Ann Arbor, MI

President & CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

The Organization

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation enriches the quality of life in Washtenaw County through its knowledgeable leadership, engaged grantmaking, and creative partnerships with donors to make philanthropic investments and build endowment.

Position Overview

In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President & CEO is an ambassador and advocate for AAACF’s mission. The President & CEO is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission through relevant initiatives, strategic planning and philanthropy, as well as for meeting financial objectives and oversight of the operations of the organization.

The President & CEO is a thought leader who can guide the organization through continued change and growth to new heights. As the “face” of the organization, is an active member of the community and works directly with partner organizations.

Key Responsibilities

Impact: Strategy and Execution:

  • Provides transformational leadership in developing strategic plans and vision in conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, and ensures successful execution of plans and priorities
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in community foundations and donor preferences/requirements to ensure that mission, vision and strategy embrace creative and leading-edge approaches and practices
  • Successfully collaborates with board and staff in execution of vision and strategies

Resource Development/Philanthropy and Community Partnerships:

  • Advances AAACF’s mission through establishing and nurturing relationships with partners and key community stakeholders
  • Prioritizing permanent community capital as a strategic focus
  • Maintains active membership and participation in the community
  • Maintains and enhances philanthropy initiatives’ success in partnership with the Vice President for Philanthropy and AAACF Board of Directors
  • Actively engages with a prioritized personal portfolio of potential donors, with annual goals/progress for all activities
  • Strategically diversifies the funding base to maintain and enhance organizational sustainability
  • Ensures identification and execution of successful approaches to grant applications and deliverables
  • Demonstrates exceptional ongoing relationship management with donors, stakeholders and key community partners

Team Relations/Supervision:

  • Establishes trust and rapport with the team through authentic relationships
  • Instills recognition systems for staff and adopts regular venues for listening and responding to staff ideas and needs
  • Leads a high-performing, mission-driven team; responsible for the recruitment, coaching, and performance management of all team members
  • Creates clarity of accountabilities by ensuring responsibilities are clearly documented, regular evaluations are held, and sound personnel management practices are in place
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of peak-performing professionals

Internal and External Communications:

  • Represents the organization in various community forums and funding agencies to advocate for AAACF’s mission
  • Communicates with the board to ensure trustees are fully informed on all activities and matters of importance to AAACF’s mission
  • Reports metrics against goals, with input from board members and committees; alerts board members to concerns about financial and other impacts
  • Oversees the dissemination of information regarding AAACF activities to increase community awareness of the mission and goals of the organization
  • Establishes sound working relationships with outside entities
  • Crafts or contributes to relevant collateral and communication vehicles (Annual Report, website, social media)

Finance and Business Plans:

  • Oversees development and maintenance of sound financial practices, including oversight of annual financial audit
  • Partners with staff and board in preparing a budget; ensures that the organization operates within budget guidelines and follows proper accounting practices
  • Develops and maintains an operating budget that supports the ability to maintain or lower administrative fees charged to funds, and increase the amount available for grantmaking
  • Ensures operational excellence through appropriate use of technology and consistent practices

How To Apply

Additional information and application information can be found on the following website:

Sign up