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Executive Director - Viking Global Foundation


280 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Viking Global Investors LP is a global investment firm founded in 1999, with offices in Greenwich, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and London.  The Firm manages approximately $25 billion in capital through long-short, long-only, and hybrid liquid-illiquid strategies. 


The Viking Global Foundation was established in 2009. Our mission is to support and promote effective employee philanthropy through grantmaking, volunteerism and education. The Foundation is a deeply embedded corporate philanthropy. It sits within the Viking Global offices and functions as a corporate social responsibility arm within the firm.  We make grants to organizations and initiatives, in areas where our employees live and work, that aim to break the cycle of poverty by promoting early childhood development. To maximize our impact, we source and vet grantees and maintain strong partnerships with our nonprofit partners. Foundation staff actively engage a 25+ person Grants Committee in all aspects of the grantmaking diligence and decision process. Our grantmaking approach within Early Childhood is tied to rigor, outcomes, and unique opportunity for private capital to make a difference.




The Executive Director of the Foundation will lead a small team, which consists of a full-time Program Officer and a shared Administrative Assistant resource. The Executive Director will report into the Head of Human Resources. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:


Governance & Strategy:

  • Lead the firm’s philanthropic strategies in each of our three core focus areas: Grantmaking, Employee Engagement and Matching Gifts.
  • Propose, implement and help to execute policies, programs, practices, and procedures to accomplish each of the Foundation’s primary functions.
  • Manage the relationship with the Viking Global Foundation’s board to set strategic initiatives and provide insight into the ongoing activity of the Foundation.
  • In coordination with the firm’s Finance and Legal departments, agree upon, track and complete all governance and compliance elements as required by the bylaws, including the financial audit, filings, expenditure disbursements and contracts.
  • Develop and oversee the Foundation’s annual budget.


  • Oversee and guide our internal 25+person Grants Committee (GC) responsible for grantmaking decisions with a mission to encourage and develop effective philanthropists. Lead GC members throughout the entire grantmaking process from diligence to approval to monitoring.
  • Source and vet potential grantees for unique and impactful grantmaking opportunities; source and vet potential external consultants who will help grantees on capacity-building work.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with applicants, grantees, other grantmakers, community leaders, public officials, and others, as necessary to further the Foundation’s goals.
  • Leverage Viking’s core business strengths and the GC to engage in outcome-oriented grantmaking, with a lens towards building the businesses of our grantees in a consultative style.
  • Define and track metrics for our grantees that convey grant ROI and reach; develop collateral (comparative analyses, memos and other materials) that summarize and distill information for the GC.
  • Convey knowledge of the Early Childhood space, nonprofit and philanthropy best practices to the GC.

Employee Engagement:

  • Manage a global volunteering program including events such as: firm-wide philanthropic speakers, both on-site and off-site volunteer events, giving drives, and a signature 200-person firm-wide Service Day.
  • Engage employees in philanthropy at levels most meaningful to them; collaborate with employees to source and plan new volunteer events with an eye towards developing their leadership capacities.


  • Manage the Foundation’s CRM, SmartSimple, to efficiently track pipeline of 350+ potential grantees, active grants, employee engagement events, and Matching Gifts.
  • Manage one full-time Program Officer and one shared administrative and volunteer coordinator resource.
  • Oversee our internal employee Matching Gifts program, including research and compliance on all relevant tax regulations and documentation required to support group rulings.



The ideal candidate will have:

  • A completed four year degree with a record of academic success
  • 8+ years in the philanthropy and/or nonprofit field; grantmaking experience highly preferred
  • Experience working with grants management systems
  • An ability to conduct financial analysis for nonprofit organizations
  • Knowledge of and interest in Early Childhood, preferred
  • Strong computer skills (MS Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word)
  • Flexibility to participate in occasional weekend and evening volunteer events


The ideal candidate will possess the following traits:

  • Superior communication skills: the ability to relate to nonprofit and corporate communication styles, excellent written and verbal communication, ability to lead group meetings
  • Leadership traits: the ability to represent the Foundation publicly and the ability to gain buy-in and be persuasive while taking others’ opinions into consideration
  • Efficiency: the ability to stay organized and manage tight timelines
  • Adaptability & flexibility: open-minded with the ability to respond to quick adjustments in strategy


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