Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Program Director, Legacy Programs, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

The Organization

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.

Founded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, MACP actively partners with capable organizations to make a lasting difference for individuals and communities, with particular attention to overlooked causes. MACP’s combined assets (Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation) place us among the top ten foundations in the United States.

MACP develops and implements integrated grantmaking strategies across seven programmatic areas we call domains: Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity.

Position Overview

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is seeking applications and nominations for the role of Program Director, Legacy Programs. Reporting to the Managing Program Director, this role oversees the Southern California legacy grantee program and public media partners.  Founded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, MACP supports efforts to enhance quality of life for children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; assist in the response to, and recovery from natural disasters and encourage the humane treatment of animals. MACP actively partners with capable organizations to make a lasting difference for individuals and communities, with particular attention overlooked causes. With $8 billion in assets, MACP is among the top ten grantmakers in the United States. In 2020, MACP’s national and international grantmaking efforts consisted of 454 grants, totaling more than $260 million.

The Program Director, Legacy Programs will provide support to Southern California beneficiary organizations specifically named by our founder, Margaret Cargill. In partnership with a talented team, the new Program Director will develop, manage, and lead legacy grantmaking programs in Southern California and our program with PBS nationally; serve as a member of the MACP Program Leadership Team in support of organization-wide goals; and provide effective leadership for program staff including mentorship and talent development opportunities and contribute to positive organizational culture that is reflective of MACP values.


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:

Philanthropic Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in philanthropic grantmaking, across a wide range of interests and in ways that leverage philanthropy’s contribution to the community within the larger picture of society, other funders, and government support. Experience and skills in place-based philanthropy and capacity building for grantees and partners is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices for philanthropy to build relationships with less known, diverse communities amid the dominant structures of power and influence in the community.
  • Preferred experience or understanding of how and where philanthropy can create the greatest impact on the field of public media.
  • Experience in managing a defined program portfolio with measurable strategic objectives and accountability to a client, board, committee, or senior leader. Direct partnership and engagement with a philanthropic board is strongly preferred.

Organizational and Team Management

  • Supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to develop strengths of individual team members and to build effective, values-based teams. Strong interpersonal and communications skills with proven ability to build collaborative relationships, trust, and operate in a team environment.
  • Ability to generate innovation, engagement, and ownership by listening to staff and communities and reflecting their thinking in solutions and practices.
  • Understanding or experience in streamlining processes, oversight, and evaluation processes to allow more attention to be spent on impact and relationships, while continuing to provide strong stewardship of resources.
  • Proven ability to think strategically; demonstrated record of success working with a diverse constituency of partners and stakeholders to achieve specific programmatic outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to move large issues into specific program delivery mechanisms.

Values Alignment and Interpersonal Qualities

  • Deep awareness of systemic racism and knowledge of methods for incorporating equity, inclusion, and diversity into grantmaking and relationships with staff and community, as well as a commitment to intercultural understanding and sensitivity.
  • 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.

The Basics

  • Graduate level academic degree in social services, media, philanthropy, non-profit management, or related field or equivalent level of experience preferred. Minimum requirement is an undergraduate degree with at least 10 years of relevant experience in areas which could include non-profit management, human services, organizational development, media, community development, collective impact, or philanthropy.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% time.

For the full position description and to apply, please visithttps://npag.com/current-searches-all/macp-pd

How To Apply

For more about Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, please visit: www.macphilanthropies.org

This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Britni Russell Bianchi of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

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

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