Hartford, CT

President, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy


The Connecticut Council of Philanthropy (CCP) is seeking a President with a vision for advancing philanthropic leadership and impact for the members and communities served throughout the State of Connecticut.

CCP is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. CCP has expanded over the past two decades from a Hartford-centered organization to a statewide membership organization composed of over 110 philanthropic organizations representing more than $6 billion in assets and $700 million in annual grantmaking. CCP members are foundations (private, corporate, community), business and corporate giving programs, community-convener/funder/catalyst organizations, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, individual philanthropists, and those serving the philanthropic sector. Learn more about the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy at: https://www.ctphilanthropy.org/


Three years ago CCP began the process of transforming the organization from a ‘membership organization’ to a ‘leadership organization’. Significant progress has been achieved in this transformation and CCP now seeks a new leader who can build on the momentum by continuing to fully implement CCP’s strategic plan and solidify the organizational infrastructure necessary to achieve the following goals:

  • To be a leader and catalyst for philanthropic action in response to community issues;
  • To facilitate the regular exchange of ideas, experiences, information, and expertise among Connecticut grantmakers;
  • To be a reliable source of knowledge and education about philanthropy for Connecticut’s grantmakers; national, state, and local leaders; and the general public;
  • To increase public understanding of the value and impact of philanthropy.


The next President will have experience with creating strategic partnerships, leveraging existing relationships and networks, and building consensus, while being mindful of regional and national trends. The new leader will help CCP and its members assess and shape CCP’s role going forward with advocacy and public policy. The President will be a systems thinker and understand the big picture, and philanthropy’s role in promoting social good and social change.

CCP seeks candidates for the President’s role with the following experiences and abilities:

  • Senior leadership and strategic thinking
  • Experience in philanthropy/grantmaking
  • Membership services and programs
  • Development and fundraising
  • Operational management and staff development
  • Collaborations and alliances
  • Strategic communications and evaluation
  • Accomplished public speaker
  • Financial management and planning

This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates..

How To Apply

This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Michael Negrón. The full position profile and application information, including contact information for interested candidates, may be found at: http://tsne.org/president-connecticut-council-philanthropy


Lynwood (Los Angeles), CA

Executive Director, Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation

The Organization

The Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation (LPEF) is seeking its first Executive Director. The Foundation was established in 2015 to provide the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD) with state-of-the-art fundraising programs and services based on a college/university model of institutional advancement. LUSD is K-12 public school district located in southeast Los Angeles that provides education and enrichment programs for nearly 15,000 students at 19 schools—including 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, and one adult school—with an annual budget of almost $175 million. The creation of the Foundation is part of a five-year turnaround effort that began in 2011 led by an outstanding new Superintendent and his leadership team. Today, LUSD is one of the most improved K-12 unified school districts of its size in Los Angeles County and the State of California, despite serving one of the lowest socioeconomic communities in the state.

This is a unique and distinctive professional opportunity for an outstanding individual to co-create and shape a new education philanthropy.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Foundation including strategy and planning, as well as identifying, pursuing, and renewing all forms of financial, in-kind, and other support. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, reports to the Superintendent, and is a member Superintendent’s cabinet, the District’s senior leadership team. The Executive Director works closely with Foundation board members, businesses and corporations, elected and civic leaders, donors, parents, alumni, school district personnel, and school board Trustees.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of fundraising and/or nonprofit management experience and share a commitment to strengthening public schools, advancing educational and social equity, and expanding opportunities for youth. This high profile position requires the ability to work with multiple, diverse constituencies in order to build consensus and cultivate goodwill for the District. The successful applicant will be an innovative and creative thinker, a self-starter, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s is preferred.

Position Overview


  • Establishes and cultivates relationships with existing and prospective financial and in-kind supporters, including foundations, individuals and families, large corporations and small businesses, government agencies, and community leaders
  • Educates and engages the board of directors, individually and collectively, in the governance of the Foundation and resource development
  • Builds and maintains strong, working relationships with the District and the City of Lynwood
  • Develops a sound knowledge and understanding of K-12 and adult education, the District, and its programs, operations, strategies, and priorities
  • Develops annual work plans and budgets
  • Manages Foundation staff and volunteers
  • Drives external communication of the Foundation’s goals and accomplishments


A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s is preferred. The successful applicant will have at least five years of fundraising and/or nonprofit management experience.


