Executive Director (ACF)

The Arlington Community Foundation, established in 1991, is a non-profit charitable foundation that provides philanthropic leadership in Arlington County, Virginia, through grant making, scholarships and civic leadership promoting and improving the quality of life throughout the community. The Foundation serves as a bridge between philanthropic donors and those in need and between public and private interests. The Foundation is a leader convening non-profits, government entities and funders to collaboratively address critical issues and opportunities confronting the community.

The Foundation currently has over $18 million in assets. Through approximately 150 donor advised funds and organizations, the Foundation supports homelessness prevention, youth and families in need, education and other community needs and interests. The “Fund for Arlington” meets emerging community needs as they occur. Through its scholarship program, the Foundation is the largest provider of college scholarships in Arlington, giving over $ 500,000 to 200 deserving students in 2017 alone.

Through the Nonprofit Resource Center, the Foundation works with Arlington’s nonprofits and government to maximize their impact through collaborating more effectively.


Overall Objective

The Foundation Board of Trustees seeks to hire an Executive Director who has the vision and passion to lead the organization into its next chapter. The Executive Director must demonstrate outstanding development, strategic, and leadership skills, an ongoing commitment to organizational excellence, and an appreciation of the unique aspects of Arlington.


Purpose of The Position

As the chief executive of the Foundation, the Executive Director is responsible for sustaining and advancing the mission of the Foundation in collaboration with the Board of Trustees. He/she provides the leadership and overall supervision for all aspects of the Foundation’s operations on both a day-to- day and a strategic long term basis including but not limited to: resource development; fiscal management; communications and marketing; personnel; program oversight and accreditation.


Scope of Responsibility

The Executive Director currently manages a staff of three consisting of a Manager of Operations and Program Support Services, Director of the Arlington Nonprofit Resource Center and an Administrative Assistant.


Principal Responsibilities



  • Implements the vision, mission and strategy of the foundation. Establishes current and long term goals and objectives in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.
  • Works with the Board of Trustees to implement, update and measure programs toward long range strategic and near term goals and objectives.
  • Advises the Board of Trustees as to whether the strategic plan continues to reflect the needs of the community and the capabilities of the Foundation.



  • Responsible for the Foundation’s fiscal integrity. Oversees the adequacy and soundness of the organization’s financial structure and performance. Responsible for the preparation of the organization’s annual budget for consideration and adoption by the Board of Trustees. Oversees performance in accordance with the adopted budget. Manages the Foundation’s resources within budget guidelines; provides financial reports and budget analysis for the Board’s review and approval.
  • Directs and administers the operations of the Foundation, including grant and scholarship program activities, donor and agency fund management, financial systems, community outreach, external relations and database management.
  • Leads, engages and retains a diverse staff ensuring operations are executed with excellence andin accordance with the organization’s policies.
  • Recruits, engages, motivates and retains diverse staff and partner organizations to realize the Foundation’s vision. Successfully delivers its programs and services while overseeing staff development in support of the Foundation’s strategic plan.
  • Ensures programmatic and administrative efficiencies. Recommends timelines and resources to achieve goals and proposes new ways of conducting the Foundation’s operations.
  • Oversees the operations of the Foundation’s special programs, including but not limited to those of its Nonprofit Resource Center.
  • Reviews and approves contracts for services or supervises delegation of this function.



  • Develops an original and comprehensive development plan and strategies to cultivate philanthropic assets and operating resources.
  • Oversees fundraising, and special events, and relationships with sponsors.
  • Implements donor relations and agency fund programs and serves as primary contact for donors and potential donors.
  • Assists the Board’s Development Committee to identify potential sources of funds to fiscally support the operations of the Foundation and to develop donor advised and agency funds.
  • Researches potential donors and establishes strategies to approach major donors.



  • Leads the development and implementation of a communications plan that is intended to foster public awareness of the Foundation and its philanthropic activities.
  • Manages effective communication tools to support community relations and fundraising including the Foundation’s website, Facebook and other social media sites, brochures, general information and presentation materials.
  • Represents the Foundation before a variety of public forums and multiple constituencies including major funders, stakeholders, government officials, community leaders, corporate entities, other non- profits and the general public.
  • Seeks and responds to public relations opportunities that will assist in building public awareness.
  • Creates innovative partnerships with businesses or other institutions that address community needs and leverages collective resources.



  • Ensures programs and grants deliver their stated performance goals and other outcomes in compliance with the pertinent laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Sets high standards of quality for the Foundation programs. Recommends new programs and the modification or discontinuation of current programs consistent with strategic objectives.
  • Reviews quality and programming results of the organization, compares them to established objectives and takes steps to ensure that appropriate measures are enacted to achieve desired results.
  • Monitors current and future business and industry trends and develops strategies to address those trends.



  • Serves as the staff’s primary liaison with the officers of the Foundation and other members of the Board of Trustees responsible for management of the Board’s committee activities.
  • Keeps Board members informed of and involved in all aspects of the organization through a variety of formal and informal meetings and communications.
  • Attends, or is represented by a designee at all meetings of the Board of Trustees or operational committee meetings with the exception of executive sessions.
  • In collaboration with Board of Trustees assists in recruitment and orientation of new trustee and committee members.


Personal Qualifications

  • A demonstrated creative and energetic leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. A proven administrator with the ability to motivate, inspire and instill confidence in others. A person who is externally focused with development activities a priority.
  • A proven strategic thinker. Nimble, pragmatic and flexible with the highest level of integrity. A thought leader with a track record of integrating cutting edge programs and ideas.
  • A visionary who can create excitement and energy around the Foundation’s mission and encourage others to support the organization and its initiatives.
  • A collaborative leader, comfortable working with a broad range of individuals and personalities to build strong workingrelationships.
  • A service oriented leader with proven business acumen.
  • An individual who believes in the mission of the Foundation and can communicate a genuine caring and enthusiasm for its activities to donors, nonprofits and the community at large.


Professional Qualifications

  • Prior non-profit leadership and fundraising experience, preferably with a community foundation, managing diverse programs and constituencies.
  • At least ten years of increasingly responsible administrative and operational nonprofit experience, at least five of which were at an executive level in a management and fundraising capacity.
  • Proven ability to lead and direct a non-profit organization, build and supervise a strong staff and foster an effective working relationship with a board of trustees or board of directors.
  • Proven networking capabilities across diverse organizations and a demonstrated ability to motivate organizations and individuals to support a common goal and purpose.
  • Experience developing effective communication strategies and promoting messages among targeted constituencies using all forms of communication including social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, engage and motivate staff and serve as a role model for the organization.
  • Proven ability to lead funding initiatives and create new approaches to raising money for the organization.
  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills. Proficient at facilitating discussions with diverse audiences including practitioners, policy makers, the media and researchers.



A BA/BS degree required from fields such as social sciences, business administration, public administration or public policy. Advanced degree preferred in either the nonprofit administrative field and/or the business field.



Competitive Base Salary and Benefits Package



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The Arlington Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such they encourage applications from qualified persons of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.

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  • Tamir Novotny
    published this page in Job Board 2018-05-31 09:27:21 -0400