The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ)
seeks to ensure that its community thrives, by building its
Community’s Endowment to support high impact charitable projects,
helping donors achieve their charitable goals, and leading and
partnering in community-level initiatives.
CFHZ serves as a charitable vehicle that creates lasting,
positive change in the Holland/Zeeland area. It currently stewards
$120M in philanthropic assets representing 685 individual funds
established over the last 70 years by a diverse group of
individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. Each
of these funds fit into two broad categories – 165 Community
Endowment Funds totaling $30M in assets and 520 Donor Service funds
totaling $90M in assets. Annually, the Foundation awards more than
$10M in grants and receives more than $12M in incoming gifts, with
90% of incoming gifts and outgoing grants coming from Donor Service
Funds, and 10% coming from Community’s Endowment funds.
CFHZ also serves as a leader, convener, and collaborator with
businesses, government, and nonprofits in the region on some of the
most critical issues affecting the community. In the past, CFHZ has
been a critical partner in advancing housing affordability in the
region, launching an early childhood initiative, and playing a key
role in many COVID response efforts.
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The Foundation seeks a President/CEO who demonstrates a strong
ability to raise community awareness of and to clearly articulate
the innovative vision and direction of the Community Foundation of
Holland/Zeeland. Words that describe the next leader are
ethical, passionate, visionary, relationship builder,
empathetic, diplomatic yet authentic.
The person is a self-starter who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys
building and maintaining strong and authentic donor and stakeholder
relationships. This person must be able to engender trust and
empathy and relate to donors in a highly professional, honest, and
caring manner. Grantmaking experience is a plus, but at a minimum,
the President/CEO must be analytical and able to see the pros and
cons of various programs seeking to improve the community.
The ability to communicate exceptionally well in oral and
written form is necessary for success in this position. As the key
spokesperson for CFHZ, this person must be able to speak
extemporaneously and appropriately on any number of subjects in a
clear and transparent fashion to build trust and support.
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 towards building a thriving community for the
present and future. The next leader will be committed to engaging a
variety of opinions and perspectives on community issues.
The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out
to the community, building authentic relationships with people of
diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and listening to and
building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and
perceptions. Experience convening people sharing disparate
interests and concerns – so that the aspirations and goals of CFHZ
are pursued in a collegial, transparent, and highly participatory
manner – is essential.
High integrity and sound judgment are essential to success in
this role. Strong financial acumen is a highly desired skill with
the knowledge of complex charitable giving instruments, charitable
tax law, and institutional investment strategy being a plus. A
strong affinity for the community is important and existing
relationships and connections to the region are beneficial.
Career experience in a top leadership position in a community
foundation is highly desirable. However, an understanding of the
community foundation’s organizational and financial model is
expected. Leading and empowering a highly competent staff and a
dedicated, committed Board are needed skills as well. Energy,
natural optimism, the ability to be a good listener and a quick
learner are important personal attributes. A sense of humor and
humility are also valued.
The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in
the life of the community by virtue of civic involvement, public
service, volunteerism, or social activities. A Bachelor’s degree is
required. Advanced and continuing education/certification is a
All are welcomed and encouraged to apply. The Community
Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area will provide equal
employment opportunity and not unlawfully discriminate on the basis
of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability,
marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship
status, religion, height, weight, veteran status, genetic
information, pregnancy, or any other status protected by law.
The salary range for this position is between $160,000 and
$180,000 and will be commensurate with experience. CFHZ also offers
a comprehensive benefits package. The successful candidate is
required to relocate to or reside in the Holland/Zeeland
To apply, submit a current resume and a cover letter to
Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3FIuGB0 (click on the
Apply button at the bottom of the page).
For more information about the Community Foundation of the
Holland/Zeeland Area, visit www.cfhz.org.