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Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Chief Development Officer, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

The Organization

As one of the world’s leading public health research and educational institutions, Michigan Public Health is anchored by a community of 185 outstanding faculty and more than 400 committed research and administrative staff. The school offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees representing six departments that collectively train more than 1,215 students. Three dozen research centers and initiatives help propel a robust research enterprise, generating more than $88 million in extramural funding each year. The school contributes to and benefits from the University of Michigan’s reputation, commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and leadership in bringing innovations to practice.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. The university is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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Position Overview

As a top five school of public health, Michigan Public Health seeks an experienced and dynamic leader and fundraiser for the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO serves as an integral member of the school’s leadership team, working closely and collaboratively with the dean, associate deans, department chairs, staff leadership, faculty, and students to ensure school development strategy is aligned with school and university goals and priorities. Our mission is to create a healthier and more equitable world for all, and our CDO plays a key role in enabling and supporting that important, impactful, and inspiring work.

The CDO reports directly to Dean F. DuBois Bowman and is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all fundraising functions across the school, including: capital and major gift campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, scholarship giving, alumni engagement, and stewardship. The CDO leads and mentors a team of development professionals who work together toward shared goals that advance the mission of the school and university. The CDO acts as the school’s spokesperson and liaison with the larger University of Michigan development community and works proactively across disciplines and with University leaders to match donor interest with the school’s efforts and priorities. In addition, the CDO fosters and nurtures relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to expand development opportunities for the school.

The successful candidate for our CDO position will be an experienced development professional with a proven track record as a major and principal gift fundraiser and a dedicated and collaborative team player. The successful candidate will have vision and the particular ability to develop and implement fundraising and alumni engagement strategy at both the school and prospect levels. The CDO will be a strategist with demonstrated experience organizing, planning, and stewarding major projects and initiatives from fruition through goal. The CDO will have a collaborative approach to leadership, experience as a member of a successful leadership team, and an understanding of the integrated nature of development and alumni relations, preferably within higher education or healthcare. Experience and understanding of academic culture and academic leadership would be ideal, but is not required. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff leader with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. The School of Public Health is committed to the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan and encourages applications from faculty of color and women at senior ranks.

How To Apply

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Michigan in this search. Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. All inquiries and nominations can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance via email at

Asheville, NC 28813

Vice President, Impact, Dogwood Health Trust

The Organization

Dogwood Health Trust is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities across Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust is the successor foundation of the nonprofit Mission Health System.

Position Overview

WittKieffer is honored to work with Dogwood Health Trust in recruiting a unique executive to join the founding leadership team as Vice President, Impact. DHT, headquartered in Asheville, NC is the biggest United States healthcare conversion foundation on a per capita basis, with $1.5 billion set aside “to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.” This role reports to Antony Chiang, the groundbreaking former CEO of the Empire Health Foundation in Spokane, Washington, who began as the CEO of Dogwood Health Trust in early November 2019 and is quickly establishing the Foundation as an impactful place and a philanthropic agent for change.

This entrepreneur is someone who loves start-ups, building teams and has a track record of moving the needle, especially someone who is focused on results and is passionate about health equity. The Vice President, Impact will be an instrumental part of the founding team of senior executives, which already includes a Chief Strategy Officer, a Chief Innovation Officer, a Director of Strategy and Policy and a Vice President of Administration. For the next few years, the Foundation will be in continuous “launching” mode. This “tiger team” of seasoned executives will work collaboratively as peers, taking responsibility for two to three strategic initiatives each. The Vice President, Impact will be one of five “Entrepreneurs in Residence” with responsibility to create health equity impact and teams from scratch.

This person will be bold and help select/launch strategic initiatives that could well span the breadth of health care access, housing, education, addiction, mental health, economic development, and so much more. Each initiative will be a multi-prong systems change initiative and the successful candidate will need to demonstrate prior success or aptitude in generating transformational systems change. Several of the initiatives are anticipated to take the form of public-private partnerships (i.e. combination of Dogwood and public funding) and will be subsidiaries with their own senior staff reporting to the executive team of DHT. Each member of the executive team will need to be able to design, hire a brand new team for that initiative, partner with the community, stand up a subsidiary if needed, and move the needle for the agreed upon impact goal.

The new VP, Impact will be an independent leader who understands the balance between leveraging the wisdom and knowledge of peers and a board, while figuring out proactively how to design and implement an entire initiative from scratch. The ideal candidate will have clear evidence of successfully  being held accountable to a result (e.g. launched a new company or new nonprofit; met deadline on a new product or service launch; increased revenue or assets at a for-profit; launched a new non-profit or service; or achieving quantitative impact outcomes and not just number served or process measures).

Candidates must have extensive executive level experience (CEO or other senior leadership role) in a nationally recognized for-profit or non-profit organization or government agency.  The experience could have been gained in any of the following areas: healthcare, public health, education, economic empowerment, workforce development, public safety, technology or business.  They should have a demonstrated track record of exemplary measurable results, growth and sustained financial strength. Strong preference for individuals that have launched a new organization, new division, new product or new service, while and achieving significant measurable outcomes (not just process or output measures).

How To Apply

A full Leadership Profile detailing the opportunity can be found at Please direct all nominations and resumes to Julie Rosen and John Fazekas, the WittKieffer Consultants leading this assignment in partnership with the Dogwood Health Trust via e-mail, to: or via the secure WittKieffer Candidate Portal here.

Atlanta, GA 30303

Vice President of Development & Alumni Affairs, Georgia State University

The Organization

Georgia State University (GSU), a public research university in Atlanta, seeks a vice president for development and alumni affairs to lead the department’s operations to unprecedented levels of success and productivity.

Position Overview

The vice president will lead a large and complex fundraising and alumni affairs operation for GSU, the most comprehensive public institution in the Atlanta metropolitan area and largest in the state. GSU offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs spread across 10 academic colleges with around 3,500 faculty members. The institution has an economic impact on the Atlanta economy of more than $2.5 billion annually. The vice president will inherit an operation that has made significant progress by finishing a $328 million comprehensive campaign on December 30, 2018.

Reporting to and working closely with President Mark Becker, the vice president will join an energized and ambitious leadership team. He or she will have the opportunity to play a principal role in advancing a university deeply committed to and engaged with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia. This is a university eager to continue moving ahead into a new era of excellence and prosperity. Accomplishing these ambitions will require a leader steeped in best practices and experienced at change management. The vice president will build and sustain strong and sincere interpersonal relationships both internally and externally. This person will demonstrate a track record of major and principal gift fundraising success, and will possess the leadership and managerial acumen necessary to galvanize a large and complex institution.

The vice president will have a collaborative approach to leadership as a hands-on leader in a development program of similar or greater complexity and scope. He or she will resonate with the particular mission and history of GSU, and demonstrate significant intellectual curiosity characterized by the ability to translate the work of the faculty and the college’s programs. It will be important for the new VP to have experience working directly with and managing the activities of the foundation board. The VP will have a superior strategic ability at the prospect, departmental and institutional level. He or she will have comfort with the capacity to leverage technology to support a robust and contemporary approach to outreach, and communication will be a particular advantage.

GSU seeks a vice president who will assess and mentor the team, raise it to a new level of quality and effectiveness, and continue to enhance its strong culture of collaboration and collegiality. Strong leadership skills are imperative as this organization responds to increasing expectations for philanthropy. Integration of best practices is expected to improve both results and performance within all areas of development on the GSU campus. The new vice president will have broad authority to shape and build a development program in the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning programs, endowment, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship and advancement services. The vice president will take leadership in preparing the institution for and carrying out the next comprehensive campaign. Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

How To Apply

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a statement of application and a resume) should be submitted via email to Confidential inquiries and questions may be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search: Mercedes C. Vance and Kim Brettschneider at 630-575-6993.


Campaign Manager, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

The Organization

For over 100 years, building healthy communities has been Planned Parenthood’s mission. Everyday, Planned Parenthood of Illinois helps all kinds of people get the health tools and information—and above all the care and compassion they need—to prevent unintended pregnancies or to plan for families when they are ready.

Position Overview

The Campaign Manager is primarily responsible for acting as the project manager for the Development team in as it undergoes a three year fundraising campaign. The Campaign Manager will serve as “air traffic control” for the intensive and urgent campaign. They will lead efforts which will result in the fundraising success of the campaign. The Campaign Manager will coordinate all outward facing donor work and collaborate with all members of the Development team as well as other internal partners and high level volunteers. The Campaign Manager will use fundraising management systems to produce donor reports, perform analyses and research, and track goals and donors strategy. Tasks include coordinating all meetings and events, data entry, developing and implementing fund raising reports, and other written materials as assigned. This position requires strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize as well as multi-task. Fund development is essential to the overall success of the organization; it is imperative that the person in this role be dedicated to providing the support needed to assist in securing the resources necessary to fulfill the mission of the organization.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted on the Planned Parenthood website:

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Director of Institutional Giving, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

The Organization

For over 100 years, building healthy communities has been Planned Parenthood’s mission. Everyday, Planned Parenthood of Illinois helps all kinds of people get the health tools and information—and above all the care and compassion they need—to prevent unintended pregnancies or to plan for families when they are ready.

Position Overview

The Director of Institutional Giving identifies and secures funding from local, regional, and national funding sources—including foundations, government, associations, and corporations to advance PPIL’s strategic initiatives and operations. S/he executes the strategy and manages the relationships with funders and administers the terms of the agreements or contracts with those funders with the responsibility of maximizing unrestricted and restricted funds raised annually and for longer-term projects. S/he provides leadership and management of the department’s staff and fundraising efforts and works across departments to ensure that PPIL is well-positioned to secure funding from a diversified base of institutional partners.  The Director is an articulate spokesperson for PPIL and its programs and priorities in the philanthropic community. The Director of Institutional Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer.

Essential functions:

1. Meet or exceed PPIL’s annual and campaign fundraising goals for institutional funding by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, securing, acknowledging, and stewarding institutional funders.

2. Manage a full range of activities required to prepare, write, and submit grant proposals and reports that are responsive to funder guidelines, including:

– Gathering information from program staff to articulate project goals, activities, anticipated outcomes, successes, challenges, etc.

– Writing/editing letters of intent and grant proposals for submission, including assembling all required documentation and budgets.

3. Keep program staff aware of upcoming deadlines and work in collaboration with them to write/edit reports on existing grants.

4. Keep Finance staff aware of upcoming deadlines and work in collaboration with the Grants Administrator to ensure expenses are appropriately allocated and grant revenue is released from restriction.

5. Monitor grant restrictions and ensure fulfillment of proposal/reporting guidelines.

6. Proactively identify and approach potential institutional funders to establish new funding partnerships and strengthen PPIL’s relationships in the institutional funding community.

