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Opening: Program Manager

Publication date: 
April, 2022

Position: Program Manager
Organization: The Klarman Family Foundation
Location: Boston, MA

The Klarman Family Foundation seeks to identify areas of unmet need and to advance solutions to addressing them. Their intention as a Foundation is to help make measurable progress in improving the lives of others. Founded in 1990, The Klarman Family Foundation granted approximately $82 million in 2021 to advance its philanthropic interests.

Their work is guided by the following principles and values:

  • Approaching their work with a seriousness of purpose and evaluative rigor, and also with an openness to tackle issues in new ways.
  • Approaching their work with a sense of urgency and willingness to invest based on the opportunities to make a difference, rather than the limits of an annual grantmaking budget.
  • A belief that the preservation of democratic norms lies at the core of all of their work and that a healthy democracy is crucial to all the Foundation seeks to achieve.
  • A commitment to acting in partnership with other funders as opportunities to learn and leverage greater impact.
  • Applying what they learn to improve their philanthropic practices and outcomes.

The Foundation’s grantmaking spans several areas of interest:

  • Ensuring a healthy democracy.
  • Expanding access to vital services and enrichment opportunities throughout Massachusetts.
  • Advancing understanding of the biological basis of health and illness.
  • Supporting the global Jewish community and Israel.

These issues are complicated, requiring new and creative thinking and persistence over time. With a commitment to learning and assessing impact, these categories and strategies may evolve, but the dedication to applying best practices in philanthropy will remain unchanged.

The Opportunity for You

The Program Manager is a new role at the Foundation with a primary responsibility to manage the day-to-day outreach and analysis for a soon-to-be-launched capital funding initiative designed to strengthen communities of color within Massachusetts. The position will also maintain a pulse on a range of community assets and needs across the Commonwealth and will support the Foundation’s evolving place-based initiatives.

The Foundation is in an exciting period of growth, in addition to the Program Manager, the Foundation is expanding its team to include a new Director of Strategy and Learning, a Senior Grants Officer and two new Analyst positions.

With a commitment to continuous learning, understanding community priorities and assessing impact, the Foundation’s funding priorities and strategies evolve over time. The Foundation is also committed to applying an equity lens throughout its work, and the Program Manager will be involved in shaping some of the Foundation’s evolving efforts to address historical inequities impacting communities of color in Massachusetts. The Program Manager’s most immediate responsibilities will focus on advancing the implementation and on-going refinement of the new capital funding initiative including developing an understanding of priority communities including people and institutions, analyzing requests for funding, and assessing progress to foster learning in real time.

The ideal candidate will be an effective project manager with the ability to provide proactive support to the Director, Local Initiatives and Partnerships, demonstrate familiarity with the local ecosystems that make communities stronger as well as with place-based initiatives and/or philanthropy, possess a strong attention to detail, and have a commitment to the principles and values of the Foundation.

Your Potential Impact

Reporting to the Director, Local Initiatives and Partnerships, the Program Manager will work closely with the Foundation’s internal grants management and program teams and will be a point of contact for the Foundation’s external community partners involved in the new initiative. Developing and refining the community outreach/engagement, due diligence and process management of this new initiative will entail:

  • Addressing and tracking all aspects of the new capital funding initiative during the pilot phase.
  • Maintaining the pulse of community assets and needs, including identifying key leaders and a network of community advisors.
  • Partnering with the new Senior Grants Officer and Grants Analyst on due diligence and process management work in relation to the new funding initiative.

The Skills You'll Need

The Klarman Family Foundation recognizes that a person’s skills and competencies can be gleaned in myriad ways, including via life experience. If you do not meet all the qualifications listed, you are still encouraged to apply for this position.

Ideal candidates will have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, outstanding attention to detail, a bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of professional experience OR at least 7 years of relevant professional experience. They will be a self-starter and effective communicator with a humble customer-centered orientation and experience or exposure to the nonprofit sector, as well as knowledge of Greater Boston and Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

Core competencies include:

  • Effective project management skills, including the capacity for providing proactive strategic support.
  • Demonstrated financial acumen and an understanding of facilities development or renovation.
  • Ability to assess organizations against criteria (including leadership, financial position, the organization’s role and connection to the community in which it operates, and the feasibility of proposed projects).
  • Experience with funding through community development, philanthropy and/or public funding sources.
  • Knowledge of current best practices in inclusive, community-based investment strategies, including the role of technical assistance and capacity support.
  • Exceptional presentation skills in both verbal and written communication with the ability to tailor communication style and approach to different audiences.
  • Ability to establish trusting connections with people.
  • Knowledge of Greater Boston and Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

The salary range for this exempt position is expected to be $115,000 – $145,000 depending on prior experiences and skills. Comprehensive benefits for this position include paid leave, health and dental insurance with a flexible spending account and dependent benefits, a transit account, and a 403(b) retirement plan. The Foundation is committed to professional growth and development for all employees, and to the continued learning and practice required as an organization to build and foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

All Foundation employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as well as boosted, and the Foundation will require any new employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted by their date of hire as well, absent a medical or religious accommodation as approved by the Foundation.

This position is based in The Klarman Family Foundation’s Boston office and is eligible for a hybrid of in-office and working from home. Travel to grantee sites, and conferences is expected.

To Apply

More information about The Klarman Family Foundation may be found at:

This search is being led by Britni Russell-Bianchi and Robert Diggs of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

The Klarman Family Foundation commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our mission is best advanced by contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects the diverse communities that we serve is a priority, and we encourage applicants of all ages, cultures, races, colors, religions, national or regional origins, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other status protected by law.

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