ABOUT THE CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Established in 1926, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. We support nonprofit activities throughout the U.S. and internationally focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment, and the Flint Area. In addition to the home office in Flint, MI, offices are located in suburban Detroit, London, and Johannesburg. In 2018, the Foundation made more than 360 grants totaling approximately $128 million.
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
For more than three decades, the Mott Foundation’s Environment program has supported programs around the world that protect communities and the ecosystems upon which they depend. This work has taught us that such grantmaking must seek practical ways to build strong economic, social, and environmental conditions for all people—in a word, sustainability. The program is currently organized around three main interests:
· Addressing the Freshwater Challenge (AFC) in which we support efforts to secure sustainable levels of clean water for people and the environment, particularly in the Great Lakes basin;
· Transforming Development Finance (TDF) in which we aim to shape international investment policies for energy and infrastructure projects that protect people and the environment in developing nations; and
· Advancing Climate Change Solutions (ACCS) in which we work to increase the use of renewable energy in developing countries where nearly 840 million people still lack access to electricity.
While our international grantmaking is global in scope, some aspects are geographically concentrated in East Africa, particularly Tanzania, and the Andes/Amazon region of South America. In 2018, the Environment program awarded 82 grants totaling $15.6 million, spread roughly equally across the three major program interests. This is an exciting time to join the Environment team as we are approximately halfway through our ten-year strategic plan and will use the lessons learned from our current work to inform the development of a new strategic plan in the not too distant future.
For more information about our work, please visit our website. To learn more about the values that undergird all of our work, visit our Values page.
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATE PROGRAM OFFICER, FRESHWATER OPPORTUNITY
A new role for the Foundation, the AFC Associate Program Officer (APO) will co-manage the Foundation’s efforts addressing freshwater conservation and access to clean drinking water in the Great Lakes basin. The Foundation’s grantmaking under this program area emphasizes strengthening environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to the long-term protection of freshwater resources and influencing the design and implementation of related public policies. In the wake of the Flint water crisis, the freshwater program area has become more focused on ensuring that clean and affordable drinking water is available to people throughout the region. This position represents a unique opportunity to work closely with a highly experienced and well-respected Program Officer in the freshwater program and be part of the eight-person Environment program team. This is a full-time position located in Flint, MI and will require frequent travel.
In this role, the APO will:
· Partner with the Program Officer to execute on the program’s strategy;
· Build relationships with NGOs and leaders in the field in order to best understand the opportunities and challenges in this work;
· Investigate grant requests and develop funding recommendations;
· Process, administer, and monitor grants and clusters of grants according to Foundation policies and procedures;
· Prepare, individually and with other team members, reports and other documents for the Foundation’s management and Board of Trustees;
· Work with colleagues across the Foundation and other grantmakers outside the Foundation on issues of mutual interest; and
· Assist with external communications, including representing the Foundation at meetings and in discussions with grantees and partners.