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Opening: President and CEO

Publication date: 
May, 2023
Position: President & CEO
Organization: Maryland Philanthropy Network:
Location: Baltimore, MD

About the Organization

Formerly known as the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Maryland Philanthropy Network was founded in 1983 to provide a forum in which philanthropic colleagues could address common problems and interests together. Our members steward $9 billion in charitable assets and distribute $1.1 billion to public charities annually, a significant majority of which is directed to benefit residents of Maryland. Today, we are a statewide membership association representing more than 110 private and community foundations, donor advised funds, giving circles, and corporations with strategic grantmaking programs. Maryland Philanthropy Network acts as an intermediary by collaborating and aligning with and on behalf of members’ impactful work. We position ourselves as a thought and sector leader in Maryland; attract local, state, national and government funding for transformational impact; and engage in public policy, system-change, and partnerships vital to the sector and our members’ work. We are a place where grant makers at all levels network and learn to practice philanthropy in service of equity and justice.  As we continue our mission to build and activate a diverse, informed, and effective network of philanthropists to inspire transformational impact throughout Maryland, we will work with Impact Search Advisors by Nonprofit HR to identify our next President and CEO.

About the Opportunity

This is an opportunity for an exceptional, collaborative, local or regional leader to further advance the mission of MPN, and its impact in the sector. The new President and CEO will work closely with the Board of Directors and lead a highly skilled team to balance the organization’s long-term strategy and day-to-day operations. The new leader must be a visionary leader and will guide and facilitate resource development and other initiatives to enhance and sustain the network’s financial goals.   

The position requires network leadership and member engagement, deepening and building meaningful and authentic relationships within the MPN membership across the state. This includes actively networking and connecting members and partners to build the field of philanthropy in the state of Maryland by engaging national, regional, and local resources to further strengthen programs and services provided to MPN members. The President and CEO will align members around key issues for shared learning, collaborative action and policy engagement. This position will embrace, embody, and champion racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI), not only to further MPN’s member engagement, but also to support the capacity development of REDI practices across the membership spectrum and to deepen the organization’s impact in the communities it serves. The President and CEO will collaborate with the Board, staff, and members to implement the organization’s strategic framework to ensure that future objectives and activities reinforce MPN’s commitment to racial equity and justice. This position is the principal liaison between MPN staff and the Board providing transparent updates as well as guidance and support to the Board and committee leadership on governance and policies.

The President and CEO will provide staff development opportunities and management to retain and grow a talented, inclusive, and cohesive team that embraces a culture of collaboration, learning, and shared leadership. The new leader will uphold a commitment to professional development and mentoring, creating leadership opportunities at all levels throughout the organization. The position will manage the budgeting and budget reporting processes and ensure alignment with strategic priorities authorizing all expenses, manage cash flow, grant financial reporting, and budget forecasting. The President and CEO will develop and manage long-term sustainable business models and revenue streams to support programs, activities, operations, and new initiatives, including grants, special campaigns, investment revenue, or other measures. The President and CEO will follow through on stewarding resources in alignment with MPN’s REDI policy and ensure that the policy is reflected in the organization’s operational budget.

About the Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will reflect MPN’s core values, understand and cultivate its team culture, and demonstrate an ability to quickly engage with and on behalf of the organization as an inspiring, collaborative, and ethical leader. Among the critical traits of the President and CEO are a credible commitment to the organization’s vision of a courageous philanthropic community leading transformative and innovative work that results in an equitable and just Maryland. The new leader will have exceptional interpersonal and management skills, with the ability to build high-performing, cohesive teams. Equally important are a positive mindset, the ability to work as a team member, confidence, patience, humility, and a sense of humor. In an environment that is collegial and where talent and culture are critical, it will also be the President and CEO’s responsibility to establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.  A person with an understanding of the region’s funding landscape would be a significant value add to the immediate needs of the role. 

The President and CEO will have 5-10 years of philanthropy and nonprofit experience with a solid understanding of intermediary and membership organizations. A critical ability of the new leader will be to mobilize the team and Board around the vision of MPN, and to translate strategy into results. The ideal candidate will possess a commitment to racial equity and justice as core organizational principles and have the ability to lead the organization in a way that reflects these principles throughout all aspects of the organization’s systems, processes, practices, and decision-making both programmatically and operationally. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have an inspiring and inclusive leadership style with a successful track record of creating collaborative work environments while modeling work/life balance. The President and CEO will think strategically and critically, interpret data, synthesize complex issues and information, proactively identify new opportunities, and manage change, as well as have experience in nonprofit fiscal management, budgeting, and operations. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, and experience interacting with diverse groups of people, as well as with a Board developing engaged and effective governance. We seek a leader with a successful track record of establishing national, regional, statewide, and local connections that can be applied to growing a statewide member network.

Compensation and Benefits

Our expectation is to hire a qualified individual at an annual base salary of $160,000 - $200,000. MPN offers health (medical, vision, and dental) insurance, health coverage deductible (via a health spending account), flexible spending account for health and dependent care, a Live Near Your Work grant, contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, and leave policies including paid time off, short-term disability pool, and 10 paid holidays per year. 

Application Instructions 

Inquiries regarding the President and CEO position should be directed to Jami Armstrong, Senior Consultant at Nonprofit HR at Please submit your application, cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications specific to the role, and your resume here.

MPN is an equal-opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage ALL qualified candidates to apply!

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