The Ford Foundation seeks a visionary, strategic and innovative individual to lead and oversee its US Civic Engagement and Government (CEG) portfolio.
Based in New York, the Director will manage a team of program staff who are working toward delivering the strategic goals of the CEG portfolio, which aims to strengthen representation, participation, and leadership in U.S. democracy.
The ideal CEG Director will be a visionary, proven field leader who has at least 10 years’ experience in strengthening representation, participation, and leadership in U.S. democracy through a combination of policy analysis, advocacy, communications, and implementation experience. They will have managed complex processes involving multiple institutions and individuals in a team arrangement. They will also have a track record of successfully achieving specific policy and programmatic outcomes working with a range of stakeholders, including community-based organizations and networks, the private sector, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
In order to advance Foundation priorities, the Director should have proven experience and substantive knowledge in the formal and informal structures, practices, and processes of democracy, ranging from civic participation, constituency-building, and community organizing to formal democracy reforms, policymaking, and approaches to governance. Finally, the Director should be an exceptional people manager, with a strong track record of constructively leading and coaching a diverse and high-functioning staff and instilling teams with a sense of shared commitment and purpose.
Working as part of Ford’s program leadership team, Directors are responsible for program development and oversight of grantmaking strategies in specific lines of work implemented in the US, and aligned and coordinated (where appropriate) with global grantmaking to advance the Foundation’s vision and mission.
Reporting the Vice President of US Programs, the CEG Director provides leadership and has overall responsibility for recommending program strategies and resource allocation and for assuring that CEG grantmaking under their purview directly links to these strategies.
The Director is responsible for the effective functioning of a grantmaking team comprised of 8-10 staff. They provide operational oversight, ensure strategic coherence, and promote a culture of trust and team-level effectiveness to advance the Foundation’s vision and mission. In addition, they also work to ensure conditions for collaboration with other grantmaking programs and regional offices around the world.
The Director has day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that Program Officers have goals and clear programmatic objectives, with a direct link between those objectives and their grantmaking. They are also responsible for fostering learning within and across program areas and strategies, and for creating conditions conducive to collaboration and communication among US-based staff and overseas offices. Directors work closely with their peers, with Program Officers, and with Foundation leadership to shape, implement, learn, and adapt the program strategies of the Foundation.
This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. Additionally, domestic/international travel will be expected when it is safe to do so; some travel is directly related to grantmaking, but also to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings.