Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF) is seeking a committed, inclusive, and dynamic community leader to serve as their Chief Executive Officer. This role will be a leader of leaders as they provide direction, focus, and influence for the success of CCCF’s mission, vision and implementation of the strategic plan. This role will oversee the day-to-day operations in partnership with the executive team, ensure DEI is at the heart of everything they do, and cultivate positive and healthy relationships with the internal team, board, donors, and community partners.
The ideal candidate will be nimble and entrepreneurially minded combined with intellectual curiosity and political savvy. The individual will be charismatic, engaging, and an authentic communicator who brings a passion for sharing the values of the Foundation with the community.
Reports to: CCCF Board of Directors
Location: Columbia, SC
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Strategic and Visionary Leadership
- Provide visionary and strategic leadership for the Foundation in alignment with its mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
- Strategically expand and strengthen the existing organizational infrastructure.
- Ensure an understanding and respect for the importance of legal compliance in all aspects of the Foundation’s work.
- Develop and implement annual and long-term goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for the Foundation’s programs, operations, finances, and governance.
- Create vision to translate the organization’s DEI values and commitments into specific strategies and actions, including advancing and sustaining an organizational culture of inclusion.
- Remain adept in public policy matters and maintain familiarity with leveraging financial resources to advance equity commitment to social justice and upward economic mobility across the region.
CCCF Visibility and Community Awareness
- Build genuine and lasting relationships across an 11-county region with constituents including fund holders, donors, nonprofit organizations, corporations, government entities, and the community at large.
- Strengthen existing and cultivate new relationships with CCCF’s key community stakeholders, including family and private foundations, other funders, public-sector leaders, nonprofit leaders, and private-sector partners.
- Mobilize community action while navigating the political and cultural systems; balance the varied needs of CCCF’s multiple constituents.
- Serve as the key spokesperson and public face of CCCF to its grantees, donors, civic and community leaders.
- Deepen, strengthen, diversify, and expand relationships with Midlands nonprofit organizations, funders, professional advisors, associations, businesses, and government entities to amplify the effectiveness and visibility of the Foundation.
- Interact with a broad range of community, nonprofit sector, and political leaders, identifying and shaping opportunities for the Foundation to serve as a collaborator on complex or emerging issues.
- Function as an influential coalition builder, working in partnership throughout the region to create a new reality of collaborative philanthropy.
Fund and Resource Development
- Cultivate trust with donors and constituents in a professional and empathetic manner.
- Increase the Foundation’s assets and endowment to support the implementation of our strategic plan for community benefit and the Foundation’s sustainability.
- Continue to grow the Foundation’s community of fundholders while actively stewarding current donors and fundholders.
- Generate and grow revenue and seek out new and innovative revenue streams.
- Identify opportunities that connect donors to the causes they care about and those that are of strategic importance in our community.
- Interpret and use data to inform development strategies.
- Nurture high levels of engagement with financial and legal advisors across the region to position the Foundation as a resource for clients and their families.
- Guide CCCF in increasing its impact by attracting high-net-worth and next-generation fundholders.
- Attract resources from traditional sources while expanding the Foundation’s reach to new audiences and new relationships.
Talent, Culture, and Team Development
- Lead and manage a high-performing team of staff members accountable for their respective areas of responsibility.
- Empower employees to take ownership of the contribution they each make to the organizational culture.
- Foster a healthy and positive culture that attracts high-quality staff and makes investment in professional development a priority.
- Promote employee engagement through intentional opportunities across the organization that allow for every employee to experience the CCCF culture positively and personally.
- Create an environment of cultural and social flexibility with a professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- In collaboration with senior leadership, develop career paths for employees that drive individual growth, organizational contribution, and long-term tenure.
- Advocate for DEI, including board engagement and staff support and training.
Business and Financial Management
- Possess a strong understanding of the financial complexities and opportunities inherent to a community foundation.
- Distill legal, financial, and business information to guide priorities.
- In partnership with the Chief Financial Officer, manage the financial health and integrity of the Foundation to ensure its operational and financial sustainability.
- Oversee the Foundation’s financial management, assuring responsible fiscal management and reporting, budget development and management, and adherence to audit and national foundation standards.
- Execute all activities and decisions in a legally compliant, ethical, and transparent manner, ensuring CCCF resources are used in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Partner with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to put into practice a robust set of board development activities, including orientation, continuing education, and leadership succession.
- Support the Board Chair, officers, and committee chairs in making recommendations and implementing policies.
- Ensure that the Board and its committees function effectively.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND LEADERSHIP ATTRIBUTES
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution is required.
- At least 10 years of experience leading a complex, multifaceted organization with transparency and accountability in the corporate, educational, philanthropic, governmental, or nonprofit sectors.
- An inclusive, consensus-building leadership style that nurtures a culture of belonging, both in and out of the public spotlight.
- Proven ability to attract, develop, and retain an exceptional executive team consisting of skilled leaders and managers.
- Demonstrated experience collaborating externally with diverse stakeholder groups, including working with boards and corporate leaders in the community.
- Possess sound internal fiscal practices, including balanced budgets and division of financial responsibilities.
- Utilize diverse communication strategies to provide clear, proactive, and transparent communication.
- Be highly visible, approachable, accessible, and welcoming to all stakeholders. Experience in fundraising and donor development.
- Demonstrated values that center on equity, inclusion, and respect.