Managing Director

Managing Director

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

New York, NY   |   January 13, 2021

About the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

The Jerome L. Greene Foundation identifies and invests in opportunities that enrich and advance people’s lives in New York City and beyond. Since its creation in 1978 by Jerry Greene, real estate attorney, philanthropist, and consummate New Yorker, the Foundation has developed into a core institution in New York, working to expand access to the arts, education, and medicine and advance racial equity.

The Foundation continues to be run by family, with Christina McInerny as President & CEO. Under her leadership the foundation has honed its focus to include:

  • Advancing programs that increase access to education and the arts
  • Investing in social justice initiatives that protect voter rights and ensure reproductive freedom, among others
  • Creating high-impact collaborative partnerships with organizations such as the New York Community Trust, to bring performing arts to underrepresented audiences throughout New York, and the Echoing Green Foundation, to support racial equity work
  • Supporting exhibitions at key cultural institutions such as the Jewish Museum, The Morgan Library, Museum of the City of New York, and the Whitney Museum
  • Expanding scholarship giving for students to pursue training with more than 1,500 scholarships awarded since the Foundation was created and a new grant to support Greene Public Service Scholars at Columbia Law School

Since inception the Foundation has distributed over $500 million to its non-profit partners, who continue to expand access and opportunities in the arts, medicine, education, and social justice.

For more information, please visit jlgreene.org.

The Opportunity

The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is seeking a Managing Director who will have responsibility for grants management and oversight of the Foundation’s office and administration. This is a new leadership position for the Foundation that is based in New York and reports to and works closely with the President & CEO of the Foundation.

The Managing Director will ensure that the Foundation has professional management of the highest caliber. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

GRANTMAKING

Grants Management

  • Ensure overall giving is appropriately strategic and compliant with relevant requirements, advising and providing insights on total commitments
  • Conduct progress reviews to gauge a grant’s success relative to agreed upon grant terms. Identify and advise on any challenges
  • Ensure all documentation is collected and maintained throughout the life of each grant
  • Ensure grantees receive funding as agreed. Collaborate with CFO on payouts
  • Provide monthly reports on current and future years’ commitments to be used for near and long-term grant and investment planning by the President, CFO and Managing Director
  • Recommend specific grants and grantees for renewal or exit to the President for approval, ensuring that recommendations are aligned with the Foundation’s substantial history and direction

Relationship Management

  • Proactively manage communications with grantees and potential grantees, staying current on relevant developments and responding to questions and requests
  • Work closely with grantees and potential grantees to structure new grants that are aligned with the Foundation’s strategic interests and positioned for successful implementation
  • Research and selectively identify potential new grantees whose work may enhance the Foundation’s impact (Note: The Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests)
  • In addition to the President, represent the Foundation at grantee performances, events, conferences, and other settings and forums in the broader philanthropic community

Strategic Planning 

  • Collaborate closely with the President on broader grantmaking strategies and initiatives, offering ideas and insights for advancing the Foundation’s mission and vision
  • Participate in partnerships and collaborative opportunities with other funders and not for profits as appropriate

ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS

The Managing Director is responsible for overseeing day-to-day aspects of running the Foundation, including management of staff, office administration, and business operations including:

  • Supervise the Foundation’s small team ensuring appropriate management, feedback, evaluation, and compensation structures
  • Ensure appropriate skill sets and resources are in place to meet the Foundation’s current and future needs
  • Develop, implement, and refine operational policies, practices, and guidelines for the Foundation, ensuring best practices and compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations
  • Oversee daily internal administrative functions such as record keeping, invoice payments, and reporting
  • Manage business operations including systems, technology, and outside vendor relationships
  • Evaluate and advise on the optimized mix of internal and outsourced functions; implement any agreed upon transitions
  • Ensure preparations for Board meetings including meeting logistics, agendas, materials, and communications
  • Supervise website content and other communications and outreach activities
Candidate Profile

The Managing Director will bring the expertise required to ensure that the Foundation has grants management and operational oversight of the highest caliber and is structured to continue achieving its mission and goals.

Strong candidates will be able to take on oversight of a significant grantmaking program and provide input into strategic growth, offer creative ideas and initiatives while understanding the Foundation has a clear history and direction in place, and manage details of the business aspects of the institution while staying focused on overall objectives.

Core competencies include:

  • Grantmaking knowledge and experience with the ability to immediately take on oversight of a significant grantmaking program and provide input into the strategic growth of that program
  • Familiarity with foundation governance including regulations and best practices
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively and respectfully interact with the President, board members, grantees, and other key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and projects
  • Business operations and organizational skills
  • Fluency in basic office technology and ability to identify, understand and adopt evolving systems and technology as appropriate
  • Authentic passion for the Foundation’s mission and impact

Additional desired competencies and characteristics:

  • A curious, collaborative, and strategic mindset
  • An understanding of the climate of philanthropy and the challenges with regards to regulatory, legal, compliance, and other related areas
  • The ability to manage multiple competing priorities and responsibilities with a sense of calm and confidence
  • A personal approach that inspires trust and collaboration
  • The ability to work through challenges with flexibility and a sense of humor
Compensation & Benefits

Competitive benefits package includes full medical coverage for employees and 50% coverage for spouses and dependents, as well a 401(k)-retirement account. Foundation staff currently operate under flexible work week and a paid time off policy that includes generous vacation days, holidays, sick days, and office closure for one month during the summer.

The Managing Director’s compensation will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Contact

The Jerome L. Greene Foundation has engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Turner Delano here.

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The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. The Jerome L. Greene Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage all to express interest.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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