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Managing Director, Integrated Operations, U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking a Managing Director, Integrated Operations, U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity.

The Managing Director (MD) will contribute to the development of a refreshed U.S. jobs & economic opportunity initiative and craft strategies to execute on the program’s goals. The MD will operationalize the program by setting up internal team processes, managing the staff and budget, overseeing the grantmaking process, and measuring progress against the established program goals.  The MD will work hand-in-hand with the Managing Director, U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity to identify and build external partnerships, leverage existing Foundation assets and collaborate with other internal teams.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partners with the Managing Director, US Jobs and Economic Opportunities, and the wider Foundation, to deliver on key strategic goals, priorities and objectives in pursuit of the Foundation’s vision, mission and key priorities.
  • Manages department budget, which includes forecasting.
  • Manages the implementation of the US Jobs Initiatives strategic goals, priorities and objectives within timeframes that align with other key organizational milestones and deadlines.
  • Establishes a formal management and operating system and approach for the team and is a key point of contact with the other Initiative Leads and their teams to shape strategy development and to ensure Jobs Initiative alignment with the rest of the Foundation and will both create and support the Jobs Initiative implementation models.
  • Grantee management:  Manage the work of grantees with the Jobs team; structure grants and negotiate proposals; write grant concept notes and memos with support from a program associate; identify and build network and connect grantees and other stakeholders; contribute feedback and thought to grantees’ strategies, publications, and events.
  • Manage internal team processes, including the team’s performance scorecard, ensuring its updated and shared out with the President and executive team as part of the “Business Process Review (BPR)”; structure and manage quarterly strategy meetings with the President and executive team; ensure the team is collaborating in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Interface with the President’s office and communications office; prepare briefings and other materials for the Managing Director and President’s Office as needed and with the support of consultants and/or program associates.
  • Manage the team’s Program Associates and Administrative Assistants, including mentoring and career development.
  • Prepare written updates for the Board of Trustees.
  • Build the influence and leverage of RF work to achieve greater impact. This includes building partnerships / relationships with other donors and other actors.
  • Represent the work of the Foundation at external conferences and forums.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Communication: Has excellent interpersonal abilities including strong listening, writing and verbal skills; demonstrates assertiveness and effectiveness in presenting their ideas to a variety of internal and external audiences and for multiple and diverse purposes.
  • Decision-Making:  Has the ability to evaluate risks and opportunities; uses analytical and problem-solving skills; takes initiative and drives for results; is able to prioritize their own work and the work of others and understands how their work fits into the Jobs Initiative, the Initiatives and programmatic side of the Foundation as well as the overall mission, strategy and objectives of the Foundation.
  • Execution: Has outstanding project management skills; manages their own time well and provides the necessary guidance and direction to others that allows them to successfully meet deadlines; has a sense of urgency and takes responsibility for their work and how this impacts the rest of the Jobs team.
  • Integration: Accesses functional and substantive expertise organizationally, and accomplishes their work with inclusiveness and collaboration.
  • Leadership: Thinks innovatively and creatively about their work, has strong negotiation skills which enable them to work effectively and efficiently across a large amount of work, people and all internal and external constituencies and demonstrates accountability for their work.
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Has strong professional presence and can be seen as a key representative of the Foundation and the Jobs team; has intercultural knowledge and appreciation; and possesses strong strategic partnership building skills.
  • Strategic Ability: Anticipates future opportunities and consequences, demonstrates an innovative and flexible approach to work, and has the ability to organize chaos into a coherent plan and implement it well.
  • People Management: Has the skills to manage a team of administrative staff and approaches managing people as one that employs teambuilding, skill building and overall staff development and engagement.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • A four-year undergraduate degree is preferred as is previous experience in a non-profit organization or Foundation or equally dynamic goal oriented global enterprise. An advanced degree in Business, or business administration is strongly preferred.
  • Has a minimum of 12 to 14 years of relevant professional experience supporting an Executive, a diverse team of professionals of multiple disciplines and a large, complex, strategic global initiative for a dynamic organization on all matters related to their internal and external strategic goals and objectives.
  • Ability to manage people and teams to conceive, research, analyze, develop and implement projects, new ideas and strategies to successful completion. Sets agendas and timelines for their own work and for that of others to meet the demands of a complex dynamic function and Executive.
  • Has a track record of effectively managing budgets and forecasts, developing and monitoring strategic plans and in managing their own work and the work of others under significant time pressures and to high quality standards.
  • Ability to travel occasionally both domestically and internationally and experience doing so in previous roles successfully.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet search skills and ability to learn new applications quickly.

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The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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