The Snider Foundation is a private family foundation located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with two generations of thoughtful, engaged family members currently serving on the Board of Directors. Funding areas include promoting and preserving American values of limited government, individual and economic liberty, and free and private enterprise, supporting Jewish culture and survival, and enriching local communities. Our dedicated, hard-working team describes the office culture as entrepreneurial, fast-paced, responsive, flexible and fun. The focus is on excellence and achieving the best results possible through grant-making.
Directly reporting to the President, and more broadly reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee both the grants team and operations side of the Foundation. We are seeking a capable, personable leader to work closely with the Board, staff, grantees, vendors and philanthropic partners to advance the Foundation’s mission. The Executive Director will be in a unique position that requires managing up and managing down; listening intently and seeking input while continuously making progress; and utilizing exceptional interpersonal skills to lead the Foundation into its next phase.
- Oversees all Foundation operations, both charitable and administrative, implementing the Board’s vision while complying with donor intent and IRS guidelines
- Ensures all activities of the Foundation are consistent with our founder’s vision as outlined in his donor intent letter
- Establishes and maintains excellent relations with all Board Members while managing their diverse interests and expectations
- Assembles and manages a high performing staff (currently we have a team of six) as well as team of outside vendors (financial managers, CPAs, consultants, auditors, lawyers, etc.) to carry out the day-to-day activities of the Foundation in an efficient, seamless manner
- Acts as the “face” of the Foundation, ensuring all activities are well-received in the community
- Represents the Foundation on Boards of organizations and in national/international conversations with philanthropic institutions
- Works with Board Members to inspire broad visions/goals while concurrently motivating and empowering staff and others to make those goals a reality
- Ensures Board Members are well-prepared to carry out their fiduciary and charitable responsibilities
- Supports the activities of the Board by preparing draft agendas, talking points, minutes and other required information; demonstrates an understanding of the division of labor between Board and staff
- Provides overall direction to program and administrative staff consistent with the donor intent letter and grantmaking guidelines; guides the Foundation’s due diligence efforts
- Oversees and manages the Foundation’s fiscal activity, including preparation of annual budgets, the audit, payout, investments and staff salaries/benefits; in each case, the Executive Director implements best practices and internal controls to ensure compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements
- Oversees all hiring/firing, executes all contracts and engagements, establishes and maintains relationships with all vendors, and serves as the primary point-of-contact on staff for public officials and community leaders
- Ten+ years of experience, including proven management experience
- Significant experience in a grantmaking/philanthropic capacity preferred; non-profit or policy experience also valued
- Philosophical alignment with and passion for the values of the Foundation
- Exceptional interpersonal skills; proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with supervisors, direct reports, board members, supporters, allies and key partners
- Significant experience in/knowledge of one or more of the Foundation’s funding areas preferred
- Notable experience working directly with boards and proven ability to navigate the complexity of board management; excitement about working with a highly engaged and diverse board
- Strong organizational and finance skills
- Solid writing and speaking skills
- Displays integrity at all times; models positive behavior and develops it in others
- Bachelor’s degree or higher
Salary and Benefits
This position is full-time. Salary is competitive. Benefits provided, including 401k retirement plan.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- A cover letter including:
- Your interest in leading The Snider Foundation and advancing its mission
- An overview of your leadership and organizational management experience
- An overview of your philanthropic/grantmaking or related experience
- Desired salary range
- A list of at least four professional references who can attest to the material presented by the candidate
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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