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Cargill Philanthropies, and a retained search for a Program Officer-Environment.

Program Officer, Environment

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Officer, Environment


The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is looking for a Program Officer to join the Programs team.
MACP is a dynamic, growing philanthropy located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and encompasses three grantmaking organizations Akaloa Resource Foundation, Anne Ray Charitable Trust and the Margaret A. Cargill
The organization was founded by Margaret A. Cargill, a granddaughter of the co-founder of Cargill Inc. (The
organization is not otherwise associated with the company.) The combined Philanthropies are among the 20
largest foundations in the United States.

The mission of The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is:
To provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

The philosophy statement for the organization is:
Our grantmaking reflects our values and Margaret Cargills guiding principles and is always directed toward our
mission and core purposes. We expect our grantmaking across all three grantmaking entities to have these

We lead with our values, internally and externally.

We partner with capable organizations that have demonstrated their ability to work successfully in our
interest areas and in a manner consistent with our values. We look to our grantees as partners and colearners.
We provide meaningful support to strategic grantees.
We support work in and with communities toward sustainable solutions.
We pay special attention to underserved or low-attention areas, populations, or issues.
We value and affirm the integration of all functions of the Philanthropies in our grantmaking.
We make measurable impact on focused goals.
We evaluate our work, reshape our approaches as we learn, share and apply our learning to future

All this we do, not to bring recognition to ourselves, but to support our grantees in the work they do to provide
meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment, in a manner consistent with our
founders wishes and intent. Done well, this will distinguish us.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Officer, Environment

The organizational culture at MACP embraces differences in experiences and perspectives that are
representative of who we are. Team members strive to live lives to the fullest and value a balanced approach
to work, family, and community responsibilities. Fun and humor are integrated in the work and through
organization activities such as the annual Day of Service, health and well-being focus events, learning
forums, potlucks and an annual family picnic.
The headquarters building is currently being expanded and has been designed to showcase the mission of
MAPC. It provides employees with a warm and inspiring environment that encourages collaboration and
MACP is committed to sustainability, and the buildings design, materials and systems reflect that value.


The Environment Program is an exciting, growing part of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The goal of
the Environment Program is to conserve and sustain terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems for the
benefit of current and future generations. MACP pursues this goal by working in and with communities to
support site-specific conservation efforts that can create solutions to global conservation problems. The
Program is currently active in a wide range of ecosystems globally, including tropical forests, coral reefs,
temperate grasslands, coastal temperate rainforests, and rivers, and in environmental education in the U.S.
upper Midwest states. A major focus of this work is fostering successful community based natural resource
management. Grants are often made in collaboration with other funders to maximize collective impact.
The Program Officer, Environment will join a collaborative team working together to advance the work of
the entire program area. Reporting to the Environment Program Director, the Program Officer will assist in
building and managing an effective grant-making program. This role will work closely with other Program
Officers, staff and Trustees. The Program Officer will develop, monitor and evaluate large, complex grants
and a portfolio of up to $10-15 million dollars.


Serve as the lead manager of one or more Environment subprograms as assigned. Work with the
Program Director to develop, evaluate, and refine guidelines, goals, and strategic plans for assigned
Work with grantees on all aspects of the grant-making process, including due diligence review of
potential grantee organizations, developing realistic grant proposals that are within their capacity to
deliver and within the Philanthropies current funding plans, and developing strategies for new initiatives
aimed at MACP focus areas.
Oversee active grants, track grantee progress, provide guidance and assistance to grantees, review and
analyze grantee reports. Contribute to the Philanthropies efforts to develop and use processes and
technology to support efficient grant-making.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Officer, Environment

In collaboration with the Evaluation functions staff members, develop and apply methods and systems
for analyzing grant impact and effectiveness for the purposes of accountability and learning by the
Philanthropies, individual staff members, grantees and peer organizations.
Prepare written materials for Board and management review and prepare and manage requests for
Monitor external issues and trends in assigned focus areas.
Represent the Program at meetings, forums, and public presentations, as appropriate.
Facilitate connections and partnerships across organizations and institutions working on shared issues.
Hire and supervise contractors as assigned.
Research relevant topics associated with the program content.


Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred in a related field.