  • Working in the nonprofit, corporate, or government sector with multiple and diverse constituencies
  • Working with a mission-driven organization in a leadership capacity
  • Reporting to and/or working closely with a volunteer board of directors with a sound understanding of, and an appreciation for, the role of a board
  • Developing a strategic plan, setting long-term goals, and managing annual work plans
  • Leveraging the efforts of volunteers on behalf of a mission
  • Demonstrating organizational return on investment through the use of analytical tools and methods


The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following key competencies in prior roles and be able to provide tangible examples of past achievements:

Resource DevelopmentExpanding revenues by identifying and capturing new sources of support, while continuing to nurture the engagement and participation of longstanding funders;

Organizational LeadershipCreating and executing strategic plans, setting clear milestones and performance expectations, and making adjustments to respond to internal and external changes. Serving as a spokesperson, communicating an organization’s vision and achievements to multiple constituencies;

Management & TeamworkThe ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team to ensure tasks are completed on time and on budget;

CollaborationBuilding credibility in the community as an effective partner who maintains and enhances productive relationships with multiple and diverse constituencies;


  • Integrity is present in all actions and interactions
  • Passion, idealism, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Commitment to the goals and objectives of the Foundation and to the belief that the Foundation can make a powerful and positive impact on the community
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Leads by influence and example rather than authority
  • Comfortable engaging a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Project management skills


Total compensation for this position is $90,000 to $125,000 commensurate with education and experience..


How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: lpef@heathcliffandcompany.com

To learn more about the Foundation and the District, please visit:

San Francisco, CA; New York, NY

Head of Strategic Grantmaking and Movement Building, Global Fund for Women

The Organization
Global Fund for Women’s vision is a world where every woman and girl is strong safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions. We are a global champion for the rights of women and girls.

Position Overview
Global Fund for Women seeks a dynamic and effective leader to help build and shape a key facet of its programmatic work. The Head of Strategic Grantmaking & Movement Building leads a grantmaking and movement building group, reporting to the Vice President of Programs & Integration. The position also has responsibility for managing a portfolio of initiatives and projects and for collaborating in fundraising efforts.

The position is located within Programs team, which unifies strategic grantmaking, movement-building, awareness-raising and campaigning activities to get money and attention where they will make the biggest difference in the fight for gender equality.

This role requires demonstrated team leadership and people management skills, substantial grantmaking experience, practical expertise in movement-building and credibility within the women’s human rights field. The successful candidate will be skilled at maintaining trust and building strategic partnerships, and will have solid skills in programmatic design.

This position is based in our San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY, USA office. Eligible candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and provide verification to that effect.


Strategic Grantmaking & Movement Building Management (40%)
In collaboration with, and regularly reporting to, the VP, Programs & Integration, lead, manage and optimize the organization’s strategic grantmaking and movement-building activities:
• Contribute to overall Programs strategy and plan
• Ensure alignment of grantmaking and movement building with Programs, thematic strategies, and with budgets
• Manage a group of six to eight staff, providing clear direction, feedback and coaching in alignment with Global Fund for Women human resources and performance management practices
• Manage a group of six to eight staff, providing clear direction, feedback and coaching in alignment with Global Fund for Women human resources and performance management practices
• Lead the development, strategy and management of Global Fund for Women’s advisory network
• Oversee Global Fund for Women strategic engagement at key women’s movements events and with priority peer and movements partners
• Act as a speaker, contributor or participant at strategically-identified movements and sector conferences and events
• Contribute to social media, author blogs or op-eds, and participate in media interviews

Initiatives and Grants Portfolio (30%)
• Manage and lead a portfolio of key Initiatives in line with organizational priorities and funding:
 review profiles, grant proposals and reports, assess and select grantees, carry out check-in calls, undertake partner and grantee visits and interact with strategic partners
• Oversee and manage the organization’s crisis grant-making liaising with VP of Programs & Integration on crisis issues and on crisis response activation

Fundraising Alignment & Support (30%)
• Support Development efforts, ensuring that the team provides relevant, accurate and timely information, reports and analysis for Development
• With VP of Programs & Integration, ensure the development of compelling themes, ideas and proposals to motivate donors, aligned with programmatic priorities and strategies.
• Attend and present at key donor meetings as requested
• Oversee and contribute to report generation and communication/ follow up to donors, especially for restricted funding projects

