President and CEO, Delaware County Foundation

Founded in 1995, the Delaware County Foundation was created by a group of community leaders who had an interest in providing support for the needs of the County through its nonprofit organizations.  The role of a community foundation is to grow over time to meet the needs of the community now and in the future; mainly by creating endowed funds.  Since its founding, the Delaware County Foundation has grown from the first gift of $100,000 to approximately $14 million in assets.

The Delaware County (Ohio) Foundation is hiring its next president/CEO.  The new president will lead a $14 million community foundation in a fast-growing area of Central Ohio.  Responsibilities include expanding the assets of the foundation through new charitable funds, additional gifts to current funds and providing guidance for grants and scholarships. The president supports a 15-member board of directors and 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff.  At least 10 years related work experience, strong fund-raising background. Major gifts and planned giving experience preferred.

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Desired Attributes
The Board of Directors is looking for someone to grow the Foundation over the next decade. Aligned with the Foundation’s new Strategic Plan, this individual should have an understanding of fund development, and relationship building. He/she will have a passion for serving the community and connecting the needs of the community with the Foundation’s resources and donors. The President will possess an air of trust and be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality. A good communicator, this individual will be working with donors and their representatives, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and community leaders.

The individual will work with those who have a variety of assets and charitable desires. The President will help guide those donors and their advisors using the appropriate charitable techniques.

The successful candidate will possess a combination of personal qualities and professional experiences that match the expectations outlined earlier in the agenda for the new President. The candidate will bring integrity, energy, and an uncompromising work ethic. A baccalaureate degree 5 is required. A master’s degree is preferred. A CAP® (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy) would also be an attractive accomplishment. Experience with fund raising, major gifts, and/or planned giving will be extremely helpful in this role.

The Foundation recognizes that there may be many pathways to a successful candidacy and interest from a variety of venues will be welcomed. While academic credentialing is desirable, an understanding and deep commitment to the mission of the work of the community foundation will be essential. Beyond this, the successful President & CEO should be:

  • A person who will lead with a style that is visionary, creative, strategic, and fiscally responsible;
  • An open and effective communicator, who listens carefully, writes well, and speaks with inspiration;
  • An effective fundraiser, who is able to inspire the region’s philanthropic culture around the needs identified by the Foundation;
  • A person who will enthusiastically acknowledge and actively participate as a leader in the larger Delaware County community;
  • A collaborator with non-profit organizations in the region.
  • One who exercises decisiveness in the daily work of the Foundation, and motivates a lean staff to continue their significant contributions to the organization; and
  • In partnership with a strong and effective Board of Directors, be prepared to develop future iterations of a strategic plan, provide information and guidance for the Board’s ongoing decision-making processes, and provide a template for good Board governance and resource development.
How To Apply: 

The Search Committee is accepting nominations and applications on a rolling basis through July and much of August and will begin to narrow the pool of candidates in early September. Although applications will be accepted until the time a new President/CEO is selected, candidates should submit materials by Friday, August 23, for the most favorable consideration. Final selection will be made in early October, and the new president will be invited to begin work soon after November 1, 2019. Application materials should include:

  • A letter of candidacy that responds to the Agenda for the New President
  • A complete resume
  • The names and contact information (phone and email) for two references, none of whom will be contacted until later in the search nor without the permission of the candidate

All application portfolios will be kept confidential and should be addressed to: Search Committee Delaware County Foundation [email protected] 614-764-2332

Hiring Organization: 
Delaware County Foundation
President and CEO
City and State: 
Lewis Center, OH
Hiring Deadline: 
August 23, 2019