Troy, MI

Managing Director, Arts and Culture, The Kresge Foundation

The Organization
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2014, the Board of Trustees approved 408 awards totaling $242.5 million. That included a $100 million award to the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, a fund created to soften the impact of the city’s bankruptcy on pensioners and safeguard cultural assets at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A total of $138.1 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, our Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $20.4 million in 2014. For more information, visit

Position Overview
The Kresge Foundation – a national foundation dedicated to creating opportunity for low income people in America’s cities through grant making and social investment – is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Managing Director, Arts and Culture Program.  Building on the Foundation’s belief that arts and culture contribute to positive community change and are essential elements of communities where all people can thrive, Kresge’s Arts and Culture program focuses on creative placemaking, a comprehensive community development approach that deliberately integrates arts and culture in revitalization strategies for equitably rebuilding and reinvigorating low-income metropolitan areas. Issues addressed through creative placemaking include land use, housing, transportation, economic development, environment, health and civic engagement.

The Managing Director will lead the design and implementation of programs in support of the Arts and Culture strategic framework with emphasis on the role Arts and Culture can play as an important contributor in creating vibrant, equitable communities. In 2014, the Foundation awarded nearly $22 million in grants through the Arts and Culture Program with a significant portion in collaborative grantmaking with other institutions and government offices throughout the United States. The Managing Director will work with leaders both within and outside of the Kresge Foundation to advance the organization’s vision and to develop programs and systems to realize established goals.  S/he will be a seasoned and strategic professional who will collaborate with Kresge leadership and the Arts and Culture Program team to identify areas for creative impact, evaluate grant inquires, monitor awarded grants and develop and track the program budget. The successful candidate will leverage experience and demonstrate insight in contributing to the development of program goals, will be an outstanding relationship builder with a deep appreciation for the challenges of impoverished communities in America, and will possess exceptional management skills to guide and mentor a professional team.  S/he will have at least 10 years of progressive experience and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; a master’s degree or higher is preferred.A complete position description can be found at:

How To Apply
All nominations and applications which include a cover letter, resume, salary history, and source of knowledge of the position should be directed to

The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.

The Kresge Foundation offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer paid dental and vision, basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability, generous paid time off, and an attractive 401k plan with employer match and a 10% employer contribution. We also provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily, robust professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Kresge promotes and supports a healthy and green work environment and encourages intellectual curiosity as we embrace and live out our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership, and stewardship.

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