• Excellent team leadership/ supervision skills, including the ability to manage teams through significant periods of change.
• Resilience and optimism.
• Highly collaborative working style
• Recognized acumen as a grantmaker and grantmaking strategist working on global issues
• Basic knowledge of all (and in-depth knowledge of several) of:
a) Global Fund for Women primary issues: Freedom from Violence; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; and Economic and Political Empowerment
b) Global Fund for Women operating regions: Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa.
• Solid understanding of movement building strategies and approaches
• Readiness to work in a team setting that integrates grantmaking and advocacy
• Commitment to implementing a global, thematically-based strategy
• Excellent written and verbal communications and influencing skills
• Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
• Ability to function with credibility at a senior level within women’s movements’ spaces globally, inclusive of an understanding of power dynamics between the Global North and South as they relate to women’s movements-building and philanthropy
• Highly competent in ICT and information management
• Proven ability to manage external consultants, advisors and contractors
• Spoken and written fluency in English, and at least one other of French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic
• Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required
• Established credibility and connections in the women’s rights arena globally

Strongly Preferred:
• Established public visibility credentials, media relations and spokesperson experience
• Knowledge and connections in the international funder landscapes for women’s rights

• Seven years’ grantmaking and programs design experience, ideally in a social change or rights-based setting
• Proven track-record in programmatic design and implementation
• Track-record as an exemplary collaborator
• Proven fundraising experience, including proven experience building successful collaboratives and alliances
• Degree in a related field

How To Apply
This position will be based in our San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY, USA office. Eligible candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and provide written verification to that effect. Applications and all supporting documents will be received until position is filled. All pages of the application should be typed and include the following:

• Resume, including your contact information
• Cover letter, including explanation of your suitability for the role as well as salary requirements and availability

To submit your application materials, please visit our website: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/careers/

Philadelphia, PA

Leadership and Planned Gift Officer, Northeast, American Friends Service Committee

The Organization

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker Organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Position Overview

The Leadership and Planned Gift Officer focuses on the cultivation and solicitation of individuals who have the greatest potential for supporting AFSC’s programs. The Leadership and Planned Gift Officer relates to donors who require the most deftly carried out cultivation leading to solicitation of major outright and planned gifts, including gift annuities and bequest intentions. He/she must coordinate the involvement of other development staff, program staff, and volunteers in the identification / cultivation / solicitation / stewardship process so that priorities are kept in view, deadlines are met, and duplication of effort or action at cross purposes is avoided.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Leadership and Planned Gift Officer include the following:

  1. Raise funds for all work of the AFSC through carefully planned cultivation and solicitation of individuals who have the means to make very large outright, blended or planned gifts.
  2. Qualify donors’ / prospects’ capacity to make major/planned gifts utilizing prospect research and through discussions with donors, staff and committee members. If an individual does not have the capacity and inclination to give a major / planned gift to AFSC, assign them appropriately.
  3. Increase current donors’ or potential donors’ interest in and financial commitment to AFSC through visits, calls, letters, and donor engagement activities. Interpret the work of the AFSC in articulate, compelling and creative ways. The Leadership and Planned Gift Officer is expected to make 125 visits per year.
  4. Participate in monthly pipeline meetings and regular donor strategy sessions.
  5. Develop effective cultivation plans and introduce compelling gift options, taking into account the complex financial situations and organizational relationships of many of AFSC’s most sophisticated donors/prospects.
  6. Involve program and senior administrative staff, committee members, and board members in the cultivation and solicitation of major / planned gift prospects when appropriate. Provide coaching and support as needed.
  7. Reviewing donors’ complex financial situations, develop the most appropriate outright, planned, and blended gift options. Work with the Director of Planned Giving as necessary.
  8. Personally acknowledge gifts from assigned donors and coordinate additional acknowledgments.
  9. Maintain donor records in Raiser’s Edge, including gift proposals, notes on cultivation and solicitation activity, and donor’s personal information of relevance to AFSC.
  10. Keep informed and up to date about the program work of the AFSC through contacts with program staff, attendance at events, site visits, and reading materials.
  11. Consult as necessary with fundraising colleagues, participate in conference calls, and attend periodic national gatherings of all AFSC fundraisers.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or training.