7. Oversee maintenance of current records in database, including tracking/reporting submissions and other ongoing donor communications/cultivation efforts.  Manage foundation records using Salesforce.

8. Support internal Development team writing needs, including, but not limited to:

– Editing proposals and reports for other team members

– Supporting senior staff with their funder and donor writing needs

– Producing and editing materials, such as donor briefings, collateral, solicitation letters, newsletters, and reports

Other functions:

9. Keep the Development team and senior leadership informed of grant writing activity, awards/deadlines, and grant reporting through regular updates.

10. Maintain a deep understanding of the organization’s history, programs, current initiatives, and strategic priorities.

11. Collaborate with the Public Policy team to maintain an awareness of the changing political environment around reproductive health and rights, as well as PPFA’s and PPIL’s policy positions therein.

12. Attend team meetings to develop relationships with program and senior staff, share funding-related news, and gather useful program updates for interested funders.

13. Collaborate with the External Affairs teams to ensure consistent language and produce engaging and cohesive content for multiple constituencies.

14. Collaborate with program staff and the Finance and Administration teams to prepare accurate grant budgets and financial reports.

15. In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, work across departments to sustain, expand, and grow organizational participation in development activities aimed at fostering a culture of philanthropy at PPIL.

16. Play a role in the planning, launch, and successful completion of any current or future PPIL restricted campaigns.

17. Train and supervise staff as assigned, including but not limited to, the Grants Administrator and Development Communications Specialist.

18. Through these activities demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to PPIL core values of access, activism, care, confidentiality, diversity, excellence, integrity, respect, self-determination, and stewardship; practice these values in relations with internal and external customers.

19. Other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, and hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel and reach.  The employee is frequently required to sit.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Supervisor: Vice President of Development

Status: Regular full-time, Exempt

Grade: 6


Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

Experience:  At least four to five years of direct experience in grant writing and development for a large nonprofit/advocacy organization; experience with successfully securing government grants preferred. Experience working with complex donor databases; comfort with Blackbaud’s Team Approach and CRM databases preferred. Background in writing about women’s health issues for a variety of audiences preferred, including government agencies, professional foundations, family foundations, and individual donors.

Professional Qualities

Expert proficiency with MSOffice programs, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access. Strong written communication skills with the ability to write persuasive proposals; strong editing skills, including a comfort with helping program staff communicate their work to donors in a clear and concise manner. Strong administrative and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, set goals, and prioritize workload. Comfort in a deadline-driven environment. Effective, collegial communicator who can collaborate with all levels of staff. Strong supervisory skills.  Unflappable in times of crisis and high stress. Ability to function effectively as a team player. Professional integrity, drive, and ability to effectively represent and promote PPIL to external partners with professionalism and tact. Commitment to producing exceptional work products. Must be willing to maintain a flexible work schedule including evening and weekend hours and occasional in-state travel.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted on the Planned Parenthood website.  You can access the posting directly using this link:

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Denver, CO

Senior IT and Facilities Manager, The Colorado Health Foundation

The Organization

At the Colorado Health Foundation, we are helping Coloradans live their healthiest lives by advancing opportunities to pursue good health and achieve health equity.

Position Overview

The Foundation is pleased to announce the opening for a Senior IT and Facilities Manager. This position is responsible for vendor management, network infrastructure, end-user support and cyber security applications. The manager also ensures the implementation and management of our facilities management processes and technology to track preventative maintenance, inspections, certifications and life-cycle requirements.  Additionally, this position provides end user support and training on facilities, network, telecommunications, audio-visual and computer systems for all Foundation staff.

At the Foundation, we believe that keeping equity at the heart of our work will lead us to better health. That starts from within, including intentional application of diversity, equity and inclusion practices that guide how we operate and work in communities across Colorado. For example, our cornerstones are designed to help ensure that:

·         We serve Coloradans who have low income and/or have historically had less power or privilege.

·         We do everything with the intent of creating health equity.

·         We are informed by the community and those we exist to serve.

The senior manager will be an expert project manager, organized, skilled in systems and process documentation, and have extensive success managing vendors. Ideal candidates will connect with our mission and cornerstones; work well in ambiguity and managing change; and proactively identify opportunities to advance our mission while remaining grounded in the day-to-day responsibilities.

Required Education and Experience

·         5 years’ experience in IT management and network administration.

·         Degree in information technology and/or facilities management. Two additional years of relevant experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

·         Advanced proficiency in all MS business and server products, virtual environments, cybersecurity, network and infrastructure tools.

·         Experience in facilities management.

·         Valid Colorado Driver’s license.

How To Apply

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to have a meaningful impact through their professional contributions. Interested candidates may submit their resumes and cover letters on the Colorado Health Foundation’s website (

This position closes 12/6/2019

Denver, Colorado

Associate Communications Officer, Colorado Health Foundation

The Organization

Our Vision is that across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.” And, we’ll get there by working to achieve our mission of improving the health of Coloradans.

Our Mission: Improve the health of Coloradans.

Our Belief: Health is a basic human right.

Position Overview

This role is ideal for a communications professional with a strong digital communications background who understands most digital platforms and systems required for effective nonprofit marketing needs. A passion for and understanding of technology to create and implement effective communications that further our organizational goals is necessary. Applicants should be skilled at employing an effective balance of information, story narrative, and visuals (data visualization/infographics, photos and illustration) for our digital platforms. It is also essential that applicants have excellent project management skills and a demonstrated passion for the power of communications to influence and move people to action toward health equity in Colorado.

The position also requires solid experience in implementing digital strategy across multiple platforms and communications channels as well as demonstrated experience with Drupal content management system (CMS) platforms, email marketing system platforms, coding HTML/CSS, customer relationship management (CRM), and Adobe Creative Suite. Candidates will have had success managing and growing social media channels as well as management of digital analytics and reporting.

How To Apply

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to have a meaningful impact through their professional contributions. Interested candidates may submit their resumes and cover letters on the Colorado Health Foundation’s website (

This position closes December 18, 2019

The Colorado Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Englewood, CO

Executive Director, Foundation, Craig Hospital

The Organization

Craig Hospital (”Craig”), based in Englewood, Colorado, is conducting a national search for a Foundation Executive Director. Specializing in neuro-rehabilitation and patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), Craig is a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital. Each year hundreds of people come from nearly every state in the United States and many other countries to gain care and rehabilitation services from Craig, which has been ranked in the top ten rehabilitation hospitals in the nation for 29 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

The Foundation plays a critical role helping patients and their families find independence, inspiration, self-confidence and self-sufficiency and builds lifelong relationships with donors to further advance the needs of the Craig family. The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy recognized the Craig Hospital Foundation as a “High Performing” organization for showing high efficiency and effectiveness when it comes to bottom-line returns – one of only 51 organizations receiving this recognition. And philanthropic support for Craig, through the Foundation, is on a great trajectory. The many successes of the Foundation are the result of strong collaboration with all Craig team members, the powerful testimonies of Craig graduates, a strong and well-connected board, and the generosity of Craig’s donor community. The Foundation plays an especially vital role in providing funding for some of the services to patients that are not covered by insurance. Many of these services are critical to Craig’s success and the long term outcomes that patients achieve. The Foundation raises over $8 million annually and its biggest fundraiser of the year, the PUSH Gala, raised more than $2 million in 2019 to support many of these programs and research.

Craig is interested in entertaining a broad range of philanthropy executive profiles. The successful candidate will have a track record of accomplishments in creating an organizational culture of philanthropy, aligning philanthropy with organizational strategy and donor base growth. Craig has a culture steeped in family-like values, with a rich history of selfless support of each other. To continue the success of the Foundation a candidate must have an authentic passion for the mission and vision of Craig.

With an outstanding brand and culture, Craig is uniquely positioned for continued success. To learn more about the power of Craig, the Foundation’s impact, and see videos of patient/family testimonies visit

Thank you for your interest in this very important search. All discussions about this search will be handled in strict confidence. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, CVs or résumés to 

The Craig Hospital values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Position Overview


How To Apply



Executive Director or Co-Executive Directors, Grankmakers for Girls of Color

The Organization


Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC) seeks passionate and visionary leadership from an Executive Director/Co-Executive Director Team capable of taking the helm to launch the initiative as a dynamic independent funder activist organization fiscally-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This is an exciting opportunity to be G4GC’s first dedicated staff with the freedom to create and bring to life a blueprint for the organization’s future identity, infrastructure and strategy.   We are seeking confident and creative leader(s) with experience building organizations, creating systems and coalescing stakeholders for action and with enthusiasm for protecting and advancing the voices and lives of girls of color. G4GC’s leadership will convene, inspire and guide a collective of funders committed to building the individual and collective power of girls of color through active collaboration of thought leaders, donors, and girls to make deep investments in the movement. All of this work is done with a philosophy grounded in the voice and unique needs of girls of color and guided by the movements that center them.   In collaboration with an experienced fiscal sponsor and an advisory committee, the Executive Director/CoExecutive Director(s) will help implement the organization’s strategic mission and vision including developing imaginative and effective programming, strategic communications, and in the near future, an equitable and thoughtful participatory grantmaking program to increase resources for girls of color.


An initial project of the NoVo Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Ms. Foundation for Women, The New York Women’s Foundation, Communities for Just Schools Fund and other partners, G4GC launched as an online platform in 2015. G4GC has quickly become a growing community of funders who are actively working on or are interested in efforts that address the structural inequities facing girls of color. G4GC brings together the latest research, data, news, and insights to promote collective strategizing and partnership across philanthropy; hosts an annual funder convening; connects funders to movements through webinars focused on ongoing timely issues facing girls of color; and leads research to help philanthropy better respond to the needs of girls of color. With growing momentum and potential in philanthropy it is time for G4GC to become an independent organization which will intentionally connect, engage and work to positively advance girls of color who live at the intersections of sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression which prevent their fullest potential.

G4GC envisions a world in which all girls are healthy, safe and thriving. Where each person is fully empowered to pursue their dreams and shape their desired reality on their terms, free from all structural barriers created by racism, sexism and ageism and other forms of discrimination. We recognize that girls of color hold particular vulnerabilities because of their age; and yet they also hold immense power to drive transformation because they sit at these intersections. At the same time, girls of color are often invisible across funding priorities, efforts to address policy change, and in systems and programming. We believe that investing in building the power of girls and responding to their vulnerabilities is critical to creating meaningful change with and for them, their communities, and this country.

• When we use the term “of color,” we recognize that there is not a consistent definition across all communities. Our practice is to trust partners leading the work to identify language that is honoring and inclusive. Through this initiative we will support organizations, activists, and collectives who selfidentify as “of color” and face racism, sexism, and other intersectional structural barriers.

