The Director is the key thought partner and right hand to the foundation’s Executive Vice President. The Director supports the Program Executive Vice President (EVP) in her responsibility for ensuring strategic excellence, relevancy and impact in the foundation’s programmatic work across the world. This is accomplished by partnering closely with all program and operational teams across the foundation and ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, quality control, and continuous improvement.
With a recent program strategy and development overhaul in its rear view, the program division requires a Director that will primarily support the program teams in the important next step of creating processes and conditions for excellent execution of these strategies. Among other responsibilities, this includes harnessing opportunities for internal and external collaboration; developing and nurturing key relationships and identifying and lifting up critical learnings. These roles manifest in a variety of ways such as strategic consultation with senior leadership; critical analysis of grantmaking progress and budget allocations; drafting memos for the Foundation’s Board of Trustees; and occasional essays for external audiences. The Director has high emotional intelligence and will navigate this work with strategic and analytic savvy, exceptional interpersonal skills and has a knack for tuning into the needs and assessing the morale of a network of teams.
Reporting to the EVP, the director is equally comfortable taking a birds-eye view as they are in the weeds, and works seamlessly across US and international programs to coordinate key strategic initiatives and programming opportunities as well as manage business planning, reporting and budgeting processes.
Principal duties and responsibilities, including but not limited to:
- Support the EVP in enhancing, and implementing organizational vision
- Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness to ensure alignment of strategies and initiatives, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational change
- Help develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergy among program areas
- Manage bi-annual Worldwide Meetings and Global Leadership meetings
- Ensure effective organization-wide communication with grantees
- Support the EVP, executive leadership team, program and regional directors and staff to make consistent and progressive steps toward organizational and programmatic consistency and impact; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve program goals
- In partnership with the EVP, enhance organizational excellence by establishing operational benchmarks, timelines, and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary; set standards for accountability and measures of success
- Manage budgets and business planning in collaboration with Finance and Grants Management
- Solve problems through effective solicitation of relevant expertise within the Foundation (Program, People & Culture, Finance, Operations, ESG)
- Helps design and manage occasional collaborative strategic initiatives and external partnerships, providing dedicated, thoughtful focus to their successful launch and implementation
- Works collaboratively to develop and implement program strategies to achieve significant and scalable impact
- Act as link between EVP and staff
- Share a strategic vision and knowledge of program area with unit members and build constructive dialogue and collaboration among unit staff in developing initiatives
- Guide and support teams in transition and support the EVP with talent acquisition and headcount management
- Manage the EVP program associate
- BA/BS plus 10 years of professional experience in a general management role, ideally in a dynamic institution (or equivalent combination of education and experience); advanced degree preferred
- Highly organized and ability to wear multiple hats in an ambiguous, fast-moving environment; a driving force who manages toward clarity and solutions
- A successful track record in setting priorities, shaping processes, guiding investment in people and systems, and developing an infrastructure that creates a stronger and more efficient organization
- Exceptional leadership presence, internally and externally
- Detail-oriented self-starter with strong oral and written communications skills and excellent analytical and organizational abilities
- Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working towards common goals; comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development
- Skilled at aggregating and synthesizing complex data and concepts
- Demonstrated commitment to developing junior staff; some people management experience preferred.
This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position will need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. Additionally, domestic/international travel will be expected when it is safe to do so.
Alignment to Culture and Values
- Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
- Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
- Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
- Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams
- Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work
- Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%
- Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
- Professional development initiatives for growth
- Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)
Salary: Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.