Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful,
effective philanthropy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
(RPA) was founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization that is
currently advising on and managing more than $400 M USD in annual
giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major
foundations. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has grown into one
of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as
a whole, has facilitated more than $3 B USD in grantmaking to
nearly 70 countries.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors accelerates philanthropy in
pursuit of a just world and serves as a fiscal sponsor for more
than 120+ projects, providing governance, management, and
operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes.
The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors team is responsive, creative,
and flexible, innovating and adapting to the individual needs of
clients and the evolution of the philanthropic sector. RPA is
committed to building trusting relationships with all stakeholders.
The qualified candidate should demonstrate commitment to RPA’s
values and mission:
At Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, our mission is to
accelerate philanthropy in pursuit of a just world, by providing
deep global expertise to make philanthropy more thoughtful,
equitable and effective.
We believe that philanthropy can help create a better world.
We make decisions that center people and communities.
We believe that philanthropy has a responsibility to pursue
We uphold the highest standards of integrity and trust.
We are committed to learning and sharing knowledge.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors values diversity in all
senses—people, viewpoints, ideas, and approaches—and recruit staff
and board members who reflect the communities in which we live,
work, and serve. We strive to be an organization where talented
people flourish and promote a healthy work environment that
respects our colleagues’ professional and personal lives.
Purpose of the role
The role of Vice President, Advisory is a recognized leadership
position in the field of philanthropy that will lead projects to
develop and implement major grantmaking programs for our clients.
You will develop proposals for new programs and relationships and
oversee the formulation of strategic recommendations to develop and
implement programmatic and financial plans for overall strategies
of program areas, grantmaking criteria, application and review
processes, and reporting systems.
Projects and clients vary and one day you could be leading
projects on health and healthcare, racial equity, justice or
reproductive rights for a family trust or foundation and then the
next, working on democracy or climate and environment projects for
a corporate client.
Whom we seek
This is a unique opportunity, and we are seeking a visionary and
strategic leader who thrives in an entrepreneurial and fast-paced
environment, works well with ambiguity, and enjoys both being an
external lead with clients and developing and leading internal
teams. It is the perfect role for an accomplished and experienced
relationship and project manager who is adept at being both
strategic and hands on.
You will have a proven track record in overseeing the
development of strategies and working to translate data into
conceptual frameworks as a peer thought partner that provides
trusted guidance and support to clients. Underpinning the role are
the requisite skills, knowledge, passion, and ability to support
our clients to navigate their philanthropic journey.
The job holder will have the following key responsibilities:
Strategic leadership and management
Communicate the advisory strategy and its relationship to the
organization's mission, vision, and values to clients, motivate
people to commit to this and to do extraordinary things to achieve
the organization's business goals whilst providing leadership and
governance for the Advisory team while fostering a culture of
learning and continuous improvement.
Initiate, govern, and lead the delivery of projects within a
significant area of responsibility, using an appropriate program
and project management methodology to ensure that intended outcomes
are identified and achieved.
Lead the planning and delivery of complex wide-ranging
information gathering, analysis, and stakeholder consultation
activities and specify, negotiate, and agree on engagement
deliverables, ensuring integration across existing client
activities where present.
Develop and implement stakeholder engagement strategies and
plans across the program to identify relevant stakeholders, create
mutually supportive working relationships, and ensure that each
stakeholder has an appropriate share of voice at both project and
Project risk and issue management
Ensure that risks, issues, dependencies, and constraints are
managed appropriately at the project level. Where risks or issues
threaten the delivery of the project, develop, and agree with the
client and team on recovery plans.
Oversee the management and planning of the annual department
budgeting process and external client engagement budgets, providing
forecasts, and presenting variances with narrative at appropriate
review points to ensure effective utilization.
Lead the design and delivery of project assurance reviews,
enable the delivery of assurance reviews by independent third
parties, and ensure that appropriate actions are taken to resolve
any issues identified to give senior stakeholders confidence that
the project can deliver to time, budget, and quality.
Interpret the business needs and identify recommended solutions
to business problems at a business unit level. Develop proposals
for new programs and relationships including innovative funding
programs or initiatives. Develop, present, and manage philanthropic
initiatives as opportunities arise.
Complexity and problem solving
Make sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes
contradictory information to effectively solve problems to help
others get to the heart of complex situations and find strong
solutions. Use expertise to act as an organizational authority on
planning, organizing, prioritizing, and overseeing activities to
efficiently meet business objectives, develop and implement
policies and identify, assess, prioritize, and manage risks.
Take responsibility for all decisions related to the management
of the department regarding personnel actions, acquisitions, and
utilization of resources, procedures, and control
systems. This includes the development of budgets for all
existing projects and new proposals, contracts, subcontracts, and
Desired qualifications and
- More than 12 years’ experience related to grantmaking and/or
- A bachelor’s degree and graduate work or equivalent experience
- Experience and increasing responsibility and proven
effectiveness in working with boards, donors, programs, grant
seekers, and non-profit organizations.
- Experience with grantmaking in a variety of fields and
constituencies is required. A demonstrated combined history of
working with personal, family, and corporate philanthropy is
- Strong people-management skills, including self-awareness and
ability to delegate.
Location Type: Hybrid
Travel: 25% - 35% for client work as needed
Reporting to: SVP, Advisory
Manages: 4-6 team
Contract type: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
To apply for the post
To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume
and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you
fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement.
If you have any questions about the role or organisation and
would like an informal chat ahead of submitting a formal
application, please reach out to Zoe Oldham at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for application is Sunday October 15th
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors celebrates the uniqueness
of our staff, our partners, and the communities we serve. We are
committed to inclusion with the goal of cultivating a culture of
belonging and acceptance. We strive to embed this value in our
philanthropic work to advance a more just, equitable and