• We focus on cis and trans adolescent girls of color as well as those who do not identify as female but experience gender-based structural harm. We recognize that the needs of trans girls are both similar and unique, and we will work to identify opportunities and support movements that center their specific power and vulnerability.

• We will prioritize support for partners that reach and center girls who are the hardest to reach, who are too often made to be invisible, marginalized, and targeted.

Position Overview


We are open to leadership in the form of an Executive Director or Co-Executive Directors. If you apply as an individual leader, please articulate how your experience and skillsets will allow you to meet all management responsibilities from programs to fiscal management to systems development. If you apply as a team, please articulate your ideas for the division of leadership and how final decisions will be seamlessly and efficiently achieved.


Core Characteristics and Skills

• Passion for the Mission A champion with a true passion for improving the lives of girls of color. They will exhibit a wideranging curiosity and interest in the needs of our diverse community and will have the skills and enthusiasm to remain at the forefront of the sector, developing new and unique opportunities to serve the mission.

• Strategic Leadership & Coalition-Building Aptitude Highly strategic and will ensure the organization meets its goal of being a convener, catalyst and leading thought partner. They will be skilled at building effective, trusting relationships and coalitions with stakeholders at multiple levels within diverse environments and with a high level of emotional intelligence. They will be a collaborator skilled at listening to and learning from girls, funders and allies; building learning communities and networks; and developing a powerful sense of shared purpose in others.

Core Responsibilities

Governance. Work with the fiscal sponsor and the advisory committee to formalize and improve processes for decision-making and operations and develop a strong and active group of advisors.  Lead the orientation and training of advisors, as needed, building excellent communication mechanisms and positive working relationships with both the fiscal sponsor and advisors in order to help them work together constructively to achieve the organization’s goals.

Strategy and Operations. Lead a process to clarify the theory of change, future strategic direction, and a sustainable model for G4GC as well as lead the implementation of that new strategic direction, ensuring adequate systems, staffing, and resources are in place to successfully deliver on the mission and goals. Over time, this position will grow a tight, yet nimble team to execute on the strategic vision of the organization including the creation of a fair and supportive employee evaluation system which ensure the professional growth and maturity of that team, ensuring maximum productivity and the realization of the organization’s vision.

External Relations & Fund Development. Working with a fund development team, this position will lead the organization in conveying its vision, mission, programs and funding priorities to both the stakeholder community and the larger public, working to diversify our income to ensure the long-term sustainability and financial viability of the organization. This position will maintain strong working relationships and partnerships with donor colleagues, nonprofits and other potential partners, and actively participating in relevant local, regional and national networks.

Fiscal Management. While the Executive Director/Co-Executive Directors will have the support and benefit of a fiscal sponsor, it is expected that they will oversee and monitor all expenditures, maintaining a full understanding of all the organization’s financial operations, and ensuring the organization remains above reproach with respect to honoring the stewardship of publicly donated funds. This includes identifying in a timely manner any overage, short-falls, or required budgetary course-corrections, if and when needed.

Communications. The organization seeks to completely shift the societal narrative around girls of color to elevate their voice, position and power while naming the systematic barriers they face. This position will be responsible for identifying and supervising the necessary experts to do this work, as well as ensure the building and shaping a powerful communication strategy for the organization which builds upon and positively advances the voices and needs of our community of girls.

Programs: In consultation with key stakeholders, the Executive Director/Co-Executive Directors will create and launch the organization’s participatory grantmaking program, standardizing and overseeing the implementation of organization’s grantmaking team, protocols, volunteer training, etc. The Executive Director/Co-Executive Directors will work to examine and assess initiatives, priorities, and policies to better respond to the organization’s philanthropic aspirations, as well as the ever-changing external conditions for girls of color. The Executive Director/Co-Executive Directors and the program team are expected to stay fully current on relevant issues, policies, political environments, and resource gaps so we might deploy assets in a way which best supports our allies in their work to serve girls of color.

Required Qualifications

• At least 10 years of leadership and/or management experience, with a successful track record in launching start-ups and/or organization or major initiative building

• Significant experience in serving the unique needs and challenges of girls across the spectrum of cisgender, transgender or gender nonbinary youth or adolescents of color in the U.S.

• A deep experience in movement building and a strong track record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion

• A demonstrated understanding of how race, ethnicity and gender might shape experiences with power and access to opportunity, particularly in the U.S. context

• Proven success in network- or coalition-building and identifying, communicating and acting upon synergies among various stakeholders and investors/donors

• Significant experience working with and building trust-based relationships and constituencies among organizational stakeholders, donors, and investors

• Experience in leading a staff team and/or consultants in the creation of organizational systems and processes as well as in team building and successfully creating positive organizational culture

• A nuanced understanding of philanthropy and how it leverages policy, education and communications for change as developed through significant hands-on experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and/or social investment sectors

• Agility and ability to quickly course correct in changing or complicated political environments and communities, both internally and externally

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Willingness to travel domestically (up to 50%)   Highly Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in Nonprofit Management, Policy, Social Work, Anthropology, or a similar field

• Experience and/or a deep knowledge of fundraising strategies and tactics

• Experience in managing remote team members

ABOUT COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS The salary range for this position(s) is $129,000 – $200,000, commensurate with experience, plus a competitive benefits package that includes health coverage, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays, tuition reimbursement, and access to professional development resources.

How To Apply


For this national leadership search, G4GC is partnering with a black woman-owned and -led strategic management consulting firm with a 25-year history of recruiting and placing highly-qualified diverse leaders in critical philanthropic and nonprofit positions: Walker and Associates Consulting. Questions and nominations can be emailed to their team at

Application instructions are as follows:

To Apply as an Individual, Submit as one combined PDF file:
– A Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages) highlighting your interest, relevant experience and values-alignment and detailing your vision for being able to balance all core responsibilities and fulfill required duties

– A Resume

– A List of 3 References

To Apply as a Team, Submit as one combined PDF file:
– A Cover Letter (no more than 3 pages) highlighting your combined interest, relevant experience and values-alignment and detailing your vision for partnership in sharing core responsibilities to collectively fulfill required duties

– Individual Resumes

– Individual Lists of 3 References  (If applicable, 1 of each applicant’s 3 References should be able to speak to the Team’s ability to/history of partnership)

Applications should be emailed to on or before 5:00 PM PST on Monday, December 20, 2019. Use the subject line: G4GC CEO or G4GC Co-CEOs. Note that application review begins immediately and candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to references.

As a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Grantmakers for Girls of Color is a values-based equal opportunity employer. We have a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and oppression in all its forms. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, differently-abled people, formerly incarcerated people and people of any and all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

President and Chief Executive Officer, Blandin Foundation

The Organization

Ballinger Leafblad is pleased to conduct the search for President & Chief Executive Officer at Blandin Foundation, the largest rural-based and rural-focused private foundation in Minnesota.

The Foundation is the largest rural-based and rural-focused private Foundation in Minnesota and one of only a handful nationally. It provides approximately $12 million in grants each year and has nationally recognized community leadership development, broadband and other programs. The Foundation also convenes rural community leaders around critical issues such as student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, and economic development. The Foundation works throughout rural Minnesota and maintains a special relationship with its home area.

In establishing the Foundation, Charles K. Blandin emphasized flexibility to ensure it could adapt to changing times with an underlying philosophy that its work should lead to “the betterment of mankind.” Blandin established the Foundation in 1941 to aid and promote Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.

The Foundation’s management and Board of Trustees work diligently to ensure that Charles K. Blandin’s legacy is served through wise investment and community focused leadership programs, meaningful public policy engagement, and grant-making.

The legacy of Charles K. Blandin’s endowment truly shines when paired with the passion of individuals within these communities. Thousands of volunteers, social service professionals, business people, public officials, emerging leaders, families, educators, peers and others representing these communities are partnering to create a better rural Minnesota.

Blandin Foundation has proudly made its home in Itasca County (north central Minnesota) for more than 75 years. This region was the “wood basket” for the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company when it was owned by Foundation founder Charles K. Blandin in the early 20th Century. Today the Foundation partners with these communities as they design and claim vibrant futures. The Foundation invests at least 60 percent of its grant-making in the Itasca County area annually in addition to other programming. While no longer legally affiliated in any way with the paper company, the communities of, and bordering, Itasca County continue to be the primary focus of the Foundation’s resources. This includes several communities in the Leech Lake Ojibwe Nation.

The Foundation’s work in the home area is focused on building strong relationships for all Itasca communities to be vibrant, thriving and healthy. The Foundation supports a wide spectrum of partners and initiatives, with emphasis given to those based on collaboration and people facing inequities.

Charles K. Blandin Foundation, the formal name of Blandin Foundation, is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It is guided by the terms of the will of founder Charles K. Blandin, who passed away in 1958 following distinguished careers in education, publishing and paper-making, including owning the Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids. Upon his death, Mr. Blandin directed that his assets be used to strengthen rural communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.

To accomplish this vision, Mr. Blandin established the foundation in 1941. The Charles K. Blandin Residuary Trust was established in 1958 as a legally separate entity responsible for investing and growing the assets of the endowment in perpetuity. The Foundation is the sole beneficiary of the Residuary Trust.

Blandin Paper Company was sold by the Trust in 1977.  Today, Finland-based UPM owns the paper company. Blandin Foundation continues to be private and independent of the paper company.

The Foundation has distributed more than $400 million since it was founded in 1941. As of December 31, 2018 the total combined assets of the Trust and Foundation stood at $420 million. Grants in the local Grand Rapids/Itasca giving area currently average 74 percent with an average minimum of 60 percent to be directed to the Foundation’s giving area.

Detailed information about Blandin Foundation’s financials can be found here:

Blandin Foundation believes nothing truly worthwhile is ever easy. At Blandin Foundation, the core of all work is based on the belief that real communities are built on hard work, including the hard work of leadership, of genuine inclusion, of reaching across boundaries and building lasting connections. On commitments—families facing hardship together, individuals prepared to make a stand when it matters most. And on belonging—that indelible sense of place called home.

That’s what Blandin Foundation is all about. Minnesotans imagining, leading and growing healthy, inclusive, vibrant communities. The team at Blandin sees a world of possibilities in the state’s rural communities and is especially committed to the Itasca County area.

As stewards of the Blandin Foundation legacy, Blandin Foundation commits to a leadership role on these deeply held beliefs:

INCLUSION IS VITAL. Recognizing all people, voices and worldviews as essential to healthy communities. RELATIONSHIPS MATTER. Encouraging courageous dialogue, trust, and reciprocity among partners to create positive change. INTEGRITY IS CORE. Actions are guided by honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.

The team at Blandin Foundation has invested deeply in developing its intercultural competency and applying a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to its work over time. The staff believe in the power of inclusion and have made it central to who they are.