  1. Five or more years of direct fundraising experience is required, including three or more years’ experience in major / planned gift fundraising with individual donors.
  2. Experience with capital campaigns preferred. Knowledge of AFSC or a social change organization is desirable.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate professionally and persuasively both orally and in writing. Ease in initiating contact with persons not known, in person and by phone / email. Demonstrated ability to interpret effectively the programs and goals of an organization to a wide range of persons of different backgrounds. Convey credibility and expertise in advising donors on confidential and sometimes complex philanthropic planning matters.
  2. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
  3. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
  4. Willingness and ability to travel 50% or more of each month over a wide geographic area and to work some evenings and weekends. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  5. Experience that demonstrates ability to organize time well, to give attention to detail, and to carry out careful planning and follow-up. Presentation of ability to use imagination and innovation within financial, physical, time or other limitations.
  6. Ability to sustain workloads over extended periods during emergencies, special campaigns, holiday seasons and other situations.
  7. Ability to work both independently and in a multi-layered team environment, establish objectives, determine priorities, meet performance standards, and establish a successful team approach to achieve fundraising goals.
  8. Ability to exercise judgment consistent with and supportive of AFSC goals as well as demonstrated initiative, perseverance and ability to cope with pressure.
  9. Ability to work cooperatively with committees and staff, in an organization that is characterized by a high level of consultation.
  10. Computer and Internet literacy required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, and with Raiser’s Edge, PG Calc, or other fundraising software desirable.

Compensation: Salary Range 17 – Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This is a Bargaining Unit II position.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

How To Apply
To apply, please visit https://www.afsc.org/jobs and complete the online application.

Washington, D.C. or Remote

Senior Advisor, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

The Organization
GEO is a diverse community of more than 500 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. We are committed to advancing smarter grantmaking practices that enable nonprofits to grow stronger and more effective at achieving better results. The GEO community provides grantmakers with the resources and connections to build knowledge and improve practice in areas that are proven to be most critical to nonprofit success. GEO does this by developing conferences and peer learning programs, producing original research for publications and other resources, and providing networking tools to connect members with like-minded peers. For more information visit www.geofunders.org.

Position Overview
The senior advisor is a new position that will have the opportunity to shape and lead GEO’s work focused on racial equity, diversity and inclusion both internally and externally. We envision this as a part-time position (20 hours a week) for someone with experience in the organizational development and racial equity space, who is interested in influencing philanthropy to achieve better racial equity outcomes in their grantmaking. The senior advisor will represent the organization externally in field leadership roles, relationship building, writing blog posts/articles and facilitating speaking engagements. The senior advisor will also work with the staff at GEO to help hardwire racial equity, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of GEO’s work. They will also serve as a resource and coach to staff at all levels to help build knowledge and capacity around racial equity, diversity and inclusion. The senior advisor will serve as a member of GEO’s six-person senior leadership team and report to the President and CEO. GEO will provide some dedicated staff support to this position, to be determined in consultation with the final candidate. GEO is open to this person working remotely.

If you were working with us, here are some of the things you would have done last week:
• Facilitated a call with GEO members about incorporating a racial equity lens into their grantmaking.
• Met with a colleague organization to learn more about their work and potential partnership.
• Represented GEO at a colleague organization’s conference while meeting with GEO members in attendance.
• Had a meeting with a GEO project team to consider how they might include a racial equity lens in a workshop series they are developing for GEO members.
• Met one-on-one with the President to be critical thought partner in advancing the work of racial equity internally and externally.

How To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to hr@geofunders.org with the subject line: GEO Senior Advisor. We’ll give first priority to applications received by December 15, 2016 but the position will remain open until filled. In your cover letter, please address the following:
• Where did you see you the position posted?
• Why are you a good fit for this position?
• How have you led work focused on diversity, racial equity and/or inclusion to make organizational improvements?
• What appeals to you about working at GEO?

New York, NY

Director of Learning and Enrichment, The Wallace Foundation

The Organization

The Wallace Foundation – an independent, national, New York-based philanthropy with $1.4 billion in assets – traces its origins back more than half a century to DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. The Wallace Foundation seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone.

The Foundation has an unusual approach: in each of its program areas – Arts, Education Leadership, and Learning and Enrichment – the Foundation seeks to identify, and help answer, one or more significant questions whose answers are not known but which, if known, could help propel social progress more broadly. Accordingly, they work with a small number of grantees both to help them test new ideas and generate improvements for those they serve, and to generate evidence and insights that, when shared broadly, can improve policy and practice in an entire field.

