Job Posting – Executive Director, Community Foundation of Greene County

Job Title:        Executive Director

Class:                Full-time, Salary, Exempt

Hours:            40 Hours per week

Reports to:            Board of Directors

Immediate Supervisor:    Chairperson, Board of Directors


Education:     Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree relevant field preferred.

Experience:    Relevant nonprofit management experience

Application: To apply, send resume and cover letter/email detailing why you believe you are the ideal candidate including community foundation experience, education, and salary expectations to:

General Summary:

The purpose of the Executive Director position is to provide professional leadership for the Community Foundation of Greene County. The executive director provides advice to the board of directors on all aspects of managing the foundation including foundation policies, long-term and short-term planning, fundraising strategies, and day-to-day management and operations. Under supervision of the board, the executive director is responsible for the day-to-day operation, growth, and development of the foundation. 

Supervision and Guidance Received:

The executive director operates under the general direction of the board of directors, within established policies and procedures, and within the guidelines provided by the Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, resolutions, and trust obligations of the corporation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

Operates the foundation and maintains the office individually or indirectly through supervising others such as an employee or volunteers.

Works with the board of directors to develop, implement, evaluate, and periodically update strategic plans to advance the development and continued growth of the foundation.

Periodically evaluates foundation policies, recommends changes as appropriate, and drafts policy documents as necessary.

Ensures charitable activities remain consistent with the strategic plan, foundation policy and state and federal laws/regulations, and serve the community effectively and efficiently.

Accurately maintains the records of the foundation in compliance with governing documents and state and federal requirements.

Evaluates fundraising plans, proposing changes as necessary. Performs fundraising duties.

Evaluates public relations plans, proposing changes as necessary. Maintains contacts with media representatives. Writes press releases, and gives interviews.

Maintains relations with community organizations and government jurisdictions. Addresses groups to inform the community about foundation activities and goals.  

Assists the board chairperson and committee chairpersons in planning and preparing board and committee agendas. Facilitates the preparation of informational materials and disseminates agenda information in a timely manner to board and committee members. Attends board meetings in an ex officio capacity. Acts as principal advisor to the Board and its committees, and coordinates their work as necessary.

Assists the finance committee in preparation of annual operating budget and performs on-going review to comply with budget objectives. Provides background material in support of the annual audit.

Develops and maintains ties with professional organizations in the community foundation and philanthropic field.

Supervises staff including paid employees, paid and unpaid interns, and volunteers. Assigns duties, and evaluates performance.

Primary Program Responsibilities

Asset Development

Plans development efforts, and prepares written fundraising plans. Identifies and cultivates new prospective donors (individuals, corporations, private foundations, etc.) and solicits funds from them to sustain the operations of the Foundation.  Plans, develops and implements activities to assure continuation of existing funding sources. Monitors all funds to ensure that donor’s wishes are fulfilled. Develops relationships with area nonprofits to encourage funding of foundation programs.

Communications/Public Relations

Works to position the foundation as the central philanthropic vehicle benefiting Greene County. Attempts to increase community awareness of foundation goals and participation in foundation activities. Sets priorities for civic and community activities that will have the greatest favorable impact for the foundation. Serves as spokesperson for the foundation’s philosophy, objectives and programs. Maintains a regular schedule of public engagements. Develops publicity materials and projects to support the foundation’s programs and asset development efforts. Identifies and monitors emerging issues within Greene County and coordinates positions and priorities with local government officials. Advocates community needs to regional and state leaders. 

Grant Making/Scholarship Management

Develops an understanding of current and emerging community needs and seeks opportunities for the foundation to fulfill its mission through grant-making programs. Coordinates activities of the grant making committee.  Works with community leaders and board members on reviewing, accepting and evaluating funding requests

Community Leadership Development

Develops strategies and plans to recruit and develop community volunteers and nonprofit organization leaders. Coordinates activities with the community leadership development steering committee. Raises money, and organizes and coordinates activities to recruit community volunteers and present training to develop nonprofit capacity and organizational leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Extensive knowledge of fundraising and funds management.

Familiarity with charitable foundation policies, procedures and structure in order to oversee and conduct assigned programs and projects. 

Substantial experience in civic affairs activities and the ability to gain a high level of familiarity with local community needs and initiatives.

Excellent communication skills including writing, public-speaking, and working with small groups and individuals.

High-level interpersonal skills necessary to lead and motivate assigned employees, interns or volunteers; develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with variety of internal and external contacts, influential individuals and donor; and serve as resource in resolving complex and difficult questions and problems.

Ability to handle and protect confidential information. Applies discretion and professionalism handling confidential information.

Ability to keep accurate records, provide timely reports, and to keep the board of directors well informed on all foundation activities.

Demonstrate strong initiative and problem solving skills and ability to plan and carry out responsibilities.

Analytical abilities necessary to oversee and organize staff, programs and projects, gather and analyze data and information, compose reports and correspondence, communicate effectively in person and in writing, proof and edit materials and maintain records and files.

Proficiency using computer applications including use of the Internet, email, word processing, database management and other common computer applications. Willingness to become proficient in the use of new computer applications as necessary.

Professional appearance and demeanor while working with the public.

Willingness to travel to attend meetings and conferences, and to participate in training and continuing professional development.

Current driver’s license and reliable transportation in order to travel to various meetings, community functions, or other errands as assigned.

Working Conditions:

  • Primary office hours are Monday – Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional evenings or weekends may be required.
  • Sitting, standing, stooping, and lifting up to 20 pounds are required.
  • Acute verbal, hearing, and visual senses required for communication.
  • Must be able to work under stress caused by working on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Travel may be required.

Application: To apply, send resume and cover letter/email detailing why you believe you are the ideal candidate including community foundation experience, education, and salary expectations to:

The Community Foundation of Greene County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.