The Blandin Foundation team strives to address racial, socio-economic and other systemic barriers that have led to marginalization and works to act as an advocate and voice for social justice. The organization works to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area, knowing that communities cannot be strong, healthy and vibrant unless they are working for, and safe for, every person. This spirit guides the Foundation’s vision, mission and values.

Since 2007, particularly, the Foundation board and staff have been working intentionally on bringing diverse perspectives into the organization, and developing internal intercultural competence.  This learning has fundamentally impacted the culture of the organization as well as the work the staff has done and will do over time. The Foundation is committed to continuing its own learning, working across all differences that make a difference, and helping rural communities and their leaders do the same. The Foundation is committed to helping rural communities address structural barriers that reduce opportunities for all residents to thrive.

To this end, Blandin Foundation staff members have used planful training, assessments (the industry-leading IDI) and courageous conversations to further this work. The organization has been intentional about recruiting diverse board members and staff and continues its journey toward diversity, equity and inclusion on a daily basis.

Blandin Foundation is seeking a CEO who can continue to lead the Foundation on its journey of learning and working to strengthen inclusion and equity within the organization and in all rural Minnesota communities. Please reference Blandin Foundation’s Theory of Philanthropy here:

The culture at Blandin Foundation is positive and collaborative.

Staff members describe the culture as:

• Supportive/relationships matter

• Family friendly/person-centered

• Casual/authentic

• Welcoming/fun

• Pride in work/view a vocation, not just a job

• Tolerant/learning environment

• Non-hierarchical/team-based

Blandin Foundation provides services and programs, that, in addition to grants, further the mission and vision of the organization.

Healthy community is a place to live where all people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good, and participate in creating their future.

Since 1985, Blandin’s community leadership programs have trained more than 7,000 leaders who reside in approximately 600 rural Minnesota communities. The leadership program includes week long retreats, workshops, and ongoing support for participants.

The programs have engaged with partners across the state in working with rural communities and leaders from all sectors to not only carry out training, but evolve programs to reflect current rural developments and feedback from participants.


BRCLP is a thoughtfully crafted training opportunity that provides deeper learning about individual and community strengths, and techniques for building social capital and mobilizing resources and power within the framework of Native American cultures, both Ojibwe and Dakota. It aims to leverage leaders’ personal strengths and community assets they can rely on and grow forward from.

Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities (LEDC) is a program designed to increase the capacity of rural leaders to develop and sustain healthy, inclusive communities and reduce systemic racial and cultural barriers. All of the sessions take place in the participating community and help community members sharpen their skills around supporting a healthy, inclusive community. A participating community first commits to helping the Foundation recruit a diverse applicant pool for the 34-person cohort. The selected group of participants then spends a year learning together at seven monthly training sessions.

Educational attainment is one of Blandin Foundation’s main areas of focus. When he established the Foundation, Charles K. Blandin, who himself did not earn a college degree, placed high value on putting educational opportunities within reach for students who had the determination, but not the means, to accomplish that goal.

In 1956, the Foundation awarded its first education grants to two area students. Today, Blandin Foundation continues that legacy through its Education Grants program. Each year, hundreds of students from Itasca County area schools are awarded need-based grants to continue their education at community college, college or university, trade schools and certificate programs throughout the United States. More than 18,000 education grants totaling more than $26 million have been awarded to thousands of area students since 1956.

Blandin’s meeting spaces are one way it puts two core values — Inclusion is Vital, and Relationships Matter — into action.

The meeting rooms available for community use carry two names: one in English, one in Ojibwemowin and Anishinaabe language. This is an opportunity for the Foundation to share with all its partners a small piece of the culture that prospered in the Itasca area long before Charles Blandin, and continues to thrive.

Blandin’s community meeting spaces host many diverse and engaged organizations encompassing Itasca County’s robust community engagement.

Blandin Foundation convenes people around issues critical to rural Minnesota’s vitality. The Foundation is engaged at the state level on issues that pave the way for advances emerging in rural Minnesota, such as early childhood, broadband, vital forests, etc. Through a variety of research projects, such as the Rural Pulse survey (see, the Foundation seeks and amplifies the voices of rural residents.

Blandin Foundation is both a responsive and strategic grant-maker and welcomes applications from current and potential grantees working to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, with investment concentration in three primary strategic areas of focus.

Blandin Foundation’s most substantial and broadest form of grant-making occurs in the Itasca area. It supports work that helps meet the economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual/wellness needs of Itasca-area residents. This includes supporting organizations that:

Prioritize collaboration: diverse people and organizations work together to achieve a common goal. Examples: Invest Early and Beacon Hill Supportive Housing

Engage those needed to create the intended change: leaders seek and include a variety of perspectives, especially those directly affected by the problem. Examples: KOOTASCA’s Circles of Support and Kiesler Wellness Center

Resourcefully build on existing community assets: community context is taken into consideration, has several sources of funding, and demonstrates community support. Examples: Itasca County YMCA’s Active Living Center and the Deer River Full Service Community School project.

Blandin Foundation offers grants to support community leaders as they think holistically and act collaboratively on systems-level issues they have identified as critical to the health and resiliency of their community. This includes supporting organizations that:

• Inform and connect community leaders to issues relevant among rural Minnesotans: leaders stay current on topics, trends and issues that impact their communities. Examples: What’s Left (an exhibit on mental illness and suicide) and MinnPost’s Immigrant Communities Reporting Project

• Support and sustain networks of rural leaders: leaders are equipped with skills and abilities to strengthen their communities and/or lead on diversity, equity and inclusion. Examples: Minnesota Network of Community Developers, Better OUTcomes for LGBTQI, and the American Indian Oyate Network

• Equip Blandin Leadership Program alumni to move forward a cohort-identified idea: leaders take courageous action to address barriers in their community, especially socio-economic, racial and cultural barriers. Each community cohort is eligible for three $5,000 grants and are encouraged to use the program-specific guidelines and applications. Examples: Chisholm Kids Plus and MNyou Youth Garden


• Engage broader sections of the current or potential workforce: create or expand educational and employment opportunities, especially for youth and people who have been persistently excluded. Examples: Women’s Foundation girlsBEST program and Northern Opportunity Works

• Use existing assets in creative ways: incorporate a community’s economic strengths in new ways to innovate based on existing enterprises and cultural, creative, or natural assets. Examples: Rural Entrepreneurial Venture Program and Greater Bemidji’s LaunchPad.

• Forge stronger relationships between education and employment systems: two or more entities work together to improve educational and employment outcomes for people living in rural Minnesota. Examples: Minnesota innovation Institute and AEOA Adult Scholarship Program

Position Overview


The President and CEO of Blandin Foundation is responsible for providing leadership and management to the overall staff, program and administrative activities of the organization. The President and CEO works closely with the Board to develop and implement the Foundation’s vision, mission and strategies and is responsible for the effective use of financial, human and other assets of the Foundation. They will represent the Foundation at local, statewide and national levels and will promote and foster general public awareness and understanding of the Foundation, its mission, and its strategies. The President and CEO will work to maintain recognition of Blandin Foundation as an outstanding model of philanthropy on a state, local, and national level.

The President and CEO reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The officers of Vice President, Director of Administrative Services and Director of Finance report to the President and CEO. A total of 33 people work in the organization.


• Organizational Leadership

• Develop and maintain relationships within the local community.

• Develop and maintain collaborations and partnerships with other foundations, government and key organizations both within Minnesota and nationally

Program Leadership

• Provide leadership to the Senior Management Team in the completion of annual program planning, goal setting and budgeting.

• Present annual organizational work plan and budget to the Board and ensure that budgets are within the financial distribution targets established by the Board.

• Ensure that grant requests presented to the Board fall within the mission, vision and strategy established by the Board and are presented succinctly with a staff recommendation.

Staff Leadership

• Provide visionary and innovative leadership to the staff at Blandin Foundation.

• Maintain a leadership style focused on growth, development, goal setting and coaching.

• Ensure the Foundation has a sufficient staffing level of competent and well-trained personnel to effectively implement the vision and goals established by the Board.

• Ensure that management systems and policies are in place to hire, develop, and retain team members with the necessary skills and experience to accomplish organizational goals.

• Develop and maintain an inclusive working environment and positive, team-oriented, inclusive organizational culture.

• Ensure each staff member has an appropriate professional development plan.

Strategic Leadership

• Ensure that a long-term strategic plan exists informed by the Senior Leadership Team input and approved by the Board.


• Ensure that the Chair of the Board and Board committees receive requested information and administrative assistance to develop meeting agendas and conduct productive and efficient meetings.

• Ensure that the Board is informed in a timely manner regarding significant issues, events, opportunities and challenges relating to the Foundation and implementation of the mission.

Blandin Foundation seeks the following skills and experience in the fully-qualified candidate:


• Executive leadership experience at a complex organization

• Rural leadership experience

• Experience in organizational visioning and strategic planning

• Advocacy and community organizing

• Senior management and organizational leadership, preferably holding executive or senior management positions.

• Public speaking and community outreach

• Ambassadorship and relationship building with stakeholders at all levels

• Leadership of equity and inclusion efforts with a preference for experience with the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory)

• Community building/economic development

• Advocacy/partnerships with Tribal Governments and a commitment to nurturing those relationships

• Experience/expertise in leadership development, organizational development, staff professional development and board governance/development

• Program conceptualization, design, development, delivery, evaluation and assessment experience


• Budgeting, planning and identifying new revenue sources

• Developing relationships across socioeconomic lines and a commitment to engaging low income people in ongoing conversations for the betterment of rural Minnesota

• Cultural competence and ability to nurture and build relationships with diverse communities

• Embrace systems change for equitable outcomes

Strategic Leadership

• Willingness to serve as an active advocate among Indigenous communities

• Clear understanding of economic development issues

• Networking abilities with other nonprofits, organizations and leaders


• Be a good listener

• Possess a genuine sense of humility

• Be willing to leverage the skills of others and develop the Blandin Foundation team

• Demonstrate a passion for rural communities and their unique challenges/opportunities

• Be an enthusiastic, outward facing ambassador for the Foundation and build new relationships

• Serve as a “host” to the community and nurture a welcoming environment

• Serve as an advocate for social justice and equity

• Serve as an active leader in the community and help prepare the community to embrace change

• Be a coalition builder

• Be intentionally inclusive

• Be an innovative thought leader

• Possess lived experience in rural communities

• Be realistic and pragmatic, yet willing to be creative and have vision

The compensation package for the President & CEO is very competitive and includes the opportunity to participate in the Foundation’s benefit package.

Blandin Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and believes each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, religious beliefs, or disability. The right of equal employment opportunity extends to recruiting, hiring selection, transfer, promotion, training and all other conditions of employment.

