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Senior Director of Grantmaking

Category: Senior Staff
Foundation/Organization: BCBSMA Foundation
Location: Boston
Date Posted: 02/04/2019
Closing Date: 03/01/2019
Apply By Date: 03/01/2019

Position Summary: 

The mission of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation) is to expand access to health care to low-income and vulnerable people in the Commonwealth. We collaborate with public and private organizations to broaden health coverage, improve access to behavioral health services and to services related to the social determinants of health through grants, research, and policy initiatives. The BCBSMA Foundation received an initial endowment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2001, and that endowment has grown to approximately $101 million. The BCBSMA Foundation operates separately from the company and is governed by its own Board of Directors.  It is the largest private health philanthropy in the state.

The Senior Director of Grantmaking reports to the Foundation President and is part of the Foundation’s senior leadership team.  The Senior Director oversees the work of a Senior Program Officer and Grants Coordinator. S/he develops and implements the strategy for the Foundation’s grant investments of approximately $3.5 million annually.  S/he builds trusting relationships with the Foundation’s partners, stakeholders and the community at large, in order to identify investment opportunities to best advance the mission of the Foundation and improve access throughout the Commonwealth.

Key Accountabilities:

Strategic Vision:

  • Identify opportunities and manage innovative grant programs that strengthen the Foundation’s position as a leading contributor in the development of programs to expand access to health care coverage, behavioral health services and services related to social determinants of health.
  • Participate in the Foundation’s strategic planning, providing input regarding what the Foundation has learned from investments to date as well as new focus areas in which the Foundation can have impact.
  • Develop mechanisms to strengthen the effectiveness of organizations to whom the Foundation awards grants through technical assistance, evaluation and other types of support.
  • Manage the grantmaking budget and develop high performance teams

Grantmaking Process:

  • Continuously seek opportunities to improve the Foundation’s grantmaking processes.
  • Apply financial analysis and organizational due diligence in selecting and assisting Foundation grantees
  • Create positive and productive relationships with grantees by being responsive and open, clearly communicating the Foundation’s goals and strategies, and by providing them with consistent information and feedback throughout the lifecycle of the grant
  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally, providing development and training opportunities for staff in order to encourage a high standard of excellence

Foundation’s Massachusetts Institute for Community Health:

  • Develop enhanced methods for marketing to and identifying potential program participants
  • Work with Foundation leadership and consultants to develop a robust program with inspiring and knowledgeable presenters who address current healthcare issues, in order to help develop strong, well-informed leaders
  • Develop strategies for ensuring the program’s sustainability, visibility and market relevance.

Foundation Mission:

  • Play a lead role in positioning the Foundation with public and private organizations throughout the community, by translating the Foundation’s agenda into a partnership strategy and cultivating relationships to advance the Foundation’s initiatives
  • Maintain a depth of knowledge and seek opportunities to increase and share knowledge base in strategic focus areas to advance Foundation goals
  • Communicate regularly with the Executive Team and, as needed, the Foundation Board to report on grantmaking opportunities, recommendations, lessons learned and impact


  • A passion for the Foundation’s mission and a strong commitment to health care equity
  • A respected leader who engenders confidence and trust in those around them
  • An accomplished manager able to cultivate high performance teams
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; ability to clearly and persuasively articulate complex ideas to diverse audiences
  • Action-oriented, with the ability to build momentum around ideas and initiatives
  • Detail-oriented, a perfectionist on distributed materials, but also able to sustain the big picture view

Education/Relevant Experience:

  • Masters level degree in health care related field, philanthropy or associated field preferred
  • A systems-level thinker and leader with health care experience and knowledge of health care practices and trends
  • Significant professional experience initiating and managing strategic grant investments which require innovative and complex partnerships with a wide variety of community-based nonprofits, public agency partners

For more information, contact:

Audrey Shelto
Tel: 617.246.6114


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