Margulf Foundation
February 3, 2021
Denver, Colorado
Job Type


Organization: Margulf Foundation

Reports to: Liz Aybar Conti, Executive Director

Location: Denver, CO

Start Date: Flexible, as early as March 2021

Current Staff: 3 full time staff (expanding to 5 full time staff in 2021)


About the Margulf Foundation

The Margulf Foundation has been dedicated to supporting innovative approaches to education in Colorado and beyond since 1977. Our current strategic focus areas, in place for the last several years, ground Margulf’s work  in the understanding that the American education system wasn’t designed to meet the needs of all students when it was formed 150 years ago. Today’s students live in a world that looks dramatically different: our country is more racially diverse, technology is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives, and we’ve learned an enormous amount about how kids learn. The education system, with few exceptions, hasn’t caught up to these realities. If all children are going to reach their full potential in this rapidly changing world, the landscape of education must change.


Margulf believes that through working with community-based leaders who are tapped into the assets and needs of students and families, we can truly provide the educational opportunities necessary for all kids to be successful. Through their direct impact on students or on the people who are creating and redefining learning spaces, Margulf’s grantees are transforming the educational experience for students, families, and educators throughout Colorado and beyond.



The Associate Director will take on a range of roles, including actively supporting the grantmaking process and project management for continuous improvement and communications activities. In addition, the Associate Director will take on a significant role in building and maintaining relationships and partnerships with potential grantees, current grantees, community leaders, and other funders to facilitate community building and to advance Margulf’s mission and vision. As an integral member of this small team, the Associate Director will share responsibility for upholding and contributing to a culture of authentic connection. This role is ideal for someone who is poised to take a leadership role in a high-functioning, mission-driven organization that acts in service to the community.


The Person

You organize, plan, and prioritize effectively. You are adept at organizing yourself and others. You excel at making and updating plans. You continuously scan your to-dos relative importance and urgency and adjust sequencing as needed. You can juggle multiple, competing requests and manage the details of complex, high-stakes projects. You are readily able to identify the best use of your time and talent. You manage your own time extremely well and are clear about how long high impact work will take to complete. You have the ability to work independently and exercise discretion over matters of importance.


You are a relationship-builder. You know how to build relationships with a wide range of people, including grantees, community members, and funders. You find ways to connect and build trust naturally. You always treat others with respect and are able to engage authentically to negotiate and compromise (when appropriate) in order to make progress.


You are committed to high quality. You set an absolute high bar for quality for yourself and others. You ask questions to get a clear understanding of what’s needed and make sure your work product meets those standards. You care as much about the content of what you produce as you do about the way it is presented. You are strongly committed to and able to deliver high-quality work on a consistent basis.


You have excellent judgment. You are able to analyze a situation and quickly (and accurately) make a decision about what to do next. You can readily make sense of how complex circumstances interact and choose the path most likely to achieve the outcome you seek. 


You are a strong communicator. You use clear and concise language, whether via phone, email, or in-person. Your writing and presentation is concrete, actionable, and accessible. You use examples to back up your claims. You understand the context in which you are communicating, and can respond to emails, calls, and requests professionally and effectively, tailoring your message to a wide range of audiences. You fluently read, write, and speak English, and — while certainly not required — you may have skills in other languages as well.


You embody professionalism and integrity. You deeply understand the confidential and complex nature of the work and approach relationships through this lens. You are a model of professionalism and discretion and hold yourself to the highest ethical standards. You check your ego and your title at the door. People like being around you. You work to create an inspiring, enjoyable environment wherever you are.


The Role

The Associate Director will focus their time on grantmaking processes and activities (45%), continuous improvement (30%), Board engagement (10%), events (10%), and communications (5%). This is a full time, exempt, at-will position. The Associate Director will be expected to exercise discretion and independent judgment over matters of significance to Margulf’s operations and goals. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with Executive Director and staff to ensure that the Foundation’s grantmaking and other activities are fully aligned with its mission, vision, principles, and values and that its annual grantmaking goals are met
  • Work with Executive Director and staff to develop, maintain, and enhance systems that allow for efficiency and smooth functioning of Foundation operations, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures
  • Actively participate in and drive key parts of the grantmaking process and activities, from sourcing and building relationships with potential grantees to internal due diligence to ongoing performance management, in close coordination with other staff
  • Manage the development and ongoing maintenance of a continuous improvement process for the Foundation and grantees 
  • Coordinate activities related to Board engagement, including Board meeting materials preparation and other Board event planning
  • Coordinate execution of Margulf’s communications strategy, which will include collaboration with both outside partners and internal staff
  • With staff and external partners, plan gatherings and convenings, including bringing together current and potential grantees, local leaders, and other stakeholders to make connections, build relationships, and accelerate positive impact 
  • Build and nurture relationships and partnerships with community organizations, local leaders, and other funders, through active presence at community events, grantee events, and other relevant engagements
  • Be informed and remain current on emerging and critical trends in philanthropy, education, the nonprofit community, and specific foundation priorities



  • Proven ability to build impactful connections and relationships with a range of stakeholders required
  • Previous experience in education, education innovation, and/or philanthropy required
  • Previous experience in project management and/or coordination strongly preferred
  • Passion for the Margulf Foundation’s vision and mission and alignment to its values
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required


Working Environment

Margulf Foundation strives for a working environment that honors the unique assets and needs of every member of the team. 


At the moment, the Margulf team is working remotely from home, but we may transition back to a central office location in the Denver area after COVID-19 restrictions are no longer an issue. We are highly flexible on set business hours in order to meet the needs of our team members, but the role does require a daily (Monday to Friday) presence at predictable times. While not a frequent occurrence, there will be occasional evening, weekend, and holiday obligations for this role.


Compensation and Benefits

Margulf Foundation offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience. This role pays an annual salary of $115,000–$130,000 and includes health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), paid time off, short-term disability, long-term disability and a 403(b) plan. Life insurance, a wellness benefit, and a parking benefit are also provided, but are taxable to the employee. An annual bonus may be paid at the discretion of Margulf’s Board of Directors.


Commitment to Diversity

Margulf Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and contractors, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, partners, contractors, and vendors. 


To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications by emailing

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