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Vice President of Programs (Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies)

Company Name

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Company City

Eden Prairie

Company State


Job Location

Eden Prairie, MN

Company Information

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies refers collectively to two grantmaking entities, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF) and Anne Ray Foundation (ARF). The two foundations have separate, but overlapping boards and investment portfolios and share a common mission of providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

Job Description

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 justice.

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.

Job Qualifications

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 experiences:

•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 high-performance organization.
•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 relationships.
•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 international

How to Apply

For more about Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, please visit:

This search is being led by Linh Nguyen, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and Britni Russell 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.


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.

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