New York, N.Y.

Development Director, Association of Black Foundation Executives

The Development Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day implementation of  the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ (ABFE) comprehensive fundraising plan. This includes managing the process of proposal and report submission to foundations, corporations, and other forms of organized philanthropy; and developing and documenting fundraising-related systems and procedures. She/he works closely with and reports to the Vice- President of Membership & External Relations.

Background information
In October 2019, the ABFE board of directors adopted a 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign Plan (campaign plan). This plan lays the groundwork for all of ABFE’s fundraising over a five-year period. It focuses on the engagement of board and leadership level volunteers for the cultivation and solicitation of funds, with support, guidance, direction, and campaign management provided by ABFE staff.

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the all-volunteer organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. It since has evolved into a fully staffed, influential network. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership.

Specific Responsibilities
1. Serve as the project manager for ABFE’s fund development and fundraising activities. Responsibilities include:
a. Manage and document progress, challenges, and activity related to implementing ABFE’s comprehensive fundraising plan.
b. Working with the Vice President, Membership and External Affairs, ensure all identified prospective major donors are qualified and appropriately cultivated, and solicited.
c. Update fundraising timelines and activity charts.
d. Working with the Vice President of Membership & External Relations, the President & CEO, and the Resource Development Committee of the Board, determine and document strategies and goals for securing financial support from foundations, corporations, and other forms of organized philanthropy.
e. Work with members of the ABFE senior management team to ensure grant reports are submitted on time and meet each funder’s requirements.
f. Apprise the Vice President, Membership and External Affairs of fund development and fundraising progress and challenges.
g. Produce and mail timely pledge reminders to those who have made pledges.
h. Ensure timely distribution of donor benefits.
i. Create thank you letters that provide an update on ABFE activities and impact, and campaign progress. Create a new letter each month.
2. Serve as a member of the ABFE fundraising campaign taskforce. Responsibilities include:
a. Provide data and information needed to educate board, campaign taskforce, and volunteers about each prospective donor, with a priority on those who can give at the highest levels.
b. Craft and distribute agendas before each meeting of the campaign taskforce.
c. Provide verbal and written campaign reports to campaign taskforce.
d. Ensure that taskforce members have the materials, training, and direction they need to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
e. Serve as the primary point of contact for taskforce members and fundraising volunteers
f. Ensure all fundraising leaders and ABFE management team are aware of updated timeframes and the completion of specific campaign activities and milestones.
g. Review monthly fundraising data to ensure the organization’s fundraising activities are progressing toward the campaign goal in a timely fashion.
3. Manage the work of the data specialist to ensure:
a. Ensure that fundraising-related data are input, tracked, and maintained. This includes information related to campaign “suspects” and “prospects” and notes related to each.
b. Ensure all processes and procedures for data entry and report generation are documented.
4. Develop and document fundraising-related systems and procedures such as:
a. Proposal creation and reporting submission guidelines.
b. Online and/or credit card giving and payroll deductions.
c. Recording of gifts, pledges, and credit card transactions; and the tracking of solicitor/prospect relationships and individual solicitations.
d. Develop and implement procedures for thanking donors (foundations, individuals and online).

• Undergraduate degree and a minimum of six years’ experience managing nonprofit annual and major gifts fundraising campaigns
• Experience working with and supporting high-level fundraising volunteers in a campaign environment
• Grant writing, reporting, and management experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details. Ability to construct and analyze program budgets;
• Strategic thinker with experience in project management.
• Exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills required as well as the ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment;
• Proficient technical abilities with donor databases and Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite; Ability to trouble-shoot and problem-solve data management.

SALARY RANGE: $100,000.00 annually with competitive benefits package

Qualified candidates submit cover letter and resume to




Baltimore, MD

Vice President, Finance and Administration, The Baltimore Community Foundation

The Organization
The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) is a fast‐paced, dynamic tax exempt organization dedicated to inspiring donors to improve the quality of life in the Baltimore region through grantmaking, civic leadership and strategic investments. BCF believes that one of the great strengths of the Baltimore area is the rich diversity of its residents. We believe that our region is stronger, better and more prosperous when all residents have equal opportunities to participate in civic life. We strive to incorporate considerations of diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of BCF’s work. Our core values are trustworthy, inclusive and entrepreneurial.

With assets over $168 million comprised of over 700 charitable funds, BCF has granted over $392 million since its inception in 1972 and is one of the Baltimore region’s top grantmaking foundations. BCF is the fiscal sponsor for three major program initiatives and is affiliated with four supporting organizations.

$120 million of the total assets are invested in the BCF Pool with highly diversified asset allocations for long term growth. $21 million of the total assets are invested in the Money Market Pool to meet short term grantmaking needs. Both pools are overseen by the BCF Investment Committee, managed by professional money managers and advised by Cambridge Associates.

