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Opening: Executive Director

Publication date: 
February, 2019

Position: Executive Director
Organization: Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
Location: Washington, DC

Organization Summary

The Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) is a network of grantmakers and philanthropy practitioners that share a deep underlying conviction that all people deserve a voice in our democratic process.    

  • FCCP serves leaders in the philanthropic community who work to further our shared vision by:
  • Driving resources to power-building, participation, and democracy groups;
  • Building relationships that lead to coordination and collaboration;
  • Strengthening grantmaking practices; and
  • Providing a dynamic learning community to inform funding strategies.

Members support non-partisan efforts to engage voters, eliminate structural barriers to voting, advance reforms to improve government and electoral systems, and inspire public involvement in civic life with heightened attention to issues of equity and historically disenfranchised and underrepresented communities.

Since its founding in 1982, FCCP programming continues to evolve as the needs and priorities of the civic participation community and of philanthropy also evolve. When it was founded, fewer than 20 foundations in the country focused on general citizen participation grantmaking; today, the network alone is nearly 100 members strong with a newly developed theory of impact. From individual family foundations to state funding collaboratives to national grantmakers, FCCP’s members come in all forms with varying priorities and experience in the civic participation space.

FCCP is a Council on Foundations-recognized philanthropic affinity group and, most recently, the winner of Inside Philanthropy’s Affinity Group of the Year. Its rapidly growing membership includes grantmaking institutions representing over $700 million in annual grantmaking to the field. FCCP is fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy, Inc., a social justice nonprofit that supports FCCP in areas such as financial management, grants management, and strategic planning.

Position Summary

The next Executive Director of FCCP will provide strategic and forward-thinking leadership to take the organization to the next level. With aspirations to deepen membership engagement and impact, the Executive Director will lead the charge to ensure FCCP is at the forefront of the democratic and philanthropic communities.

The Executive Director will represent FCCP to its membership and in the broader civic and philanthropic communities. They will have responsibility for FCCP’s programs, fundraising needs, events, advocacy efforts and staff. Along with NEO, they will oversee the organization’s administration and finances. 

Candidates may come from a variety of fields, including philanthropy, nonprofit, and policy.

Candidate Profile

Passion for the Mission

The Executive Director will be a champion of equity, democracy and civil society. They will exhibit a wide-ranging curiosity and interest in the needs of FCCP’s diverse members. The Executive Director will have the skill and enthusiasm to remain at the forefront of the sector and to develop new and unique opportunities to serve the mission. Although direct experience in philanthropy or as a grantmaker or policymaker is not required, they will have a nuanced understanding of how philanthropy and policy are used as tools to strengthen democratic outcomes. The Executive Director will have a track record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and a commitment to these values within FCCP’s internal organization, its programs and in its work with the broader community.

Relationship Building & Leading Through Influence

The Executive Director will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who will guide FCCP to deepen its work as a convener, catalyst and thought partner to the member foundations. They will be skilled at building effective relationships at multiple levels within a complex environment. They will have a high level of emotional intelligence and be able to develop productive, trusting relationships with the Advisory Board, staff, NEO, members and other key stakeholders. This will be a strong leader and collaborator who is skilled at listening to, and learning from, constituents. They will be skilled at building learning communities and networks, facilitating without direct authority and developing a powerful sense of shared purpose in others. The Executive Director will possess a strong sense of confidence and will have a consultative and facilitative style.

An Ambassador for FCCP

The Executive Director will be a confident leader who will serve as an ‘Ambassador’ for FCCP. They will be comfortable representing the organization publicly and will know how to help push forward a strategic initiative with a group of disparate constituents. The Executive Director will be credible when representing the organization in the national democratic and philanthropic arenas and will be effective at conveying FCCP’s mission and vision and bringing philanthropic partners along. The Executive Director will be able to generate support (financial and participatory) from the membership and additional stakeholders. They will be a strong verbal and written communicator who serves as an effective face of the organization.

Organizational Leadership

The Executive Director will have a track record of success in organizational management. They will have strong program experience to continually improve and increase the sophistication of FCCP’s offerings and outcomes. The Executive Director will be experienced with organizational operations and finance and be a strong partner to NEO on FCCP business. They will be an experienced manager who engenders trust in the staff through a progressive management style, helps them achieve their potential and holds them accountable. They will have a proven record in staff development and Board relations. The Executive Director will be an inspirational and team-focused leader of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

FCCP is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants for all position will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

To apply

To express your interest in this role, please email Koya directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


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