The Ideal Candidate

The MacArthur Foundation seeks a Director of Grants Management who will be an innovative strategist with the intellectual dynamism and proven ability to apply knowledge and experience building systems and an operating environment to support an organization’s goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will be a senior leader who can operate with a strategic view of the organization, yet knows how to translate ideas into a concrete course of action and work with teams on a tactical basis. Candidates should also have a demonstrated track record designing and implementing initiatives that promote institutional consistency at the enterprise level.

The Director will be leading the Grants Management team through the process of becoming a newly centralized function. This is an exciting and important moment for the Director to be joining the organization, and it requires a candidate with deep expertise leading change management initiatives. Candidates must know from experience when to move forward and when to be patient while pursuing such initiatives. The ability to lead or influence teams across disciplines and functions is also essential, as is a highly flexible and adaptive work ethic.

The new Director will be an accomplished leader and manager who can deliver on both strategy and execution. Candidates must be committed to investing in people and cultivating a team culture that inspires confidence, trust, and respect. The Director will have a background promoting professional development opportunities, motivating staff, and be a natural collaborator who enjoys empowering teams across an organization.

Superb and proactive communication skills are essential to the success of this role, as is the ability to be a thoughtful listener. The successful candidate will know how to provide constructive and insightful views on issues, and incorporate a variety of considerations into the decision-making process, but also have the maturity to remain resolute when it comes to improving the utility of the grants management system and stretching colleagues to use it in new ways.

A minimum of ten years of relevant experience in process transformation and/or operational change management is required. Additional qualifications include:

  • Strong systems orientation, with a track record of improving and enhancing existing technologies, developing new solutions, and maintaining an awareness of and willingness to use new and emerging platforms.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects, preferably within a philanthropic or large, research intensive institution.

  • An understanding of grants processes and related financial and compliance issues, especially in a foundation environment, is preferred, but not required.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with experience presenting complex materials in an understandable manner to a variety of audiences.

  • A Bachelors’ degree or equivalent experience in related field is required; an advanced degree is preferred.