BCF undergoes a vigorous accreditation every five years and is certified under the Council on Foundation’s National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Position Overview
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and serving as an integral member of the Management Team, the Vice President of Finance and Administration (VP) will be responsible for the development of BCF’s financial management strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition to the strategic components, the VP will be charged with evaluating and improving policies and procedures both in the finance and general administrative realms. This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with operational and investment experience and a proven track record of creative problem‐solving and change management to join in a high‐growth, mission‐driven organization. We are looking for candidates with the following key characteristics:

  • Superior skills in managing people, priorities and resource allocation in achieving short‐term and long‐term goals
  • Proven knowledge in endowment management or in supporting implementation of investment policies
  • Excellent capacity in analyzing, developing and implementing business models using forecasting and risk management tools
  • Strong knowledge of technology with experience in deploying technology in a customer service‐oriented and mission‐driven environment

BCF is seeking to accelerate growth as it implements its strategic plan through 2016. The VP will play a critical role in assisting BCF in formulating its next strategic plan, which is anticipated to begin in early 2016.

Strategy, Vision and Leadership
Advise the President, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and two other Vice Presidents (Management Team) on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
Serve as the management liaison to the Investment, Budget& Finance and Audit Committees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select Board of Trustees and committee meetings.
Contribute to the development of BCF’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Management Team informed of all critical issues. Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in banking and lease negotiations.

Team Development/Leadership

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance, technology and administrative teams. Direct reports include Director of Finance, Director of Technology, Human Resources Manager and four other support staff.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach.


  • Evaluate and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
  • Regularly evaluate internal and external risks and maintain adequate insurance coverage.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process.
  • Ensure adherence to the strategic plan and prepare reports to the Board as necessary.
  • Provide analytical support to BCF’s Management Team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, retirement plan, grants payment processing, gift acknowledgement, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.
  • Serve as the liaison between BCF, landlord, building management and subtenants.
  • Manage front desk coverage and the administrative support pool.

As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of BCF and be driven by the mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social and organizational change. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.

The successful candidate will most likely have had management experience with both not‐for‐profit and for‐profit organizations. As noted, this is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a “values‐driven” organization will be highly prized. Additional requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting or Business; MBA preferred
  • CPA preferred
  • Minimum 10 years experience in a senior management role ideally with both external audit and in‐house financial management experience gained in a high‐ growth organization
  • Experience in managing investment consultant and executing investment policies
  • Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Superior management and coaching skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Energetic, flexible, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, board, staff and affiliates
  • Passion for BCF’s  mission and core values
How To Apply
The Baltimore Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search. We strive to be trustworthy, inclusive and entrepreneurial in all we do.We offer a competitive compensation package including benefits such as health, vision and dental insurance, retirement contribution and match, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, disability insurance, charitable match, flexible spending account, employee assistance program and more.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Kim O’Haro
Human Resources Manager
Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street Baltimore, MD 21202

Direct calls and/or unsolicited third party endorsements are strongly discouraged. No professional recruiters please.

New York, NY

Program Officer of Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation

The Organization

Created by John E. Andrus in 1917, the Surdna Foundation has assets exceeding $1 billion and an annual grantmaking budget of more than $32 million. The Foundation has a staff of 25, based in its Midtown Manhattan offices. Governed by a Board of Directors that includes fourth and fifth generation family members, the longstanding values of the Andrus family – practicality, modesty, excellence, and an appreciation for serving those in need – underlie all of the Surdna Foundation’s work The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy and sustainable environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

The Surdna Foundation has three grantmaking areas: Strong Local Economies, Sustainable Environments and Thriving Cultures. The Foundation provides grant support for efforts at the national, state, metropolitan, and local levels throughout the United States. The Foundation invests in the exchange of ideas across networks of people, institutions, and places with the intent of seeding innovative projects, programs, and policies and bringing them to scale across the country. The Foundation seeks grantmaking opportunities that include balanced efforts to: demonstrate the effectiveness of specific, targeted projects, practices, and models; advocate for and implement federal, state, and local public policies; and empower, mobilize, and develop leadership in communities and agencies to encourage civic participation. The Foundation recognizes its programmatic interests as interrelated and is committed to working cross-programmatically. At the same time, program staff has considerable autonomy and are expected to balance responsibilities to the Foundation, to their program, and to each other.

