Equity through economic opportunity.
Founded in 1978, as one of the oldest global private equity
managers, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) invests and
builds better businesses – earning the reputation as a preferred
partner of management teams around the world. Joe Rice and Martin
Dubilier created a firm that today employs an active ownership
model to the businesses it acquires. Through a combination of
investment and operating skills, the firm enhances the value of
each of its acquired businesses. Today, the Firm has ~170
employees, offices in New York and London, manages ~$36 billion of
assets and 30+ portfolio companies, and is widely recognized as a
leader in private equity investing. CD&R’s shared sense of
purpose and values guides the commitments the firm makes to its
commercial partners, the communities in which they operate, and its
In October 2020, CD&R announced the formation of a new
nonprofit foundation to direct and support the firm’s ongoing
charitable investments and activities, both through capital
donations and public service. The Foundation will represent the
firm’s deeply-held values of advancing economic opportunity and
equity to improve the plight of underserved populations in our
local communities. With anticipated investment of $10 to $15
million annually, the Foundation will explore and support building
pathways to greater economic security in vulnerable communities. It
is anticipated that a portion of the investment will be directed by
the Foundation to mission-aligned organizations in New York and
London, the cities in which the Firm’s two offices are located. The
balance would be allocated to “catalyzing and co-investing” in the
mission-aligned philanthropic efforts of the Firm’s 30+ portfolio
companies in their local communities.
For more information on CD&R, please visit https://www.cdr-inc.com/.
The Director will:
- Report directly to the firm’s CEO for day-to-day operations and
to the Foundation Board for matters on strategy, programs, grants,
- Manage the Foundation in a manner that recognizes and builds on
the link between this initiative and the broader firm goals and
- Take a holistic approach to this effort as a culture-building,
central initiative around the firm’s approach to philanthropy,
service, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;
- Have responsibility, with Board oversight, for the effective
deployment of the Foundation’s funds and support in line with the
- Work collaboratively with the portfolio companies to allocate
capital and organize support for company efforts consistent with
- Work collaboratively with external parties (subject matter
experts, service providers, consultants, etc.) where relevant to
maximize impact; measure and report on the impact to
- Develop and administer the processes used to determine the
merits of requests from grantees and to gain approval;
- Drive an internal and external communication strategy around
the Foundation’s efforts.
The Director will be:
- A consensus builder able to generate excitement about the
Foundation’s potential impact and forge trusting relationships with
all stakeholders in a high-performance environment;
- Humble, mature; politically savvy; a thought partner;
- A catalyst for the Foundation’s philanthropic and service
- An enthusiastic self-starter who can work collaboratively to
develop the overall mission and design a comprehensive strategy for
the firm’s approach to giving and service; a co-creator.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Energetic and charismatic, with outstanding leadership
qualities and skills.
- A strong internal and external collaborator facile in
partnering, organizing, and influencing, including the ability to
navigate conflicting perspectives and managing stakeholders.
- Operational experience with a foundation and an understanding
of the regulatory environment.
- An exceptional internal and external ambassador for the firm
and the mission; credible in philanthropy.
- The organizational capacity to wrap together effort and
initiatives within a coherent, comprehensive program.
- Strong communication skills; a credible and engaging
storyteller; able to generate branding and excitement.
- Ability to roll up sleeves, multitask, operate, and build with
lean administrative support.
- Experience in areas of the firm’s primary philanthropic intent.
(Content expertise can be supplemented by the team, advisors,
experts, etc. as focus and initiatives dictate.)
- Experience operating globally and interest and comfort in doing
so (in particular, across the United States and Europe).
- Financial acumen and corporate experience; ability to make the
case for this effort and put in the context of CD&R’s business
and that of its portfolio companies.
CD&R is committed to the principle of equal employment
opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a
work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All
employment decisions at CD&R are based on business needs, job
requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to
race, color, religion or belief, national, social, or ethnic
origin, sex, age, physical, mental, or sensory disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil
union, or domestic partnership status, past or present military
service, family medical history or genetic information, family or
parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or
regulations in the locations where we operate. CD&R will not
tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these
Applications, nominations, and contact information should be
sent to Susan Meade, Paul Spivey, and Jane Donaldson at