Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking foundations created by the late Margaret Cargill: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. MACP provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners across seven program domains: Environment, Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, Teachers & Students, and Legacy & Opportunity. The collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States.

The two foundations have separate boards and investment portfolios but share a common mission of providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is a private foundation that came into existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. At year-end 2022, MACF’s assets are approximately $3.3 billion.

Anne Ray Foundation is a supporting organization, which may make grants only to beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. Year-end 2022, ARF’s assets are approximately $4.7 billion.

MACP’s Philosophy of Grantmaking underscores the values and guiding principles of Margaret A. Cargill by: using education and innovation as a means to achieve core purposes; empowering people to be self-sufficient; maintaining a low profile while meeting the needs of others; supporting programs that could have a broad impact, having socially redeeming values and standards, and that value life; and relieving suffering in times of disaster. As a core element of its philosophy, MACP invests in long-term relationships with key grantee organizations in order to find solutions that are consistent with the values of both parties.



The Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives will help implement key strategic initiatives and operational priorities, contributing to organizational development and the success of the organization’s long-range strategic plans. This position will report to the Manager, Strategic Initiatives and is a member of the Strategic Planning team.


-Work collaboratively with the Strategic Planning team to advance the interests and capabilities of the organization.

-Support key aspects of complex, cross-functional projects and key initiatives.

-Support Strategic Planning team in ensuring our practices and processes support and advance the organization’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

-Collaborate with project leaders from other functional areas to understand and pursue project objectives.

-Develop and maintain project timelines, track milestones, and keep teams informed of project status.

-Plan, coordinate, and execute project activities.

-Develop meeting agendas, prepare and deliver presentations, facilitate discussions, and summarize and communicate key takeaways and next steps.

-Conduct research and analysis, as needed.

-Proactively manage issues by surfacing problems and identifying potential solutions.

-Provide change management support in a period of high organizational growth.

-Support continuous learning efforts by identifying opportunities for improvement within and across projects.

-Manage or lead special projects as assigned, including, but not limited to, projects that provide opportunities for our staff to stay connected to donor legacy, such as our annual Founder’s Day.



-Bachelor’s degree in business, management, or similar field with 3 years related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

-Demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector.

-Strong project management experience with proven ability to prioritize, develop realistic action plans, and work on multiple complex projects simultaneously while maintaining a high level of organization.

-Experience working in management or strategy consulting preferred.

-Experience with strategy development, process improvement, change management, organizational learning, or information management is preferred. 

-Ability to think strategically and analyze complex problems. 

-Ability to synthesize large amounts of complex information and convey it clearly and effectively.  

-Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 

-Excellent judgment and decision-making skills.

-Ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external business associates in alignment with organizational priorities and values.

-Strong sense of integrity, discretion, and trustworthiness; ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and discretion internally and externally.

-Demonstrated high commitment to intercultural understanding and sensitivity.

-Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to addressing racism and other social inequities.



Ability to travel on occasion, both domestic and international.



-The work environment is an office setting with a designated workspace at the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and optional remote work up to 2 days per week.  

-This position is primarily sedentary with an adjustable sit/stand desk.

-This position requires regular use of a computer to complete work responsibilities. It also includes regularly working with other office equipment and communication technology, such as videoconferencing, telephone, copy machine, and printer.

-The person in this position must occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, attend meetings or events, etc. 

-This role also frequently performs multiple tasks simultaneously and works closely with others as a team. Occasionally, the person in this role may be required to adjust to time pressures and frequent changes. This role may require an irregular schedule or overtime.

-Occasional or intermittent physical activities include bending, reaching, twisting, stooping, and climbing.






Click here for more information or to apply. Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropic Services, LLC is committed to fully including all qualified individuals interested in this role. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Nidhi Tyagi at [email protected].


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-10-04 18:09:11 -0400