Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Executive Nonprofit Opportunity: Details





Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Hilton Head Island, SC

President & CEO

Through its grantmaking and leadership initiatives, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry helps foster academic achievement, build economic prosperity, achieve healthy ecosystems, encourage healthy people, support social enrichment, and create vibrant neighborhoods. With more than $70 million invested in the Lowcountry area since 1994, Community Foundation is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry seeks a leader with a strong ability to raise community awareness and clearly articulate an innovative message of vision and direction. This person is a self-starter who seeks out, cultivates and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic donor and stakeholder relationships. The successful candidate must be able to engender trust and empathy and relate to donors in a highly professional, honest and caring manner. This person will understand community investment at a high level and have demonstrated experience and confidence in working with high level donors.

The ability to communicate exceptionally well in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position. As the key spokesperson for the Foundation, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and appropriately on a number of subjects in a clear and transparent fashion in order to build trust and support. The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out to the community, participating with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. The ability to create the appropriate balance of resource acquisition and community commitment in the Lowcountry, where the extremes of assets and needs coexist, is essential.

The successful candidate will be a leader whose passion for service to the community is demonstrated by a career-long dedication to and compassion for improving the human condition. Knowledge of the Lowcountry, along with an understanding and consideration for the special distinctions of the community, is of high importance. Leading, growing, restructuring and empowering a dedicated staff and committed Board are needed skills as well. This person must have a demonstrated track record in implementing technology to enhance fundraising strategies, donor engagement and a higher level of community impact through the application of advanced technological, digital and social media strategies. The ability and interest to “wear many hats” as a leader must be evident. 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.

A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required; a graduate degree or degrees is preferred. Evidence of continuing professional education would be preferred. A demonstrated level of competency of current legal, regulatory, governance and tax issues related to a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is expected. The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in the life of the community in which he or she works through civic involvement, public service, volunteerism and club or social activities.

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