Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is
seeking nominations and applications for the role of
Manager, Grants Management on the Program
Operations team. MACP consists of two grantmaking entities – the
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and the Anne Ray Foundation, both of
which were funded by the late Margaret A. Cargill. MACP organizes
most of its grantmaking activities into seven program domains with
defined strategic boundaries. These seven domains include: Animal
Welfare, Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery,
Environment, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy &
Opportunity. MACP recently welcomed a new President and Vice
President of Programs to lead the organization at a critical moment
to meet the evolving needs of communities across the globe.
Embedded within the program team, Program Operations works
closely with MACP leadership to ensure the effectiveness of MACP’s
grantmaking, promoting a culture of rigor, stewardship, strategic
clarity and accountability, and impact.
With the leadership of the Managing Director, Program
Operations, the team is responsible for:
- partnering with senior and program leadership on the planning
and implementation of Programs’ goals;
- guiding the effective operation and ongoing improvement of
MACP’s grantmaking processes, practices, policies and systems;
- supporting cross-functional efforts to ensure that MACP is in
compliance with regulations and laws that govern our work; and
- partnering with leadership and other teams to ensure that DEIJ
principles and values are intentionally embedded in our grantmaking
Reporting to the Managing Director, Program Operations, the
Manager, Grants Management is responsible for providing oversight
of the design and effective implementation of the grants management
process at MACP. This individual would work collaboratively to
continually optimize the process experience for grantees and MACP
staff aligned with MACP’s Philosophy of Grantmaking and DEIJ
commitments, ensure compliance with MACP grantmaking policies and
processes, ensure accuracy of all grant data collected through
MACP’s grants management system, Fluxx, and promote transparency by
strategically communicating with grantees and staff as
ABOUT MARGARET A. CARGILL PHILANTHROPIES
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is the umbrella over the
grantmaking foundations created by the late Margaret Cargill:
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF) and
Anne Ray Foundation (ARF). Margaret Cargill was an
heir of Cargill, Inc., one of the world’s largest agribusiness
companies, which was co-founded by her grandfather. During her
lifetime, Ms. Cargill made significant, but usually anonymous,
donations to organizations globally, nationally, and in Southern
California, where she lived most of her adult life.
Today, the two foundations have separate boards and investment
portfolios but share a common mission of providing meaningful
assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.
MACF is a private foundation that came into
existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. At year-end
2022, MACF assets were approximately $3.3 billion. ARF is a
supporting organization, which may make grants only to
beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. At
year-end 2022, ARF’s assets were approximately $4.7 billion. The
collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest
philanthropies in the United States.
In keeping with Ms. Cargill’s direction, MACP’s Philosophy
of Grantmaking underscores her values and guiding principles by
developing and implementing integrated grantmaking strategies
across seven domains:
- Animal Welfare – Wellbeing of domestic animals and injured wild
animals, and ways to increase empathy toward animals among children
- Arts & Cultures – Folk arts, Native American art, music,
tactile art, and artistically significant crafts that foster human
- Disaster Relief & Recovery – Natural disaster preparedness,
relief, and recovery, with emphasis on communities prone to
- Environment – Conservation of natural resources and protection
of natural habitats.
- Legacy & Opportunity – Opportunities aligned with MACP’s
strategic priorities and support for geographies of importance to
our founder, Margaret Cargill.
- Quality Of Life – Supporting children, young adults, families,
and older adults throughout life’s journey.
- Teachers & Students – Supporting the teaching profession
and student success.
