Managing Director

Sall Family Foundation Flexible/Remote

About Sall Family Foundation

Sall Family Foundation (“SFF”), founded nearly 30 years ago, supports transformative change at the nexus between the environment, public health, and community resiliency.

We believe that the people in communities are best placed to make the decisions that affect their everyday lives, enabling them to generate locally governed and sustainable solutions for the long-term – benefiting both people and nature.

SFF’s vision is turned into reality by a simple approach – backing leaders and organizations closest to the big challenges to the environment, public health, and poverty, empowering them to experiment, learn, and evolve as the planet around them changes. This is achieved through funding of both locally led civil society organizations and larger non-profit agencies with whom we encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration. This ensures community-driven approaches can leverage collective wisdom, scientific evidence, and scale efficiencies.

Our work is driven by curiosity, learning and experimentation. We embrace the complexity and long-term nature of problems, knowing that simplification of situations rarely leads to sustainable solutions that break the mold.

SFF’s investments span the geographies of Latin America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific and the Arctic. While some of what we have learned has been applied in different contexts, some of the complexity of the problems addressed is unique to the setting.

Every place is different and so we have collaborated closely for decades with trusted partners with deep expertise in regions across the world. We value honest dialogue with these partners, which we believe breeds deep trust, a culture of continuous improvement and an empowering flexibility that allows our ecosystem, and the communities we touch, to constantly experiment, evolve and reassess the road to the greatest impact.

The Opportunity

A newly added position, the managing director will focus across all programming areas.  Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with a fellow managing director and grantee partners, this new team member will play a critical role in shaping and driving a body of work that leverages what has been learned to date and create exciting new opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. The role brings together elements of program strategy and insight, research, impact measurement, and learning for both internal and external audiences. As such, this position offers a rare opportunity to play an essential part in shaping the SFF’s future direction.

Key Priorities and Responsibilities

Strategy & Implementation

  • Manage a portfolio of investments across programming areas, exploring and cultivating promising new ideas and facilitating the ongoing work of existing partnerships.
  • Assess existing portfolio (partners, new ideas, emerging issues) using inquiry, research and due diligence to uncover immediate opportunities and to develop a healthy, long-term pipeline of investments.
  • Serve as thought partner to the Executive Director and other stakeholders in developing strategic direction and pushing beyond current thinking to drive innovation.
  • Identify and develop opportunities to link efforts across programming areas.
  • Think creatively about the types of capital that we and others can deploy to facilitate solutions (grants, program-related investments, government and private sector investments).

Relationship Management

  • Deepen long-standing relationships with existing portfolio of partners (grantees) to further learn about ideas and solutions from those closest to the issue(s), which may include assessing how SFF’s resources can be used to advance progress and impact.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and participatory interactions among different stakeholders to inform and engage in exploring new ideas, framing strategy and refining implementation.
  • Leverage your international networks to identify opportunities that align with the SFF’s interest areas and bring to fruition.
  • Represent SFF in relevant forums and expand our networks.

Knowledge and Learning

  • Support grantee partners to enable knowledge sharing across organizations, regions and sectors and coordinate internally to highlight our partners’ work.
  • Create opportunities to bring awareness to critical global issues being addressed by our partners.
  • Generate tools and processes to share and capture knowledge across SFF.
  • Document and advance learning through quantitative and qualitative analyses of program details to uncover trends, challenges and highest impact opportunities.  Use this information to help guide conversations and address key questions with stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate

We are seeking candidates with a thorough understanding of the dynamics of cross-sector, multi-stakeholder approaches to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges and nurturing transformative change at the nexus of the environment, public health, and community resiliency. A global mindset and international work experience are critical.

The role requires an individual who leads with curiosity and brings a proven ability to identify and translate emergent opportunities into tangible action and outcomes. You have an entrepreneurial approach and readily identify opportunities for innovation, growth and change. You are able to readily discern what is unique about each context and connect dots where there are common themes and learnings to be shared.

The ideal Managing Director is an intellectually agile generalist whose curiosity, passions and professional track record run through and across more than one of SFF’s broad interest areas and who is comfortable reaching beyond current areas of expertise. You understand the interconnections between agriculture, nutrition, health, environment and livelihoods and bring to this work significant hands-on experience in a global context.

An individual with compassion and respect for the people and challenges faced in the Global South will find success in this role. A community-centered approach and the cultural competency to tactfully and fluently navigate diverse international contexts and multinational stakeholder groups is essential.  This is challenging and complex work so an adaptive style that allows you to thrive in ambiguity and maintain a bias toward action that supports the work of our partners is critical.

The successful candidate is a lifelong learner with an open mind who never stops asking questions and listening deeply to the answers. You use your intellectual agility and creativity to advance new ideas that improve with each iteration as you incorporate multiple perspectives. You dream big and bold in service of transformational change and bring an openness to alternative approaches that push boundaries while managing risk appropriately.

Outstanding interpersonal communication skills are central to this role. You are an inspiring public speaker who can effectively weave scientific facts into compelling narratives that readily connect to your audience, be it government officials, NGO leaders or communities being served. You are a natural translator who can bring to life the hard science behind much of our work and make it accessible to peers, board members and other funders.  


A generalist grounded in science who exhibits a willingness to develop expertise without being “the expert” and who is also adept at working across a diverse array of issues would be well suited for the position.

We are seeking candidates with more than 10 years of professional experience working in a transdisciplinary manner across multiple SFF focus areas (environment, global public health, poverty alleviation, and science) in an international context. It is expected that candidates will bring significant networks in international development to support this work.

A Master’s Degree (or equivalent combination of experience/education) in science and experience that blends working with NGOs, civil society organizations, nonprofits, philanthropies or government agencies is highly desired. Experience working in family foundations or family offices is helpful but not required.

Those who have developed their experience in a global context or outside of the United States are encouraged to apply if they already have authorization to work in the U.S.

The position is remote with a preference for candidates currently located on the east coast of the U.S. The ability to travel domestically, and in some cases, internationally, approximately 20% of the time is required.

The salary range of the Managing Director is $140,000-$180,000 DOE.

Sall Family Foundation EEO Statement

SFF values and supports a diverse and inclusive environment throughout its organization. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.  Candidates who contribute to SFF’s broad commitment to diversity are strongly encouraged to submit their materials for consideration. 

To Be Considered

Applications are no longer being accepted for this position.

Managing DirectorSall Family FoundationFlexible/Remote

The search for a Managing Director is being assisted by a team from GoodCitizen: 

Sarah Meyer
Vice President
Direct: 206.792.4221

Celene Haque
Senior Associate
Direct: 206.462.6189