This “Wallace Approach” is reflected in the way the Foundation develops its strategies and designs its initiatives. They begin by attempting to understand the context deeply in order to identify the right unanswered questions to address. They then simultaneously fund (a) programmatic work in the field by their grantees—including providing technical assistance and supporting peer learning communities—and (b) research that evaluates the process and results in order to generate improvements and insights that can benefit both the people served by their grantees and the field as a whole. The public reports emanating from this work support their strategy of catalyzing broad impact, acting as a source of credible, useful lessons to be disseminated to key audiences.

The Wallace Approach is carried out in an interdisciplinary team-based structure. The Foundation’s three disciplines are program, communications, and research and evaluation. In each discipline, Wallace seeks employees who are both highly skilled in their professions and able to work collaboratively across disciplines to capture the synergy of diverse experiences and ways of thinking. Wallace team members need to be able to work collaboratively, think analytically and communicate clearly. The Foundation values the flexibility to adapt to change, a desire to learn, and the ability to work productively both on one’s own and with colleagues inside and outside the foundation.

Position Overview

Learning and Enrichment at the Wallace Foundation

Learning and Enrichment currently has initiatives in afterschool systems building, summer learning, and expanded learning at various stage of maturity. Development is underway on a major new initiative to test whether and how urban schools and out-of-school-time (OST) programs could work together to support the social and emotional development of disadvantaged elementary school students. The initiative is projected to cost about $57 million over three years, and Wallace plans to work in up to six cities.

Participating school districts will join forces with an OST umbrella organization, or “intermediary,” to promote children’s social and emotional learning (SEL). In tandem with that system-level effort, each city will be home to three to five pairings of a school and OST provider, which will jointly design, test and refine approaches to supporting SEL during school and out-of-school hours. The team is beginning this work by asking district-OST intermediary partnerships in nine cities to spend eight months carefully planning this work. Based on their plans and what the Foundation learns during this period, Wallace plans to select up to six cities to implement the initiative over three years. Planning will begin by the end of 2016; implementation will begin about late summer in 2017.

The Wallace Foundation will commission researchers to conduct an evaluation focusing on the effects of SEL in schools and OST programs on children’s outcomes; changes in the social skills and emotional self-awareness of school and OST staff members, and how these changes affect the children they serve; how to carry out effective SEL in schools and OST programs; and how districts and intermediaries can use a “continuous improvement” approach to effectively implement SEL.

Over the course of the evaluation, the researchers will produce six to eight knowledge products – including two or three non-public grantee feedback reports; one or two high-visibility public reports on the operational lessons learned from the work at the system and site levels; a high-visibility final public report on the initiative; a guide to implementing SEL in school and OST settings; and, if needed, a special report on a topic not identified at the outset of the evaluation.

The Role

The Director of Learning and Enrichment leads the interdisciplinary team responsible for design, development, implementation and ongoing management of the Foundation’s current initiatives in after-school system building, summer learning, and expanded learning—and its planned initiative in social and emotional learning. The Director oversees the program staff in the Learning and Enrichment unit. The Director is a member of the Foundation’s senior management team, and as such, shares responsibility for contributing to strategic planning, policy and organizational development in the achievement of the Foundation’s mission.

This position reports directly to the President. The Director of Learning and Enrichment directly supervises five staff: a senior program officer, three program officers, and an administrative unit. The grants administration team provides support to the unit.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Lead an interdisciplinary team of program, communications, and research and evaluation professionals in the design, development and implementation of strategies and systems to support the Foundation’s initiatives in learning and enrichment. Foster and ensure integration of program, communications, and research and evaluation perspectives and ideas to achieve the Foundation’s overall goals to generate evidence and insights that, when shared broadly, can improve policy and practice in an entire field.
  • Actively engage in and contribute to the strategic thinking and planning for the Foundation’s overall approach to grantmaking and knowledge development as expressed in the Wallace Approach: understand the context; generate improvements and insights; and catalyze broad impact.
  • Develop and foster relationships with policy makers, practitioners, thought leaders and researchers to advance the thinking and dialogue in the fields in which Learning and Enrichment works as relevant to the goals of the Foundation’s initiatives. Represent the Foundation at professional conferences, convenings and events as requested by the Foundation.
  • Lead the review and analysis of proposals from potential grantees, the development of recommendations for funding, and the ongoing support and measurement of grantees’ progress against goals.
  • Working with the Director of Research and Evaluation and the Director of Communications, contribute to the development of appropriate knowledge development and dissemination strategies to further the Foundation’s overall initiative goals.
  • Prepare Board book materials and present to the Board of Directors on learning and enrichment strategies, grant proposals, program updates, new program development and initiatives. Contribute to the development of the annual State of the Foundation report.
  • Effectively manage Learning and Enrichment unit staff to meet team and Foundation goals, maximizing the value gained from the foundation’s interdisciplinary approach.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

