Director of Programs

The Golden LEAF Foundation seeks a motivated, detail-oriented, quick learner to join the team at Golden LEAF responsible for implementing the grantmaking process, conducting due diligence regarding grant applications, managing grants that have been awarded, and participating in other program-related activities. 

The Director of Programs also assists the President, Senior Vice President, and the Board of Directors in setting and implementing priorities and guidelines for Golden LEAF’s grant programs and special initiatives. 

The Golden LEAF Foundation has three Directors of Programs, each focused on a key priority area of the Foundation. Directors of Programs report to the Senior Vice President. This Director of Programs position is a new position and includes primary responsibility for public infrastructure-related economic development projects awarded through various programs of the Foundation including the SITE Program, which is focused on development of industrial sites, the Economic Catalyst Program, which is focused on immediate job creation projects, the Open Grants Program, and the Community-Based Grants Initiative. This position also may manage disaster recovery and flood mitigation projects.  Although Directors of Programs focus on specific areas of Golden LEAF’s work, all are familiar with the full scope of the Foundation’s programs and assist with projects outside of their primary area of responsibility, as needed.

Golden LEAF has a team of six program officers that work with and report to the Directors of Programs and assist the Directors of Programs and the Senior Vice President in reviewing applications and managing awards made by the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors.

Preferred Characteristics
This position will focus on public infrastructure projects that support economic development, including water, sewer, stormwater, and road infrastructure. The successful candidate will have a background in, working knowledge of, or the ability to learn core concepts regarding public infrastructure, especially as they relate to economic development. Understanding of issues related to property development, such as planning and permitting, and familiarity with construction processes will also be helpful.  An understanding of common state and local economic development strategies and incentives in North Carolina will also be valuable for this position.

The successful candidate must have a strong desire to be part of a mission-driven team, possess knowledge of the non-profit and/or governmental sectors, and demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for economic challenges and opportunities of North Carolina’s rural communities. The Director must be able to work with other Directors of Programs to manage a team of Program Officers.

The successful candidate must exhibit exceptional standards of professionalism in performing duties for Golden LEAF, possess a high level of integrity and honesty, and be committed to quality in all aspects of work. A strong work ethic and high energy level are essential to success.

The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate and manage relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, possess strong research, analytical, investigative, and organizational capabilities, and be able to distill ideas and clarify issues. The abilities to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, follow through, and meet deadlines are critical.

Primary Functions
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This position will be based at the Golden LEAF offices at 301 N. Winstead Avenue in Rocky Mount, NC, with travel within the state expected (amount varies, but approximate average of two to four days per month). Currently, Golden LEAF staff is required to work from the office Mondays and Thursdays, with the option to work remotely the remainder of the week.

A four-year degree and experience with governmental, educational, and/or nonprofit sector entities and with grant reporting or grant management are needed. Familiarity with concepts regarding public infrastructure, especially in the context of economic development, and with strategies and programs to support rural economic development, is strongly preferred.

Must be able to use common software programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, and to learn the operations of a grants management database system. Knowledge of purchasing, billing, and financial reporting practices in the not-for-profit and governmental sectors will be helpful.

Golden LEAF will conduct a criminal background check and may conduct additional background checks and drug tests of applicants as a condition of employment.

Compensation and Benefits
The Director of Programs position is a full-time, professional position with compensation and benefits commensurate with responsibilities and experience. This position has an anticipated hiring range of $90,000-$110,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
Questions about this position can be directed to Ted Lord, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, by email: Applications must be submitted using the form below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and a decision to hire will be made when the successful candidate is identified.

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