To live more fully into our philosophy of grantmaking, we
DEIJ vision statement to guide our work. The motivation and
guidance for this diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work is
drawn from our mission and vision, our direction from Margaret
Cargill, and the caring and compassionate culture we strive for
through work with grantees, partners, and each other. Embracing
this vision will have a transformational influence on our
organization, our partnerships, the work we do, and the impact we
MACP’s DEIJ Vision and the commitments embodied within are a
living document, a guidepost, and they will evolve as we learn and
grow. This statement is intended as a framework to guide our shared
efforts as we develop the action steps and accountability measures
necessary for the next phase of our work.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE MANAGER, GRANTS
The Program Operations team, led by the Managing Director,
Program Operations, is comprised of the Manager, Program
Operations, Manager, Grant Systems, and the Grants Management team,
led by this role, with the Grants Management Specialist, and two
Grants Management Associates. The Manager, Grants Management will
lead cross domain and cross functional process improvements that
ensures ever increasing transparency for grantees, provides for
formal and informal feedback channels for grantees, and leverages
external resources to further internal efforts to continue
embedding inclusive and equitable practices into MACP’s grantmaking
Oversight of these efforts, and MACP’s grantmaking
processes is likely to include the following duties and
- Work collaboratively with peers across teams to develop,
enhance, and implement processes that undergirds the efficiency and
effectiveness of the Foundation’s grantmaking processes and
practices with respect to the needs of each program and domain
- When necessary, work with program and senior leadership to
develop and/or clarify policies that support and guide staff in the
implementation of MACP’s grantmaking processes, the administration
of the employee matching gifts program and other special grant
- Partner with Finance and Legal teams to ensure all MACP grants
comply with IRS regulations and Foundation-wide policies.
- Ensure accurate process controls are in place, including timely
and thorough reviews of grant data to ensure the high quality of
data in our grants management system, which informs many other
foundation processes and reports.
- Be a resource to program and cross-functional teams as they
engage in the grantmaking process and work with grantees to address
process / systems issues.
- Ensure that MACP’s grantmaking process is appropriately
documented, updated, and shared on a regular basis as process
changes are implemented.
- Approve grant payments and other documented changes to grants
in Fluxx and partner with our Finance team in preparing payment
data to ensure scheduled payments, upon meeting payment
contingencies, are processed in a timely manner.
- Provide oversight of the design and development of materials
for trainings on MACP’s processes and partner with the Manager,
Grant Systems on the design and facilitation of trainings related
to Fluxx and Qlik.
- Serve as a Fluxx system administrator, working collaboratively
with the Manager, Grant Systems in troubleshooting issues and
identifying important changes and adaptations to the system as
process improvements are being implemented.
As Manager, Grants Management, the successful candidate will
manage a team of three in the course of fulfilling the duties and
responsibilities outlined above. Staff management
responsibilities are likely to include the following:
- Provide effective and supportive leadership for the team,
empowering each team member in their roles, identifying continued
opportunities for growth, and helping connect the team’s work to
the broader organizational efforts.
- Coach and mentor each member of the team, identifying
meaningful professional and career development opportunities.
- Emphasize and foster a spirit of respect and collaboration
within the team.
- Identify and facilitate opportunities for the team to deepen
their understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice,
and apply learnings / reflections to their work.
- Provide planning, project management and analytical support to
the Managing Director, Program Operations as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
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
The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with eight
(8) years or more of relevant grants management, grants
administration or related experience – this includes experience
as a grantee stewarding philanthropic support and relationship
management on behalf of a nonprofit or other grant receiving
organization. Experience in managing complex grantmaking
processes within a foundation, federal office, institution of
higher education, or nonprofit organization is preferred.
Candidates should have an active curiosity and passion for
MACP's program interests and values. Successful candidates will be
collaborative, positive, and able to deal well with ambiguity and
change. They will be adept at building collegial relationships and
able to respond to issues with clarity and diplomacy. They will
inspire and foster trust and confidence in staff, management, and
Other essential skills and experience
- A highly relational supervisor, with experience supervising a
high-performing team and demonstrated ability to develop strengths
of individual team members.
- Experience managing operational, organizational development or
other significant change efforts within a growing organization with
perseverance, resilience, and flexibility in the face of
- Experience designing, gathering input, implementing, gathering
feedback, and learning from complex, multi-stakeholder
- Strong project management and planning skills including the
ability to organize and prioritize tasks, effectively manage time,
meet multiple competing deadlines, work independently and in a team
environment, quickly develop written materials, maintain a positive
attitude under pressure, and manage budgets.