    Candidate Profile

    The Wallace Foundation is seeking an exceptional leader skilled in managing within a consensus-oriented environment, and with experience working closely with expert staff, consultants and grantees to achieve ambitious goals. The successful candidate will bring demonstrated executive-level experience in strategic decision-making, leadership, project management, and the demonstrated capacity to innovate and solve complex problems

    The Director will demonstrate an inherent “partner-like” leadership style to be effective in an organization where the ability to add insights in a collective analysis is more influential than the exercise of positional power. He or she will demonstrate patience and persistence in leading teams through collaborative processes in which a wide range of voices and perspectives are included and encouraged.

    The successful candidate will exhibit self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and an understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication. He or she will demonstrate team leadership that encourages diverse voices and perspectives building to consensus.

    In terms of the professional competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

  • Contributing to Strategy: The successful candidate will have excellent analytical, conceptual thinking, and strategic planning skills. He or she will have a demonstrated record of developing and executing sophisticated strategy, and thinking creatively about the future possibilities in and across systems.
  • Team Leadership and Management: The Director will demonstrate an interest in and ability to effectively lead and collaborate in a consensus-driven, interdisciplinary team environment and have a breadth of experience with project management..
  • Communicating, Influencing, and Building Relationships: The successful candidate will possess excellent listening and communications skills – both written and oral – and an ability to collaborate both internally and externally to build relationships to accomplish objectives.
  • Field Knowledge: The ideal candidate will have 15 or more years of substantive experience in a leadership role in the field, particularly serving low-income communities, policy knowledge in community development, and experience in the public sector. Knowledge of policy and practice in the fields in which Learning and Enrichment works is a plus. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.

The Wallace Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace where differing perspectives are a source of strength

How To Apply


Katherine Armstrong
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Boston, MA 02110-2003
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Lucia Ferreira
Russell Reynolds Associates
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New York, NY 10166-0002
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Michael Singleton
Russell Reynolds Associates
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Tel: +1-202-654-7800


Troy, MI

Program Operations and Information Management Associate, The Kresge Foundation

The Organization

The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit’s largest private, national foundation, with more than $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America’s cities for low-income people. We do this through grant making and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit. The Detroit Program is one of the foundation’s signature efforts, reflecting our commitment to working in America’s most challenging and dynamic cities and our belief in strategic, interdisciplinary, collective, and innovative approaches to urban revitalization.

The foundation has a state-of-the-art campus located in Troy, which includes an 1850s farmhouse, a LEED-Platinum certified wing and a newly opened expansion that includes a cafeteria and convening center. It also has an office in Midtown Detroit.

The Kresge Foundation offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer-paid dental, vision, basic life insurance, short and long-term disability, generous paid time off, free breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and an attractive 401k plan with employer match and 10% employer contribution. We also provide robust employee learning and development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. We promote and support a healthy and green work environment and encourage intellectual curiosity where we embrace and live out our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership, and stewardship.

Position Overview

The Associate is a professional position within the Program Operations and Information Management Department (formerly Grants Management). The position works externally with grant applicants, grantees and program investees and internally with Program and Social Investments staff to review grant and program-related investments applications, ensuring compliance and sharing data to inform strategic decision making and support organizational learning.

This position serves as the Foundation’s liaison between grantees, program and finance staff, and is responsible for reviewing all components of grants and program-related investments in the Foundation’s grants management system.

