The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is seeking a Grants Manager for a new philanthropic foundation. Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO), the Grants Manager will help develop and manage the technology forward systems that track all giving, and support the DFO in a series of complex and fast-moving endeavors that establish the platform and systems needed to manage a major grant-making entity.
The Foundation is still in its infancy. Because it is a startup, this is an evolving position that requires flexibility and a range of skills. The successful candidate will be a secure utility player who is comfortable in unstructured settings and playing many roles. Team spirit, curiosity, an appetite for startups, and a flexible mindset are musts, as are commitment to responsible stewardship, integrity, and discretion. The ideal candidate will love creating and managing systems that serve end users and advance the organization’s mission. S/he will have a front row seat on the design of a new grant-making foundation and learn a lot about philanthropy.
Organization Overview: A New Philanthropic Foundation
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and societies across the globe by supporting advancements in information technology and neuroscience research that benefit humanity.
The Foundation is the legacy of Patrick McGovern (1937-2014), an enterprising business leader and tireless advocate for science. McGovern was the founder of International Data Group (IDG), a global research, investment, and publishing company that created nearly 300 information technology publications such as PCWorld, MacWorld and the Dummies guides. IDG chronicled the rise of digital technology and made it intelligible to millions, then moved beyond publishing to research and venture investing worldwide.
From his early childhood, McGovern was fascinated by information technology and neuroscience. He dedicated his early life to these pursuits, eventually receiving a full scholarship to MIT, where he graduated with a degree in biophysics. Recognizing a need for applicable research on the emerging field of computers, McGovern founded IDG in 1964 and grew the company to span 97 countries across the globe. Throughout his career McGovern was a trail-blazer and forward thinker. He was incredibly hard-working, a risk taker and an optimist who often told his employees “the best is yet to come.”
More on Patrick McGovern’s approach to leadership and the company’s history can be found in Future Forward: leadership Lessons from Patrick McGovern, the Visionary Who Circled the Globe and Built a Technology Empire,by Glenn Rifkin, McGraw Hill Education, 2019.
Inspired by his deep belief in the potential for information technology and neuroscience research to do good, McGovern left almost the entirety of his estate to fund the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. The Foundation will ramp up its giving over the next five years to make $50 million or more in annual grants.
The Foundation’s work is guided by six core values drawn from Patrick McGovern’s life and leadership:
The Foundation is governed by an active and deeply-engaged board that includes family members and independent trustees.
More information about the Foundation can be found on its website: mcgovern.org
The role in summary:
The Grants Manager is the key interface between the Foundation and grant seekers. S/he is responsible for ensuring that organizations seeking funding are treated with respect, that their time is well-used as they apply for grants, and that staff get the information they need to analyze requests. S/he is also responsible for tracking and documenting every gift made by the Foundation. Both grantees and Foundation staff should view her as a vital partner.
Qualifications and Experience:
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is seeking a Grants Manager for a new philanthropic foundation. Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO), the Grants Manager will help develop and manage the technology…
Applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply, please forward a resume and cover letter to E. Catlin Donnelly & Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, military status, or disability, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and grant-making.
Applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply, please…