The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. We support nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally.
Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and the Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. With year-end assets of approximately $3 billion in 2018, the Foundation made 358 grants totaling more than $132 million.
Charles Stewart Mott was an automotive pioneer, community leader and philanthropist who cared about innovation, a just society, and the strength of communities. Nine decades ago, he established the Foundation that bears his name in response to his deep concern about the welfare of Flint, Michigan, and an abiding affection for his adopted community.
Initially, the Foundation served as a vehicle for fulfilling the Mott family’s charitable interests. It began to evolve in 1935, when Mr. Mott teamed with local educator Frank Manley to create community schools in Flint. Their innovative approach to using schools to meet neighborhood needs would become a national model. That project also served as a platform for the Foundation to expand international grantmaking and become a global force for positive change in the areas of education, civil society and the environment.
The Foundation that Mr. Mott launched in 1926 with a $320,000 endowment now has roughly $3 billion in assets, offices in three countries, and a legacy of working with local organizations to improve communities on every continent except Antarctica. The Foundation has given away more than it is currently worth, awarding grants totaling more than $3 billion to organizations in 62 countries.
Education has been a consistent and major theme of the Foundation’s work. From its earliest years as a grantmaking institution, the Foundation has explored and funded programs that support, enrich, and expand learning opportunities for young people, with a special emphasis on helping students from low-income families and communities. Education as a pathway out of poverty and into self-sufficiency has been a bedrock value of the Foundation for over 90 years.
The current Education program plan continues the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to education and poverty alleviation, and builds on the Foundation’s strong track record of expanding access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. Through the four approved program areas—Advancing Afterschool, Graduating High School College & Career Ready, Youth Engagement, and Special Initiatives—the grantmaking activities respond to the need to prepare all young people for social and economic success in the 21st century. In 2018, the Education Program awarded 73 grants totaling $21,588,763 across the four program areas.
Title: App Project Director – Education Program
Location: Preference for the Flint, MI, office but semi-remote work will be considered.
Reports to: Program Director – Education (Benita Melton)
The Mott Foundation is developing an education app that will help improve access to high-quality educational content. With the launch on the horizon, we are seeking a highly qualified and experienced leader to join our team and lead this new project.
This is an entrepreneurial position requiring creative thinking, rapid ideation, a passion for implementation, and independent action. Externally and internally facing, this leader will have in-depth knowledge of app release trajectories and life-cycles, a good technical understanding of online publishing, content development, and digital marketing, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit.
With a passion for education and afterschool programs, leadership and project management experience is a must. This position will lead a staff of five, dedicated to finding, producing, and distributing extraordinary afterschool programming through this innovative app. Experience in a fast-paced, digital publishing environment will be necessary, and expertise in educational curriculum development and evaluation is desired.
The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding of how technology can help the Foundation achieve its afterschool grantmaking goals.
- Lead a significant and mission-critical app project with an annual budget of approximately $1 million.
- Provide oversight, leadership and performance evaluation to a creative and diverse team of five.
- Work with the app team and third-party developers through the app life cycle to refine, improve, and update the app to meet user and market needs and expectations.
- Cultivate, maintain, and expand new and existing partnerships (including Foundation grantees) to deliver high-quality content to afterschool providers nationwide.
- Identify and build innovative tie-in partnerships for curriculum and educational products and resources, and educational programs.
- Define and measure impact to empower data-driven practitioners, develop and prepare evaluation metrics, understand data collection and evaluation.
- Work with the app team to attract and retain users.
- Prepare budgets, analyze expenses, create a long-term sustainability strategy.
- Develop and oversee funding partnerships.
- Collaborate and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, including Foundation management and staff, the project steering committee, and related advisory boards.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Hands on knowledge and experience of project management in a mobile or digital context.
- Experience working within an ambitious startup project.
- Knowledge of the educational marketplace, afterschool programming, and/or curriculum development is highly desired, although prior experience could have been gained developing apps in other sectors, such as health and wellness.
- Experience in evaluating data and measuring impact.
- Prior experience working with third-party developers to manage app design, support, and improvements to meet customer and market needs and expectations.
- Experience working with customer support, in an online environment, to deliver ongoing support to customers and content providers.
- Working knowledge of digital publishing standards and protocols.
- Out of the box thinking and experience with online learning systems.
- Understanding of the philanthropic world, including public, private, family, and corporate foundations, is advantageous but not necessary.
Skills & Attributes
- You are able to think strategically and execute on strategy.
- You have strong project management and relationship management skills.
- You are methodical and possess excellent time management skills.
- You have the ability to gracefully navigate a complex system of stakeholders with disparate objectives and priorities.
- You’re able to coordinate and prioritize multiple demands, from multiple stakeholders and partners, in a competitive and fast paced environment.
- You have outstanding written and verbal communications skills, and are comfortable interacting with and presenting to internal and external audiences at all levels.
- You work collaboratively, building relationships, trust and credibility along the way.
- You are a self-starter, capable of working on multiple tasks on deadline and under pressure.
- You possess intuitive problem-solving skills.
- You have a sharp eye and keen attention to detail.
- You lead with enthusiasm, optimism and humor.
- You work well in an environment where priorities may change quickly.
- You would welcome feedback as a way to improve the effectiveness of your work and that of the Education Department, and to strengthen the Mott Foundation’s overall impact.
The Mott Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity of thinking, background and perspective among its staff. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. This position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
If you or someone in your network is interested in exploring this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Tory Clarke – Partner, Bridge Partners
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will be open until filled.