The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) is
launching a search for a mission-driven and experienced executive
leader to serve as President & CEO.
GWCF was founded to engage Worcester County in its own
betterment. With its history of leadership, strong relationships
across sectors, and deep knowledge of the region’s needs and
nonprofits, GWCF has the ability to significantly influence the
priorities of the city of Worcester and the region and help direct
community resources towards the most pressing issues and needs of
the time. GWCF has nearly $200 million under management in
over 550 funds, and annually it distributes over $5 million through
grants and scholarships for programs in education, the arts, health
and human services, and environmental protection.
GWCF seeks a President & CEO who demonstrates a strong
ability to raise community awareness and clearly articulate the
vision and direction for GWCF. An appreciation for the culture of
the region and willingness to understand the challenges and
opportunities within the greater Worcester communities will be
The President & CEO will be an experienced and motivated
executive with the financial and business acumen to provide
oversight for the operational and financial management of a complex
organization. An understanding of investments and knowledge
of portfolio management, and skills working with investment
consultants and advisors is desired. A track record of management
skills and of successfully partnering with an active and
participative governing board will be essential. The President
& CEO will establish and maintain a climate of trust in all
leadership and board-related matters and maintain a learning
environment, encouraging active inquiry by the board and staff in
pursuit of organizational excellence.
The successful candidate will have a sense of shared purpose in
the success of others and the talent to inspire them to engage with
the Foundation. Through philanthropic leadership, this person will
promote the Community Foundation’s culture of integrity,
inclusiveness, transparency and respect in which innovation,
creativity, calculated risk-taking, and shared leadership are
values, and where challenging but critical conversations are
The President & CEO must reflect a true passion for the work
of community foundations and demonstrate their belief in the
importance of building a thriving community for all. Working
with the staff and the Board, this leader will maximize the
Foundation’s impact. A history of successful fundraising with the
demonstrated ability to build relationships, mobilize and connect
donors and partners, attract new funders, and develop new
partnerships is essential. This person must understand and
communicate the value of community investment, be able to engender
trust and successfully relate to donors.
The President & CEO must be a strategic and visionary leader
who embraces progress and is open to examining different views and
ways of working together. This individual must understand the
potential of the Foundation to leverage its financial, social, and
reputational capital to positively impact the community.
Expertise in public policy matters and experience in leveraging
foundation resources to advance equity is essential.
GWCF seeks a leader who can cultivate, support, and inspire a
united high-performing team of staff and volunteers. The
President & CEO must have the temperament and skills to bring
passion, vision, direction, business discipline and inspiration to
the organization. A management approach that is accessible,
collaborative and empowering must be demonstrated. The selected
person must be committed to creating an engaging, respectful, and
inclusive work environment.
GWCF seeks to challenge and change the practices, norms, and
structures that create or perpetuate past, present, and future
inequities. The President & CEO must have demonstrated
leadership in advancing social justice initiatives designed to
address and remedy structural inequalities and inequities. The
ideal candidate must have experience working with diverse
communities and a record of commitment to diversity of thought
throughout the organization.
The President & CEO must give attention to developing and
managing community initiatives. This person understands
community investment at a high level and has demonstrated
experience and confidence in working with donors, service
providers, business, and other civic leaders. The President &
CEO will serve as the key spokesperson for the Foundation and must
demonstrate excellent written and spoken communication skills.
The successful candidate will understand the importance of
place, and be committed to live, work, and play an active role in
the community life of Worcester County. The candidate will have at
least 10 years of nonprofit and/or civic leadership, business
leadership, and philanthropic experience, with at least 7 years in
a managerial role. Deep experience in executive or managerial roles
in a complex organization(s) is preferred. A bachelor’s degree is
required. Advanced degree and prior experience in foundation
leadership is desired.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is committed to a
community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, and
actively welcomes candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to
lead this dynamic, philanthropic organization.
To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to
Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3f6LCTQ (click on the
Apply button at the bottom of the page).
For more information about the Greater Worcester Community
Foundation, visit www.greaterworcester.org