The Emmet Family Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation based in New York committed to the values of liberty and opportunity. The Board is hiring a professional staff for the first time in order to prepare for significantly increased, strategic grantmaking. The Board is interested in supporting a variety of causes, including improving public policy, supporting liberty and opportunity for every American, improving mental health outcomes in communities, and increasing access to high-quality education for every child and family. The staff will have the opportunity to work closely with the Board to help shape and build a strategy and culture for the Foundation, which will be among the largest in the country in terms of annual giving. The staff will be fully remote and will be mission-driven, experienced team players who enjoy the process of building strategies, processes, teams and cultures.
About the Opportunity
The Emmet Family Foundation, a grant-making foundation committed to liberty and opportunity, is seeking a Director of Grants at a time of significant growth to help build and implement a grantmaking strategy and manage a team of Program Officers. The Director of Grants will report to the Executive Director. The Director of Grants will have the opportunity to help shape the culture and processes and be instrumental in taking the Foundation into the next phase of growth and impact. This is a fully remote position with 10-15% travel.
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Grants will help develop a cohesive strategy for grantmaking, hire and manage a team of Program Officers, oversee the due diligence process, conduct site visits, monitor current grants, identify new and effective organizations, and provide analysis on the grant portfolio. The Foundation has plans to increase grantmaking significantly, and this key team member will help create processes to ensure the growth is thoughtful and strategic. He/she will regularly present at board meetings, including preparing materials.
- Serve as an integral member of the management team, helping to build a mission-driven and high-performance culture for a growing organization.
- Work with the Executive Director to build and implement an effective grantmaking strategy in this period of significant growth for the foundation.
- Build and manage a team of 3-5 Program Officers to ensure effective grantmaking
- Oversee due diligence process, including site visits and monitoring of grants.
- Develop processes for grantees that allow the Foundation to grow thoughtfully.
- Provide analysis and metrics on grantmaking portfolio to ensure investments are effective.
- Identify new organizations in areas of Education, Health and American Values.
- Attend conferences and events to understand the landscape of thought leaders, organizations and issues within the Board’s areas of interest and communicate key trends to the Board.
- Prepare materials and present to the Board during regular meetings.
Skills and Qualifications
- Ten or more years of work experience, including at least 5 years of management experience.
- Direct grantmaking experience is preferred.
- Ability to communicate key points in a succinct manner verbally and in writing.
- Understanding of the non-profit sector required; knowledge of private foundation best practices preferred.
- Experience with research and due diligence.
- Willingness to interface and work closely with grantees.
- Proven track record of building teams and processes; desire and willingness to help shape an organization.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to quality.
- Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
- Team-oriented, humble and discreet.
- Bachelors degree required.
- Must be aligned with the values of liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility.
- Ability to travel 10-15% of the time and be comfortable working from home virtually.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (in order) in one PDF document:
- A cover letter addressing your philosophical interest in the Emmet Family Foundation’s mission, how your experience relates to this position, and your desired salary range
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is managing the search process: [email protected].
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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