After selling a division of Generac Power Systems in 1998, the Kerns established The Kern Family Foundation, a grant making organization dedicated to ensuring that the rising generation has access to the opportunities that made their success possible.
In keeping with their vision, the Foundation enriches American lives by promoting the value of work, developing the formation of good character, increasing educational achievement – particularly in science, technology, engineering and math – and instilling an entrepreneurial mindset, especially in undergraduate engineering students.
The Foundation intentionally focuses on systemic change, rather than charity, by funding broad impact, long-term programs.
ABOUT THE OPENING
The Kern Family Foundation seeks a Program Director and Team Leader for its Faith, Work, and Economics Program.
The Program Director and Team Leader (PDTL) plays several important roles and possesses some key characteristics. S/he first serves as an ambassador of the Kern family, representing the ethos of the Kern family both within and outside the Foundation. S/he is a steward of the Kern family’s generosity and legacy. The PDTL plays the role of servant leader, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and, at times, the benefactors to discern donor intent and conceptualize, design, and advance strategies and partnerships that help achieve the Kern family’s mission and vision. The PDTL also serves as translator and communicator, clearly communicating the Foundation’s mission and inspiring people and organizations to be a part of that mission. S/he is a relationship builder, recognizing that the best results come not from transactional relationships but from partnership. The PDTL is an evaluator, assessing the alignment of potential partner organizations and, once an investment has been made, evaluating a project’s progress and success.