Managing Director, Health (TKF)


The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by leveraging a full array of grant, loan and other investment tools to scale innovative, collaborative, cross-sector and multidisciplinary approaches to foster economic and social change. Kresge does this through Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Detroit and Human Services programs, in partnership with the American Cities Practice and Social Investment Practice, while working collectively to expand opportunities for people with low incomes in America’s cities. Building on a strong track record of innovation in health, the Foundation now seeks nominations and applications for a Managing Director to provide vision and leadership to its Health Program.

The Health Program works across sectors to influence institutions, advance policies and practice, elevate community priorities, and develop leaders with the ability to transform systems – all with an eye to achieving health equity for people with low incomes in America’s cities. It partners with communities to address upstream factors of health such as safe and stable housing, fresh food, clean air, and community centered health care. Heading into the fourth quarter of 2019, the Health Program provided more than $16.4 million in grants to 46 organizations with a focus integrating of health and human services, institutional investments in community health, and community-driven solutions to improve well-being.

About the Position

The new Managing Director will lead a strategically aligned, cross-programmatic vision and strategy for grantmaking and social investing for the Health Program; collaborate with other program areas to identify and leverage collaborative grantmaking opportunities that address complex multi-dimensional challenges facing communities; manage and support the development of the Health Program team; and represent Kresge and cultivate relationships with external partners, grantees, and other foundations.


Ideal candidates will possess a deep and demonstrated commitment to building equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for all people to flourish and achieve health and well-being. He/she/they will have a sophisticated understanding of the role that philanthropy can play in supporting and advancing health through community partnerships and systems change to address inequities and familiarity with the unique landscape and diversity of cities and the factors that impact health. Additionally, he/she/they will be a seasoned leader with at least 10 years of experience leading programs or initiatives in a field relevant to philanthropy, community development, public and population health, health equity, health systems, or a related field. The Managing Director will be an experienced team leader and manager with the ability to move and manage people toward a shared vision, and proven ability to establish communication and management structures that support team effectiveness. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s or terminal degree in a related field is preferred. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a highly regarded portfolio in a creative and innovative environment with the goal of improving health in America’s cities.


To Apply

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with Katherine Jacobs, Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG. For more information and to apply:

Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected]. We encourage applications to be submitted by January 6, 2019.

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