MJ Eckhouse, Communications Assistant, November 25, 2019
Established in 1926, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. We support nonprofit activities throughout the U.S. and internationally focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment, and the Flint Area. In addition to the home office in Flint, MI, offices are located in suburban Detroit, London, and Johannesburg. In 2018, the Foundation made more than 360 grants totaling approximately $128 million.
For more than three decades, the Mott Foundation’s Environment program has supported programs around the world that protect communities and the ecosystems upon which they depend. This work has taught us that such grantmaking must seek practical ways to build strong economic, social, and environmental conditions for all people—in a word, sustainability. The program is currently organized around three main interests:
While our international grantmaking is global in scope, some aspects are geographically concentrated in East Africa, particularly Tanzania, and the Andes/Amazon region of South America. In 2018, the Environment program awarded 82 grants totaling $15.6 million, spread roughly equally across the three major program interests. This is an exciting time to join the Environment team as we are approximately halfway through our ten-year strategic plan and will use the lessons learned from our current work to inform the development of a new strategic plan in the not too distant future.
A new role for the Foundation, the AFC Associate Program Officer (APO) will co-manage the Foundation’s efforts addressing freshwater conservation and access to clean drinking water in the Great Lakes basin. The Foundation’s grantmaking under this program area emphasizes strengthening environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to the long-term protection of freshwater resources and influencing the design and implementation of related public policies. In the wake of the Flint water crisis, the freshwater program area has become more focused on ensuring that clean and affordable drinking water is available to people throughout the region. This position represents a unique opportunity to work closely with a highly experienced and well-respected Program Officer in the freshwater program and be part of the eight-person Environment program team. This is a full-time position located in Flint, MI and will require frequent travel.
In this role, the APO will:
As the incoming APO, Freshwater, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
Please note that previous experience in philanthropy/grantmaking is not required for this position.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.
The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity of thinking, background, and perspective among its staff. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
Cassie Scarano and Cynthia Rodriguez of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit a compelling cover letter, addressed to Sam Passmore, Program Director, and resume here. All inquiries and discussion will be considered strictly confidential.
Koya Leadership 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.
For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.