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How To Apply

For additional information or to apply, please contact:

Marcia Ballinger, PhD


Holly Kelsey-Henry
Vice President

Los Altos, CA

Communications Officer, Heising-Simons Foundation

The Organization

The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation with offices in Los Altos and San Francisco. The Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people. In 2018, the Foundation awarded more than $100 million. Since its first grant in 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $500 million.

Position Overview

The Communications Officer works with the Communications team to advance Foundation and programmatic goals using strategic communications, as well participating in select strategic communications work for the Heising-Simons Action Fund, a sister 501(c)(4) organization to the Foundation.

The Communications team is currently composed of a Director of Communications and two Communications Officers. The Communications Officer’s work relates to:

a)     institutional communications on behalf of the Foundation as an organization;

b)     programmatic communications in which communications is used, in partnership with program colleagues, as a strategic tool to advance programmatic goals; and

c)     grantee-focused communications, in which the Communications team works with grantee partners to improve their own communications and communications capacity.

The Communications Officer is also responsible for drafting and editing content and messaging, understanding and working with 501(c)(4) organizations and communications, helping manage consultants, and serving as an active thought partner to the rest of the Communications team and the Foundations’ Program Officers.

The Communications Officer reports to the Director of Communications. This full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt (salaried) position is based in our Los Altos office, with one day each week in our San Francisco, CA office.

Candidates are not expected to have experience in all areas listed in the job posting.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Proactively design communication strategies, including leading implementation and management of communication approaches and tactics for several program areas, with an understanding of determinants of impact and success.
  • Manage multiple communications projects and initiatives concurrently.
  • Provide critical thinking and communications support to advocacy work.
  • Serve as a thought partner to program officers and grantees, helping define communications goals, audiences, tactics, and message development.
  • Effectively lead teams and manage relationships with communications professionals including consultants and partners.
  • Contribute to, and edit, Foundation written materials that help achieve programmatic and organizational goals and that encourage transparency.
  • Ensure that the organization’s identity and values are reflected consistently.
  • Monitor news and information related to the Heising-Simons organizations, its program areas, and grantees.
  • Serve as a supportive, creative, and flexible team member.

Foundation-wide responsibilities

  • Participate in Foundation-wide committees; diversity, equity, and inclusion work; and internal culture-building.
  • Pursue ongoing professional development opportunities and participate in Foundation-wide training sessions.


  • Excellent analytic and critical thinking skills, with the ability to see the bigger picture and map a road towards completing goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to foster trust and build relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate complex concepts into digestible language for multiple audiences.
  • Successful track record developing communication strategies and campaigns.
  • Experience with rapid response communications.
  • Non-profit and/or advocacy communications experience.
  • Relevant work experience as a communications officer or a related college degree.
  • Highly organized, creative, and flexible, with the ability to manage multiple projects, plan and prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Intellectual curiosity, passion, and hunger to develop, learn, and try new things.
  • Track record of working with a high functioning team.
  • Technologically savvy, with proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Sense of teamwork, community, humor, and integrity.
  • Interest and belief in the Foundation’s programmatic goals and values.

How To Apply

Compensation and Benefits

The target starting salary for this position is $115,000-125,000, depending on skills and experience.

We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, long term disability, business travel, and life insurance, flexible spending accounts for medical and child care expenses, a 401(k) plan (with a matching contribution of up to 16%), commuting assistance, an employee assistance program (EAP), tuition reimbursement and a generous professional development budget, matching gifts, fitness reimbursements, fertility and adoption assistance, and identity theft protection. In addition, we allow some schedule flexibility and occasional telecommuting, with manager’s approval.

Paid time off includes:

  • Vacation Time – starting at 3 weeks per year
  • Sick Time – 12 days per year
  • Personal Time – 2 days per year
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Holidays

To Apply

Our success is dependent on our ability to build teams that include people with different experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new perspectives. We encourage people of color, from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse perspectives and experiences to apply.

Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to:

Los Angeles or Oakland, CA

Director of Program Operations, The California Wellness Foundaton

The Organization

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1992 with a mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California. As one of the largest health-focused foundations in California, with over $900 million in assets, Cal Wellness is a nationally recognized leader for its strategic core operating support for grantees; public policy grantmaking; and a focus on violence as a public health issue. It is Cal Wellness’ desire to promote equity and level the playing field so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, healthy and safe neighborhoods, and quality health care services. The Foundation’s current Advancing Wellness grantmaking strategy includes four interrelated portfolios that focus on equitable access to health care; safe and healthy neighborhoods; economic security; and community and organizational leadership. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded nearly 9,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion. As the Foundation looks to the future, it is pursuing new and innovative strategies beyond its core grantmaking to advance its mission, including implementation of new technology systems, development of its public affairs capacity, and establishing mission- and program-related investment portfolios.

Cal Wellness has a diverse staff of approximately 40 located in our Los Angeles and Oakland offices and a diverse 11-member Board located throughout the state of California. The Foundation’s work underscores a belief that wellness requires social justice, a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and sustained efforts to eliminate systemic barriers that prevent access to health care, education, employment and safety.

Please visit for more information.

Position Overview

The California Wellness Foundation seeks an innovative operational leader with excellent strategic, tactical and management skills and prior experience working in a strategic philanthropic setting for its newly created Director of Program Operations role. The Director will be the hub of the foundation’s program team operations, playing a critical cross-functional role applying innovative operational management practices that create efficient program activities and effective grantmaking. The Director will serve as a member of the senior management Programs team and be a key partner and support to the Vice President of Programs managing all aspects of program and grantmaking operations. This position reports to the VP of Programs and can be based at either foundation headquarters in downtown Los Angeles or in the foundation’s Oakland office.

Key Responsibilities

§  Program Operations Leadership. Develop, oversee and continually enhance the operational infrastructure, systems, and processes that ensure effective and efficient grantmaking operations. Manage systems to track distributions and develop projections to inform decision making and strategy development. Support organizational-wide goals that model the values-based culture, content, and philanthropic expertise Cal Wellness represents to employees and grantees.

§  Operational Systems, Policies, Practices and Innovation. Play a critical cross-functional role to apply innovative operational management practices that create efficient program activities and effective grantmaking. Create tools and workflows that enhance the work and effectiveness of the Programs staff and the foundation’s grantees. Demonstrate knowledge of grants processes and related financial and compliance matters and an understanding of online systems that support grantmaking workflows. Develop and maintain a robust program operations policies and procedures manual.

§  Support to Vice President of Programs. Serve as a member of the Programs senior management team and support the Vice President of Programs with annual strategic planning, budgeting, grant allocation pipeline management, contract management for outside consultants, key performance metric analysis and tracking, staff management and development, and all other operational aspects of the department. Participate in strategy discussions and decision making that impact the Programs department and grantmaking, providing crucial perspectives on the operational implications of decisions, and promoting a culture of accountability and consistency. Serve as a creative and dependable problem solver and thought partner to the Vice President of Programs.

§  Grantmaking Alignment, Communications and Coordination. Provide coordination, tracking, and regular communication for grant makers to ensure that pipeline and grantmaking processes fulfill requirements. Partner with Grants Management to provide coordination, tracking, and regular communication for program leaders to ensure that pipeline and grantmaking processes fulfill annual distribution requirements. Work closely with the President & CEO, Board of Directors, Grants Management, Finance, Operations and Public Affairs teams to support shared learning and to strengthen strategic and operational alignment across the foundation. Serve as a key liaison for the Programs department to other departments to help build effective, supportive and efficient working relationships.

§  Compliance. Responsible for developing systems to track distributions and inform decision making regarding strategy and grantmaking, and for ensuring that all operations within the Programs department are compliant with the foundation’s policies and practices and align with Cal Wellness’ mission. Ensure that all program operations are in strong alignment with the foundation’s mission, goals, policies and practices.

§  Staff Management. Manage Program Coordinators. Effectively balance workload and assignments across the support team (Coordinators, and Administrative Assistant); provide coaching, feedback, and support the professional development of individual team members. Work closely with Program Directors and Program Officers to support effective and thoughtful working relationships with the program support team. Provide effective leadership for staff, including training, assigning and directing work, and appraising performance. Work with staff across the foundation to create a culture of learning and collaboration. Seek out and coordinate new learning opportunities for Programs staff, including internal trainings and external convenings and conferences. Embody effective and respectful teamwork in keeping with Cal Wellness values.

§  External Engagement. Serve as an ambassador, participant and presenter at a range of external meetings and convenings related to Program and Foundation goals and policies.

§  Special Projects. Manage special projects, program related investments, and serve as a backup to Program Directors as needed.



While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

§  Minimum of 7 years of experience in a mid-to-high level program operations management role, preferably in strategic philanthropic grantmaking setting.

§  Experience in team management or supervising an administrative team.

§  Deep knowledge of the field and best practices in philanthropy and strategic grantmaking.

§  Experience working across the social sector with foundations, non-profits, and mission-driven organizations.

§  Demonstrated knowledge of grants processes and related financial and compliance matters.

§  An understanding of online systems that support grantmaking workflows.

§  Exceptional written and verbal communications skills and ability to convey complex information and data visually and orally in a concise, effective, and engaging way.

§  An effective manager with demonstrated ability to develop strengths of individual team members and to build effective, values-based teams.

§  A dynamic influencer with highly effective interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work successfully across teams and with roles at multiple levels.

§  Proven ability to build collaborative relationships, operate in a team environment.

§  Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills.

§  Professional demeanor that demonstrates warmth, dependability, responsiveness, knowledge and credibility.

§  Handles deadlines and pressure with poise; and responds with grace and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.

§  Effective time management skills with demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously and manage a diverse and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment.

§  A sense of humor that contributes to team spirit.

Compensation and Culture
Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. The salary range for the position is $126,700 – $190,100. The benefits package includes a variety of health plans, a generous 401(k) retirement savings plan, paid time off, professional development and educational opportunities, matching gifts, and the opportunity to work at a mission- and values-driven organization.

How To Apply

Martha Montag Brown & Associates, LLC has been retained for this search. Interested and qualified candidates should apply by sending a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by email to All correspondence will remain confidential.

The California Wellness Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed and is not intended to limit the scope of potential work assignments. This is only a summary of the typical functions of the job and duties may differ from those as outlined above.

Louisville, KY

The Organization

Established in 1984, CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with more than $550 million in assets and operating endowment and over 1800 charitable funds. Since its founding, the Foundation has distributed over $930 million in grants to organizations in Louisville and beyond. In the last decade, CFL has increased its visibility in the Louisville community, doubled the size of its assets, and has developed a range of new programs and partnerships – from impact investing to many initiatives that respond directly to donor interests.

Position Overview

President and Chief Executive Officer

Community Foundation of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville (the Foundation or CFL) seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and consensus-building President and Chief Executive Officer (President) to build on its progress as a robust, growing charitable organization. The President will lead its stakeholders to establish the future direction of the organization as it continues to grow in assets, reach, and impact.

