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Senior Manager, Global Philanthropy - COM0000798

Detroit, Michigan, US

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GM Global Philanthropy is seeking a senior manager/Corporate Giving. The position is located in its headquarters office in Detroit, MI. The senior manager reports to the director of GM Global Philanthropy & Corporate Giving.

The ideal candidate will be required to have experience implementing corporate giving systems within Fortune 500 companies. The senior manager is responsible for all functional areas of grants management -- focusing on timeliness, quality, consistency, and compliance of grants processing and integrating this work with program, legal, finance, technology and communications staff. The senior manager will design and execute strategic priorities as well as policies and procedures that deliver stated global giving objectives.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop policy for corporate contribution programs
  • Direct the design, development and implementation of grants process initiatives. Provide strategic partnership and development of signature and national programs
  • Oversee grant making process to ensure the efficient flow of grants, tax and legal compliance, and adherence to grant agreements
  • Develop company giving guidelines and oversee policy and process for company’s charitable contributions. Ensure giving aligns with compliance guidelines and is captured accurately for tax benefit and external reporting
  • Lead a staff of two, including a grants administrator and assistant grant manager
Strategic Planning:
  • Develop, communicate, and implement a strategic plan for grants administration that aligns with the Foundation’s grant making programs
  • Collaborate with senior management in making critical assessments and decisions for the Foundation, providing grants expertise as needed. Recommend institutional policies and contribute to institutional strategic planning processes as appropriate
  • Provide conceptual leadership in the evaluation and design of systems involved in the social outcomes, data collection and reporting
  • Continually stay aware of new developments in grants administration technologies and best practices and their applicability to the needs of GM Charitable Contributions. Identify opportunities and develop partnerships both internally and externally to build innovative, sustainable tools and services that benefit corporate giving and the field

Grants Operations & Compliance Oversight:
  • Direct the efficient flow of grants through their life cycles, ensuring proposal and reporting compliance, adherence to grant agreements, and timely and accurate processing
  • Oversee grants staff to ensure effective coordination with program, finance, legal, IT, and other administrative staff and timely sharing of information
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies and procedures on grants document management, due diligence requirements, grants department best practices, and set in place systems to assure these policies and procedures are followed
  • Collaborate closely with legal staff in identifying, developing, implementing, and communicating appropriate compliance policies and procedures and in assessing potential risks
  • Provide direction and guidance on due diligence and compliance review procedures to ensure adherence to federal and state legal and tax requirements (including Treasury department antiterrorism rules), as well as grants department best practices, for all grants proposals and approved grants, and for all grantee reporting
  • Lead short- and long-term planning, including development of annual project and budget plans
  • Monitor costs throughout the fiscal year to ensure appropriate allocation of funds and resources 
  • Work directly with Foundation program and administrative directors to gain agreement on grants initiatives
Process Management & Collaboration:
  • Ensure communication with stakeholders to gather information, present analyses, recommend improvement strategies, and secure approval for proposed initiatives and projects
  • Oversee project management from inception to implementation to ensure timely completion of projects within established budgets and time frames, while carefully managing scope and prioritizing end user requirements
  • Continually monitor operations and process performance by collecting and assessing qualitative and quantitative metrics 
  • Evaluate, improve, and enhance work-flow processes. Develop and/or improve process documentation to enhance end-user training around grants administration work flows and systems
  • Conduct ad hoc analyses of the Corporate Giving for the Director/Global Philanthropy, Global Advisory Council and external audiences

Required Skills & Knowledge:

  • 10 - 15 years of grants management experience with a deep understanding of grants processes and related financial and compliance issues, with a preference for private foundation-related grant making experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects, preferably within a Fortune 500 Corporate Giving department
  • Minimum 5 years of staff management experience, including a proven track record in staff development
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field; advanced study in a related field preferred
  • High-level understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how private foundations function in a regulated field
  • Strategic thinker; translates organizational vision to individual goals; monitors implementation of goals and adapts to changes in circumstances
  • Demonstrated ability to participate with senior management in strategic planning discussions and to formulate institutional level policy and practice
  • Strong systems orientation, with a track record of improving and enhancing existing technologies, developing new solutions and maintaining an awareness and willingness to use new and emerging platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with agility to present material in an understandable manner to management, and to the program and grantee community
  • Proven organizational, planning and time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to use judgment, knowledge, and objectivity in various roles
  • Excellent diplomatic, problem solving, meeting facilitation, negotiation, and conflict-resolution skills
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, and anecdotal) and determine the most important issues and themes of any project or problem
  • Exceptional analytical and conceptual skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and CyberGrants
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