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Director of Foundation Management

St. Louis, MO

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience

Published on 1 Jan 2022

Expires on 1 Jan 2022

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Director of Foundation Management

By bringing people and organizations together to solve our region’s most pressing issues, United Way of Greater St. Louis is making our community a better place to live, work, and thrive. It’s more than a day job. It’s a mission. Come work with us!

The Director of Fundation Management is responsible for the management and oversight of all related services, programs, policies and practices of the Foundation per the customer agreement and at the direction of the client. The Director plays an essential role in United Way’s delivery of the effective and efficient management, planning and implementation of established processes for customized services to key organizations and family foundations, as well as providing strategic thought leadership for the advancement of the Foundation and its stakeholders. 


General Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement a year-round engagement and service delivery plan consistent with the Foundation customer agreement and the goal to deepen United Way’s relationship with the client through expanded delivery of services. Specifically, the Director will:
    • Serve as executive sponsor for strategic projects
      • Direction and oversight to consultants
      • Financial and forensic audit for 501c3 organizations
      • Oversight and corrective recommendations related to governance, best practices and financial audit
      • Stakeholder management for board members of organization to assist with understanding scope of the challenge and necessary corrective steps
    • Develop and oversee budget for the Foundation and key stakeholders, including all grant making and administrative back-office support
      • Draft an annual budget, taking into consideration the philanthropic priorities, history, and is fiscally responsible
      • Prepare forecasting and variance reports to stakeholders
      • Identify opportunities to maximize the impact of the philanthropy
      • Review grant proposals; perform due diligence work, manage current grants, evaluate grant results and make recommendations based on established criteria.
      • Provides technical assistance to grant applicants as needed
      • Conduct site visits with current and prospective nonprofit partners
    • Review and make recommendations for restructuring the Foundation’s investments as necessary
      • Exit portfolio organizations that no longer align with the Foundation’s pillars
      • Add new organizations if they are determined to strategically support the Foundation’s mission
  • Oversee and implement strategic communication strategies with partners and portfolio organizations
  • Develop and execute strategic collaborations between all business sectors
  • Advise key stakeholders on philanthropic investments related to: allocations of funds to preferred partners, discretionary charitable investments and disaster relief efforts
  • Create a multifaceted partnership for various family members that align with individuals’ passions, while uniting around common values
  • Stay abreast of current developments and best practices in the field; incorporates findings into portfolio of work
  • Manage the cross-functional team responsible for fulfillment of services outlined in client service agreements.
  • Review and finalize client-facing and internal reporting, including donor activity and progress reports, ensuring accuracy and comprehensiveness; guide clients through review of reports as appropriate.
  • Identify mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration and partnership between client and United Way. Establish positive relationships with related internal partners, corporate, charitable, civic, community and government organizations, and out-of-market United Ways, providing accurate and quality customer service and information to external clients and stakeholders for all inquiries.
  • Attends events and programs related to grant recipients and philanthropy as official representative for the client
  • Ensure consistent implementation, and recommend improvements, of up-to-date policies and processes for client.
  • Conducts research of subject areas of interest to the Foundation as assigned
  • Works on projects as needed and as directed by the client
  • Contribute to the overall success of the United Way by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.

KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • 3-5 years of experience in foundation, client relationship or program management with 1-2 years supervising staff preferred
  • Ability to supervise and motivate staff by creating an environment for team to innovate, take reasonable risks and grow their professional skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, sales, communications, or nonprofit management; or equivalent, in job-related areas is required
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze and summarize data for use in planning, service delivery and continuous quality improvement efforts
  • Strong strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Specific knowledge of best practices in donor service delivery, engagement and retention
  • Understanding and supportive of United Way and the Foundation and its philosophy, values, goals and role in the community
  • Team oriented with a commitment to fostering strong, productive, working relationships with all staff, volunteers, and the overall community
  • Ability to efficiently and accurately work under time and performance pressure
  • Demonstrated decision-making ability based on excellent judgement applied within the context of operating policies and processes and organizational values
  • Demonstrated understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusionary practices
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks in a matrixed organization structure.
  • Excellent follow-up and follow-through skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and demonstrated ability to learn new technology applications


To apply, please submit your resume and/or cover letter to

Employment is contingent upon passing a screening for illegal drug use.

Due to  the COVID-19 situation, employees may work from a remote location or the office. In the future, employees may work remotely up to two days per week.

United Way of Greater St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.