Chicago, IL

Director, Grants Management, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Organization

The MacArthur Foundation, led by President Julia Stasch, is one of the nation’s largest foundations with approximately $6.2 billion in assets and annual giving of approximately $250 million. Since its inception, the MacArthur Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 billion. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. The Foundation is also known for its MacArthur Fellows Program, which awards grants to 20 to 30 Americans working in any field who exhibit “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit its website here.

Position Overview

The MacArthur Foundation is in the process of establishing a centralized Grants Management function as part of a broader effort to create best-in-class, enterprise driven solutions. The newly created Director of Grants Management position offers the opportunity be a key leader and influencer in of one of the world’s most prominent philanthropic organizations. The Director will foster cross-organizational relationships and create the policies, procedures, and that will allow each department in the foundation to pursue an ambitious grantmaking agenda in the coming years.

The ideal candidate will bring at least 10 years of relevant experience in process transformation and/or operational change management. Candidates should also be strategic thinkers who have a strong systems orientation, an ability to develop and implement complex projects, and an ability to successfully lead a team through large organizational change.

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How To Apply

The MacArthur Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Please go to to submit your resume and a cover letter that expresses both your passion for the mission and fit for the role.

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