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
USA - New York City (open to hiring outside of New York).
This position will temporarily work remotely during the current
pandemic until further notice.
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
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.
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.
- 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
- Support global team members to achieve portfolio- and
market-specific goals through mentorship, team workshopping, and/or
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- We’re a dynamic community. You’ll work with diverse,
dedicated, compassionate staff and innovative global networks of
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
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