- Proven ability to think strategically, analyze complex
problems, and develop and implement workable solutions.
- Demonstrates deep awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion,
and justice and knowledge of methods for incorporating these
concepts that MACP is committed to into processes and
- Experience working with online grantmaking systems or similar
software systems including experience with efficiently addressing
reported system issues, seeking and incorporating user feedback,
training users, and developing appropriate reference
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings, effectively
engaging staff in interactive and creative ways.
- Professional demeanor with proven ability to build
- High level of personal and professional integrity and
- Ability to work with utmost degree of confidentiality and
- An undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field or
equivalent work experience is preferred.
Travel: Minimal travel required up to
15%, primarily for conferences or other professional development
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The compensation range for the Manager, Grants Management role
is $111,000 - $132,000. The successful candidate’s starting salary
will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant
experience, and other factors relevant to the position.
Additionally, MACP provides a generous benefits package
- Competitive compensation, including relocation support.
- Professional development benefits, including opportunities to
participate in relevant membership organizations and external
- Tuition reimbursement for employees pursuing college or
advanced degrees or a certificate.
- Strong medical, dental, and vision benefits for staff and their
dependents with competitive monthly premiums and flexible spending
- Reduced work week for all staff, with half-day closures on
- Minimum of four weeks paid time off, in addition to a week-long
year-end office closure.
- Retirement programs, including 401(k) matching at 5%, with
access to employer-paid financial planning resources.
- In addition, the Organization may provide a discretionary
contribution to employees’401(k) plan that vests over a five-year
- Matching gift program for charitable donations.
- Additional benefits such as an employee assistance plan, an
onsite fitness room, paid parental leave, and tuition
ABOUT OUR WORKPLACE
Our community of more than 115 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.
In January 2023, we adopted our Employee
Value Proposition (EVP) that shares our commitments to our team
member’s careers. We are committed to ensuring a diverse workforce
where all team members feel like they belong, and we put equity at
the center of our approach to individual development. We make a
robust investment in each team member’s professional development to
ensure they can contribute meaningfully to MACP’s mission, grow in
their roles, and achieve their career goals both within and outside
of MACP. We also value staff retention, and the stability and
consistency of a dedicated team.
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, and our LEED Platinum
certified building features include sustainable materials, outdoor
meeting areas, a fitness room, and unique art and keepsakes from
Ms. Cargill’s personal collection and others, that reflect our
grantmaking and the communities where we work. Our space is a
living reminder of our values. Eden Prairie is part of the Twin
Cities metro area including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which have
over 3 million residents. A unique blend of small town and major
cosmopolitan hub, both urban cores boast a thriving business
The work environment for the Manager, Grants Management, is a
designated workspace in our office, and optional remote work up to
2 days per week. This position is primarily a sedentary role with
an adjustable sit/stand desk and requires regular use of a computer
to complete work responsibilities. It also includes regularly
working with other office equipment and communication technology,
such as videoconferencing, telephone, copy machine, and printer.
The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside
the office to access files, office equipment, attend meetings or
This role also frequently performs multiple tasks simultaneously
and works closely with others as part of a team. Occasionally, the
person in this role may be required to adjust to time pressures and
frequent changes. Infrequently, this role may require an irregular
More information about Margaret A. Cargill
Philanthropies may be found at: www.macphilanthropies.org.
This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Robert Diggs 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
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropic Services, LLC is committed to
the full inclusion of all qualified individuals interested in this
role. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with
disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations. If
reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job
application or interview process, to perform essential job
functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of
please be in contact with NPAG.
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, we strongly welcome the interest
of people who bring a variety of lived experiences, including
people of color, all gender identities, people from the LGBTQ+
community, people with disabilities, and others who are excited to
contribute their skills to our work.
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is an equal opportunity
employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national
origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or
any other protected characteristic as established under law.
MACP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified
individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that
persons with disabilities are provided with reasonable