Responsible for supporting the team’s Strategy and Innovation portfolio, including: analyzing the trends driving philanthropy today and exploring opportunities that have been identified as emerging areas of focus for the team to advance our goals.
Initially, this work will focus on driving growth in the emerging “marketplace” of aggregated philanthropic capital funds targeted at solving some of the greatest social challenges in our world. If successful, an expanded marketplace will substantially increase the flow of philanthropic capital by providing philanthropists opportunities to join collaborative, high impact communities and provide accessible on-ramps to giving with impact at scale, locally and globally. Our vision is of a thriving and diverse philanthropic market of collaborative giving vehicles where donors can easily find opportunities that meet their needs – across issue areas, geographies, and levels of personal engagement – to incorporate into their overall strategic philanthropy portfolio. This role will manage ongoing engagement with a community of stakeholders and related workstreams that have and will be identified, as well as track trends in the broader ecosystem to help inform this work.
Additional areas of exploration within this portfolio over time could include: opportunities for reaching specific segments of philanthropists and/or new products or channels to better serve philanthropists in advancing their giving.
Manage budget, criteria, and grant development process for the portfolio Manage pipeline of emerging ideas to evaluate for the team, including incubation, exploration, and decision processes Oversee approach for our support to the emerging marketplace of collaborative funds, including working closely with external partners Manage grants and contracts in line with this work Provide analysis and thought partnership on emerging areas of interest for PPT’s strategy Explore analogous spaces for lessons, models and frameworks
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Strong knowledge across strategy development, operations, and project management. Ability to present structured, but out-of-the-box thinking and to explore new frameworks for old problems. Leadership abilities to work with multiple partners internally and externally, including philanthropists, other donors, grantees to build a common vision and visualize simple and effective but implementable solutions to complex problems. Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people. Deep understanding of crafting and managing partnerships across a variety of partners. Understanding of strategies that impact and support philanthropists, grantees, and others in the philanthropic sector. Experience with analysis and translating that into recommendations. Strong analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience. Effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external orgs. Extensive project contribution and management experience. Works with efficiency and diplomacy. Willingness to travel up to 30%.
Reports to: Deputy Director, Philanthropic Partnerships
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 5+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.
*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
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