AVP, Corporate Giving and Employee Volunteerism

Hiring Organization: 
MetLIfe Foundation
City and State: 
New York, NY

MetLife Foundation:

The MetLife Foundation is committed to expanding opportunities for low- and moderate-income people around the world, having contributed nearly $1 billion to build stronger communities since its founding in 1976. The Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, while engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. Key priority areas of the Foundation include:

  • Stronger Communities: Giving back to the places where MetLife operates fosters strong connections between MetLife and communities. We positively affect communities around the world through grants for health, community development, youth and education, veterans, arts and culture, and disaster relief. . 
  • Financial Health: We help people manage household budgets, recover from the unexpected, build short-term savings and stability, and plan for the future. We use research insights and behavioral science to create and deliver safe, affordable, and convenient financial services through new technologies, innovation, and on the ground with partners around the world. 
  • COVID-19 Global Response: Amid a global pandemic, we responded by making coronavirus relief an immediate focus area, donating funds, and matching MetLife employee contributions. 
  • Employee Engagement & Volunteerism: MetLife employees play an important role by acting as mentors to fintech companies and pro bono consultants to our grantees, and helping families build their greatest asset — their home.

To learn more, please visit us at MetLife Foundation | MetLife.

The Role: The Assistant Vice President, Corporate Giving, will be responsible for establishing and implementing key investments in MetLife’s corporate giving portfolio and leverage employee volunteering strategies to drive sustainable and deep impact.  Guided by our Purpose, “always with you, building a more confident future,” this leader will oversee the distribution of grants and charitable contributions, as well as implement programs and initiatives that advance MetLife’s corporate citizenship efforts.

He or she will be responsible to collaborate with national and local community organizations to co-create programs that improve the lives of people in low- and moderate-income communities.  The candidate will develop and lead grant investments that incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion across the Foundation’s priority areas and across the enterprise to tap into our employees’ drive to make a difference, facilitating as well as creating space for employee-led volunteering.

In today’s constantly changing environment, we have an opportunity to challenge ourselves to think boldly about how to deliver greater social impact to our communities in ways that enable our employees and build on our core business strengths and commitments.   The successful candidate will blend energy and passion with strong business acumen and the ability to make connections across a diverse global portfolio of businesses to identify common themes for a consistent approach and structured delivery.   With a track record of strategically leveraging industry, community, nonprofit, and other partnerships, this person will help MetLife advocate for and achieve measurable change in key focus areas.

Key Relationships:

Report to:  VP and head of Corporate Giving and Employee Volunteerism

Key Stakeholders:   Global Sustainability, Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Global Brand & Marketing, Impact Investing, Government Relations, Global Relationship Management, Corporate Strategy, Business Leaders, MetLife employees

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a corporate giving strategy that embeds employee volunteerism that reflects and promotes MetLife’s core values and priorities to support our employees, customers, and communities in building a more confident future
  • Develop and execute a grantmaking strategy across key focus areas such as inclusive economic growth, financial health, and stronger communities to drive scalable and sustainable solutions
  • Imagine, develop and oversee programs and initiatives that deepen and sustain existing efforts as well as introduce innovative approaches to corporate giving and employee engagement through volunteering
  • Manage the grantmaking process, proposal review,   due diligence, grantee reports, financial analysis, and site visits where appropriate
  • Develop mutually beneficial partnerships and grant recommendations that align with MetLife’s Foundation and corporate giving goals in geographies we serve
  • Communicate regularly with leadership across multiple business units and geographies to ensure business alignment and engagement in Foundation programs and initiatives
  • Manage partner and grantee relationships, engaging regularly on performance metrics and ensuring commitments are being met on both sides; provide technical assistance to grantees or recommend resources where needed
  • Measure corporate giving outcomes; evaluate the impact of current grants and programs and develop an innovative long-term grantmaking strategy and pipeline
  • Review the Foundation and other corporate giving portfolio on an annual basis; collect and evaluate results on long-term, short-term, global, regional, and thematic levels

Candidate Qualifications:

   Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • 7 - 10+ years of relevant experience leading impactful, innovative corporate giving initiatives, programs and partnerships
  • Understanding of the grant-making process, experience developing strategies for priority areas and embedding diversity, equity and inclusion lens in the work.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with initiative to develop and implement new ideas, projects, or process improvements
  • Current on trends and partnerships related to strategic focus areas as a funder
  • Ability to influence decisions,  relationship building skills  at all levels, establishing trust, and providing counsel in a thoughtful, sensitive, and timely manner.  Excellent listening, oral and written communications skills, able to tailor messages and ability to distill and explain complex concepts to external and internal audiences that range from staff to leadership to Board
  • Experience with employee volunteering programs and initiatives
  • Ability to exhibit sound independent judgment
  • Strong business orientation; able to focus on key business priorities and deliverables, balancing short-term needs with long-term strategic objectives
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; successful track record developing and executing enterprise-wide strategic plan
  • Ability to represent the organization with professionalism and authenticity, demonstrate thought leadership, and encourage diversity of ideas and perspectives
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Undergraduate degree required, Master’s degree or MBA in a related field preferred

  MetLife Success Principles

  • Seek Diverse Perspectives – Source ideas and feedback to expand thinking and make informed decisions
  • Seize Opportunity – Drive responsible growth and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Champion Inclusion – Foster an environment where everyone is valued, heard, and can speak up
  • Take Responsibility – Be accountable and act in pursuit of the right outcomes
  • Enable Solutions – Anticipate and address obstacles while managing risk
  • Deliver What Matters – Execute meaningful priorities and follow through on commitments



MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." 

MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.

We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.

MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

Requisition #: 119875


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