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Executive Director

Organization: Community Foundation of South Jersey
Date Posted: 8/22/2017
Location: New Jersey
Country: United States
Primary Category: Executive
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's

Description & Details

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The Executive Director is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader, and an experienced community relationship builder with fund development capability to lead CFSJ into its next phase of growth and maximize the impact of their donors’ generosity.

The board of the Foundation believes it is poised for extraordinary growth in size of assets, donors, and initiatives. The primary responsibilities for the right individual will be the overall growth of community philanthropy, organizational leadership, and develop strong productive relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and invest in the solutions to address the critical issues of the region.  The Executive Director will play a key role in developing the organizational strategy and vision, working in close partnership with the Board and staff, and with input of donors, nonprofits, and civic leaders across 8 counties in southern New Jersey.

Who we are…

The Community Foundation of South Jersey was formed in 2007 by a group of civic-minded individuals whose vision was for a healthy, well educated, safe, prosperous and thriving region. CFSJ hired its first full-time executive director in 2009. The CFSJ serves a region that is exceptionally diverse and includes vast stretches of rural farm land that co-exist with pockets of densely populated and poor urban areas, juxtaposed with wealthy suburban communities. These communities share many of the same problems—disengaged youth, under or uneducated adults, elder care, inadequate access to healthcare, and large populations of uninsured individuals, along with considerable hunger, unemployment, and inadequate housing. The Foundation manages 61 funds and $21 million in assets and in 2016 awarded 76 grants to nonprofit organizations and 400 scholarships together totaling more than $1.6 million. CFSJ is involved in a variety of regional initiatives related to social equity and inclusion, food security, aging and nonprofit resiliency.

Overarching Goals for the new Executive Director

  1. Lead the board through a Strategic Planning process with an eye towards long-term financial sustainability through prudent asset growth especially in endowed funds, growth in staff, and development of an effective grant-making strategy that leads to proven results. Triple the size of the fund in 5 years.
  2. Develop and deepen strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders that advance the Foundation’s mission, strengthen its financial position, and be a catalyst for community engagement and change.
  3. Build the brand--secure the Foundation’s position as the primary source for community philanthropy, and ensure high-quality and high performance fund management and donor services.

Detailed goals for Leadership, Asset Building & Management, Community Impact, Grantmaking, Finance, Management & Public Relations are described in full in a long version of this position description :


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred.
  • Career experience at the senior level in a community foundation is preferable, especially in connecting donors with causes to create community-wide impact or
  • Nonprofit management or leadership experience in an organization focused on human services, education, health, community development, poverty, or related issues.
  • At least five+ years of documented fundraising success, in direct, individual major gift solicitation, planned giving, capital or endowment, or comprehensive campaigns. 
  • Grant-making experience, especially utilizing effective philanthropy practices
  • Track record in growing an organization, program, or enterprise.
  • Track record in building productive and strategic relationships with civic leaders, government, and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Developing and/or implementing programs that have demonstrable impact.
  • Experience in governance
  • Leading and implementing a strategic plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Ability to take initiative, and seize leadership roles when a need is realized.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and persuade across broad audiences from diverse backgrounds: grant seekers, board members, community leaders, donors, and the Foundation staff.
  • Proficiency in using technology, social media, and basic office equipment.


  • Working knowledge of nonprofit finance, budgeting, and forecasting; ability to understand and translate audited financial statements.
  • Demonstrated business acumen and capacity for balancing the competing needs within the community foundation
  • Strategic thinking; strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational, project management and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership skills to form deep linkages within the community to enable CFSJ to become a catalyst for productive community change
  • Able to lead, encourage, mentor, and manage staff effectively
  •  Capacity to develop evaluation tools
  •  Capable of assessing highly political landscape.

Personal Qualities

  • Capacity to work independently, prioritize tasks, and balance short- and long-term goals and follow-through.
  • Ability to work in a positive relationship with community group, volunteers, boards and committees
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector in New Jersey; respected by your professional peers.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to and use the following subject line: Executive Director CFSJ: Your Last Name, Your First Name.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until September 30 or until the position is filled. No telephone inquiries please.

The Community Foundation of South Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a diverse team and encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.