Vice President/Community and National Initiatives

Miami, Fla.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, located in Miami, Florida, continues the work of John S. and James L. Knight, who built one of the largest and most commercially successful newspaper companies in America in the 20th century. 

Like the newspaper company, the foundation has evolved over time and continues to do so. This flexibility is intentional; as John S. Knight wrote, “a truly effective foundation should have freedom to exercise its best judgment as required by the times and conditions under which they live.” What remains constant is Knight Foundation’s commitment to informing and bettering our communities.

Today, Knight Foundation is an innovative, fast-paced, transformational philanthropy, willing to fund experiments as well as institutional programs. With an endowment of approximately $2.3 billion and annual grants of about $145 million in journalism, the arts and the communities where the Knight brothers worked.  Knight Foundation’s focused grantmaking has led to impact far beyond its size.

The foundation seeks a Vice President/Community and National Initiatives

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, the Vice President/Community and National Initiatives will provide leadership in the vision, creation, execution and measurement of the program’s strategy and initiatives.  This person will be an innovative and entrepreneurial thinker and doer, able to elevate the impact of the foundation’s grantmaking, drive new strategies and leverage emerging technologies along a continuum of ideas generated through the cultivation of relationships within the foundation’s communities, and external sources. Managing a team of 21 people across communities with a resident program director and in the foundation’s Miami headquarters, the Vice President also serves as an officer of the corporation and an active member of the foundation’s management team. 

The Vice President, in partnership with, and through the foundation’s resident program directors, will develop strong and trusted relationships to enhance the foundation’s ability to attract the best possible grantees, thought leaders and partners to accomplish the mission of informed and engaged communities. Additionally, the Vice President will represent the foundation externally to grantees, funders, media, foundation communities and the general public.  The Vice President will have exemplary collaborative skills to promote internal cooperation and external partnerships with other funders and organizations. 

Applications, including cover letters and résumés, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Jane Phillips Donaldson and Mark Tarnacki at [email protected].

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Knight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.