With its new President, CFL expects to build on its successes. As the Foundation looks to the future, it plans to engage in a collaborative process that will further clarify its mission and values, develop clear aspirations for the future, evaluate organizational activities with a sharp and objective eye, and implement a focused strategic plan with clear data-driven goals and measurable outcomes.

The new President also will support the current momentum of existing initiatives such as exceptional donor service, organizational excellence, grants strategies, healthy institutional culture, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Foundation’s life and work. This President will align internal resources to ensure that staff is deployed in the most strategic manner. Looking ahead, this President will communicate and implement best practices from other community foundations that have successfully made the strategic transition to greater community impact.

To accomplish all of this will require an inclusive, transparent, and consultative leader who inspires, stewards, and reconciles a broad and diverse set of stakeholders, including the Board of Directors, Foundation staff, donors, and a range of community leaders. This next President will work to ensure that CFL remains robust and continues to grow; that excellence is maintained and valued; and that programs and partnerships exist to maximize influence and impact. CFL is considering both the opportunities and challenges of moving into a stronger community leadership position and how to move towards a strategy that will result in the Foundation deepening its impact.

The Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next CEO. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Rebecca Swartz or Sabrina Singh

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

The Community Foundation of Louisville is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diverse pool of applicants.


How To Apply

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Menlo Park, CA

Fellow, Performing Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Organization

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For more than 50 years, the foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The foundation’s assets are more than $9 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $400 million. A 14-member board of directors provides overall direction for the foundation. For more information about the Hewlett Foundation, please visit

Position Overview

About the Performing Arts Program

The Performing Arts Program makes grants to ensure people and communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are able to engage in artistic experiences that bring joy and meaning to their lives. Our grantmaking embraces a wide range of aesthetic and artistic practices in the areas of dance, media, music, theater, spoken word, and cultural arts. The Program supports a portfolio of roughly 240 organizations with an annual grantmaking budget of approximately $19 million. In addition, it manages the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, a five-year initiative in honor the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, that supports the creation and premiere of exceptional works of performance.

The Program is comprised of six staff, complemented by staff from the foundation’s communications, grants management, and legal departments. Additional information about the Program is available at

About the Fellowship


This fellowship is a three-year term position. A Hewlett Foundation Fellowship allows an individual to enrich their understanding of philanthropy and of specific subject matter by engaging in all phases of program development and grantmaking. Fellows work closely with program staff to help implement projects and conduct ongoing grantmaking activities.

Within the Performing Arts Program, the Fellow will help implement the recently refreshed strategy. This will entail both assisting with and managing projects to update the Program’s strategies in light of the host of changes facing the region and the arts sector. In close consultation with program staff, the Fellow will conduct research; communicate and engage with foundation staff, grantees, and external partners; and participate in critical thinking, writing, and analysis. The Fellow also will support the Performing Arts Program’s grantmaking activities and other Program needs that may arise, such as Program retreats and grantee convenings, including content creation. The Fellow will report directly to one of three Performing Arts Program Officers.

Please note: while there may be opportunities to return to the Hewlett Foundation later in their career, Fellows are ineligible to apply for posted foundation positions or transition into other roles at the foundation during their 36-month term as well as for a period of one year following the conclusion of the term.



·       Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated competency to effectively work with diverse stakeholders, including rural communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQI communities, low-income people, and communities of color.

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and communicate ideas and critical analysis.

·       Excellent time management, project management, and organizational skills. Adept at thoughtfully approaching assigned projects.

·       Intention to pursue further studies, training, or professional experience in fields related to the Program’s interests at the conclusion of the fellowship.

·       Ability to participate as part of a team and contribute to a collegial work environment; open to sharing ideas and receiving feedback.

·       Knowledge of the arts and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area is preferred.

·       Personal integrity, excellent judgment, and flexibility.

·       Adept with technology tools and applications, including MS Office.

·       Demonstrated interest and two to five years of work experience in the arts.

·       An undergraduate degree is required; a relevant master’s degree or equivalent professional experience is a plus.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the Fellow is required to spend extended hours at the computer. The primary location of this position is the Hewlett Foundation’s offices in Menlo Park, CA. This position also requires moderate levels of travel in the San Francisco Bay Area, and occasional to locations in the United States.


How To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter by Monday, Dec 2, explaining how your skills fit this position to the Human Resources Department at (Subject Line: [Your Name] – Fellow, Performing Arts).

Please email a resume and cover letter by Monday, Dec 2, explaining how your skills fit this position to the Human Resources Department at (Subject Line: [Your Name] – Fellow, Performing Arts).

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Miami, Florida

PRESIDENT AND CEO, The Miami Foundation

The Organization

The Miami Foundation seeks an innovative, strategic, and bold President and CEO.  For more than 50 years, The Miami Foundation has partnered with donors to improve the quality of life and nurture philanthropy in an extraordinarily dynamic and complex region. Today, with assets of more than $340 million in over 1,000 funds and annual grantmaking of more than $60 million, the Foundation is poised to play an increasingly prominent and transformational leadership role as a trusted resource and agent of change. It addresses critical regional needs through its grantmaking, informs and inspires donors and partners, and works beyond the grants to leverage its knowledge and influence through collaborations, advocacy, research, communications, and thought leadership.

Position Overview

The new President must be a strategic thinker, creative risk-taker, persuasive communicator, seasoned and decisive manager, enthusiastic fundraiser, and excellent relationship builder. Candidates may come from a nonprofit, public sector, philanthropic, or business background, preferably with experience spanning sectors. Experience and active networks in the Miami region are strongly preferred. At a minimum, the President should have worked in a similar urban setting and be excited at the prospect of becoming a leader in Miami’s civic and community life. An understanding of how nonprofits operate is also important, as is a grasp of the complexity of the Foundation’s financial services work. Experience working with and/or answering to an engaged governing board is preferred.

How To Apply

Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and 1-3 page letters of interest) should be sent electronically to

IsaacsonMiller via by December 2 for full consideration.

Minneapolis, MN

Communications Manager, McKnight Foundation

The Organization

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest, building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota, supporting the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research. The Foundation has approximately $2.3 billion in assets and grants about $90 million a year.

Position Overview

The McKnight Foundation seeks an experienced communications manager to help us leverage the power of strategic communications to advance the mission of the Foundation and our program goals. This person will be joining at a critical moment in the Foundation’s history to contribute to an exciting new strategic direction, grounded in the values and approaches outlined in our Strategic Framework. As a sophisticated navigator of the digital ecosystem, an astute and caring steward of trusting relationships, and a perpetual solutions-finder, this person will have an opportunity to work in partnership with the communications director and other colleagues to enhance the department’s work for maximum social impact. Given our new grantmaking shifts, the team will offer more strategic counsel and narrative execution support to advance our major program goals, while maintaining the institution’s high levels of positive credible influence. In addition, our nimble communications team contributes to the Foundation’s commitments to transparency, knowledge sharing, thought leadership, and good governance.

The communications manager will join a highly regarded private family foundation with a culture that is mission-oriented and highly collaborative. McKnight staff take on meaningful, challenging work and receive excellent benefits, including opportunities for professional development and ongoing learning. This person will work in a four-person team as well as manage outside firms and freelancers.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Support the various external communications needs of the entire organization, including the Foundation’s recently announced grantmaking direction.
  • Supervise the editorial operations of our digital platforms, including our website, email, social media accounts, as well as third-party sites where we have a brand presence.
  • Manage media relations, issues monitoring, and brand stewardship.
  • Respond promptly to external requests from grantees, reporters, and other stakeholders.
  • Offer strategic counsel and execute narrative strategies that build public will and support our programs, in particular our expanding Midwest Climate & Energy program and an emerging program to build an equitable and inclusive Minnesota.
  • Support the board and senior leadership on various institutional initiatives, including internal projects and board governance presentations and materials.
  • Advise the communications director on developing communications plans, policies, guidelines, process improvements, and staff resources.

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent writing and editing skills to prepare or oversee a wide variety of communications content, including public announcements, reports, internal memos, speeches, infographics, videos, and social media content.
  • Experienced and wise discernment handling dynamic, sensitive, high-stakes assignments with multiple stakeholders and diverse viewpoints.
  • An advanced understanding of how to best navigate and leverage a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem, including proficiency in visual storytelling, user data analytics, and emerging media technology trends.
  • A conscientious, detail-oriented project manager who can move initiatives forward in a collaborative and effective manner.
  • Strong analytical skills to develop thoughtful, impact-oriented communications plans with a firm grasp of audiences and messaging needs.
  • A sophisticated understanding of social, economic, and political systems and the role of communications in influencing cultural understandings, market conditions, and public policy outcomes.
  • Willingness to take on new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency and positive energy.
  • High cultural competence to effectively work in partnership with diverse communities, including an appreciation for historical context, discernment of relationship nuances and power dynamics, and a keen understanding of social, racial, and ethnic differences.
  • A background in one of our major funding areas, such as environmental communications, is strongly desired.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years in communications, public relations, marketing, public affairs, or another related field at a managerial level, or a combination of equivalent experience and training.

The position closes on December 18, 2019.  Apply now.

How To Apply

In addition to submitting your CV and cover letter, please 1) submit three writing samples, preferably of different types of communications collateral, and 2) answer the three questions below. While there is no strict word limit, we recommend responses be no longer than 300 words for each question. The writing samples can be of any length. They can be published articles, internal memos, communications plans, speeches, statements, etc. They can also be web links, video scripts, or a social media account you manage.

  • Tell us about a recent communications plan you developed and the process you used to prioritize goals, audiences, and messages.
  • What is one emerging digital innovation or trend that you are monitoring? How can public interest communicators advance their work using this emerging innovation or trend?
  • Share an example of a time when your communications work contributed to a positive social impact. What lessons did you learn that may be applicable in this new role?

New York City

Field Building Officer, Perspective Fund

The Organization

Perspective Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcomes such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply.

We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity and inclusion that we seek through our work to amplify in the larger world. We hire, promote and retain interns based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Foundation’s service needs and business requirements.

All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

Position Overview

Perspective Fund, an impact focused non-fiction storytelling fund based in New York, is looking for a full-time staff member to lead the charge in supporting, growing and improving the media impact field through funding, convenings, and collaborating with relevant stakeholders (peer funders, filmmakers, nonprofits, etc.). Additionally, the Perspective Fund team is interested in exploring ways in which the non-fiction media field can develop new tools and methods to maximize impact.

The Perspective Fund Field Building Officer (FBO) will report to and work under the direction of Perspective’s Director, and work in close collaboration with the rest of the team, which currently includes a Film Impact Officer.


Achieve the maximum possible impact on the world by reaching key audiences and influencing the thinking and actions of that audience.

