The Motley Fool Foundation strives to be a catalyst for meaningful, positive and sustainable change in the U.S., to start. The Motley Fool Foundation is a new public charity, created in January 2020, to leverage our access and relationships in the global investing community to mobilize a movement to unlock financial freedom for all. Foolanthropy has been core to the Fool since 1997, when we launched The Motley Fool Charity Fund, the Internet's first ever group-giving campaign! Since then, The Fool has raised millions of dollars for charity, coordinated thousands of employee volunteer hours, and pioneered Fool School, teaching personal finance and investing basics to the next generation of Fools.
In the next three years, the Foundation is looking to respond to the ramifications of Covid-19, launch pilot programs, and develop innovative, uniquely Foolish solutions to promote intra- and intergenerational economic mobility. The Foundation’s goal is to work with The Motley Fool and other corporate leaders, the country's best-performing nonprofits, and government agencies to help bring replicable and Foolish ideas into practice, and then to scale. In honoring multiple paths forward, we are open to testing new models or investing in programs with a track record of success. We may also work with a variety of investment vehicles, including grants, loans, or other impact investments.
As our pioneering Program Director, you will leverage the vision and purpose of the Foundation, play a key leadership role in shaping and executing the Foundation’s new programmatic and grantmaking activities, and build and oversee a new portfolio of partnerships and initiatives - all to advance our core purpose, unlocking financial freedom for all.
Strategic Vision, Program and Grant Management, Community Relations:
With a uniquely Foolish lens, establish, lead and grow initiatives and programs that makes the pathway to financial freedom more accessible for all
The candidate must have a thorough understanding of the root causes of inequities to effectively lead partnerships with external program or distribution partners and grantees (as applicable) to advance the Foundation’s priorities
Bring your knowledge and experience in leadership principles, resources, and development execution to the Foundation to inform and influence the operationalization of The Motley Fool Foundation strategy
Drive the necessary complex systems-change, sectoral-change, and organizational-change that is key to advancing the Foundation’s overall strategy
Facilitate development of annual budgets under the leadership of the Executive Director. Work with Foundation leadership as requested to maximize efficiency and performance
Provide strategic guidance in crafting grants, contracts or partnership agreements that require complex research or analytics. Oversee strategy measurement and impact activities.
Track progress and course-correct to achieve our desired impact goals, both overall and for each program, initiative and partner
Identify and assess key portfolio and programmatic risks, then develop and manage mitigation/contingency plans
Promote Engagement and External Visibility:
Serve as a Foundation spokesperson on program priorities in appropriate settings with public and private sector stakeholders (Fool meetings, conferences, meetings, launches, roundtables, etc)
Draft statements and keep stakeholders abreast as to social, political and economic changes that may impact the Foundation’s programs and/or our broader reputation as a result of our philanthropic activities
Lead the preparation of programmatic materials for the annual planning process, Board meetings, strategy reviews, learning sessions, and briefings?
In collaboration with the development team, present pipelines of successful and equitable strategies for addressing challenges related to achieving financial freedom to the “co-investors” (e.g. The Motley Fool subscribers) in an effort to unlock a larger pool of resources to support scaling in each strategy.
Proactively identify opportunities where the Foundation can amplify impact on the ground through non-financial contributions, based on the broader resources of the Foundation and The Motley Fool
Collaborate Across Fooldom, Share Expertise and Build a Team:
Direct responsibility to hire, lead and manage additional team members (e.g. staff, contractors, interns) as budgeted and needed to oversee research, site visits, proposal development, and grant recommendations
Work in partnership with The Fool Foundation and Fooldom to get stakeholders (e.g. members, Fools, media) excited and engaged in the work we are doing by providing regular thematic and geographic updates / briefings, incorporating the lived experiences of those we serve
Proactively identify and manage opportunities for stakeholder engagement such as site visits, events, etc.
Provide input to shape the delivery of organization-wide signature volunteering initiatives
We seek a creative and curious leader who has a strong track record of achievement and leadership in roles of growing responsibility.
10+ years of experience in economic inclusion and mobility programs in the U.S., and across the globe (preference for U.S. experience at this time)
Proven experience as program director with direct experience launching and maintaining new community focused initiatives including tracking impact and records
Extensive management experience and insight in non-profit performance, accounting and operations, experience in a corporate philanthropy role is a plus
Experience engaging with and influencing senior leadership at a variety of organizations
Broad knowledge of social problems, programs and policies, government programs, funding streams, and cost structuring
A track record of playing a significant role in an organization’s achievement of innovative results, demonstrating the ability to formulate and execute effective strategies, chart clear courses of action that require complex, multidisciplinary teamwork, and the measurement of and accountability for results
An awareness of, and dedication to diversity and inclusion issues and best practice.
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About The Motley Fool Foundation
The Motley Fool Foundation is a newly formed public charity whose purpose is to make the pathway to financial freedom more accessible for all.