Manager, Program Operations

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Posted: 9/28/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Eden Prairie

Postal code: 55344

State: Minnesota

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) supports efforts to enhance quality of life and prevent and relieve suffering of children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage the humane treatment of animals. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) seeks nominations and applications for the newly created role of Manager, Program Operations. MACP consists of two grantmaking entities – the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and the Anne Ray Foundation, both of which were funded by the late Margaret A. Cargill. MACP organizes most of its grantmaking activities into seven program domains with defined strategic boundaries. These seven domains include: Animal Welfare, Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity. Additional funds are awarded through special grant programs including an employee matching gift program.

MACP created the program operations function in 2018 within a culture that fosters a high level of cross-functional collaboration to improve the quality of its grantmaking. Embedded within the program team, Program Operations works closely with MACP leadership to ensure the effectiveness of MACP’s grantmaking, promoting a culture of rigor, stewardship, strategic clarity and accountability, and impact.

Following the hire of the first Director, Program Operations, the growing team now is responsible for: 1) supporting the effective operation and ongoing improvement of MACP’s grantmaking processes, practices, policies and systems; 2) supporting cross-functional efforts to ensure that MACP is in compliance with regulations and laws that govern our work; and 3) supporting the planning and implementation of program leadership goals.

The Manager, Program Operations will join the team during an exciting moment of growth and opportunity to play a critical role in the evolving scope of work of the MACP Program Operations team. Reporting to the Director, Program Operations, this position will focus primarily on facilitating the implementation of key program leadership initiatives and program operation priorities, the continual improvement of MACP’s grantmaking practices and processes, the implementation and optimization of a new business intelligence reporting tool for Programs, as well as assisting with special projects.

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While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
  • Five years or more of relevant project management, organizational development, or related planning experience; Experience managing operational, organizational development or other significant change efforts within a growing organization with perseverance, resilience, and flexibility in the face of change.
  • Strong project management and planning skills including the ability to organize and prioritize tasks, effectively manage time, meet multiple competing deadlines, work independently and in a team environment, quickly develop written materials, maintain a positive attitude under pressure, and manage budgets.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and synthesize large amounts of information, and strong analytical skills to help program staff leverage the data it collects to most effectively inform decision-making at all levels within the Program function.
  • Experience managing a business intelligence tool, including building complex datasets, developing interactive data visualizations, training other staff in using the business intelligence tool, and troubleshooting.
  • Collaborative, positive, and able to navigate well with ambiguity and change; adept at building collegial relationships and able to respond to issues with clarity and diplomacy; Demonstrated ability to inspire and foster trust and confidence in staff, management, and their colleagues; ability to do much of their work hands-on and across multiple internal stakeholders, without much direct support.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to addressing racism and other societal inequities, as well as a commitment to intercultural understanding and sensitivity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including developing visually appealing presentations and producing clear and concise written documents; demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings, effectively engaging staff in interactive and creative ways.
  • An undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent work experience is expected.
Minimal travel required, primarily for conferences or other professional development opportunities.

  • Required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Moderate use of computer, keyboard and mouse
  • Bend to file or retrieve documents
  • Occasional light physical effort required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to approximately 30 pounds
The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this description.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

MACP is partnering with Allison Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and Julian Jackson of NPAG in this search. Applications including a cover letter, addressed to the MACP hiring team, describing your interest that includes a short statement about how you have fostered a positive, values-based organizational culture, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected]. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.

Posted By: NPAG


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