At least 5-7 years of relevant experience and a minimum of 2 years of experience in grant-making,
preferably in the conservation arena, and a demonstrated track-record of effective relationships with
grantees and fellow funders. Demonstrated, strong skills in program development, grant management,
and evaluation.
Demonstrated commitment to the field of ecosystem conservation, and community-based natural
resource management in particular, and a positive reputation as an effective collaborator with key
stakeholder groups in this field.
At least 3 years professional experience and strong relevant content knowledge beyond the U.S.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a range of cultural settings. Fluency in one or more
languages commonly used in international conservationin addition to Englishis desirable.
Solid understanding of the technical and practical issues in one or more of the interest areas of the
Environment Program (especially marine, terrestrial, or freshwater ecosystem conservation, and
community-based natural resource management).
Strong project management skills including the ability to effectively manage time, meet multiple
competing deadlines, quickly develop written materials, maintain a positive attitude under pressure, and
manage budgets. Experience as a user of grant-management software and tracking systems (e.g., GIFTS,
Fluxx) is desirable.
Strong interpersonal and written and spoken communications skills. Professional demeanor with proven
ability to build collaborative relationships. Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative organization with consultative relationships
vertically and horizontally and a strong service orientation both internally and externally.

Travel for this role is 20-30 percent of the time, including extended international travel. During field visits,
the employee may occasionally be required to travel and live in wilderness or remote rural conditions for a
few days at a time, or to travel by boat or small aircraft in order to access points or people of interest.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Officer, Environment


The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are a unique blend of small town and major cosmopolitan hub.
Both urban cores boast a thriving business atmosphere. Minneapolis is the larger and more commercial of
the two cities, and Saint Paul, as the state capital, is home to state government and has a more historical
vibe. Outside of the central downtowns, however, both cities have many distinct neighborhoods, and
residents identify more with their individual neighborhood than with the larger city as a whole.

Both cities share a common root of being river towns, and the outdoors is still a major attraction for
residents and tourists alike to this day. In addition to the mighty Mississippi River, there are more than 100
lakes (over 900 including the suburbs), over 250 parks, and miles of biking and walking trails. Nearly every
weekend in the summer there are several outdoor active events for participants and spectators--triathlons,
biking races, running races, boat races, water skiing competitions, golf tournaments, and more. And were
just 4 hours from the vast wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, sailing on Lake Superior and other
big nature opportunities.
The active lifestyle of Twin Cities residents doesn't lie dormant during the winter. There are miles of crosscountry skiing trails, several downhill ski areas within an hour drive, ice skating, snowmobile riding, sledding,
and--of course--ice fishing.

For those who prefer activity of the spectator variety, the Twin Cities are home to the major sports teams:
Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota
United FC (soccer), and Minnesota Swarm (lacrosse). There is also a minor league baseball team, the Saint
Paul Saints. The Twin Cities have hosted the World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball Finals, the USGA U. S.
Open, the PGA Championship, and the Special Olympics. In 2014, Target Field was the setting for baseball's
All-Star Game. In 2016, the beautiful Hazeltine Golf Course will host the Ryder Cup, and in 2018, the Super
Bowl will be played in a newly built state-of-the-art stadium.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Officer, Environment

But the Twin Cities have more to offer than participatory and spectator sporting events. There are countless
arts and culture offerings here. The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra has a reputation as one of
the top orchestras in the world. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is regarded as one of the finest chamber
orchestras in the world. Since the early 1960s, the Guthrie Theatre has staged A-plus shows from the classical
to the contemporary. Popular national shows and performers also tour through the Twin Cities year round at
stages in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and at the University. There are over 30 theatre venues, 10 dance
companies, and 30 classical music groups in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul alone.
For the museumgoer, there are over 60 museums in the Twin Cities. The Science Museum of Minnesota and
the Minnesota Children's Museum (both in Saint Paul) are highly interactive learning and fun experiences for
the entire family. The Minnesota History Center is an interactive museum for all ages with permanent and
changing exhibits, lectures and events.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a collection of over 100,000 pieces. The Walker Art Center has been
called "possibly the best contemporary art museum in the U. S." by Newsweek, and has over 11,000 pieces.
The University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum is also a contemporary art destination.
Beyond the outdoor, sports, entertainment, and culture, perhaps the biggest attraction for the Twin Cities is
the lifestyle. Forbes hailed Minneapolis and Saint Paul as the nation's healthiest cities. USA Today named
Saint Paul as North America's "Most Romantic City."
The Twin Cities offer award-winning restaurants (several chefs have been regional James Beard Award
winners). In addition to the popular Mall of America, there are plenty of unique shopping districts in both
cities and in the suburbs.

The compensation package is very competitive and includes participation in the organizations
comprehensive benefits plan.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Program Officer, Environment


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