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Deputy Director

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Madison, WI, USAMadisonWIUSA

We’re looking for an experienced grantmaker to develop and execute strategies to support specific Ascendium focus areas and lead a team of Program Officers as they develop and manage a portfolio of grants. The Deputy Director will lead and coordinate activities on high profile grants as needed and will collaborate with the Director to achieve Ascendium’s philanthropy priorities and advance team goals. This position is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Responsible for the development and execution of strategies to support specific Ascendium focus areas and lead a team of Programs Officers as they develop and manage a portfolio of grants to achieve the organization’s priorities. These grants will represent a carefully designed, cohesive set of investments to achieve planned outcomes.
  • Support Program Officers’ management of grantmaking with integrity and rigor, including soliciting and reviewing grant concepts, providing feedback and working with partners to refine proposals, reviewing agreements and reports, providing guidance to grant partners, and tracking outcomes consistent with Ascendium’s strategic priorities.
  • Support the on-going professional growth and development of team members through coaching, external opportunities, and regular feedback on performance and individual objectives.
  • Lead and coordinate activities on high profile grants as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Director – Education Grantmaking to draw connections and elevate learning across Ascendium’s focus areas.
  • Develop, maintain, and execute project plans to ensure the effective management of assigned projects.
  • Collaborate with Ascendium’s writing, design, and web development teams to raise awareness of grantee efforts, our learning, and recommendations to the field.
  • Utilize independent judgment and maintain a high degree of accuracy and timeliness in assigned work.
  • Participate in local, regional, and national networks to obtain and maintain a high level of knowledge of the most effective strategies to elevate equitable opportunity and outcomes for learners from historically underrepresented groups so they can achieve their academic and career goals.
  • Develop close, collaborative partnerships with other national and regional funders working in postsecondary and workforce training to exchange information, share lessons, and leverage each other’s efforts.
  • 7 to 10 years of national grantmaking or nonprofit experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving and coordination skills, with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload
How to Apply: 

If you're interested in this job opening, please visit our careers website at Select the option to apply online, create your profile and fill out the application for the job opening you are interested in. A fully completed application must be submitted to be considered for this position. 

Ascendium Education Group, Inc. (Ascendium) provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you would like assistance with the application process, please contact us at [email protected]. We invite all applicants to complete the Voluntary Affirmative Action questions when submitting application materials. The questions are found at the end of the online application process. To learn more about our commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity, please visit

Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 15 2019
Active Until: 
Jun 15 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Ascendium Education Group