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Director, The Center for Family Philanthropy

Position Description

Akron Community Foundation seeks a full-time Director of The Center for Family Philanthropy. The Director will focus their efforts on connecting with and engaging charitable families in Summit and Medina counties. This position requires a variety of skills, including a background in relationship building, development, public speaking and meeting facilitation. This candidate will join a strong development team as a trusted advisor to our community’s philanthropic families, helping them maximize their personal charitable goals and providing philanthropic planning services. This person is responsible for growing the community foundation’s $239 million endowment, primarily by helping to create new funds and by attracting gifts to existing funds.

The Director of The Center for Family Philanthropy reports to the Vice President and Chief Development Officer. The Director will work within the framework of a newly established Center for Family Philanthropy, which will function as a resource center to connect current fundholders and private family foundations to the charitable knowledge and resources of Akron Community Foundation. The Director will provide confidential consulting services based on each family’s highly personalized charitable and financial goals, helping them to create a charitable legacy while maximizing tax benefits. The Director will also connect these families with the community foundation’s nonprofit expertise and provide hands-on educational opportunities in specific grantmaking interest areas when appropriate. 

In addition, the Director will facilitate the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists, an exclusive training/engagement program on strategic charitable giving for emerging donors ages 25 to 45. 

To be successful, the Director will:

  1. Expand and enhance the development and family service capabilities of the community foundation while working in collaboration with other staff who support this effort.
  2. Coordinate and execute the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists six-month training course schedule, meeting its primary goals of identifying, educating and inspiring Akron’s emerging philanthropists.
  3. Have an intimate understanding of relationship building, stewardship, major gift processes, planned gifts, collaborative opportunities and small-group facilitation.
  4. Assist fundholders and donors in achieving their philanthropic goals by facilitating their giving and providing services to enhance the impact of their current and future grantmaking.
  5. Collaborate and work with the Director of Development & Professional Advisor Relations and our community’s legal, accounting and financial advisors to add a charitable giving and planning component to the services they provide to our fundholders and private family foundations.
  6. Drive growth of the endowment in all areas, including donor-directed and board discretionary funds.  

Personal Characteristics

The person in this position should have a high level of integrity and excellent communication, facilitation and leadership skills. The Director should be a self-starter who manages details in a complex environment with a broad and diverse constituency. This person should demonstrate an extensive knowledge of fundraising and financial affairs, while possessing excellent conceptual, planning, organizational and management skills. This member of our team will use these skills to grow the number of relationships with the community foundation. Candidates for this position should have the communication and financial skills to motivate and influence potential fundholders, private family foundations, and donors to take significant philanthropic action for the betterment of the Greater Akron community. They should also embody the organization’s values of passion, excellence, accountability, quality of life, and collaboration to build and strengthen relationships both inside and outside the organization.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of The Center for Family Philanthropy will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee business consulting services with fundholders, private foundations, families and corporations
  • Develop a pipeline of prospective fundholders, donors, families and private family foundations
  • Develop and monitor a comprehensive stewardship program through identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Manage a portfolio for a select group of high net worth individuals, private family foundations, fundholders and prospects, in coordination with the Director of Development & Professional Advisor Relations
  • Grow our legacy society through bequests and other future gifts and enhance the value of that legacy society to its members
  • Collaborate and work with the Director of Development & Professional Advisor Relations and other team members regarding the community foundation’s professional advisor network to coordinate contacts and cultivation processes as they relate to family philanthropy
  • Develop and execute educational programs for the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists, fundholders, families, private family foundations, professional advisors and top prospects
  • Connect existing donor-advised fundholders, families and private family foundations to charitable opportunities in the community that emerge through the foundation’s discretionary grantmaking process
  • Promote philanthropy by maintaining up-to-date industry knowledge on trends and legislation that impact our donors and fundholders
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree helpful
  • CFRE, 21/64, and/or professional credential desired
  • Minimum of 7 years in a development or education role in financial, professional or philanthropic services
  • Proven record of experience in developing and maintaining relationships on a highly professional, confidential and service-oriented basis
  • Strong record of securing major gifts and of relationship management and stewardship
  • Proven ability to facilitate meetings and understand family dynamics
  • Strong knowledge of the financial and/or legal aspects of development work

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience with and dedication to a high level of customer service
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and tasks efficiently and effectively
  • A genuine dedication to our culture of a collaborative and team-oriented work environment
  • Persistence and accountability to manage projects through to completion
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, database management and internet research, as well as the potential to master new software programs
  • Willingness to handle flexible hours, including nights and weekends when needed
  • Demonstrated commitment to philanthropy and community service
  • An exhibited positive attitude; reliable, self-motivated, organized and detail-oriented
  • Solid work ethic and ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to discreetly handle confidential information such as contributions and other related correspondence
  • Willingness to learn community foundation and private foundation rules and regulations

How to Apply

Akron Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified candidates should send their cover letter, resume, salary requirements, references and portfolio links to the attention of Mrs. Margaret Medzie, vice president and chief development officer, to dherman@akroncf.org by Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. 

Mailing address:  
Margaret Medzie
Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Akron Community Foundation
345 W. Cedar St. 
Akron, OH 44307