ZSR is Hiring a Project Manager to Join Our Team Project Manager tasked with leading and executing specific projects

LOCATED IN: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a statewide, private, family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to Z. Smith Reynolds, the youngest son of R.J. Reynolds. For more than 80 years, the Foundation has been engaged in forward-thinking philanthropy with contributions of $627 million in North Carolina.

The Foundation’s current All For NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning includes the following strategies: 

  • State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, to improve state-level systems and structures to remove barriers and create opportunities;
  • Community-Based Strategy, to leverage the unique assets, knowledge, experience and connections in communities to create meaningful change; and
  • An Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy, to invest in the bold ideas of North Carolinians.

Alongside these three main strategies, the Foundation has also expressed its commitment to:

  • Augment its participation in its hometown of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County,
  • Use a racial equity lens to underpin all its work, and
  • Continue to be a learning organization.

The intent of the Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning is to provide different strategies that meet people and communities where they are, as well as break down silos, allow more flexibility in our grantmaking, and provide multiple entry points for potential applicants. The Foundation recognizes that not all the work that is funded will fit neatly into these three strategies; rather, there is work that lives in between them. Therefore, the Foundation wants to remain flexible to foster those areas of intersection.

Leadership Opportunity

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is hiring a Project Manager to lead and execute specific projects ensuring consistency with the Foundation’s values and mission and All For NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities of the Project Manager would include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading and/or supporting the planning and implementation of a wide range of projects, including grantmaking/grant administration, convenings, workflow/process improvements, technology reviews, among others. This may include:
    • Facilitating the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
    • Defining project tasks and resource requirements
    • Developing timelines and tracking deliverables
    • Assembling and coordinating project teams and communications
    • Providing direction and support to the project team or teams
    • Monitoring for quality assurance throughout the project duration
    • Evaluating and improving project workflows, tools and processes
    • Conducting project risk assessments/evaluations
    • Producing and presenting reports
    • Providing training and support on project management principles, processes and tools to program and administrative staff
  • Communicating and collaborating with stakeholders including Program Staff, Administrative Staff, and Trustees as applicable.
  • Researching, identifying, and developing appropriate tools to improve operational efficiency in partnership with Program Staff and Administrative Staff.
  • Problem-solving workflow challenges and issues and applying continuous improvement methodologies and tools.
  • Leading/facilitating team meetings and processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Some travel may be required.


The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to work under pressure, be an initiative-taker with excellent time-management and communication skills, able to meet all deadlines, work well in a team environment, and provide effective customer-service support to Staff, grantees and others who contact the Foundation.

  • Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management and process improvement methodology
  • Knowledge of project management techniques and tools
  • Direct work experience in project management capacity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to facilitate group discussions and other group work
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to gather facts and quickly learn about the project, assemble and/or lead team(s) and develop and execute plans
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to plan and direct own work; self-motivated and results oriented
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant technologies
  • Proficient in project management software, processes, and tools

Knowledge of grantmaking software and nonprofit management are a plus.

A bachelor’s degree in project management, business administration, non-profit management, human resources or a related field and at least three years of related work experience are required. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or related project management certification desired.

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000, based upon the candidate’s level of knowledge, education, skill and experience. The Foundation provides an exemplary benefits package.


Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with ZSR’s leadership team. To apply, click on the link to the Project Manager position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact beth@armstrongmcguire.com.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from people of all races, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientation.