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Managing Director Philanthropy

The Synergos Institute
New York, United States
$150,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
Dec 28, 2021

Synergos is seeking an experienced Managing Director, Philanthropy to join our Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) team! This position is a full-time role reporting to the Executive Director and is a key member of Global Management Team working closely with the key GPC members including the Board of Directors. The Managing Director will manage a global philanthropy program and network that supports values-driven philanthropists and social investors to better address systemic causes of poverty and inequity. The position will oversee and supervise a global team of 14 and 85 global philanthropist members with functions including planning, project management, budgeting and financial management, staffing, mentoring, resourcing, and evaluation including GPC philanthropic members initiatives.

We expect within 3 months of the appointment that the successful candidate will help integrate, develop and execute the new long-range strategic priorities aligned with the growth of the Philanthropy program.


USA - New York City (open to hiring outside of New York).

This position will temporarily work remotely during the current pandemic until further notice.

About Synergos

Synergos is a global nonprofit organization solving complex issues around the world by advancing Bridging Leadership, a style of leadership which builds trust and collective action. Our experience over the last 35 years tells us that collaboration releases more and better solutions than working alone.

Bridging Leadership represents a paradigm shift in leadership: a movement away from hierarchy, control, and fear toward more inclusive forms of problem-solving; from a world in which power is monopolized to one in which power is shared, enabling more effective interventions and longer-lasting impact. With changes wrought by the pandemic, social justice movements and distrust of authority, we believe now is the time when our model can bring about sustained change.

Together with partners in more than 30 countries, Synergos focuses on transforming how people across sectors and divides come together, develop deeper understanding, create shared vision, and take collective action to solve deeply entrenched societal problems. Our model can be applied to many areas of social change and especially with networks of philanthropists and civil society leaders.

The Global Philanthropists Circle was founded in 2001 by Synergos Founder Peggy Dulany and her late father David Rockefeller Senior as a global network for leading philanthropic individuals and families to collaborate with and learn from their peers. GPC members share Synergos’ commitment to create a more just, equitable, peaceful and regenerative world, as outlined in our Community Agreement. Leading with inner work, we nurture a deep trust among our members and cultivate a brave space to share challenges and shift perspectives as the role of philanthropy continues to transform.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Operations

  • Contribute to and implement the new strategic direction for philanthropy at Synergos (to be finalized February 2022), ensuring adequate systems, staffing, and resources are in place to successfully deliver on its ambitious mission and goals.

Team Management

  • Align the global GPC team around a shared vision, strategy, and workplan, taking into account the diverse contexts and markets in which staff members work.
  • Drive excellent data, evaluation and assessment measures and systems to capture the impact of the GPC network and philanthropy at Synergos.
  • Support global team members to achieve portfolio- and market-specific goals through mentorship, team workshopping, and/or additional capacity.
  • Manage GPC budget and ensure responsible use of resources within the team.
  • Serve as member of the Synergos Executive Team, providing guidance and leadership in the overall development of Synergos.

Program and Business Development

  • Working with the GPC team and key Synergos departments, design and execute a strong offering of products and services - including but not limited to membership networks, collective action initiatives, and advisory services, for members and clients that enhance their impact in line with Synergos’ mission, and drives continued/deeper engagement with Synergos over time.
  • Working alongside Development, co-design and co-execute a successful business development and resource mobilization strategy for the global philanthropy program at Synergos, aligning to Synergos’ overall goals and mission (inclusive of cultivating new GPC members; identifying and forging strategic partnerships; developing strategies for growth and diversification of income streams; etc.)
  • Leading with humility, serve as a resource on philanthropy and international development trends for GPC members, philanthropy clients, and for other Synergos stakeholders including Synergos board
  • At least ten years of management experience, with a successful track record of managing and mentoring a global team, as well as executing strategic plans rooted in innovation, impact, and inclusivity.
  • Exceptional capacity for empathetic listening and authentic relationship building with and across diverse sets of stakeholders. Ability to build trust-based, generative relationships with team members, (U)HNW families, donors, and investors is a must.
  • Significant experience in building, managing, and facilitating action-oriented networks, ideally across public, private, nonprofit sectors and across global geographies
  • Exceptional ability to manage and execute complex projects, as evidenced by strong experience in project planning and management, budgeting, and financial management.
  • A nuanced understanding, and lived experience of, the current opportunities and challenges in global philanthropy and social investment is absolutely critical.
  • Experienced communicator and inclusive facilitator. Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (up to 25%) Preferred:
  • Fluency in one or more languages in addition to English
  • Familiarity with organizing, community / network building, and inclusive facilitation methodologies
  • Experience and comfort working with remote staff and field offices
  • Experience living and working in more than one country

Possible domestic and international travel expected


$150,000 plus benefits

Why You Should Work at Synergos
  • We’re driven by purpose. We’re a values-driven organization that’s laser-focused on improving lives around the world by building trust.
  • We value you. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.
  • We’re a dynamic community. You’ll work with diverse, dedicated, compassionate staff and innovative global networks of trust-builders.

Synergos offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, community service day and much more.

Synergos is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, sex (including gender identity, nonconformity, presentation or expression), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic made unlawful to consider by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

In addition, Synergos is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you require an accommodation in connection with your application or are contacted for an employment opportunity and require accommodation, please advise

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