Job posting: Director of Grantmaking

The Director of Grantmaking plays a key role in developing and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the foundation. The Director of Grantmaking is responsible for implementing the foundation’s strategic activities; identifying emerging opportunities and leverage points; building partnerships; ensuring quality and accountability; raising the visibility and influence of the foundation; supervising grantmaking department staff; promoting collaboration across departments; evaluating the performance of programs and grantees; and guiding the foundation’s leadership development work. The Director of Grantmaking is a member of the foundation’s team of directors and works closely with the communications, policy, and finance and operations departments.

Key responsibilities


  • Screen and assess prospective project proposals, work with applicants to refine plans and project budgets, provide due diligence for proposal review as assigned, review all proposals, and make funding recommendations to staff and board.
  • Monitor grantee progress throughout the grant period via ongoing communication and conducting site visits when appropriate to assure that grantees are accomplishing the goals outlined in their project proposals.
  • Lead, cultivate, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with grantees, community partners, state officials, Health Leadership Fellows and Leaders, and other critical stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Program and Program Committee Chair, help to develop Program Committee meeting schedules and agendas that advance the needs of the organization.
  • Identify and leverage external resources to support specific program directions and projects.
  • Develop and manage budgets, negotiate contracts, and supervise consultants related to projects and grantmaking initiatives.
  • Provide supervision to the Program Officer and Grants Manager. Actively guide staff professional development, providing development opportunities as needed.

Strategy, Planning and Evaluation

  • Contribute to the operational and strategy planning processes to assure that our grantmaking fulfills the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Work closely with the policy and communications staff to coordinate strategies and activities to realize the foundation’s goals and objectives.
  • Manage the evaluation of the strategic plan and discrete program initiatives, and utilize the findings to improve the effectiveness of initiatives in a timely manner.
  • Direct the foundation’s leadership development activities.
  • Remain abreast of current research, activities, and trends related to the health equity portfolio and draw attention to new developments in the discipline that may represent opportunities or necessitate midcourse adjustments.
  • Organize, facilitate, and represent CT Health in convenings and on external committees.
  • Contribute to knowledge dissemination and foundation-wide communications and public relations efforts through social media, printed publications, and conferences.
  • Ensure the integrity of Constant Contact data is maintained and contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Advanced degree with a preference for a degree in public health, public policy, or a related field.
  • Strong systems-level analysis. Demonstrated ability to think critically, problem solve, apply strong analytical and strategic analysis in order to set priorities.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in health, health equity (particularly racial and ethnic health disparities), and public policy preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the philanthropic field and/or nonprofit sector.
  • Culturally humble, open to different cultures and contexts, and able to relate to all contacts without judgment and preconceived notions.
  • Ability to work well independently and in teams and to inspire others to work toward achieving common goals.
  • Experience in problem solving and handling multiple priorities.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities in a fast-paced, high energy work environment.
  • Track record of working on initiatives from conception to implementation and through evaluation.
  • Strong writing skills are essential. Ability to synthesize material and focus on the essence of an issue as well as see the big picture.
  • Well-developed public speaking skills. Ability to create excitement and energy around CT Health’s initiatives.
  • A strong relationship-builder with a history of collaborating successfully with a broad and diverse range of individuals and communities.
  • Passionate about the mission of CT Health; dedicated to achieving health equity.
  • Creative, flexible, and good sense of humor
Reports to

Vice President of Program

Salary Range  

$90,000 – $95,000

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Carol Kardas at carol@kardaslarson.com.

The Connecticut Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.