Corona Del Mar, CA

Director of Grants Management, Samueli Foundation

The Organization

The Samueli Foundation is a California-based, Southern California-focused private family foundation that has recently reached several important milestones. These include a significant acceleration in its rate of giving and a stated ambition to accelerate even further; the appointment of a new president to direct and oversee the family’s full philanthropic life including integration with its commercial businesses; creation of a new mission, vision, and values to clarify its focus and drive greater intentionality in grantmaking, organizational culture, and decision-making; and inclusion of next generation involvement leading to important investments in social justice.

Our vision is well-being for all. Our new mission is to make Orange County a thriving mosaic of community well-being by supporting and uniting catalytic forces whose innovations yield a higher quality of life for everyone. Our values are integrity, gratitude, empathy, curiosity, creativity, and trust.

We strive to accomplish our mission through three main approaches:

  • INVEST: Support catalytic forces whose innovations yield a higher quality of life for everyone
  • UNITE: Cultivate multisector cooperation that generates the will and the ways to achieve lasting, equitable community well-being
  • MODEL: Inspire adaptation by other communities to scale the impact of proven programs

As we grow our work, we are also making important investments in our team to ensure we do our work with the utmost professionalism, energy, and excellence we can deliver.

Position Overview

The Director of Grants Management is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational oversight to the Foundation’s grants management function while ensuring efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in its grantmaking.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff and working closely with Foundation staff, board, and key contacts within the family office, this newly created role sets the groundwork for the Foundation’s anticipated significant growth by taking its grantmaking practices to the next level, implementing new systems that continue the Foundation’s track record of centering grantees while providing insight to further refine the Foundation’s strategic goals.

This role requires significant expertise in grantmaking policies and practices, strong change management skills to strategically align grants management priorities within the Foundation, and the ability to develop and manage a small team.

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