From time to time The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has openings for highly qualified professionals and support personnel who have a strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission of improving the lives of low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.
Program Director, Baltimore
(offices in Owings Mills)
Rachel Garbow Monroe, President & CEO
Aaron Merki, Managing Director, Programs & Grants
Feb 23, 2018
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families in the United States and Israel. Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enabling an individual to live as independently as possible. Since 1980, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $2 billion, and current assets total $2.3 billion. The Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities: Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Greater Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, rural communities in the United States, and Israel. These areas are hometowns representing personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as the Foundation's trustees.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Specific to the role of Program Director, Baltimore
- Act as the Foundation’s chief ambassador to the Greater Baltimore community
- Represent the Foundation at professional meetings and in the broader community of Baltimore area grantees, foundations, civic leaders, and other Foundation partners.
- Convene meetings of grantees and external experts on topics related to the Program's grant-making interests in Baltimore.
- Attend conferences and, at times, serve as a speaker on topics relevant to the Foundation’s work in Baltimore.
- Provide personalized guidance to prospective applicants via phone calls, emails, or in-person meetings.
- Support the President and the Managing Director (Rachel & Aaron) in managing relationships with Baltimore-based partners, public officials, and institutions.
- Manage a range of special Baltimore projects, including, but not limited to: developing place-based strategies for effective investment of Foundation funds in Baltimore; Assist in managing the Foundation’s Summer Funding Collaborative; At times, chair various local working groups, commissions, etc.
- Work with the Foundation’s consultant, Gordon Berlin, President of MDRC, on a new Baltimore City strategy project in collaboration with the President and the Managing Director (Rachel & Aaron) as well as the Trustees and additional program team members. This includes setting up an evaluation structure to track the impact of Weinberg Foundation grantmaking in Baltimore as much as possible.
- Manage the budget for Baltimore grants as part of a larger budget collaboratively managed by the program team. This requires compliance with the Foundation’s charter requirements and goals as well as Trustee recommendations regarding a range of specific guidelines.
- Meet regularly with the President and the Managing Director (Rachel & Aaron) on macro issues related to your agenda.
- Evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and investigate organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives
- Conduct in-person site visits as part of grant application review process
- Manage compliance with deadlines and other grant application and reporting requirements
- Monitor and support grantees in tracking and evaluating ongoing projects
- Proactively seek new grantees and opportunities for philanthropic investment in Baltimore, focused on improving the lives of vulnerable populations
- Prepare materials such as memos and reports, for inclusion in regular meetings with staff and Trustees
- Present information and analysis at various in-house meetings with staff and Trustees
- Work well with fellow program officers and all foundation staff
- Attend weekly meetings with all program staff to discuss grants and other topics
- Ensure prompt turn-around time regarding grant reporting requirements and deadlines
- Read progress reports to evaluate previous grantees and to inform future funding recommendations
- Review capital grant budgets, costs and forecasts when recommending capital grants
- Review payment requests and approve payments
Experience, Skills and Styles
- Evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and investigate
- Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in philanthropy
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills
- A proven ability to work effectively with community leaders, diverse committees, and multiple task environments
- A record of developing consensus
- A creative leader with the patience and pragmatism to set achievable long-term goals
- A personality and value system consistent with the Foundation's reputation and reflective of the highest levels of integrity and above reproach
- A reputation in the community for integrity, high intellectual capability and extremely hard work
- A professional with a spirit of kindness and humility
- Highly developed project management skills
- Ability to work well in teams and to collaborate with colleagues
- Excellent communications skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
- Clear, concise writing style
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and think critically
- Demonstrated ability to process large amounts of information in an orderly fashion
- Experience with fiscal reporting
- Strong initiative and ability to solve problems
- Ability to research, design, and implement new grantmaking programs
- Ability to manage time, handle pressure, and meet deadlines
- Ability to travel
- Demonstrate a meticulous attention to detail.
- Have a sense of irony and humor.
- Initiate recommendations and solutions to challenges.
- Work well with other staff to deliver work accurately and quickly.
- Manage work efficiently and productively
- Maintain strict confidentiality.
- Demonstrate a high level of friendly and professional customer-service with internal and external individuals.
Successful applicants will be required to answer questions by email, participate in multiple interviews, provide strong current references and authorize a full background check.
The Weinberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It embraces workforce diversity and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal opportunity laws. The foundation encourages all qualified applicants to apply.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume including a summary of relevant work experience and a statement of particular interest in this position, along with salary range requirements, to the following email email@example.com If the Foundation is interested in speaking with you, expect to be contacted within 30 days of submission. No phone calls, please. Thank you.
Summer Internship Opportunity
Owings Mills, MD
Mar 2, 2018
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is seeking a full-time summer intern. Candidates should be college graduates with a degree related to fields such as social work, public policy, public health, urban studies, non-profit management, education, law, and gerontology.
The internship will provide an intern with relevant and constructive work experience with a large private Foundation. The intern will have the opportunity to explore the field of philanthropy within a dynamic setting. In doing so, the intern will be expected to analyze and synthesize information and create reports for review and decision making at the Foundation. This internship will expose the individual to all areas of grantmaking, including the Small Grants program. The individual should have a strong interest in best practice research and program evaluation. Specific projects will depend on the needs of Foundation staff and will be discussed during the interview process. process.
Qualifications and Experience
- Must have a college degree with GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Must either be enrolled in a graduate program OR have two years of relevant work experience
- Positive attitude, team player, and ability to work independently
- Prior internship experience or other relevant experience a plus
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
The intern must be able to commute to our Owings Mills office where free parking is available. This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) paid position beginning in late May or early June 2018 and ending in August 2018.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2, 2018. Please put your name in the subject line. No phone calls please.