approaches and ability to present complex ideas and analysis of important issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the power differential inherent in the funder-grantee relationship as well as the ability and the willingness to handle such relationships properly, respectfully, and ethically.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, especially the ability to listen well, establish and maintain authentic and professional relationships, and exercise effective and inclusive leadership in cross-cultural and multi-cultural settings.  This includes an awareness of the many intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, class, language, age, disability, veteran status, and other social factors.
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple projects, trouble-shoot, establish and act upon organizational priorities, be comfortable with ambiguity, and meet short- and long-term deadlines with a variable workload.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaborative and supervisory relationships across the organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity.
  • Bilingualism or multilingualism is a plus.


  • Education – BA/BS required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Broad understanding of and experience in the nonprofit sector, including at least 5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector that may include service to the sector. Substantive knowledge in one or more areas of the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on capacity building and organizational effectiveness best practices.
  • Computer skills – facility with database, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Will be required to use database to manage caseload.
  • Demonstration of strong conceptual and analytical skills.Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Valid driver’s license (car not necessarily required) for field visits and meetings.
How To Apply
If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to

Washington, DC

Program Officer, The Solutions Project

The Organization
The Solutions Project accelerates the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purposes. To achieve this mission, we engage the public, celebrate and convene leaders, and advance state policies and partnerships that take bold steps on the road to 100%.

Core to our mission of 100% for the 100%, is supporting the voice of frontline communities and nontraditional allies. The Solutions Project’s Leadership and Fighter Funds will catalyze the growth of an emergent grassroots movement for clean energy by (1) directly resourcing organizations well-positioned to drive strategies through state-wide policies and (2) helping those organizations and their partners make their advocacy work even stronger through capacity building support tools. We are building a high engagement philanthropy model to drive national resources to those on the front-line of climate change and innovate towards a true energy democracy. Our grants recognize community leadership, build capacity, elevate voices, and ensure that organizations rooted in community can fully execute their mission.

Position Overview
You have experience in the areas below (obviously). But just as importantly, you’re relational, service-minded, and detailed oriented ready to dive in with an organization that is bold, experimental, and nimble. You can juggle many balls at once, are optimistic and inclusive (how else are we going to change the world?), and your capacity to execute is excellent. And, of course, you like to have fun (lots).

Reporting to the Director of Investments and State Strategy, the Program Officer position will manage grantmaking and state strategy operations helping The Solutions Project push forward a vision of 100% for 100%.

The Core Responsibilities of the Program Officer Position Are As Follows:

Grants Infrastructure and Communications

The Solutions Project’s grantmaking is growing at rapid speed, adding more grantees and resources every year. The Program Officer will:

  • Work with grantees and the Director of Investments and State Strategy to research, build, manage, and iterate the grant application, reporting, and analysis/evaluation processes, along with helping execute grantee convenings
  • Draft communications to grantees and through channels to the general public regarding the purpose, goals, and outcomes of our grantmaking
  • Draft written communications as to the current status of investments for The Solutions Project’s Board, Executive Team, Leadership Fund Investment Committee, and Fighter Fund Investment Committees
  • Work with accountants to process grant payments, budgeting, contract management, and other grantmaking documentation needs.Grants Strategy
  • The Program Officer will provide strategic counsel to the Executive Director and Director of Investments and State Strategy on external and internal dynamics related to potential investments. This work will include reviewing all proposals, grantee site visits, helping convene grantees, tracking political and sectoral dynamics, and working to ensure strong investments are made.Research
  • The Program Officer will also aid in monitoring the current policy and political dynamics of each priority state. This will include media scanning, contact tracking, policy research and analysis, political and electoral analysis and more.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with nonprofit and public interest experience to step into a funder role with great responsibility and creative freedom to help grow a new program model.

  • At least 3 years of demonstrated success in nonprofit or philanthropic management, program development, or administration
  • Experience in grantseeking or grantmaking at either a place-based or national level
  • Commitment to and experience applying an equity, racial, and economic justice framework to environmental programming; interest and experience in bridge-building and intersectional issue campaigning
  • Bachelors and even a Master’s degree preferred, as well as required experience in either the business community or social justice spaces
  • Passionate, energetic, and ready to tackle complex problems and experiment with new tactics and tools
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to rapidly identify needs and opportunities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write for a variety of audiences and platforms
  • Highly organized, driven, and able to manage multiple projects at once without sacrificing quality
  • Proven ability to work independently, as well as in close coordination with a remote team
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and personal passion for our mission
  • This position will require travel, primarily within NY, CA, and IA. The successful candidate will be expected to travel approximately 30% of the time
How To Apply
This is a full-time, exempt position, ideally based in Washington, DC, San Francisco Bay Area, or NYC. Compensation package, including benefits, is competitive and salary is commensurate with experience. The Solutions Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages leaders of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQIA to apply.

Interested candidates should send their resume, a cover letter, recent salary history, and the names of three references to We aim to fill this position as soon as possible and no later than March 1.

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