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Opening: President & CEO

Publication date: 
December, 2021

Position: President & CEO
Organization: SouthCoast Community Foundation
Location: New Bedford, MA

Founded in 1995, the SouthCoast Community Foundation currently manages $50 million in charitable assets in support of more than 200 funds established by nonprofits, families, and businesses across Southeastern Massachusetts. SouthCoast Community Foundation’s work includes actively partnering with, and supporting the good work of, organizations that care for those in need, assist the country’s immigrants, create arts, celebrate the diversity of our cultures, make education available to everyone, expand civic engagement and participation, and seek to provide economic opportunity for each of us. Through a lens of racial equity and social justice, SCCF does this in a variety of ways, including focusing on education, arts and culture, and economic opportunity. 

SCCF seeks a proven leader who demonstrates a strong ability to raise community awareness and clearly articulates the vision and direction for SCCF. They must be a strategic and visionary leader who understands the potential of SCCF to use its financial, social, and reputational capital to positively impact the community. An appreciation for the culture of the region and a willingness to understand the challenges and opportunities within the SouthCoast communities will be essential.

SCCF seeks to challenge and change the practices, norms, and structures that create or perpetuate past, present, and future inequities. The President & CEO must have demonstrated leadership in advancing social justice initiatives designed to address and remedy structural inequalities and inequities. The ideal candidate must have experience working with diverse communities and a record of commitment to diversity of thought throughout the organization.

A history of successful fundraising with the demonstrated ability to build relationships, mobilize and connect donors and partners, attract new funders, and develop new partnerships is essential. The President & CEO must understand and communicate the value of community investment, be able to engender trust, and successfully relate to donors.

The President & CEO must have a sense of shared purpose in the success of others and the talent to inspire them to engage with the SCCF’s mission. Through philanthropic leadership, this leader will promote the SCCF’s culture of integrity, inclusiveness, transparency, and respect in which innovation, creativity, calculated risk-taking, and shared leadership are values, and where challenging but critical conversations are encouraged. 

SCCF seeks a leader who can cultivate, support, and inspire a united high-performing team of staff and volunteers. The President & CEO must have the temperament and skills to bring passion, vision, direction, business discipline, and inspiration to the organization. They must also have a management approach that is accessible, collaborative, and empowering. The selected person must be committed to creating an engaging, respectful, and inclusive work environment.

The President & CEO must give attention to developing and managing community initiatives. This person understands community investment at a high level and has demonstrated experience and confidence in working with donors, service providers, businesses, and other civic leaders. The President & CEO will serve as the key spokesperson for SCCF and must demonstrate excellent written and spoken communication skills.

The President & CEO will be an experienced and motivated executive with the financial and business acumen to provide oversight for the operational and financial management of a complex organization. An understanding of investments and knowledge of portfolio management, and skills working with investment consultants and advisors is desired.

A track record of management skills, and of successfully partnering with an active and participative governing board, will be essential. The President & CEO will establish and maintain a climate of trust in all leadership and board-related matters and maintain a learning environment, encouraging active inquiry by the board and staff in pursuit of organizational excellence.

The President & CEO will understand the importance of place, and be committed to live, work, and play an active role in the community. The candidate will have at least ten (10) years of nonprofit and/or civic leadership, business leadership, or philanthropic experience, with at least seven (7) years in a managerial role.

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3E5Y0hw (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about the SouthCoast Community Foundation, click here: https://southcoastcf.org/.

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