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Career Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer


In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President & CEO is an ambassador and advocate for AAACF's mission. The President & CEO is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission through relevant initiatives, strategic planning and philanthropy, as well as for meeting financial objectives and oversight of the operations of the organization.

The President & CEO is a thought leader who can guide the organization through continued change and growth to new heights. As the "face" of the organization, is an active member of the community and works directly with partner organizations.

Reports to: The AAACF Board of Directors

Direct Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct supervision of the following positions: Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Philanthropy, Vice President for Community Investment, Office Operations Manager, and Administrative Assistant.

Key Responsibilities:
Impact: Strategy and Execution:
  • Provides transformational leadership in developing strategic plans and vision in conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, and ensures successful execution of plans and priorities
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in community foundations and donor preferences/requirements to ensure that mission, vision and strategy embrace creative and leading-edge approaches and practices
  • Successfully collaborates with board and staff in execution of vision and strategies
Resource Development/Philanthropy and Community Partnerships:
  • Advances AAACF's mission through establishing and nurturing relationships with partners and key community stakeholders
  • Prioritizing permanent community capital as a strategic focus
  • Maintains active membership and participation in the community
  • Maintains and enhances philanthropy initiatives' success in partnership with the Vice President for Philanthropy and AAACF Board of Directors
  • Actively engages with a prioritized personal portfolio of potential donors, with annual goals/progress for all activities
  • Strategically diversifies the funding base to maintain and enhance organizational sustainability
  • Ensures identification and execution of successful approaches to grant applications and deliverables
  • Demonstrates exceptional ongoing relationship management with donors, stakeholders and key community partners
Team Relations/Supervision:
  • Establishes trust and rapport with the team through authentic relationships
  • Instills recognition systems for staff and adopts regular venues for listening and responding to staff ideas and needs
  • Leads a high-performing, mission-driven team; responsible for the recruitment, coaching, and performance management of all team members
  • Creates clarity of accountabilities by ensuring responsibilities are clearly documented, regular evaluations are held, and sound personnel management practices are in place
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of peak-performing professionals
Internal and External Communications:
  • Represents the organization in various community forums and funding agencies to advocate for AAACF's mission
  • Communicates with the board to ensure trustees are fully informed on all activities and matters of importance to AAACF's mission
  • Reports metrics against goals, with input from board members and committees; alerts board members to concerns about financial and other impacts
  • Oversees the dissemination of information regarding AAACF activities to increase community awareness of the mission and goals of the organization
  • Establishes sound working relationships with outside entities
  • Crafts or contributes to relevant collateral and communication vehicles (Annual Report, website, social media)
Finance and Business Plans:
  • Oversees development and maintenance of sound financial practices, including oversight of annual financial audit
  • Partners with staff and board in preparing a budget; ensures that the organization operates within budget guidelines and follows proper accounting practices
  • Develops and maintains an operating budget that supports the ability to maintain or lower administrative fees charged to funds, and increase the amount available for grantmaking
  • Ensures operational excellence through appropriate use of technology and consistent practices
Short-Term Goals and Priorities for the Role: 6 to 12 months
  • Evaluate all activities to ensure a focus on Impact, both short and long-term
  • Become immersed in all elements of the Strategic Plan
  • Align all activities with the Mission and Core Values
  • Develop a deep understanding of AAACF's advisor-centric approach to asset development
Building Relationships: "listening tour" with demonstrable results:
  • Execute a detailed, tactical plan of meeting with community leaders, government officials and key stakeholders of the Foundation
  • Meet with each Trustee/Board Member to build relationships and cultivate literacy of their backgrounds, roles and why they serve
  • Research and meet with private foundations that have strong ties, as a donor or collaborator, with the AAACF
  • Build a professional network, including the Michigan Council of Foundations CEO cohort
  • Execute the acclimatization plan provided by the Board, including meeting with all identified stakeholders
  • Build rapport with all team members; cultivate an understanding of each person's role and core accountabilities
  • Nurture organizational culture to preserve the strength of team norms, as evidenced by retention of key team members and employee engagement survey feedback
  • Develop systems to consistently communicate core values, ensuring all decisions are framed using the lens of values and mission
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of AAACF's systems and standards
  • Gain familiarity with funding and spending model of the foundation, as well as the endowment model and how fees are earned
  • Understand spending policy fee structures and contribution profit by fund type
  • Thoroughly understand investment policy and process
  • Complete a course on endowment model management through the Common Fund (or similar educational offering), if appropriate
  • Analyze budget forecasts and performance
  • Review annual report and audited Financials with external CPA
Community Investment:
  • Gain familiarity with all programs and grant recipients
  • Build upon or gain literacy in Impact or Place-Based Investing, both grant-making and capital deployment
  • Establish a plan to build relationships with AAACF grantees and impacted community members
  • Prepare for community-wide Annual Meeting in May, 2022
The Qualified Candidate:
AAACF seeks for a leader focused on collaboration. The successful candidate will bring proven leadership experience with prior success in cultivating positive working relationships with staff and board, as well as donors/funders. The selected candidate will be collaborative and participative.
Specific requirements include:
Education and Experience:
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible executive experience in a role with a proven track record in building relationships with stakeholders, partners, staff and donors
  • Experience working in a nonprofit, foundation, economic development, governmental or public sector setting with proven experience in responding to the needs of various stakeholders
  • Experience working with a volunteer board
  • Experience raising funds, including successfully closing major-gift solicitations with individual high-capacity donors
Competencies and Attributes:
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy as well as maintaining the highest integrity and ethics
  • A drive towards collaboration, innovation, and pursuit of new opportunities, along with comfort in leading change
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort with philanthropic community and major donors
  • Solid, persuasive verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to deliver inspiring and succinct presentations and conduct productive meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as a proven record of working collaboratively and diplomatically with others
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse team and effectively manage, motivate, and mentor staff
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop organizational strategic plans
  • Strong business acumen and decision-making skills; ability to set priorities; strong process and project-management skills
Desired/Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a related field
  • A connection to one or more AAACF key impact areas (senior citizens, scholarships, impact investing, social justice or equity causes)
  • Experience and understanding of endowment management
Key Competencies for Success:
  • Focused on "Impact" first, as evidenced by actions and plans
  • A connection to the community and a demonstrated ability to immerse oneself in the community in meaningful ways
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial and deal-flow mindset / approach to leading the organization
  • Change agent comfortable working through discomfort for the sake of advancing the strategic plan, when necessary
  • Earns credibility by listening, offering meaningful solutions, makes fact-based decisions, and focuses on delivering meaningful outcomes
  • A willingness to admit and grow from mistakes, including accountability for pivoting/course-correcting as needed
  • Oriented to continuous improvement in delivering excellent customer service and outcomes
  • Growth-oriented leader; earns trust, gets involved and "rolls up the sleeves" to get meaningful and sustainable results for all key constituents.
  • Motivated by his/her impact on the organization rather than personal career advancement
  • A thought leader who is innovative and intellectually curious, and who can share & spread best practices to those around them
  • Open to feedback, continuous learning and committed to ongoing self-improvement
  • Self-motivated, humble and leads by example
  • Resilient and persistent in achieving meaningful outcomes / getting things done
Salary, Benefits and Work Environment:
This position offers a competitive salary (range = $150,000 - $210,000 annually, depending on experience) and benefits.
This position is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Community Foundation's Main Street/downtown offices. The team is working a hybrid of remote and in-office due to public health concerns at this time.

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