To ensure that impact strategy and implementation in the non-fiction media space is a viable and competitive career path that’s appealing for talented, ambitious people.


Bring a visionary approach to partnering with grantees, and the industry more broadly, to cultivate and increase the use of innovative approaches to maximize impact.


Key Responsibilities

High Priorities

●        Increase Perspective Fund’s ability to measure and analyze the “success” of media impact campaigns (in partnership with Metrics-focused consultants) and create an internal standard for how we define impact.

●        Find and leverage new tools and distribution platforms to improve influence and engagement.

●        Actively seek out expertise and test approaches from other fields to improve messaging, influence, mapping, distribution, etc.

●        Lead the charge in growing the non-fiction media impact field and cultivating a more unified impact movement (by funding, convening and evangelizing).

●        Collaborate with organizations and filmmakers to experiment and test innovative models & ideas.

Medium-term Priorities

●        Support sustainable career opportunities and roles within the media impact space.

●        Connect civil society with the media impact space to work collaboratively on large scale systemic problems, bridging the gap between outreach and movement building.

●        Spearhead innovative models and structures which can be replicated, scaled and learned from by the field. Seeding innovative organizations and for-profit models through program-related investments and recoverable grants.

●        Discover the “secret sauce” for navigating outreach in the age of streaming platforms.

●        Increase Perspective’s internal capacity to add value and advise on outreach strategy and impact infrastructure.

Long-term Priorities

●        Build and strengthen network of grantees to address the field’s challenges (see below) at various levels.

●        Create an open channel of communication with grantees and partners to share learnings and  rapidly elevate successful models and/or iterate promising experiments.

●        Further develop the sophistication and effectiveness of outreach campaign strategies  and execution.

●        Normalize impact funding into production budgets/costs/fundraising so a portion of outreach costs are realized by everyone (investors, distributors, production specific donors), instead of a few philanthropic players baring the bulk of the financial responsibility.

●        Expand our understanding and support for other forms of media beyond feature non-fiction.

Challenges of the field

●        Redundancy in impact efforts and development.

●        Vacuum of funding in the media impact space.

●        Aversion to testable models as well as metrics/quantitative based approaches.

●        Lack of alignment between film investors’, distributors’, filmmakers’, and grantmakers’ interests.

●        Impact Producers and experts leaving the space because of a lack of career stability.

●        Reliance on old models and complacency (while acknowledging there is value and existing low hanging fruit with existing models). Non-fiction media impact is lagging behind efforts to use misinformation and modern tools to influence public opinion.

●        Lack of resources and access to leverage sophisticated tools/methods.

●        Grantmakers’ and funders’ aversion to higher-risk innovation and experimentation.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements


●        7+ years of experience in the social justice media impact field, documentary film space and/or the media field in general.

●        Professional experience in impact/outreach campaigns utilizing media for social change.  This could be as a film producer, proposal evaluator, or strategist.

●        Extensive network and connections in the media impact, documentary, and human rights fields.

●        Proven track record of strategizing and delivering major media impact and field strengthening initiatives, helping organizations adapt to rapidly evolving field.

●        Eagerness to expand media impact expertise by learning from other fields to improve messaging, influence, mapping, distribution, etc.

●        Strong understanding of all phases of media production, finance, evaluation, distribution and impact, and provision of strategic support.

●        Familiarity with and commitment to human rights and social justice issues.

●        Excellent English-language writing and editing skills, as well as research, analytical and organizational abilities.

●        Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle – and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

●        Knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft Office; experience with Airtable a plus.

●        Comfort with financial information, budgets and databases.

●        Ability to remain flexible, work independently and in a team, and manage one’s own time.

●        Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.

●        Willingness to learn, be open to new ideas, and have fun.

●        Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle – and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

●        Knowledge of emerging digital and multi-platform storytelling practices globally.

●        Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.

●        Proficient in a second language a plus.



Salary range: $100,000 – $110,000 based on experience. We offer a very generous benefits package including payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners and qualified family members). Wellspring also offers other benefits including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment OR college savings assistance for dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The team member may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

How To Apply

How To Apply

For employment consideration, please submit application to . Subject Line: “[Your name]— “Field Building Officer.”

All applications must include:

1.       a resumé;

2.       a cover letter outlining relevant and applicable experience and salary requirements (MUST specify actual amount and range); and

3.       one writing sample that shows your relevant experience in media impact film (in PDF format).

Only applications that include these materials will be reviewed and considered.

No phone calls please.

NOTE: At this time, our preference is that applicants have work authorization to work in the United States. If you need sponsorship for a US work visa, please let us know in your cover letter.

 The application deadline is December 5, 2019.

Philadelphia, PA

Education Program Officer, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

The Organization

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is an independent nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  We put the humanities in action to create positive change. We are passionate advocates, innovative program designers and strategic grantmakers. We lead a movement to champion and redefine the role the humanities play in our lives. We use the humanities to generate avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adults to strengthen skills for school, work and everyday.

Learn more at

Position Overview

The Education Program Officer will develop, manage, and produce content for a portfolio of core programs that apply the tools of the humanities to affect change. Reporting to the Senior Director of Content and Engagement, you will expand our model education and youth development initiatives and produce new lines of programming to expand our statewide engagement, visibility, and resources.


The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is an independent nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  We put the humanities in action to create positive change. We are passionate advocates, innovative program designers and strategic grantmakers. We lead a movement to champion and redefine the role the humanities play in our lives. We use the humanities to generate avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adults to strengthen skills for school, work and everyday.

Learn more at


The Education Program Officer will develop, manage, and produce content for a portfolio of core programs that apply the tools of the humanities to affect change. Reporting to the Senior Director of Content and Engagement, you will expand our model education and youth development initiatives and produce new lines of programming to expand our statewide engagement, visibility, and resources.


● Expand and deepen PHC’s Teen Reading Lounge program

● Produce new lines of high visibility programming

● Develop a statewide community of practice

● Manage day-to-day program initiatives

● Lead humanities-based trainings for librarians and other youth development professionals statewide

● Develop and coordinate participatory evaluation and research activities

● Manage outside consultants and talent, including educational professionals, trainers, artists, speakers, and research evaluators

● Provide coaching, guidance, and support to partners and program personnel

● Oversee and manage program budgets

● Report and develop presentations and publications materials to staff, board, and stakeholders

● In collaboration with Senior Director and communications staff, contribute to creating strategic marketing materials and a sustained outreach plan

● In collaboration with Senior Director of Development, cultivate key partners and identify potential partners to increase resources and visibility

● Support PHC advocacy initiatives


• Bachelor’s Degree in a humanities, education, or closely related field

• Minimum 5 years professional experience in nonprofit, philanthropic, or youth-centered organizations

• Strong background in youth development, especially in urban and/or rural communities

• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work sensitively within diverse communities

• Past experience producing events, workshops, or special projects that have a regional or statewide reach

• Familiarity with building communities for networking, learning, and/or advocacy

• Interest in evaluation and/or research for learning and advocacy

• Strong project management skills and ability to juggle multiple assignments

• Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and regularly outside the region occasionally

How To Apply

Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position addressed to

Seattle, WA

Chief Executive Officer, ArtsFund

The Organization

ArtsFund, celebrating 50 years of service, envisions a flourishing community with a dynamic and world-class arts and cultural sector where the arts are accessible to all and valued as critical to a healthy society. To that end, ArtsFund serves a growing network of cultural partners — large and small, established and emerging, and in performing, visual, literary, and multidisciplinary arts. Last year these groups produced over 10,000 exhibits/performances, provided 1.7 million free or discounted tickets, and enabled 833,000 students to access arts programming. The organization also serves as a major convener, advocate and leading ambassador to the community on behalf of the arts.

Position Overview

ArtsFund seeks a new Chief Executive Officer who is passionate about the importance of the arts in civic life, provides thoughtful strategic and operational leadership, and who brings significant, hands-on fundraising capabilities, and management experience to the position.

How To Apply

ArtsFund has exclusively retained The 360 Group of San Francisco to assist with this search. Please visit to review the complete position description, which includes detailed application instructions. No calls, please. Earlier applicants may receive priority consideration. To be considered, The 360 Group encourages all interested candidates to submit their applications promptly.

Troy, MI

Managing Director, Health, The Kresge Foundation

The Organization

The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by leveraging a full array of grant, loan and other investment tools to scale innovative, collaborative, cross-sector and multidisciplinary approaches to foster economic and social change. Kresge does this through Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Detroit and Human Services programs, in partnership with the American Cities Practice and Social Investment Practice, while working collectively to expand opportunities for people with low incomes in America’s cities.

Position Overview

Building on a strong track record of innovation in health, the Foundation now seeks nominations and applications for a Managing Director to provide vision and leadership to its Health Program.

The Health Program works across sectors to influence institutions, advance policies and practice, elevate community priorities, and develop leaders with the ability to transform systems – all with an eye to achieving health equity for people with low incomes in America’s cities. It partners with communities to address upstream factors of health such as safe and stable housing, fresh food, clean air, and community centered health care. Heading into the fourth quarter of 2019, the Health Program provided more than $16.4 million in grants to 46 organizations with a focus integrating of health and human services, institutional investments in community health, and community-driven solutions to improve well-being.

The new Managing Director will lead a strategically aligned, cross-programmatic vision and strategy for grantmaking and social investing for the Health Program; collaborate with other program areas to identify and leverage collaborative grantmaking opportunities that address complex multi-dimensional challenges facing communities; manage and support the development of the Health Program team; and represent Kresge and cultivate relationships with external partners, grantees, and other foundations.

Ideal candidates will possess a deep and demonstrated commitment to building equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for all people to flourish and achieve health and well-being. He/she/they will have a sophisticated understanding of the role that philanthropy can play in supporting and advancing health through community partnerships and systems change to address inequities and familiarity with the unique landscape and diversity of cities and the factors that impact health. Additionally, he/she/they will be a seasoned leader with at least 10 years of experience leading programs or initiatives in a field relevant to philanthropy, community development, public and population health, health equity, health systems, or a related field. The Managing Director will be an experienced team leader and manager with the ability to move and manage people toward a shared vision, and proven ability to establish communication and management structures that support team effectiveness. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s or terminal degree in a related field is preferred. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a highly regarded portfolio in a creative and innovative environment with the goal of improving health in America’s cities.

How To Apply

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with Katherine Jacobs, Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG. For more information and to apply:

Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: We encourage applications to be submitted by January 6, 2019.

Washington, DC

President and Chief Executive Officer, PEAK Grantmaking

The Organization

PEAK Grantmaking advances the field of grantmaking so that grantmakers and grantseekers can best achieve their missions. As the professional home for seasoned and emerging grants management leaders, PEAK creates space for members to learn from each other and bring innovation to their home institutions. As an organization with members working at the nexus of craft and impact in an evolving philanthropic sector, PEAK Grantmaking is leading a conversation about values-based grantmaking. With a network of nearly 4,400 individual members and 372 organizational members, and supported by a talented staff of twelve, PEAK has reached a pivotal time of growth and organizational transformation.

