Executive Director, Pokagon Fund

Established in 2000, The Pokagon Fund “TPF” is a nonprofit private foundation supported by revenue from The Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, MI. The fund’s mission is to enhance the lives of the residents of Southwest Michigan through the financial support of initiatives in the following areas: 

  • Education
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Community Vitality 

TPF collaborates with grantees, municipalities, businesses, service organizations, governmental bodies, donors and individuals to identify issues that are vital to the success of the community and region. By convening residents around a common mission and creating links between resources and the community’s vision for the future, TPF participates in helping the communities it services remain strong.

TPF is a strong, creative organization that is poised to enter a new era of activity and engagement with the community.  As part of TPF’s 2016 Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors charted a bold course that is now guiding its community engagement, leadership and grantmaking priorities. 

The Executive Director is responsible for the development, recommendation and implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors. To that end, the Executive Director is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the Fund’s work, including grantmaking and program services, financial management, public relations, philanthropic services, community relations and leadership activities as well as the internal support systems that govern these activities.  The Board of Directors establishes policy and provides guidance and direction to the Executive Director. 

  •  Provide an inspirational and practical vision to the Fund’s Board and maintain a board-focused approach in all aspects of work.
  •  Maintain and enhance the philanthropic leadership of the Fund through identification of and response to challenges/opportunities in the service area.
  •  Identify and forge collaborative relationships with local, regional and statewide entities to enhance service delivery to Harbor Country residents.
  •  Actively solicit grant requests that align with the Fund’s impact criteria and funding focus areas. Manage grant process from inception to fulfillment. 
  •  Create community awareness of the goals and objectives of the Fund.
  •  Supervise the maintenance of all financial records.
  •  Manage all systems and personnel through which the above functions are achieved.
  • 5-8 years demonstrated experience working in a leadership role for a public/private nonprofit organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills leading to building relationships with widely diverse individuals and groups, demonstrating professionalism and a high sense of confidentiality. 
  • Grant writing and/or grant management experience.
  • Familiarity with the purposes of philanthropic foundations and their relationship to their constituencies. 
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; preferably in philanthropy, community development, planning or a related field.  
How To Apply: 

To be considered for this role, send an updated resume to Matt Jannings, [email protected]

Hiring Organization: 
The Pokagon Fund
Executive Director
City and State: 
New Buffalo MI
Hiring Deadline: 
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