Managing Director

Spark MicroGrants
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 28

Position description

Spark is seeking a Managing Director to lead Spark’s growing global portfolio of emerging governments and leading civic society partners to scale our impact from 160 villages to over 12,000+ in the next five years. Spark has spent seven years developing a model for families facing poverty to engage and lead in local village planning and collective action. Each village launches a local project from a farm to a school. Today we have demand from the Government of Rwanda for a national scale initiative and garnering demand from new regions, from Madagascar to Myanmar. 

The Managing Director will be responsible for defining and building out our global team, ultimately leading a team of 45+. The Managing Director will work closely with the board of directors and report directly to the Executive Director to ensure strategic plans are developed and executed against with excellence. As a member of the senior management team, the Managing Director will be responsible for team management, operational leadership and business development. The Managing Director will serve as a business partner to the Executive Director advising on direction of global programs.


Spark team members are passionate about our vision to help create a world where everyone will live with dignity and define their own positive future. At Spark our values are what define us and shape the work that we do. Our values are:

1)  Facilitators. We don’t impose; we enable others to generate impact.

2)  Community-driven. We are motivated by what is best for the community.

3)  Process-centered. The how of what we do is just as important as the what.

4)  Authentic. Our vision and values live in everything we do.

5)  Dynamic. We seek opportunities and are willing to take risks to serve our community partners better.

Key Responsibilities

1)  Team Management: 

a.    Build and cultivate a team of senior leaders to drive Spark’s model to scale. 

b.    Support in Board of Directors relations.

c.     Develop a network of thought partners to continue pushing your thinking and leadership.

2)  Operational Leadership: 

a.    Facilitate strategy discussions and advice on organizational growth. 

b.    Ensure key deliverables are met. 

c.     Strengthen operational efficiency through new technologies and strategies. 

3)  Business Development:

a.    Develop new revenue models for earned income.

b.    Develop strategic partnerships with academic, government and multilateral organizations.

c.     Support in donor management and cultivation. 

Who you are

You are a leader with a passion for democracy, citizen participation and building great teams. In your free time you may discuss with colleagues and friends about what good governance looks like and how to improve democracy. You are open to new ideas and feel great when you hit or exceed your goals. You proactively seek out feedback and input from varied stakeholders and are able to rally teams around your initiatives.


-      Experience managing teams in emerging nations.

-      Managed relationships with governments and/or bilateral and multilateral aid institutions.

-      Has led operational expansion. 

-      Desire to work in an entrepreneurial setting in systemic change initiatives and decentralized 

approaches to development.

Application instructions

Please email [email protected] with your CV or resume and a cover letter attached. In the subject line of the email please put: Your full name // Managing Director. Thank you.

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