Position Overview

PEAK Grantmaking advances the field of grantmaking so that grantmakers and grantseekers can best achieve their missions. As the professional home for seasoned and emerging grants management leaders, PEAK creates space for members to learn from each other and bring innovation to their home institutions. As an organization with members working at the nexus of craft and impact in an evolving philanthropic sector, PEAK Grantmaking is leading a conversation about values-based grantmaking. With a network of nearly 4,400 individual members and 372 organizational members, and supported by a talented staff of twelve, PEAK has reached a pivotal time of growth and organizational transformation. PEAK now seeks its next President & CEO to carry forward a vision and strategy that elevates the profession and field of grants management as key contributors to philanthropic strategy and effectiveness.

The President & CEO will work closely with the Board and staff to articulate and implement a vision for the future of PEAK, ensuring a values-driven approach in which equity, diversity, inclusion, awareness of power dynamics in the craft of philanthropy, and a commitment to learning, sharing, and evolving are integrated and operationalized in the organizational strategy. He/she/they will engage PEAK membership and build the organizational value proposition, while also cultivating strong partnerships with the field of philanthropy serving organizations and the broader philanthropic sector.

The President & CEO will be a seasoned leader with deep commitment to the field of philanthropy and a sophisticated understanding of the role that grants management plays in supporting the broader field of philanthropy in stewarding resources effectively and achieving impact. He/she/they will have demonstrated experience building community or creating a dynamic space that invites others in for learning and collaboration; ability to elevate areas of collective interest and champion compelling ideas to meaningful action. He/she/they will be a supportive team leader and manager with the skills to guide the organization through this transformative change.

How To Apply

For more information:

PEAK Grantmaking is partnering with Katherine Jacobs, Linh Nguyen, and Cara Pearsall of NPAG. To apply, send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to

Washington, DC

Vice President, Operations, Grantmakers for Effective Organization

The Organization

About GEO

The GEO community makes the difference between grantmaking as usual and transformational change. We’re more than 6,600 grantmakers working together to turn a hunger for more effective philanthropy into clear pathways for achieving it. We’re cutting through the noise to lift up the practices that matter most to nonprofits and communities.

The GEO community gives grantmakers the opportunity to work with others navigating the same journey to improve. With conferences focused on solving of-the-moment challenges, regular opportunities for peer learning, and publications that lift up best practice and examples from peers, GEO speeds grantmakers’ progress on the road to effectiveness. Four out of five GEO members outpace the field in adopting smarter grantmaking practices. To learn more about how GEO is making faster progress possible, visit

Position Overview

The vice president of operations (VP) is a member of GEO’s senior leadership team, and leads the operations team. The VP stewards the overall organizational strategy for operations, administration, information technology, finance, accounting and human resources/talent. The VP monitors GEO’s financial situation and supports the senior team, board of directors and other stakeholders with assessing GEO’s financial performance. This position reports to the CEO and has two direct reports, the director of operations and the director of people and culture. The VP has strong management skills and deep knowledge of nonprofit finance, accounting, human resources, technology and administration needs and the ability to contribute to cross-team alignment, collaboration and information-sharing.  This job includes between 5-10% travel.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: GEO VP, Operations. GEO will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We will give preference to applications received by January 6, 2020. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:

·         Why are you a good fit for this position

·         Why operations is a vital muscle in supporting the organization’s mission and goals

·         Your experience integrating a racial equity lens into developing and implementing policies and procedures

·         What appeals to you about working at GEO?

Washington, DC

Vice President, External Affairs, Grantmakers for Effective Organization

The Organization

About GEO

The GEO community makes the difference between grantmaking as usual and transformational change. We’re more than 6,600 grantmakers working together to turn a hunger for more effective philanthropy into clear pathways for achieving it. We’re cutting through the noise to lift up the practices that matter most to nonprofits and communities.

The GEO community gives grantmakers the opportunity to work with others navigating the same journey to improve. With conferences focused on solving of-the-moment challenges, regular opportunities for peer learning, and publications that lift up best practice and examples from peers, GEO speeds grantmakers’ progress on the road to effectiveness. Four out of five GEO members outpace the field in adopting smarter grantmaking practices. To learn more about how GEO is making faster progress possible, visit

Position Overview

The vice president of external affairs (VP) is a member of GEO’s senior leadership team, and leads the revenue and communications teams. The VP holds the strategic vision for fundraising, membership and communications and how they all work together to advance GEO’s mission with an eye towards expanding the collaboration that has been established between membership and development. This position reports to the CEO and has two direct reports, the directors of membership & development and communications. The VP has strong management, organizational and interpersonal skills. The VP has significant experience in revenue development and strategic communications and the ability to contribute to cross-team alignment, collaboration and information-sharing. This job includes between 30-40% travel.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: GEO VP External Affairs. GEO will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We will give preference to applications received by January 6, 2020.  We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:

·         Why are you a good fit for this position

·         Tell us about your experience in building relationships that support membership and revenue growth

·         Describe your approach for developing and implementing a communication strategy that supports an organization during a transformational change

·         What appeals to you about working at GEO?

Washington, DC


The Organization

People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.

Position Overview

The Director of Membership & Midlevel Giving leads People For the American Way’s vibrant and growing direct marketing membership program to recruit, renew, and upgrade annual donors through multi-channel fundraising efforts. They will also work closely with the membership and major gifts teams to develop and implement a dedicated strategy for cultivating and stewarding our mid-level donor tier ($500-$5,000). The Director of Membership & Midlevel Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with both major gifts and planned giving staff.  This position is located in Washington, D.C.

Key Responsibilities:

·         Lead development of direct mail and telemarketing messaging and strategy for a membership base of over 100,000 active donors

·         Develop and execute annual fundraising plan to recruit, renew, and upgrade donors through offline direct response channels

·         Serve as liaison with external vendors and consultants to develop strategy and manage campaigns

·         Develop and implement multi-channel direct-response marketing strategies to recruit and engage mid-level donors to maximize revenue, including a high-touch direct mail program for mid-level and major donors

·         Develop comprehensive reporting  and strategic campaign analysis

·         Oversee the sustaining member program, using best practices to retain and upgrade sustaining donors and grow the program

·         Manage a portfolio of approximately 300 mid-level donors and builds relationships via phone calls, personalized email communications, ongoing written contact, and small events

·         Manage robust system to ensure that all donors are thanked in a timely and appropriate manner

·         Communicate regularly with program staff to maintain awareness of People For programs and activities in order to effectively market our work to donors

·         Ongoing professional development to stay abreast of emerging trends and technology in direct response and cross-channel marketing

·         Other duties as assigned


·         Bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years fundraising experience (or equivalent combination of education/experience); including specific experience with direct-response membership programs

·         Exceptional  verbal and written communications skills including experience in reviewing direct mail appeals, acknowledgment letters, emails, and other similar correspondence; experience with proofreading

·         Ability to manage multi-million dollar budgets, complex mail plans, and data analysis projects

·         Strong computer skills, including Word and Excel and CRM/fundraising databases

·         Outgoing personality with ability to enjoy direct communication with donors and prospects and the ability to collaborate with other staff and external vendors

·         Ability to handle simultaneous projects and manage competing deadlines

  • Discretion and mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information

·         Demonstrated commitment to  People For’s core mission

How To Apply

Please send resume to Please no phone calls.

Washington, DC

Donor and Stewardship Events Coordinator, People For The American Way

The Organization

People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.

Position Overview

The Donor Stewardship and Events Coordinator works to create a seamless donor experience across all People For the American Way fundraising programs. The Coordinator reports to the Chief Development Officer and will draft donor correspondence including case statements, fundraising appeals, acknowledgement letters; oversee donor experience activities such as inbound customer service; work with gift officers to plan local events in conjunction with their donor travel; and work with the major gifts team and the president’s office to coordinate other cultivation and fundraising events throughout the year.



Key Responsibilities:

·         Create and edit donor collateral materials

·         Collaborate with development staff across all programs (membership, midlevel giving, major gifts, planned giving) to ensure we are providing a consistent donor experience and communicating in a unified voice

·         Draft donor correspondence and collateral materials including case statements, fundraising appeals, acknowledgement letters, and impact reports

·         Work with membership director to maintain appropriate donor acknowledgment workflow, including drafting thank-you letters and phone call scripts with varying levels of personalization depending on donor tier, new donor welcome kits, and other materials as needed

·         Plan small donor stewardship events in coordination with gift officers’ donor visit travels

·         Work with membership team to develop written responses and scripts for inbound customer service inquiries

·         Work with gift officers to create personalized donor correspondence and take advantage of opportunities for touchpoints

·         Coordinate staff and volunteer “thank-a-thon” phonebanks

·         Work with major gifts team and president’s office to plan and execute other small and large-scale fundraising and cultivation events throughout the year

·         Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years fundraising experience (or equivalent combination of education/experience); including specific experience in donor relations, annual giving, and/or event planning
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills with ability to write inspiring content for a variety of audiences and channels
  • Strong computer skills, including Word and Excel and CRM/fundraising databases
  •   Outgoing personality with ability to enjoy direct communication with donors and prospects and the ability to collaborate with other staff and external vendors

    ·         Strong customer service and donor experience orientation

    ·         Ability to handle simultaneous projects and manage competing deadlines

    ·         Discretion and mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information

    ·         Demonstrated commitment to People For’s core mission



How To Apply

Send resume to Please no phone calls.

Winston-Salem, NC

Philanthropic Services Manager, The Winston-Salem Foundation

The Organization

The Winston-Salem Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation, comprised of over 1,500 funds, that assists people and organizations with their charitable giving, provides financial aid to college students, and makes Community Grants to nonprofit organizations in Forsyth County. We are the oldest foundation in North Carolina, and we are one of the oldest community foundations in the country.

Our vision:
A generous and trusting community where everyone is thriving.

Our mission:
We inspire giving and link resources to action, strengthening Forsyth County—now and forever.

Our values:

  • Inclusion – we practice and champion inclusion, honoring the strengths and experiences of all in our community.
  • Accountability – we honor the intentions of our donors and partners and hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, service and stewardship.
  • Continuous Learning – we are committed to learning and evolving with our community and our partners.

Position Overview

The Philanthropic Services Manager will enhance the Foundation’s ability to serve our donors, maintain accurate and useful data, improve our ability to use data in decision-making, and actively support development staff in efforts to build relationships, administer the charitable funds entrusted to us, and raise additional funds.

How To Apply

Please apply online by 5:00 p.m. December 11 at