Primary responsibilities of the Program Operations and Information Management Associate position include:

  • Provides systems and process training and operational support, as a partner to and member of the program and social investments teams. Advises program and social investments teams on basic issues of compliance.
  • Develop working knowledge of program portfolios over time, including program strategy, grantee/investee profiles and data trends.
  • Collects and shares grants and program-related investments data with teams to foster continuous learning and improvement.
  • Monitors and ensures that grants and program-related investments move expeditiously through the automated review process in the grants management system, focusing on high-quality, timely and consistent due diligence.
  • Supports foundation grantees and program investees in the navigation of foundation systems used for application, approval, reporting and the disbursement of funds. Works with grantee/investee organizations to ensure compliance with foundation reporting and other requirements.
  • Works with Program and Social Investment staff members to ensure required documentation is in the grants management system and closes out grants and program-related investments.
  • Coordinates with Managing Directors and Program Team Assistants to ensure proper communication and correspondence with applicants and grantees/ program investees.
  • Assumes responsibility for final production and accuracy of grant and program-related investment materials for Board book.
  • Conducts monthly audits to ensure accurate program coding, budget allocation and payments, reporting, compliance efforts and adherence to policies and requirements.
  • Builds strong relationships within and across teams.
  • Attends appropriate Program and Social Investments meetings and engages with the teams in a collaborative and constructive manner on an ongoing basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Strong commitment to the Foundation’s vision and values with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three years of work experience in an office environment, working independently and managing detailed information on specific deadlines and with others in teams required.
  • Excellent computer skills, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and intermediate to advanced knowledge of and experience with a grants management system preferred.
  • Proven process management, operation, organization, and time management skills; strict attention to detail.
  • Adept at prioritizing and handling multiple complex assignments, and setting and meeting deadlines with an orientation towards results and resolution.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions and under pressure from all levels of the organization are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and suggest new processes to improve internal and external customer responsiveness. Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Basic understanding of IRS and foundation-specific regulations, ability to read basic NPO financial reports, basic nonprofit law, basic concepts of program related investments, and basic concepts of financing, familiarity with the exercise of expenditure responsibility and foundation structure and history preferred.

How To Apply

For consideration please send cover letter and resume to careers@kresge.org by November 21, 2016. There are currently two open positions available.

The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.

Washington, DC

Deputy Chief Development Officer, National Academy of Sciences

The Organization
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research.

Position Overview

The National Academy of Sciences is seeking a visionary and innovative leader for the position of Deputy Chief Development Officer.

Although frequently assumed to be a government agency, the National Academy of Sciences is in fact a private, non-profit society of the nation’s most distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. The National Academy of Sciences charter commits the Academy to provide scientific advice to the government “whenever called upon” by any government department.

In keeping with its objectivity and independence from outside interests, the Academy receives no Congressional appropriation. Rather, government agencies contract with the National Academy of Sciences to undertake studies, and the contracts reimburse the Academy for its costs in conducting its advisory work. The National Academy of Sciences derives no net income from providing advice to the nation.

Today, the responsibilities assigned to NAS in 1863 are fulfilled by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and the National Research Council. Collectively, they comprise an institution that is often referred to as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine or more colloquially called the Academies.

The Academies’ projected 2016 revenue is $300 million, employs 1,100 staff members who work primarily at two facilities located in Washington DC. Other facilities are located in Irvine CA and Woods hole MA.

The Deputy CDO will help to envision, develop, and implement programs and infrastructure to sustain major gift and principal gift activities for the National Academies. He or she will manage the teams ultimately responsible for achieving annual fundraising goals at all levels and manage a small portfolio of their own prospects. The Deputy CDO will report and work closely with Michael Murphy, Chief Development Officer, to build an actively engaged volunteer base and expand the pipeline of future major donors and help transform the development office and forge a culture of philanthropy for science, engineering and medicine at the highest levels. The Deputy CDO will oversee Gift Planning, Annual Giving, Foundation and Corporate Relations, Events and Stewardship, Advancement Services, and Finance, Administration and Communication. This is a new leadership role in an expanding development office as the Academies prepares for a comprehensive campaign.

The Deputy CDO will work with the Chief Development Officer, the Executive Directors, Executive Officers, high-level volunteers, and colleagues (scientists, engineers, physicians and members of senior administration) to plan and deliver strategic philanthropic goals. The incumbent will be charged with building and implementing a more integrated and strategic fundraising approach to maximize private support across all program divisions of the National Academies.

The new Deputy CDO will possess exceptional leadership qualities such as an open, creative problem-solving approach, and a collaborative and collegial spirit. Someone who is a strategic thinker is essential. Critical, too, is leadership experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence. Leadership experience in a campaign setting is required, and experience in the design of such an effort is a distinct preference. He or she will also have a reputation as a person of high integrity and a person of trust. Candidates must have a deep understanding of science, engineering and medicine and the mission of the National Academies. Intellectual curiosity, diplomatic skills and the ability to work with some of the world’s leading scientific experts across multiple disciplines and domains is essential.