Position Overview

The Sustainable Environments program work is grounded in an understanding of the interplay between the environment, the economy, and social equity, and it is dedicated to shifting to a just and less consumption intense society. To this end, the program team has recently refined its grant making strategy to focus on overhauling the country’s under-performing and obsolete infrastructure. It is dedicated to addressing the urgent need for innovation around the renewal and development of what will be “next generation” infrastructure and to delivering basic services that tie together metropolitan areas, communities, and neighborhoods. More specifically, the program is now focusing its expertise and investments around four interconnected infrastructure elements:

• Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns
• Urban Water Management
• Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment
• Regional Food Supply

The program operationalizes these lines of work through a social justice lens; viewing infrastructure Program Officer, Sustainable Environments planning and build out in low-income communities and communities of color as a driver for investment that generate multiple benefits including wealth creation, environmental quality and democratized decision-making. The Sustainable Environments Program has a budget for the coming year of $9.25 million and anticipates making between 55-65 grants annually. In addition, The Surdna Foundation uses its expertise in the built environment and the community investment realms and partners with its colleagues in its Strong Local Economies and Thriving Cultures programs to integrate economic and cultural elements in the strategies the Foundation uses to achieve the changes it seeks.

The Program Officer is part of a four-person team led by a Program Director and staffed by two Program Officers and a Program Associate. The Program Officer works closely with the team on all aspects of the program, including day-to-day operations, broader program strategy development, and the implementation of a learning agenda. Program Officers contribute to programmatic ideas and participate actively in grantmaking by developing and recommending grants and administering projects in the program area.

In addition, Surdna expects Program Officers to have expertise and knowledge in one or more of the substantive elements of the grantmaking program and to help build networks among funders, as well as grantees, around issues that need attention. Program Officers are also expected to communicate and advocate for social change and to develop partnerships to multiply the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking investments. A successful candidate will demonstrate an eagerness to engage in ongoing assessment of the Sustainable Environments Program’s priorities under the leadership of the Program Director, and to work with the Strong Local Economies and Thriving Cultures programs to develop cross-programmatic opportunities that ultimately help advance the goal of creating just and sustainable communities.

During the first year of employment, the Program Officer for Sustainable Environments will be expected to:
• Thoroughly immerse herself/himself in the Surdna Foundation – its mission, philosophy, programs, staff, grantees, structure and operations, finances, constituencies, organizational culture and values, and potential.
• Become familiar with the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies, grant guidelines and theories of change.
• Contribute and apply current subject matter and field expertise to assess the impacts of the Sustainable Environments Program’s lines of work; develop the ability to communicate effectively about the work at a very high level.
• Begin to develop and leverage relationships with key internal and external colleagues, individual and institutional, in order in order to bring forth their best ideas and efforts to inform the work of the Sustainable Environments Program.

The Program Officer for Sustainable Environments will be expected to:
• Maintain a breadth of knowledge, including research, about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the program’s areas of focus to enhance the effectiveness of program strategy and understanding of staff and board.
• Monitor and track ongoing grants and initiatives, including evaluating and reporting to staff, board, and external colleagues on performance.
• Work closely with other programs at the Foundation and facilitate cross-program collaboration.
• Review, assess, and proactively cultivate grantmaking opportunities, assist grantees in improving proposal quality. Recommend grants for funding by soliciting peer reviews and providing critical analyses of project strengths, weaknesses and risks.
• Conduct site visits to pending and active projects.
• Develop relationships with public and private sector stakeholders whose activities contribute to program and mission objectives.
• Help to plan and implement learning opportunities for grantees, staff, and board. Regularly share lessons learned from the field with colleagues and board members.
• Work with and manage external consultants.
• Assist in external communications: develop Web site content, newsletters, public presentations, and articles, as appropriate.
• Develop partnerships with other institutions to extend the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking.
• Track and contribute to the development of best practices among funders.
• Demonstrate leadership in the field through participation in external forums and funders’ collaboratives.

The experience and ideal qualities of an ideal candidate include:

Professional Experience
• Strong record of achievement and relevant experience in the nonprofit, public, or private sector. With a substantive knowledge of the fields and issues related to at least one of the Sustainable Environments Program’s lines of work, as well as experience in economic and community development, finance and banking, and/or public policy and planning is desired. A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in one of these fields or interdisciplinary experience is preferred.
• Advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
• A demonstrated grasp of core principles of social justice, sustainability and equity with experience working with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic, political and geographic boundaries.
• An understanding of public policy and political processes, and the role of the not-for- profit community in driving change. Experience strategizing and working with the public sector, and exposure to economic development, and arts, culture, and design and planning issues is highly valuable. 3Program Officer, Sustainable Environments
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills and highly developed listening skills, and an appetite for writing and public speaking. Qualities
• Demonstrated commitment to Surdna’s mission and to the values of the Andrus family, including practicality, modesty, excellence, and an appreciation for serving those in need.
• Willingness to work across programs to develop complementary strategies, grant making priorities and learning opportunities.
• A track record as a strategic, systems-oriented thinker. Excellent intellectual abilities and analytic skills coupled with pragmatism and a willingness to share in both “big picture” thinking and administrative tasks.
• The highest level of personal and professional integrity and a reputation for a balanced, nonideological approach. A willingness to challenge conventional thinking coupled with the ability to collaborate effectively, listen well, and encourage dialogue.
• Strengths in relationship building, teamwork, and collaboration. Outstanding relationship builder with interpersonal skills necessary to gain the trust and confidence of Surdna’s staff, grantees, trustees, and professional colleagues in the field.
• Ability to thrive when working under deadlines; strong project, time, and budget management skills; and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail.
• A willingness to travel up to 30-40% of the time. To learn more about the Surdna Foundation, please visit:

How To Apply 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications (a resume and cover letter) may be directed in confidence to Amy Solomon Consulting no later than Monday, March 2, 2015. Please contact: Amy Solomon at Please no phone calls.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with previous experience. Excellent benefits are provided.

