New York, New York

Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

The Organization

WHO WE ARE – Creating Thoughtful Effective Philanthropy

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 50 projects, providing governance, management, and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes.

RPA is at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, led by a diverse team of experienced, entrepreneurial, dedicated, and mission-driven staff with expertise across the spectrum of issue areas. More specifically, as a thought leader on Financial Inclusion or Impact Investing, RPA offers services in planning, strategy, evaluation, program management, and grantmaking, all designed to ensure that our clients’ philanthropic goals are met.

With offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco and London, RPA managers and advisors are dynamic thought leaders whose experience, networks, and perspectives help clients shape the future of their philanthropy.

Position Overview


The Vice President is a recognized leader in the field of philanthropy and expert in more than one issue area. The successful candidate will bring particular expertise in helping donors to advance impact investing, financial inclusion, and/or fintech strategies in ways that serve social, environmental, and financial objectives. The Vice President will have the capacity to be a generalist and lead varied projects, as well as to develop and implement major grantmaking programs and consulting engagements for donor clients of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The successful Vice President will also develop new donor relationships, actively engage in marketing, business development, and thought leadership activities. The Vice President will have substantive and positive experience in advising or consulting to major donors such as corporations, foundations, and/or families and individuals on their philanthropy. The Vice President, along with other RPA staff, will speak frequently to philanthropy audiences, news outlets, and other venues, including to family offices, philanthropy affinity groups, and in international locations. Because clients may be domestic or international, the Vice President will possess the acumen and technical knowledge required to work with donors around the world to help build RPA’s global presence.

The successful Vice President will thrive in RPA’s dynamic, and at times, fast-paced social enterprise environment. S/he will be a positive force in working with colleagues committed to promoting equity by enhancing the ability of their clients to serve the public good. With a strong understanding of business and investment strategies, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit for cultivating new business, the Vice President will use her or his expertise to strengthen RPA’s global position.

A member of RPA’s management team, the Vice President will possess a high level of emotional intelligence, enabling her/him to lead through periods of complexity and ambiguity with effectiveness and creativity. S/he will seize opportunities to work with internal constituencies to solve complex problems or address emerging challenges.  A demonstrated ability to work both and as part of a team and independently across a wide range of issues is essential. The Vice President will be committed to working in a constructive and creative manner to achieve RPA’s strategic and operating goals.


The position will be based in New York, and the responsibilities include:

Primary Responsibilities

+       Participate in the development of RPA’s global strategy and programs;

+       Develop, manage, and/or oversee global philanthropic collaboratives and regranting programs;

+       Design, lead, and/or manage consulting projects;

+       Develop, manage; and/or oversee research and publication initiatives;

+       In collaboration with other RPA teams, develop and implement strategies for outreach and client development;

+       Represent RPA externally as a thought leader, speaker, and writer;

+       Identify, pursue leads and prospects through external representation and networking;

+       Maintain expertise in global philanthropy on behalf of RPA and clients;

+       Participate in key cross-functional teams and initiatives for RPA;

+       Manage assigned project team members and consultants;

+       Oversee the timeliness and quality of RPA materials, including proposals, reports, minutes, and dockets;

+       Serve as a resource on global philanthropy for RPA;

+       Help RPA achieve its strategic and operating goals.

Staff Management 

+       Lead New York-based advisory team, project team members, and consultants;

+       Coordinate the hiring and retention process for staff, including professional development plans.

How To Apply


+       Strong commitment to RPA’s values (, as well as to the organization’s mission;

+       A minimum of seven years of senior-level experience focused on grantmaking, consulting to major donors, and depth or experience in one of the following areas:  impact investing, financial inclusion, or fintech;

+       Entrepreneurial and strategic thinker with knowledge or experience with market-based approach to making social or environmental change;

+       Strong collaborator, but independent thinker with strong judgment;

+       Experienced and effective communicator;

+       Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, meet deadlines, and accept new challenges;

+       Strong leader. Equally comfortable leading and participating in organization initiatives;

+       Sense of humor;

+       Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as organizational ability;

+       BA and advanced degree or equivalent experience required.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, an equal opportunity employer, seeks a diverse pool of candidates and will offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Applications, including cover letters and résumés, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at

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