The Christopher Family Foundation (CFF), created in 1997 by Doris K. and Jay W. Christopher, is an outgrowth of The Pampered Chef, a business they founded in their home in 1980. Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, CFF engages in granting and collaboration in line with its mission and is governed by the CFF Board, which includes multiple generations of the Christopher family.
Rooted in a Christian perspective, the Foundation uses its grant-making to foster creativity and innovation and to build capacity and collaboration in their areas of funding priority. The Foundation has assets totaling approximately $30 million and awarded a total of approximately $2.8 million in grants in 2017 within the Foundation’s four major program areas: Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship, Individual & Family Health & Wellbeing, and Community & Fellowship.
The next leader of the Christopher Family Foundation will have the unique opportunity to operationalize the strategic framework that the family has created. The Executive Director of the Christopher Family Foundation will provide leadership and management in several multi-disciplinary roles, including strategist, partner, grantmaker, family representative and steward. The ideal candidate will have proven leadership and success in outreach, engagement and collaboration at the individual, organizational, and community levels and with nonprofit, foundation and business leaders. S/he must represent the Foundation as an ambassador for its vision, mission, guiding values, and funding areas of interest.
We seek a proven foundation professional whose passion for service to the community is demonstrated by a career-long dedication to improving the human condition. A track record of informing and empowering the board of a foundation around grantmaking policies, procedures and program activities is highly desirable. Ideally, but not as a requirement, the career track of the individual we seek would, at one point in his/her professional work, include employment with a family foundation at start-up. Understanding the special dynamic of a board comprised of family members is key.
This leader will represent the family’s principles of Christian values and servant leadership as s/he will be the face of the Foundation and representing the family to the greater community. S/he will typify a positive, humble and collaborative approach, poise, and sophistication.
An undergraduate degree is required though an advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to https://www.kittlemansearch.com/the-christopher-family-foundation/