Managing Director

Palo Alto, CA /
Operations /
The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF) works to build a more equal and resilient world. We bring people together to support each other through three key initiatives: Leanin.Org, OptionB.Org, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program. The Managing Director is a key leadership role at SGFF.

This role will partner closely with the CEO and leadership team on all Foundation-wide matters, including the mission, vision, strategic plan and execution of key initiatives. You will work across leadership and the broader team to drive alignment, ensure teams are set up for success, optimize our existing programs to maximize impact, and help shape our work. Full responsibilities are listed below.

Due to COVID-19, our team is working remotely on PDT hours through July 2021. Beyond that, this full-time position will be based out of our office in Palo Alto, CA.

Strategy & Operations (45%)

    • You will define and direct how our initiatives drive large-scale, coordinated impact and systemic change in alignment with our mission
    • Own and drive Foundation-wide planning process each year, working closely with senior leadership, our founder and Board of Directors, and project managers to ensure plans are bold, resourced for success, and in alignment with our mission and vision
    • Coordinate and serve as a link across leadership to shape how our programs operate and relate to one another, ensuring our efforts are as impactful as possible
    • Partner closely with Chief of Staff and the Office of the CEO to ensure streamlined operations across leadership and the broader team
    • Work in partnership with our CEO and VP of Operations to optimize employee policies, and own talent strategy & team resourcing to ensure all teams are staffed for success and within budget
    • Own process optimization across the foundation, building processes and accountability with an eye toward the way teams work cross-functionally 

Execution & Impact Evaluation (40%)

    • Work in partnership with our CEO and senior leaders to maximize our vision, impact, efficacy and efficiency of SGFF’s programs
    • Anticipate and plan for strategic shifts and reactive moments, and support the team to facilitate these across our programs and public efforts
    • Oversee org-wide annual impact assessments to ensure our initiatives are fulfilling our mission and goals
    • Work with team leaders and business analysts to be a part of goal-setting, tracking progress against our goals and driving data-informed decisions to optimize our initiatives
    • Hold teams and leaders accountable to goals and following-through on best practices
    • Own program assessment overall, measuring ROI and redistributing resources as needed 

People & Culture Leadership (15%)

    • Own people development across the organization
    • Lead the team and our work through a strong DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) lens - constantly pushing our org and work toward more equitable and intersectional outcomes
    • Proactively coach and guide teams to hit foundation targets with strong execution
    • Model leadership and organization’s values at the highest level - fostering a strong sense of ownership/agency, inclusion, empathy, and encouraging a strong culture of feedback and growth
    • Partner with our People First/culture team to drive org-wide culture shifts in response to team feedback


    • Experience:
    • Minimum of 12-15 years of relevant experience, with at least 5 years in a senior leadership capacity – preferred backgrounds in: tech/startups, fast-paced non-profits, politics or programs, strategy & operations, or leadership at digital/creative agency
    • Demonstrated experience operationalizing high-impact programmatic work, with an understanding of scaling programs across global audiences
    • Experience developing new programs and initiatives, and pushing existing programs to be more impactful 
    • Strong track record leading efficient, high-performing cross-functional teams with a thoughtful, empathetic approach

    • Expertise:
    • Passion for missions of Lean In, Option B, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program 
    • Strong knowledge of strategic plan development, program/project execution, efficiency optimization, and impact evaluation
    • Extensive working knowledge of intersectional women’s space and strong advocate for issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a consistent commitment to anti-racism
    • Deep understanding of the lived experience of marginalized communities

    • Skills:
    • Excellent communication (verbal, written, and presentation/public speaking) skills
    • Impeccable organization skills, with strong project and process management skills and a track record of dependable follow-through
    • Demonstrated ability to drive work products toward more equitable and inclusive outcomes
    • Proactive problem-solving skills with consistent ability to drive even the most ambiguous situations toward clarity
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills with experience building and strengthening diverse, inclusive teams
    • Extremely adaptable with ability to be reactive and shift priorities and plans when needed
    • Ability to drive influence across all levels of an organization
    • Goals-oriented with strong analytical skills and the ability to make data-informed decisions as you optimize projects and strategic plans
    • Eagerness to play both high and low, pitching in in big and small ways wherever leadership is needed
    • Ability to represent the Foundation at external events and in media as needed
The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for age, race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. It’s important to us that people of all backgrounds see themselves represented and included in our work, so we actively encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.