About The Funders Network
Founded in 1999, The Funders Network (TFN) is a membership organization that supports grantmakers across North America to advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities. The organization helps members advance shared learning, develop best practices, create policy agendas, support policy reforms, and improve outcomes in communities. TFN provides tools to funders for investing, grantmaking, collaborating, convening, facilitating, and more. TFN is uniquely positioned to lead the movement for land use policies and practices that benefit both places and people.
TFN believes that structural racism, inequity, and other social disparities are the root cause of our environmental and economic challenges. As a network, they are committed to questioning, challenging, and confronting the systemic racial inequities and injustices that persist as malign influences on our policies, practices, and psyches. TFN is committed to helping funders understand and address racism, economic inequality, and the imbalance of power while engendering community-driven solutions. In so doing, the network embraces the diversity of its members and partners and is committed to lifting and amplifying the expertise and experiences of those communities who are least heard. In 2020, TFN completed a strategic planning process that centered racial equity as both cross-cutting and foundational.
TFN’s mission is to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous, healthy, and just for all people. TFN is committed to helping funders understand and address racism, economic inequality, and the imbalance of power — while engendering community-driven solutions and amplifying the expertise and experiences of those communities who are least heard.
TFN’s vision is to create generations of courageous philanthropic leaders who are engaged, emboldened, and equipped to bring about a just society. This includes increasing the representation of people of color in philanthropic leadership positions. TFN aspires to serve as a leading resource for thinking and action that is interdisciplinary, innovative, and transformative, and which recognizes that racial equity is both a process to guide us and an aspirational outcome.
- Founded in: 1999
- Revenue: $5.9 million
- Board of Directors: 13
- Staff: 14 staff
- Headquarters: Coral Gables, FL (remote organization)
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will evaluate the organization’s programs, assess member organization needs, and continue to expand the equity work of TFN among its placed-based membership. The CEO will represent the organization nationally developing and maintaining effective relationships with funders, nonprofits, businesses, the public sector, and community leaders. The CEO will be responsible for ensuring the organization’s fiscal health and providing necessary support to the staff. Essential responsibilities include:
Strategy & Vision
- Develop and implement a long-term strategic plan to advance TFN's mission and support its members and their work in the communities that they serve;
- Evaluate and refine programs to ensure they are aligned with organizational values and are meeting member needs;
- Create and realize strategies for normalizing trust-based philanthropy and reimagining funder-donor relationships;
- Develop programs to foster philanthropic collaboration and support emerging leaders.
- Lead by example to champion a culture centered in equity, accountability, and transparency;
- Inspire, motivate, and lead a team of diverse, talented, and dedicated staff and consultants to advance the organization’s mission and realize its strategic goals;
- Implement the organization’s Racial Equity Action Plan through collaborative work with the staff and board;
- Analyze and refine the organizational structure to increase efficiency and enhance impact;
- Cultivate a strong and productive working relationship with the board to set fundraising, programmatic, and strategic goals.
Fundraising & Fiscal Management
- Oversee the creation and implementation of a strategic fundraising plan, including staffing models, to expand funding opportunities;
- Lead the cultivation and solicitation of members and donors to diversify revenue and increase unrestricted income;
- Manage the development of budgets and related program and staffing plans for program growth and expansion;
- Oversee the effective management of the organization’s resources ensuring its fiscal stability and long-term sustainability.
Communications & Community Engagement
- Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson representing TFN in public, in the media, and at community, philanthropic, and member organization events;
- Foster diverse collaborations to identify needs, mobilize resources, and positively impact member organizations;
- Oversee the development of messaging in collaboration with the marketing team for dissemination across all platforms;
- Develop strategies to distinguish TFN among Philanthropy-Serving Organizations (PSOs) and increase visibility in the philanthropic and social justice sectors;
- Proactively seek engagement opportunities with members, potential members, funders, and the communities they serve.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a visionary leader to chart the course for a bold philanthropic future at a moment when racial, economic, and environmental justice are at the forefront of public discourse and unprecedented funding is available for investment opportunities.
- President and Chief Executive Officer
- Reports to: Board of Directors
- Leads: A team of 14 staff and 6 contractors
- Oversees: 7 direct reports
- Manages: $5.9 million budget
- Lives: Anywhere in the U.S.
The CEO will understand philanthropy, its role in advancing social justice, and the ways in which philanthropy can stimulate and activate opportunities for underserved and marginalized communities. This visionary leader will leverage the history and expertise of TFN to inform the expansion of programs and facilitate connections within the sector. The ideal candidate will have:
- Leadership experience in an environmental, economic, racial, or social justice organization;
- Exceptional strategic visioning and planning skills to advance systemic transformation within the sector and further distinguish TFN among PSOs;
- A track record of fundraising success to support TFN’s continued growth and capitalize on extraordinary funding opportunities;
- Analytical and strategic ability to enhance and increase the organization’s value to members;
- Excellent management and teambuilding skills including prior experience leading a fully remote team of staff and consultants;
- A commitment to racial equity with a track record of anti-racism work in previous roles;
- Prior experience developing a financial growth plan and managing complex multi-year organizational budgets;
- Innovative approaches to assessing organizational capacity, evaluating programs, identifying gaps, and building new models;
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to engage TFN’s cross-disciplinary membership and collaborate with the diverse networks that impact programming and funding;
- Board development and governance expertise including experience cultivating partnerships with board members and collaborating to realize organizational goals.
The President and CEO will have experience implementing a race equity agenda and be driven to increase philanthropic support for healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities.
The CEO will be a visionary leader who is passionate about TFN’s mission and enthusiastic about working collaboratively with the staff and board to increase organizational impact. The selected candidate sees challenges as opportunities and is committed to the success of member organizations and programs. The new CEO will bring the following qualities:
- A commitment to equity and inclusion and an understanding of the impact of intersectional identities on the work of TFN and its member organizations;
- Exceptional communications skills including active listening and public speaking ability;
- An approachable, collaborative, and transparent leadership style characterized by empathy and humility, and a passion for mentoring;
- A relational approach to building and engaging networks in the philanthropic and public sectors;
- A demonstrated ability to relate to individuals of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, and physical abilities;
- An unwavering commitment to upholding the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all decisions and relationships;
- A firm commitment to cultivating trust-based philanthropy.
The target salary for this position is $250,000 annually. TFN’s comprehensive benefits package includes 100% paid Medical, Dental, and Vision Care for employees and 80% for their life partners and/or dependents. TFN’s generous paid leave policies include 24 holidays, Summer Fridays from July 1 through Labor Day, 27 days PTO in the first year, and 37 days PTO after one year of service. TFN offers 401(k) plans after three months of employment and matches employee contributions up to 5% of salary.
Additional benefits include Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance Premiums covered for employees for two times the annual salary up to a maximum of $250,000, Short-term and Long-term Disability, and wellness benefits including $15/month toward the cost of a gym membership.
The position is remote and will manage a remote team.
Please submit a résumé and original cover letter that describes your interest in the organization’s mission and qualifications through the application portal on our website.
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
Dr. Zaria Davis, Search Consultant
McCormack + Kristel
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment, and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
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