Portfolio Manager – King Philanthropies

Portfolio Manager

Location: Menlo Park, California starting Fall 2021

About King Philanthropies

King Philanthropies is a private foundation located in Menlo Park, California. Our mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s poorest people by multiplying the impact of high-performing leaders and organizations. We do so through multi-year, unrestricted grants to high performing social sector organizations that have proven models that address the essentials of human life; by supporting the development of future leaders through scholarships; by fostering entrepreneurship that will create jobs; and by turning data into action at the nexus of poverty and climate change.

King Philanthropies is guided by the personal values of Bob and Dottie King. Following a successful investment career, the Kings shifted their focus to philanthropy in 1995. King Philanthropies’ work flows directly from the inspiration of its founders and centers on a singular goal: to combat extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Position Overview

The Portfolio Manager plays a critical role in executing the King Essentials grantmaking program while also supporting other key initiatives at the Foundation. Reporting to the Director of King Essentials, the Portfolio Manager helps the team identify, support, and manage a cohort of high-performing organizations addressing the drivers of extreme poverty and deepens our knowledge on priority investment areas. The Portfolio Manager also plays a valuable role across the organization as a “team of teams” player by providing targeted research and analysis spanning different functions, such as the CEO’s office, Strategy, Communications, and Climate + Poverty.

Core Responsibilities

  • Source, evaluate, and present funding opportunities by talking to peer funders, interviewing experts, and conducting financial and organizational analyses around impact evidence, business model, scaling, and capacity to deliver results.
  • Partner with King Essentials’ grantees to deepen impact through regular conversations and report reviews, introductions to relevant experts and potential partners, and co-creating opportunities.
  • Independently conduct research and gather evidence to fill knowledge gaps, prove or disprove hypotheses, describe industry trends, and/or map competitive landscape and players
  • Codify best practices and lessons learned from our work, including development of public-facing materials as needed.
  • Regularly evaluate data on our grantee portfolio, including review of reports and tracking progress against key metrics.
  • Travel internationally for site visits to meet with existing and prospective grantees as needed.


  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of professional work experience; a master’s degree is strongly preferred
  • The ability to efficiently research and synthesize large volumes of information from diverse sources to compile data, develop quantitative models and succinctly present concepts and ideas to Management and the Board
  • Proven writing and editing skills and strong command of English, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, direct and lively manner. Ability to design effective PowerPoint presentations and create other data-rich materials that can tell a compelling story.
  • Prior knowledge of extreme poverty, international development, philanthropy, and/or climate change is desirable, as well as a demonstrated passion for and commitment to King Philanthropies’ mission
  • Ability to self-manage workstreams and tasks with high standards for quality output
  • Excellent listening skills with strong interpersonal skills across cultures
  • A curious and creative intellect and a style that includes flexibility, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States


The Portfolio Manager must work from the Foundation’s office in Menlo Park, California starting Fall 2021, and be able to travel domestically and internationally as required.

How to Apply

King Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search. Diversity is an asset essential to accomplishing our work, and we value differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make employees unique. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: [YOUR NAME –Portfolio Manager]. In your cover letter please provide specific examples of how your experience aligns to the requirements of the position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled with those received on or before September 15, 2021 given priority.

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