A full position description can be found here: www.wittkieffer.com.

How To Apply

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the National Academy of Sciences’s consultants Ben Haden, Lucy A Leske and Mercedes Chacon Vance at NationalAcademySciencesDCDO@wittkieffer.com. Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, 2015 Spring Rd., Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The consultants can be reached by telephone at 630/575-6948.

The National Academy of Sciences 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.

Williamstown, MA

Vice President for College Relations, Williams College

The Organization

Williams College seeks nominations and applications for a vice president for college relations. One of the nation’s preeminent liberal arts colleges, Williams is distinguished by its reputation for outstanding teaching and scholarship, the academic excellence of its students, and the exceptional loyalty of its alumni. Among its liberal arts college peers, Williams enjoys an unparalleled legacy of success in advancement and alumni engagement that is intrinsically linked to its mission and values. Reporting to the president, the vice president for college relations is an integral member of the leadership team that sets the strategic direction for the college.

Position Overview

The new vice president for college relations will be an experienced, senior advancement professional with a compelling combination of fundraising, alumni relations, and program/personnel leadership experience and success. Experience at the leadership level of a comprehensive campaign is a requirement. The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal track record of considerable success as a major/principal gift fundraiser, including as the primary strategist and/or solicitor of gifts at the seven- and eight-figure level. The vice president will lead a talented and motivated staff of 90 in a division that includes development, alumni relations, advancement information services, and career services. The successful candidate will exhibit a holistic approach to college relations that values all the ways in which the college’s external constituencies can add value to the college and to the student experience.

The new vice president will be an inventive and strategic leader who brings outstanding organizational, communication, and management skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate success as the leader of a comprehensive advancement program of similar scope and complexity. At least 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience is required, and candidates with a track record of volunteer management and program development are strongly desired. The vice president will be a champion of the liberal arts and understand and embody institutional values of diversity and inclusion. Previous experience in an institutional environment similar to Williams will be a substantial advantage. The successful candidate will have experience with and appreciation for the application of contemporary research and communication technologies in the advancement context, particularly in efforts to engage an increasingly diverse alumni body. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

Additional information about Williams College is available at www.williams.edu. More information about this position, including a full leadership profile, is available at www.wittkieffer.com.

How To Apply

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Williams College’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden, Mercedes C. Vance, and Jennifer Desjarlais, at WilliamsVPCR@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by phone care of Laurie Adams at 630-575-6152.

Williams College 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.

Los Angeles, CA

Deputy Executive Director, Liberty Hill

The Organization
When Liberty Hill began in 1976, it was a daring new foundation that turned philanthropy on its head. Today it is a national leader in social justice. Organizing and advocacy powered by Liberty Hill has changed national policies, launched social change movements, transformed neighborhoods, and nurtured hundreds of community leaders who respond to the experience of injustice by fighting for their rights.

Position Overview
Reporting to the CEO, the Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for structuring and leading the Executive team to deliver outstanding work.  Areas of work include leading strategic plan implementation, project management and human capital needs including mentoring and career progression throughout the organization. The Deputy Executive Director will partner closely with the CEO to chart LHF’s future growth and will often work on special projects for the CEO as needed. This individual will play a critically important role.  It is a highly strategic role and a facilitative one that requires a combination of focus and flexibility, as well as a willingness to play an active but behind the scenes role. The Deputy Executive Director will work standard business hours, Monday-Friday and weekends and evenings as necessary. They will be based out of the Liberty Hill offices in Los Angeles.

Successful Candidate will have:

  • Minimum of BA level degree in a related field or related experience.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant senior level experience within a non-profit organization.
  • Track record of delivering superior results, commanding respect and assuming leadership roles.
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities.
  • Superior organizational skills to track and monitor deadlines, reports, communications, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and motivating staff and an ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Passionate about LHF mission and impact.
  • Experience working in the field of social justice, government, politics or philanthropy.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.
  • Remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations
How To Apply
For more information and a full job description, please visit our website at www.libertyhill.org. Applicants should send a resume, salary requirements and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to careers@deltaprimeconsulting.com.  Only applicants whose resumes are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Liberty Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Liberty Hill promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We don’t discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all of us are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.

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