Inspired by the opportunity to partner for lasting
community impact, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is
seeking applications and nominations for the role of Vice President
of Programs (VPP). The VPP provides leadership to the
Philanthropies’ grantmaking activities and to the alignment of
program strategies across domains towards MACP’s mission to provide
meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the
environment. Reporting to the President and CEO, the VPP serves as
a member of the Senior Leadership Team and contributes to the
strategy and implementation of the organization’s priorities. The
VPP’s scope ensures alignment with the Philanthropies’ values,
Philosophy of Grantmaking, donor intent, and is rooted in the
organization’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and
Through the leadership of Terry Meersman, MACP’s program team
has grown to a talented staff of over 50, overseeing on average
more than 400 grants and totaling more than $300 million. MACP is
now poised to welcome a new VPP who will lead its programmatic work
to meet the evolving needs of communities across the globe.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications
enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the
following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and
- A minimum of 15 years related experience to include extensive
experience in a complex management and leadership role with success
building and motivating teams, leading internal change efforts,
structuring, and aligning resources, and building and fostering a
- Sophisticated management skills, with an understanding of the
importance of setting priorities, instituting effective process and
practice, working cross-functionally and instilling discipline in
shaping sound, strategic decisions.
- Capacity to prioritize and implement a broad strategic plan
that engages buy-in from all key constituencies.
- Demonstrated experience in grantmaking across a range of
interests and in ways that leverage philanthropy’s contribution
with larger societal, governmental, or community objectives.
- Deep awareness of systemic racism and resulting inequities;
ability to lead teams and organizations through the
operationalization of equity, inclusion, and diversity into
organizational programs, strategy, operations, and
- Ability to generate innovation, engagement, and empowerment by
listening to staff and communities and reflecting their thinking in
solutions and practices.
- Strong relational skillset and ability to work in partnership
with President & CEO, Board, and senior staff, as well as in
collaboration with cross-functional partners.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills paired with
a relational style and ability to adapt messages and modes as
called for in a dynamic environment.
- Graduate level academic degree in a human services field,
non-profit leadership, or related field or equivalent level of
experience preferred. Minimum requirement is an undergraduate
degree with relevant experience in areas which could include
non-profit management, human services, organizational development,
community development, collective impact, or philanthropy.
Travel: Up to 30%, domestic and
ABOUT OUR WORKPLACE
Our community of more than 100 employees brings expertise from a
variety of professional and personal experiences. We are inspired
by a common mission, shared values, and the difference we can make
by working together.
We are proud to offer a welcoming workplace that supports our
employees’ careers, health, and overall wellbeing. We supplement
that environment with activities throughout the year that promote
collaboration, learning, and fun. Reflecting our investment in
staff wellbeing, we have deepened our commitment to flexible work
schedules and will be implementing an innovative new approach to
work arrangements in 2022. All MACP staff have a reduced work week,
with half-day Fridays, year-round, and upon our return to the
office, the option of working remotely up to two days per week.
MACP’s home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota is a foundational aspect
of our identity, reflecting an organizational commitment to
sustainability, balance, and collaboration. In spring 2016, MACP
completed a major building
expansion focused on sustainable design practices. The original
building renovation earned LEED Gold certification, and for the
expansion, MACP earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S.
Green Building Council.
Eden Prairie is part of the Twin Cities metro area including
Minneapolis and St. Paul, which have over 3 million residents and
together make up the 14th largest metropolitan area in the country.
A unique blend of small town and major cosmopolitan hub, both urban
cores boast a thriving business atmosphere. Saint Paul, as the
state capital, is home to state government and has a more
historical vibe. Minneapolis is the larger and more commercial of
the two cities. Both cities share a common root of being river
towns - and the great outdoors are still a major attraction for
residents and visitors alike.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The compensation range for the VPP role is $375,000 - 425,000.
Actual starting salary of candidate will be commensurate with
years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, education,
certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and
other factors relevant to the position. Additionally, MACP provides
a generous benefits package.
Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, MACP is
currently assessing its return-to-work plans. When staff do return
to the office, MACP policy currently requires staff to be fully
vaccinated or to confirm a negative COVID-19 test result within the
previous seven days. COVID-19 protocols continue to be
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, EQUAL
OPPORTUNITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY
We know that engaging, building trust, and making a difference
relies on the collective wisdom and strength of a truly diverse
organization. With this in mind, and as an equal
opportunity employer, we encourage and strongly welcome
candidates of all identities, lived experiences,
orientations, and communities to apply.
For more about Margaret A. Cargill
Philanthropies, please visit: www.macphilanthropies.org
This search is being led by Linh Nguyen,
Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and
Bianchi of NPAG. Due to the
pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as
soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter,
outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their
resume via NPAG’s website.