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Director of Grants and Programs
Rochester, New York
Job Category: 
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Organization Overview

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation (Farash Foundation) is a private charitable foundation established in 1988 by Max and Marian Farash. The Foundation is dedicated to the civic and religious communities of its founders who believed in the importance of education and knew the power of entrepreneurial creativity. It strives to make long-term and meaningful contributions in Monroe and Ontario Counties and in Israel. The Foundation serves primarily as a grantmaking organization, with half of its grants supporting Jewish Life, and the other half supporting secular activities in the greater Rochester area. The Foundation places its highest priority on endeavors designed to transform the lives of individuals and the work of organizations. Since its transition to a professionally staffed organization in 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $50 million in grants and program support, and its assets total more than $255 million.

Position Overview

The Director of Grants and Programs is a strategic thought partner and member of the senior leadership team along with the Executive Director and Director of Finance and Administration. This position is responsible for providing organizational guidance and executive leadership through strategic, mission-centered, and aligned grantmaking activities. This individual is accountable for the oversight and management of the Foundation’s grantmaking process including development, facilitation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation in concert with the Foundation's three Program Officers.

Required Qualifications and Experience

The position calls for a knowledgeable and outcomes-oriented leader with proven strategic grants management experience, problem-solving capacity, and leadership abilities. Broad knowledge of the grants management process and demonstrated experience in supporting efficient operations that further the mission and goals of the Foundation are critical. 
  • Ideal candidates should bring the following professional experiences and personal qualities:
  • A deep familiarity with Jewish life and values and the capacity to serve as a thought leader who can contribute substantially to the betterment of the Jewish community, as well as a strong understanding of and appreciation for the Foundation’s commitment to its secular priorities of education and entrepreneurship;
  • Experience in designing, developing, and managing an innovative portfolio of a sophisticated grantmaking process and programs in the nonprofit or private sector. A post-graduate degree and a minimum of ten years’ related experience or an equivalent combination of related work experience/training and/or education. Minimum of five years’ experience in a leadership role;
  • A systems orientation with an eye towards improving internal processes, best practices, and communications;
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies;
  • A successful track record in helping executive leadership to set strategic directions that effectively balance competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment;
  • The demonstrated capacity to recruit, mentor, and supervise a high performing team, and also create opportunities for professional development and growth.
  • Experience with long-range planning, strategy, and communications efforts

Application Instructions

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with 1–2 page cover letter, should be submitted to Isaacson Miller Ariannah Mirick is leading this search with Sydney Giller.

Electronic submission of credentials is strongly encouraged.

The Farash Foundation is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity with respect to all employees, interns and applicants for employment. Consistent with this commitment, our policy is to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning employment discrimination.

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