The Surdna Foundation is committed to an inclusive work environment and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Los Angeles, CA

Human Resources Director, The California Endowment

The Organization

The California Endowment is the state’s largest private health foundation, created in 1996 with a mission to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, the foundation maintains offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno, and San Diego, with staff working throughout the state.  The Endowment supports the Health Happens Here campaign which is reframing the conversation around health care from medical settings and individual choices to the idea that our health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and through aggressive prevention measures.

Position Overview

At The California Endowment, we believe our employees are our greatest assets and critical to achieving our ambitious goals.  The Endowment is seeking a strategic leader and human resource (HR) professional with exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills to manage the HR Department with vision, strategy, effectiveness and integrity.  The Human Resources Director is the senior HR role within The Endowment with key responsibilities in the following areas: 1) governance, management and personnel administration, 2) benefits administration and 3) recruitment, evaluations, professional development and disciplinary action. This position is a key partner in maintaining an environment that values employees and builds trust throughout the organization.  The HR Director reports directly to the EVP/ Counsel, and is located in the foundation’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Key Responsibilities

The following are the key responsibilities of the Human Resources Director:

  • Governance, Management and Personnel Administration.  Manages all aspects of Human Resources with accountability and transparency. Manages mentors and develops the HR staff. Participates as a thought partner and advisor to EVP / Counsel on matters within HR realm. Responsible for updating the employee handbook and all personnel policies to ensure compliance with all laws.  Enforces personnel policies through consistent practices. Provides advice to managers regarding personnel policies or staff-related issues. Responds to disputes between co-workers or employees and their managers through a fair and effective process. Maintains and manages a human resources information system to properly record and track employee data.  Ensures TCE’s compliance with all applicable employment laws and regulations. 
  • Benefits Administration. Establishes fringe benefit programs for all employees, reviewing periodically to ensure currency with the market.  Administers the benefits program and ensures all necessary administrative procedures are completed to provide effective quality of service for staff. Administers the workers’ compensation program by selecting the carrier, processing claims, and monitoring the status of injured workers to ensure they receive appropriate benefits and return to work as soon as possible. Monitors the leave of absence program to ensure compliance with all The Endowment’s policies and applicable laws. Monitors all retirement plans for compliance with plan documents, and ensures all assets under Human Resources’ fiduciary care are appropriately accounted for in a robust control environment. 
  • Recruitment, Evaluations, Professional Development, Disciplinary Action. Responsible for oversight of all recruitment activities; interviews all final candidates and ensures that all candidates are properly screened, interviewed, and reference checked prior to an offer of employment being made. Evaluates and approves all newly created positions.  Ensures appropriate job descriptions are written for each position within The Endowment, and updated as needed.  Establishes salary ranges for all positions and periodically reviews those ranges for currency with job market.  Establishes reasonable guidelines for determining salary decisions.  Establishes, updates, monitors, and administers the performance review process. Train managers in effective performance evaluation practices. Maintains and updates the employee recognition program.  Establishes and coordinates management training and development programs. Establishes succession and leadership development plans for executives and directors. Reviews and approves all disciplinary actions (including terminations) prior to discipline being given to staff. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10 years of experience working in human resources, preferably in a generalist role.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a key management role within human resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or related field.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of federal and state employment and leave laws.
  • Demonstrated experience managing – or certification in – human resource specialties such as benefits, compensation, training, safety, or general human resources.
  • Experience managing personnel issues arising in multiple locations.
  • Ability to think strategically while effectively managing the daily details of the department
  • Excellent communicator
  • Ability to listen well and provide appropriate advice to staff and managers.
  • Ability to translate the strategic plan into appropriate employee initiatives and programs.
  • Possess strong analytical skills
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improved productivity, employee morale, and cost-savings.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Commitment to diversity in employment.

Preferred Experience (not required):

  • Graduate degree
  • Working knowledge of foundations, health care, nonprofit organizations
  • HR certifications
  • Membership in HR professional organizations

How To Apply

Please log on to our online application system at: and include with your application a cover letter demonstrating your HR expertise, and experience with organizations with employees at multiple sites.

Sign up