THE NORD FAMILY FOUNDATION MISSION
We partner to advance equity, expand access to opportunity,
and build thriving and inclusive communities.
INTRODUCTION TO THE FOUNDATION
The Nordson Foundation was established in 1952 by the
entrepreneur and industrialist W.G. Nord and his wife Virginia Nord
with the belief that it was responsible and prudent for a
successful business to provide a consistent investment in the
community in which it is located.
The Nord Family Foundation was established in 1988 as an
offshoot of The Nordson Foundation to continue that commitment by
investing in the communities where descendants of W.G. and Virginia
Nord live. The Foundation has historically operated in Lorain and
Cuyahoga Counties, Ohio; the Columbia, South Carolina region; Yates
County, New York; Boston and Denver (other communities in which
descendants of W.G. and Virginia Nord live can also be considered
for support). With current assets of $182.5 million and a
grantmaking budget of $10 million, the Foundation provides support
in the areas of health and social services, arts and culture,
education, and civic affairs. The Foundation is currently
represented by five generations of descendants of W.G. and Virginia
Nord and their spouses, nine of whom serve as Board members with
three additional trustees from the community. (The Foundation
membership is composed of all direct descendants of W.G. and
Virginia Nord aged 18 and above and their spouses and adopted
The Nord Family Foundation has a record of being a trusted and
valued partner in supporting innovative and accountably managed
programs and organizations that address many of the most pressing
needs in their communities.
The Nord Family Foundation is headquartered in Amherst, Ohio
(Lorain County) where the Nordson Corporation was founded. The
Foundation is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and
accessible work environment, and further recognizes that diversity
in our workforce fosters excellence and is reflected in the
Foundation’s values. We believe culture, communication, training,
and creative work benefit from in-office interactions. The
Executive Director is expected to work in office, live in Lorain
County or a nearby community, and travel to accomplish the work of
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Do you believe in philanthropy as a partnership and catalyst
to facilitate community engagement and change?
Are you dedicated to empowering communities to grow, thrive,
and realize their own aspirations? Do you value diverse voices from
the community, and can you build effective community
Are you a natural convener energized by the power of
Would you find it purposeful and rewarding to partner with a
multigeneration family to address the most profound needs of the
communities in which they live by connecting people, resources, and
Do you enjoy developing and building upon strategic
frameworks to attain organizational goals?
PRIORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Oversee the programs, administration, and financial operations
in a manner that supports the Foundation’s mission and enhances the
- Assist with development of the Foundation’s strategic plan and
direct its implementation.
- Have overall management responsibility for developing and
maintaining a responsive, efficient, and accountable organization
that reports to the Board of Trustees.
- Advance the Foundation’s culture and organizational success
through a leadership style based on collaborative, people-centered
- Represent the Foundation with integrity; maintain a high
professional profile in the communities it supports and in the
regional and national philanthropic sector.
- Oversee, motivate, and retain a high-achieving staff, currently
six full- and part-time members.
- Work with the Board to establish the Foundation’s programs,
grantmaking focus, and priorities.
- Build strong relationships and maintain regular communication
with the Board president, Trustees, and Foundation members; provide
them with leadership and support in their work for the
- Attend all Board and Board committee meetings. Provide reports
and updates on all current programs, project timelines, staff
performance, implementation of the Foundation’s strategic plan, and
overall organizational progress.
- Implement Board-approved organizational policies, procedures,
and plans, including the Foundation’s strategic plan; attend to the
metrics under such plans and regularly report to the Board on the
achievement of the metrics.
- Communicate Board decisions appropriately to staff and build
support for Board decisions amongst staff.
- Work closely with the Board to plan for the long-term future of
the Foundation, including establishing programs to prepare younger
generations for participation in the Foundation.
- Establish operational goals in collaboration with the Board,
staff, and other stakeholders and oversee management of the
organization to meet those objectives; periodically report on the
achievement of those operational goals.
- Organize, motivate, and mentor staff to execute programs that
leverage the Foundation’s impact and fulfill its mission with
creativity and purpose.
- Foster a culture that encourages collaboration and
contributions from the staff and outside partners.
- Define measurements of performance and report on progress
towards their fulfillment.
- Oversee staff hiring, development, performance assessment and
HR policy development.
- Oversee the Foundation’s grantmaking program, including the
implementation of strategies and focus areas consistent with the
Foundation’s strategic plan and its mission, review of grant
applications, response to letters of inquiry, preparation of grant
evaluations, and other matters requiring Board attention or action;
oversee the evaluation and data collection to ensure effectiveness
of the Foundation’s grantmaking investments and progress towards
stated outcomes in grantmaking program.
- Stay abreast of policy issues related to the Foundation’s
grantmaking; engage expert consultation and conduct public policy
research related to issues of concern to the Foundation and future
grant action consistent with the Foundation’s strategic plan.
- Oversee the management of the Foundation’s physical properties
(headquarters, historic structures, rental properties) and the
contracted facility manager.
Financial Management and Compliance
- Oversee the Foundation’s operational fiscal integrity.
Coordinate the development of the annual budget including
submission to the Board for approval.
- Review and coordinate submission of the monthly financial
statements to the Finance Committee and Treasurer which accurately
reflect the Foundation’s performance against the annual
- Prudently direct resources and manage all financial operations
within budget guidelines to ensure maximum utilization of resources
and according to current laws and regulations.
- Participate in monitoring the policies for and performance of
the Foundation’s investment portfolio, for which overall and final
responsibility remains with the Board’s Finance Committee and their
- Oversee and direct the preparation of the Foundation’s annual
tax and other regulatory filings.
- Work closely with financial leadership and legal counsel to
ensure that the Nord Family Foundation complies with all relevant
state and federal regulations; communicate those requirements to
the Board and stay current on proposed or approved regulatory
changes that may affect the Foundation.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND
- Present and promote the Nord Family Foundation and its mission,
programs, partners, staff, and members in a consistently positive
- Maintain a high professional profile in the local community and
the regional national philanthropic sector, projecting integrity
- Represent the Foundation and serve as chief spokesperson at
public events, conferences, and partnership meetings.
- Welcome opportunities to develop innovative, purposeful,
collaborative programs with other nonprofit, for-profit, public and
- Build interest in engaged philanthropy among nonprofit partners
and the public.
- Manage all aspects of the Foundation’s marketing and public
IDEAL VALUES, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS
- A record of accomplishment in strategic planning, program
development, financial and organizational management. Experience
with family foundations specifically is an asset.
- Thought leadership in philanthropy and the Foundation’s
specific areas of focus.
- A consultative and inclusive management style.
- Personal and professional collegiality, acumen, and
collaborative skills that instill confidence in the Board, family
members, staff, grantees, and partner organizations.
- An active listener who is open to new ideas and is committed to
building a learning organization.
- An empathetic connection to the Foundation grantees and
communities, their needs, and aspirations.
- Proven record as an effective organizational spokesperson in
collaboration with Board leadership and staff.
- Strong writing and public-speaking skills.
- Ten years of experience with increased levels of responsibility
for management and program development.
- Graduate degree as well as demonstration of continuing
The annual base salary for this position is expected to be in
the $215,000 range. In addition, this role is eligible for a
competitive benefits package.
Nominations and applications, including cover letters and
resumes, should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at