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Chief Executive Officer

New Hanover Community Endowment
North Carolina, United States
$275,000.00 - $325,000.00
Closing date
Jun 5, 2024

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Job Details

The New Hanover Community Endowment (NHCE) is committed to addressing social and health equity, education, community safety, and community development needs in New Hanover County. With a significant $1.3 billion fund, NHCE is in search of a visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead its ambitious mission of making transformational changes that improve the lives of all people living in the community. The NHCE is searching for a CEO to lead a team currently consisting of nine and growing up to double that who are committed to fulfilling the organization’s mission. The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with a track record of navigating complex challenges in a visible, public environment. Reporting directly to the NHCE Board of Directors, the CEO will spearhead strategic initiatives in our grantmaking function, manage a growing organization, and cultivate a powerful team of existing and additional future staff dedicated to transforming outcomes for the community.

Objectives of this Role

  1. Strategic Leadership: Working closely with the NHCE Board of Directors and committees, the CEO will lead all operational aspects of the Endowment with emphasis on strategically guiding the grants process. Through innovative thinking and a strategic mindset, the CEO will develop and execute plans to advance NHCE's mission, driving progress on bold ambitions that advance the goals of the Endowment and benefit the community.
  2. Effective Communication and Collaboration: As the primary liaison with NHCE Board of Directors, staff, the Community Advisory Council, grantees, and other stakeholders, the CEO will foster strong relationships and effective communication channels. With exceptional communication skills, the CEO will serve as the main spokesperson for the organization, increasing awareness and engagement within the community. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of the unique attributes of New Hanover County, its residents, and business owners, leveraging this knowledge to inform strategic decision-making and foster community partnerships.
  3. Financial Management: The CEO will oversee an operating budget of up to $5M and manage a team of up to 20 employees responsible for distributing grants totaling up to $65M annually. With a focus on financial management and strategic planning, the CEO will ensure the efficient allocation of resources to maximize impact and sustainability.

  • Develop strategic operational plans in collaboration with the staff and board of directors to achieve organizational goals. Collaborate closely with NHC leaders, potential grantees, and the Community Advisory Council to ensure effective communication and alignment of objectives.
  • Oversee all external communications, including website, marketing collateral, newsletters, and social media, and press releases to enhance visibility and credibility.
  • Represent the organization at external events to increase visibility, credibility, and market brand, fostering strategic partnerships to expand community awareness and programs.
  • Utilizing existing staff as well as recruiting new additions to staff, develop, and lead a high-performing team dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission, emphasizing community engagement and successful grantmaking efforts.
  • Manage staff members and clients from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the community served by the organization.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a strong preference for a Master of Business Administration.
  • A record of successful leadership and accomplishment in prior experiences preferably with endowments and business organizations
  • Strong experience in public relations and communications
  • Proven success working with a board of directors
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with an innovative approach to managing an endowment
  • Dynamic and charismatic team player who enjoys being the public face of an organization
  • Able to build a team that has high morale and is eager to work for the CEO

Other skills and characteristics that would be preferred

  • Experience in the non-profit sector, preferably with a demonstrated understanding of transformational philanthropy.
  • Familiarity with New Hanover County and North Carolina preferred.

About New Hanover Community Endowment

The New Hanover Community Endowment was established from the sale of the County-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health in 2020. From its sale, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners invested nearly $1.3 billion to form the endowment to benefit the community.

The mission of New Hanover Community Endowment is to improve the health, education, safety, and economic opportunity of every person in the New Hanover County community. The organization seeks to identify and address the root challenges in these areas, aiming for long-lasting and deeply impactful solutions.


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