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President - The Howley Foundation

The Howley Foundation
Ohio, United States
$150,000.00 - $200,000.00
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Programs, Grant Making
Academic Centers, Education, Religion
Employment Type
Full Time

The Howley Foundation (HF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


We are seeking an energetic and mission driven leader to serve as President.  Any candidate is urged to carefully read the HF Mission and Value Statement (included below).  Alignment with the HF Mission and Values is vital to success in this position.


Location:  Cleveland, Ohio.  The HF downtown Cleveland office. 


Report To:  Chairman and Founder.  The candidate will work closely with the part time but active Chairman and with the HF Board of Directors (certain volunteer board members at times handle significant projects for the HF).  The Chairman will not be at the Cleveland office most of the time.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the day-to-day operations of the HF, ensuring compliance with goals and budgets.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Executive Directors, annual budget and plans for approval by the Board.
  • Develop, with Executive Directors, new educational giving opportunities. 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with high schools, universities, colleges, scholarship recipients, networks, and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee the HF’s performance vs. budget, ensuring efficient resource allocation and responsible stewardship.
  • Work with Executive Directors in a team oriented collaborative manner.
  • Maintain a positive, energetic, upbeat results-oriented environment. 
  • Insist on data-driven grantmaking decisions and agreements with clear performance metrics by our grantees.  
  • Handle a certain number of project/educational institutions directly in order to share the workload and stay close to the practical realities of the HF mission.
  • Comfortable working in a family-based organization/environment.
  • Regularly promote the HF mission.
  • Travel will be required.
  • Fundraising is not required in this job in the foreseeable future; though, past experience could be helpful.

Direct Reports:

  • Executive Director – Cleveland & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
  • Executive Director – Philadelphia (located in Philadelphia)
  • Five (5) full-time employees
  • Various other support services (legal, accounting, tax, etc.) are provided on a part-time or shared basis

Annual Budget:  The HF budget is between $25MM and $50MM per year. 



  • High-energy, smart, honest, self-motivated 
  • Mission-driven
  • Catholic-school background a plus
  • Analytical and metric driven
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills 
  • Clear understanding of character development as a key part of academic excellence


  • Prefer 10+ years of increasing management responsibility or related professional experience.
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by economically disadvantaged students
  • Experience working with Catholic educational institutions is a plus
  • Professional education & experience in a related area is a plus

Education:  Bachelors and/or graduate degree in business or professional area is preferred

Salary & Benefits:

  • Starting salary range between $150k to $200k
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • SIMPLE IRA participation
  • The opportunity to make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of young students 
  • A stimulating work environment with a passionate and mission-driven team

To Apply:  Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining the reason for your interest in this job opportunity by email to




A candidate should be familiar with and clearly aligned with the following HF Mission and Values:


The HF Mission Statement

We believe that over the long-term, the best way to create upward social and economic mobility and improve the lives of economically disadvantaged people is to provide them with quality educational opportunities.  We believe an educated population is better able to deal rationally with a broad range of personal, family, social, and political issues.

The Howley Foundation primarily makes contributions that improve educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students with clear financial need – generally in urban areas. We believe a high-quality education both increases academic learning and provides a significant and demonstrable element of moral character formation and personal responsibility. We support schools and programs that meet both requirements. 

We have a bias to support schools and educational organizations in the Cleveland and Philadelphia areas.  However, we will also support programs and networks in other locations where the concept has the potential to be both unusually and broadly effective; have realistic opportunity to make a significant impact in the community or country; or offer unique opportunities for our target population. 

Our giving tends to be more heavily weighted (though not exclusively) toward Catholic educational institutions.

The HF Values

Educational Values

We believe that access to a quality education is a vital part of a stable democratic society and is often not available to the economically disadvantaged.  We believe an education is the primary way to escape the cycle of poverty for current and future generations, as well as prepare to rationally deal with a broad range of life issues.

We believe a high-quality education requires strong academic learning as well as a significant and demonstrable element of moral character formation and personal responsibility.  We only support schools and programs that meet these requirements. 

The Catholic school system has historically been the best large-scale model for such an education and we would anticipate significant continued support of Catholic schools.  However, we believe that there are also various religious non-Catholic and/or non-religious educational models that now or in the future can also demonstrably meet these requirements for a high-quality education as we define it above. 

Commitment to Effectiveness

We believe that philanthropy, especially in education, can be a significant driver of improved access to quality education and improve the performance of schools.  However, effective giving, like effective investing, is hard, thoughtful, and analytical work. 

Giving can only be effective if it is focused on organizations and programs with a clear, simple, and focused mission; quantifiable and measurable goals; and leadership capable of maintaining the focus and achieving the goals.  This may likely mean that a good concept will not be funded due to the lack of effective management and/or clear measurable plans and goals. 

We will invest our resources when we have a clear understanding of what we are investing in, why we are making this investment, and how we will measure success. We have a strong preference for investing directly in students through academic programs and scholarships.  However, we understand that high quality schools, networks, or new schools at times need capital to expand, continue their program competitively, or sustain their positions. In select circumstances, we will consider capital dollars with a clear rationale and target metric.  We are more likely to consider capital investment for a school when we have a long foundation or family history of involvement. 

In making close calls or difficult choices, we will focus on situations that we know, and we can more likely measure the outcomes clearly and regularly.  Outcomes have the highest likelihood of success when there is clear accountability and good management.  We are not afraid of risk but should be prepared to recognize if a risk did not work and move on if the results are not forthcoming in a reasonable time frame.

Openness to New Ideas and Concepts

We believe that the current methods of delivering effective education to the economically disadvantaged are far from optimized.  Nor is there one available effective formula.  Therefore, the risk of taking on new ideas which meet the Foundation’s mission and values and have a reasonable chance of producing quality and measurable results, is often justified; provided that we understand the risks and the potential for measurable good that may result.  

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