Exciting Opportunity to be the President and CEO of a Community Foundation Meeting Community Needs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) seeks an experienced, engaging, and tech-savvy nonprofit leader to become its next President and CEO.  OBCF is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the Outer Banks area and was created to help meet local needs in Dare County and across all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island.  OBCF provides leadership in the field of philanthropy, supporting a diverse field of nonprofit agencies with grants, education, and guiding numerous donors toward their charitable goals.  In addition, the Community Foundation brings financial market expertise and access to the local non-profit community. The President and CEO will be an advocate for improving community inequities and will have a passion for meeting community needs.

About the Outer Banks Community Foundation:

The Outer Banks Community Foundation, based in Southern Shores on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, was organized in 1982 as a public charity and accomplishes its mission by increasing charitable giving in the area, by managing charitable funds for individuals and agencies, and by targeting grants toward the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Through its discretionary grants, the Community Foundation is the venture capitalist of the charitable sector in the Outer Banks, supporting the most exciting and most urgent projects which best meet today’s needs. The Community Foundation is the only funding source that reaches all community service organizations on the Outer Banks, in the arts, education, health and human services, historic preservation, and the environment. The Community Foundation is a catalyst, helping the nonprofit sector evolve to take on new challenges and opportunities as they arise. The Community Foundation’s endowments are a resource for future generations to meet the challenges of their times.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages a collection of undesignated assets, charitable funds, and scholarship funds, created by different donors at different times for various purposes. Donors may create funds during their lifetimes or by bequest, for general charitable purposes, or for a particular purpose that they specify. The Community Foundation provides tailored services to help individuals, families, businesses, and other groups pursue their charitable interests easily, effectively, and with maximum tax benefit.  The Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of leading local citizens who serve without compensation. The Board also administers all of the funds of the Community Foundation and approves all grants.

Through the Outer Banks Community Foundation, people who love and appreciate the Outer Banks are able to give something back to the community to help meet the pressing needs of today, while at the same time building a source of support for the future.

More information about the Foundation can be found at https://www.obcf.org/.

About the Position:

Because of its aspirations to significantly increase the Community Foundation’s resources during the next decade to meet community needs, the Board plans to elevate the position from Executive Director to President and CEO at its March 11 meeting. Reporting to a 12-member Board of Directors, and working cooperatively, the President and CEO of OBCF will be responsible for providing leadership in the overall operation and development of the Foundation, including strategic direction, program development, operations, financial management, personnel management and community relations. With a staff of five, the President and CEO will manage $22,335,506 of total assets including $20,164,646 of endowed funds as of 12/31/2020. Endowed fund types include scholarships, donor-advised, organizational, designated, field of interest, unrestricted grant-making, and unrestricted funds. A leader with strong fiscal skills in multi-fund management is essential. Specifically, the President and CEO will work with the Board to match nonprofit and individual needs with grants that align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities.  Simultaneously, the President and CEO will be the driver for resource development to achieve the Board’s aspirations by increasing current and future endowment funds through her/his work with current and prospective donors on taxwise outright and estate gifts. Networking and collaboration through extensive community relations, education, and public relations implemented by effective communication management and measurement of outcomes by objective program evaluation will be essential responsibilities of the CEO.

Key Priorities for the Next President and CEO:

  • Evaluate operations, staffing, and programs to work with Board on Community Foundation strategic priorities.
  • Network with community partners and stakeholders to establish relationships in order to continue seamless matching of Community Foundation resources and needs.
  • Support staff to have passion for the OBCF vision, meet high standards of performance, work together in a unified fashion, and collaborate with partners to meet strategic goals.
  • Assess facility needs and make appropriate recommendations to Board.
  • Review current strategic plan and launch the new one with Board champions.
  • Increase the growth of fund resources through a variety of means including memberships, donor advised funds, corporate and foundation grants, and other creative means.

Qualifications: To be considered, candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; a master’s degree is preferred. The Board prefers 7-10 years of progressive nonprofit experience, including three in a leadership role, along with demonstrated successful fundraising track record and program management experience.

The Successful Candidate:  

  • has a successful track record in program assessment and development, resource development, varied fund management experience, membership management, donor relations, and board relations;
  • works with staff to ensure a passion for the mission, offering opportunities for training and development to support continuity of service, engagement, and retention;
  • appreciates and embraces the unique coastal characteristics of the communities served while leveraging opportunities from new ventures;
  • builds awareness of the Community Foundation, advocates for and is effective in explaining services of the agency to regulatory bodies and programmatic partners, and effectively builds commitment with community stakeholders, nonprofit organizations, and nonprofit consumers for the programs being offered/ sponsored;
  • creates and implements a development plan to raise funds from individual and corporate donors, as well as to secure grants from other funding sources;
  • creatively and adeptly ensures the marketing and communication of programs to eligible nonprofits and consumers through various means;
  • is experienced in developing, managing and coordinating all financial operations, including endowment and operating funds, and ensures all investments and expenditures are handled and maintained according to Board policy and direction;
  • is collaborative, entrepreneurial and innovative with programming design and development;
  • possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings, present publicly, and provide professional and appropriate business level written information utilizing various media;
  • possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities, diplomatically communicating and working with diverse personalities and populations;
  • is resilient in the face of challenges and seeks innovative solutions to problems; and,
  • is disciplined and values accountability with high expectations of self and others while also being an effective and respected leader.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $80,000-105,000 with a median of $89,000.  Generous benefits are offered to include health, vision and dental insurance, retirement, and a paid leave program.

About the Community: The Community Foundation office is located in Southern Shores, NC while serving all of the Outer Banks communities across 200 square miles of barrier islands.  Regular travel in and around the service area will be a requirement of the position.  Relocation to the area within a negotiated period of time is an expectation of the Board.

To confidentially apply for this position, To apply, go to https://agency.governmentjobs.com/developmentalassociates/default.cfm and click on the President and CEO – Outer Banks Community Foundation link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: https://developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/).  All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT to the OBCF website, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application.  Application review begins April 5, 2021.  Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on May 11-12, 2021.   Interviews with the Board will follow at a subsequent time.   All inquiries should be emailed to hiring@developmentalassociates.com.

Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.