About the Spungen Family Foundation:
The Florence & Laurence Spungen Family Foundation improves
the quality of life of individuals and families facing health
challenges, and to address issues that particularly affect the
Jewish community. This new position manages the grantmaking,
strategic planning, Board involvement and Next Generation
engagement for a Lake County, IL and Santa Barbara County, CA based
This remote position is part-time, roughly 25 hours per week,
working within proximity to Northern Cook and Lake Counties, IL.
This position must be located near enough to this area to
participate in face-to-face meetings as needed (potentially weekly,
semi-monthly or monthly) and be interested in getting to know and
support this community. Very limited travel is expected as part of
this job with 1-2 trips per year to Santa Barbara, CA or
The Foundation is at a critical point of growth, having received
a notable transfer of assets in 2022, which is increasing the
giving budget each year. The grantmaking priorities of the
foundation have evolved and currently focus on mental wellness,
families experiencing poverty, specifically in the areas of
homelessness and food insecurity, and Holocaust education and
genocide prevention. This position is critical in helping the
foundation define its sub-priorities within mental wellness and
homelessness, identify local organizations working on these issues,
and develop impactful relationships. Previous areas of interest
have included a focus on health care, caregiving, and Jewish
In addition to a five-person Board of Directors, the Foundation
has a broader Next Generation network to be supported, connected,
and engaged with the hopes of bringing them into foundation
participation and leadership in future years.
The foundation holds a significant Collection of Holocaust
artifacts which is managed, in tandem, entirely by the Curator and
Board. The Executive Director has very limited involvement with the
Holocaust Postal Collection which operates parallel to the
The Executive Director for the Florence and Laurence Spungen
Family Foundation will provide strategic and operational leadership
to a multi-generational family foundation with annual grantmaking
of $1.25M. Key responsibilities include:
- Grantmaking: Identify, evaluate and recommend grant
opportunities that align with the foundation’s strategic giving
areas. Develop strong knowledge of the foundation’s focal areas and
trends in the field. Manage inflow of new grant requests, conduct
due diligence and site visits, and prepare proposals and funding
recommendations for board review.
- Liaising with grantees: Maintain open and responsive
partnerships with grantees. Prepare grant agreements and
transmittal letters, develop protocols for grantee reporting and
outcomes tracking, and maintain digital filing system for all
grantmaking materials. Identify opportunities to learn from
grantees and serve as a resource to them.
- Board Engagement: Prepare materials and trustees for board
meetings, partner with board chair to facilitate board meetings,
and perform follow-up actions related to the meeting, such as
preparing minutes and tracking action items. Support ongoing
learning and engagement of board members, including identifying
opportunities for site visits, deepening expertise in the
foundation’s giving areas, and providing direct support for board
members in exploring opportunities to allocate their discretionary
and general grants budgets.
- Strategic planning: Support the Foundation to develop annual
goals and advance its grantmaking focus. Deepen expertise in the
Foundation’s focal areas and refine the Foundation’s grantmaking
sub-priorities and giving guidelines over time. Proactively
identify opportunities to strengthen the Foundation’s work and
improve systems and processes to ensure appropriateness for the
Foundation’s size and needs.
- Next Gen Engagement: Maintain periodic communication with Next
Gen family members to nurture their interest and future engagement
with the Foundation. Support an annual gathering or retreat for
next gen members that advances their philanthropic skills and
- Fiscal management: manage basic day-to-day accounting needs of
the Foundation including liaising with accountants and bookkeepers,
develop and monitor the annual budget, support financial data
gathering for tax preparation, and oversee FLSFF’s investments in
coordination with the Finance & Investment Committee.
- Administrative duties: Provide administrative support for the
Foundation such as scheduling meetings, managing records, and
developing policies and procedures as necessary.
- Legal compliance: Ensure the Foundation complies with relevant
state, local and federal requirement such as supporting tax filings
and annual report. Maintain familiarity with private Foundation
best practices such as avoiding conflicts of interest or
- Public, media, and sector relations: represent FLSFF to various
stakeholders, responding to inquiries from the public and media,
and ensure the website and social media are up to date.
- Stay abreast of developments and best practices in family
philanthropy and help members of the Board do the same.
- Human resources: provide dotted-line oversite to employees,
consultants, and volunteers.
- Commitment to Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation's
- Ability to be a thought leader and guide the Board of Trustees
while being led by the Board's vision and direction
- Proven ability to bring diverse perspectives together around a
- Knowledge of Lake and Cook Counties’ nonprofit community OR
issues in family philanthropy
- Nonprofit leadership experience as a Program Officer, Program
Manager, Program Director, or Executive Director.
- 7 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree, or alternately 5
years of experience and a master’s degree in a related field such
as nonprofit management, social work, public policy, public health,
community development, Jewish studies, business administration,
- Independent with an ability to work relatively
- Ability to be flexible, adaptable, and to balance big picture
and detailed work
- Experience with reviewing and understanding organizational
budgets and financial statements.
- Integrity, thoughtfulness, and curiosity.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools and Outlook.
An Ideal Candidate will also hold:
- Knowledge of mental wellness, homelessness, or the Jewish
community with a demonstrated interest in Lake and Cook
- Demonstrated passion for impacting change via nonprofit
- Strong interpersonal skills, and leadership experience
including communicating and working with internal and external
stakeholders to build successful partnerships.
- Ability to independently conceptualize and manage project
plans, and work on multiple goals simultaneously.
- Demonstrated problem-solving and strong analytical, written,
and verbal communication skills.
Compensation & benefits:
The Foundation offers a competitive salary and the opportunity
to lead a small foundation. This position is part-time, working
roughly 25 hours per week throughout the year. A competitive
part-time salary with a range of $69,000 - $87,500 commensurate
with experience will be offered, with a benefits package that is
actively being determined.
Office space is available, if needed, in Waukegan, Illinois with
a remote work environment. The Executive Director is expected to be
in meetings in the Northern Cook and Lake Counties area, as needed.
At this time, the staff of the foundation is a team of three – the
Executive Director, a Curator and Admin Assistant. The Curator and
Admin Assistant report directly to a Trustee, with a dotted line
reporting relationship to the Executive Director. We invite
candidates without prior executive director experience.
Equal Opportunity Hiring Statement:
The Spungen Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
It is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all employees,
applicants, and grantees. The foundation does not discriminate
against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability,
age, or political affiliation. We encourage all qualified
applicants, especially members of historically underrepresented
groups, to apply.
How to Apply:
We welcome interested candidates to send a resume and cover
letter outlining your skills and qualifications to Executive
Director Search Committee: SpungenED@gmail.com
Please save and upload your cover letter and resume in one
combined pdf document.
We invite applications by the deadline of February 24, 2023.
Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you
to apply early. Position is open until filled.
Inquiries may be directed to us at the email above.