Vice President of Programs

The Joyce Foundation seeks an outstanding, visionary, and strategic leader to serve as its next Vice President of Programs. This role reports to the President and provides both strategic and operational leadership to all program areas, and directs the Foundation’s investments in Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, and Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform. The Journalism and Lend A Hand program areas report directly to the Chief External Affairs Officer.

The Vice President of Programs leads the program teams in the development, implementation, and evaluation of program specific strategies and tactical programs to carry out those goals. In addition, the leader serves on the Foundation’s senior leadership team and oversees a separate Mission Fund grantmaking program.

The Vice President also works collaboratively with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure smooth operations of all program-related activity and staffing. In addition, this leader collaborates closely with the Chief External Affairs Officer to identify and act on opportunities to support program activity, including highlighting the Foundation’s interests, and ensuring consistency in communication messages and activity across the organization.

About us

The Joyce Foundation is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy that invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. Joyce supports policy research, development, and advocacy in six program areas: Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, and Journalism. The Foundation, based in Chicago, focuses its grant making primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, while also exploring promising, evidence-informed policy solutions nationally and at the federal level.

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