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Opening: President and CEO

Publication date: 
July, 2020

Position: President and CEO
Organization: Philanthropy Delaware
Location: Wilmington, DE

Position Overview

The President of the Philanthropy Delaware, at the direction of the Board, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the organization including but not limited to general administration responsibilities, member services, educational programming, initiative implementation, promoting philanthropy, and leading the implementation of the strategic plan. The President should show commitment to increasing philanthropic awareness in Delaware; assisting members and other organizational partners in increasing the impact of grant making; and increasing philanthropic resources connected to the network of members. Working in conjunction with staff and volunteers, the President is a public and visible role requiring numerous presentations, meetings, and frequent travel to promote philanthropy and effective grant making in Delaware.


The President shall:

  • Advance Philanthropy Delaware's mission, vision, and desired outcomes through the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan
  • Lead with values that relfect Philanthropy Delaware's mission:
    • Overall organizational values: excellence, cooperation, equity, inclusion, integrity
    • Staff values: teamwork, dedication, equity, inclusion, transparentcy, and service to members
  • Through the strategic priorities of Advance, Connect and Impact, achieve organizational outcomes that
    include but are not limited to:
    • Increased philanthropic awareness and participation throughout Delaware
    • Increased philanthropic impact due to members’ effective skill building and grant making
    • Increased philanthropic resources available for initiatives connected to Philanthropy Delaware
  • Effectively lead various Board approved initiatives and programs
  • Build Philanthropy Delaware’s membership base in accordance with identified targets
  • Enhance the value of Philanthropy Delaware membership to ensure member retention and growth
  • Coordinate education related to philanthropy and current climate with experts, locally and nationally
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the field of philanthropy
  • Monitor and show outcomes on the goals in the strategic plan



  1. Identify opportunities to bring philanthropy “to the table” by participating in important discussions with various Delaware leaders and organizations
  2. Present on topics relating to grant making, philanthropy, Share Delaware, etc. and serve as a resource to diverse groups, statewide
  3. Serve as an articulate spokesperson/contact/media resource on behalf of organized philanthropy in Delaware
  4. Serve as a legislative/governmental resource for issues related to the philanthropic sector:
    1. Participate in the philanthropic delegation to Foundations on the Hill in Washington, D.C
    2. Coordinate, along with partnering organizations, legislative outreach and educational events on behalf of Delaware's philanthropic community
  5. Participate in local and state conferences, events, programs, and initiatives
  6. Provide resources to nonprofits on critical issues and topics; bringing together local, and sometimes, national leaders on issues and best practices for impact investing


  1. Provide leadership to ensure that organizational values and priorities are reflected in programs and member services
  2. Work with the Board, to grow and retain Philanthropy Delaware membership and partners
  3. Effectively oversee and coordinate Philanthropy Delaware's programs
  4. Communicate effectively with member organizations and their representatives
  5. Serve as a resource to members through personalized research and/or a network for information sharing.
  6. Coordinate publications and special projects of Philanthropy Delaware, including newsletters, website, legislative reports, and annual report
  7. Facilitate and promote affinity group and learning circle networking activities.
  8. Identify potential programming partnerships with local, regional and national organizations
  9. Convene the philanthropic community on issues of local, state and national interest
  10. Support collaboration among funders to address critical needs in the community


  1. Represent the collective resources, impact, and limitations of Delaware’s philanthropies to government agencies and national funding resources to ensure longer-term public funding is available to sustain nonprofit activities
  2. Provide resources, tools, assistance, and promotion in order to increase engagement and investment in Philanthropy Delaware
  3. Track, assess and promote Philanthropy Delaware’s collective membership impact
  4. Ensure that Philanthropy DE programs and initiatives are relevant and responsive to local, regional, and national issues
  5. Identify issues, create partnerships, and serve as a liaison on joint projects with other organizations, individuals, and governmental partners to positively impact the quality of life in Delaware
  6. Lead evaluation and impact assessments, as required
  7. Ensure all activities of Philanthropy Delaware, and those in which it participates, operate with high standards of integrity, equity, and inclusion

Additional Operational Requirements

  1. Effectively manage the operations of Philanthropy Delaware
    1. Work with the Board to implement Philanthropy Delawares’s strategic plan and other initiatives affecting the direction of the organization.
    2. Implement Board-approved operating policies and procedures
    3. Comply with regulations affecting Philanthropy Delaware
    4. Develop and present an annual operating budget for Board approval
    5. Work with the financial administrator to provide scheduled financial reporting to the Board
    6. Ensure that adequate insurance policies are in place for Board and staff
  2. Work closely with the Board, providing staffing and coordination of meetings of the Board, committees, and/or special projects and initiatives of Philanthropy Delaware.
  3. Manage the office infrastructure
    1. Hire, supervise, direct and evaluate organizational staff
    2. Manage lease arrangements and other office- related responsibilities included but not limited to work space, parking, technology, systems, etc.
    3. Ensure that systems are in place to manage staff and Board responsibilities, virtually
  4. Link Philanthropy Delaware with regional and national organizations, participate as an active member of the United Philanthropy Forum and other appropriate initiatives/organizations
  5. Perform all other duties as required and assigned to fulfill the mission of Philanthropy Delaware

Desired Selection Criteria

  • Minimum education to include a Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 5 years experience in philanthropic and/or nonprofit arenas, strongly preferred
  • MA and/or certification, in nonprofit administration or public policy, strongly preferred Experience in managing membership or service organizations or associations
  • Experience creating, planning, and delivering educational programs
  • Experience with community foundations and other philanthropic organizations and /or experience with associations strongly desired
  • Knowledge with fund-raising principles and/or applied experience raising philanthropic dollars
  • Knowledge of legal requirements for Foundations, grant making entities and nonprofits
  • Demonstrated ability to use mature judgment, operate with transparency, and maintain highest standards of integrity
  • Experience with successful promotion of racial, social, and/or economic equity
  • Successful demonstration of Adaptive Leadership skills
  • Exhibited excellence in oral and written communication
  • Ability to effectively manage and balance unpredictable and varied demands from members, staff/ volunteers, potential members, organizational partners and the public
  • Strong project management skills and critical thinking skills; a creative problem solver
  • Personal initiative and commitment to a high level of member service
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, responsive environment, sometimes under tight deadlines
  • Ability and experience working independently and collaboratively with volunteers, staff, members, committees, and a variety of key constituencies
  • Demonstrated self-confidence, enthusiastic performance of responsibilities with minimum direction
  • Willingness to take risks while maintaining effective and appropriate organization
  • Demonstrated breadth of knowledge of and commitment to Philanthropy Delaware's mission, vision, strategic priorities, and outcome objectives
  • Proven ability to monitor and show outcomes on the goals in the strategic plan
  • Ability to perform assigned responsibilities and contribute to a collaborative work environment in a manner consistent with Philanthropy Delaware's values of advance, connect and impact
  • Ability to maintain a collegial and cooperative working relationship with the Board, staff/volunteers, members and other organizational partners, etc

Working Environment

Work is typically performed in an inside, sheltered environment. Travel throughout the state, as well as nationally, is required. In-state transportation will require the use of the CEO's own vehicle.

Physical & Other Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the President (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions). The President is regularly required to sit, talk and/or hear, type and write. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and point. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to approximately 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. A valid driver’s license is required.

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