Denver, CO

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Denver Foundation

The Organization
The Denver Foundation, one of the nation’s preeminent community foundations, seeks an innovative and dynamic leader to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President and CEO is responsible for the strategic, financial, and operational leadership of the organization. Working in collaboration with a dedicated staff and external partners, the successful candidate will continue the Foundation’s remarkable growth and will generate support and invest resources to strengthen the Denver metro community.

The Denver Foundation, established in 1925 to meet the changing needs of the community, is on the eve of its 90th anniversary. Today, the Foundation’s vision is a community where all residents of metro Denver have the opportunity for a high quality of life. The Foundation stewards assets that are approaching $800 million, which are distributed across its endowment and nearly 1000 different charitable funds created by individuals, families, and businesses.

The Denver Foundation is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan focused on four community objectives (basic human needs, economic opportunity, education, and community leadership), as well as several internal and partner objectives. More information about The Denver Foundation, and its current strategic priorities and successes, can be found at

Position Overview
The President and CEO will lead the Foundation to new levels of success in this critically important period, as the need for a strong community foundation in the region is greater than ever. The President and CEO will be responsible for all the activities of The Denver Foundation and will be charged with seeing that the mission, vision, and values of the Foundation are fulfilled in a rapidly changing landscape. To do so, s/he should have an ability to guide a complex and dynamic organization into a new era of growth and responsiveness. This will require experience leading a substantial organization and an understanding of both change management and the infrastructure necessary to ensure operational success. S/he will have a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and will be an effective communicator, both internally and externally; a careful steward of the Foundation’s resources, with a keen business acumen and demonstrated experience in fundraising; and above all else, a servant leader.

How To Apply
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume online at Inquiries and nominations can be submitted on the web or by contacting the search firm at:
Deborah Hodson and Cati Mitchell
San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415.655.4900

The Denver Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

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