Founded in 1969 by businessman and philanthropist John E. Kirkpatrick and eight forward-thinking community leaders, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) is an independent charitable organization with total assets of $1.6B.
Throughout its history, OCCF has been focused on working with donors across the region, and the state, to create charitable funds that benefit the community now and into the future. Over the years, OCCF has continued to expand the geographic reach of the Foundation’s impact outside the Oklahoma City area and into western Oklahoma. From its beginning, OCCF has operated within a system of checks and balances that ensures accountability and good stewardship. Its structure allows the organization to adapt to the changing needs of the community and to ensure the donor’s intent is preserved.
OCCF is a major philanthropic resource and is among the largest public charities in Oklahoma with a broad charitable mandate and ability to attract and preserve charitable assets to serve the needs of the state. OCCF provides development and fund management services for charitable funds that encourage the growth and development of resources to serve a wide range of community needs. It has been a leader in the development and expansion of endowment resources to support charitable organizations and purposes throughout its existence. OCCF is also a community resource for convening groups addressing community issues, providing leadership, and identifying and addressing the changing needs of the community.
The Oklahoma City metro area is the economic and cultural center of the western portion of the state and continues to have strong population growth and economic expansion. Because of Oklahoma City’s leadership in providing services to the state, OCCF plays an important role in philanthropic leadership supporting a broad range of charitable, educational, health, and social services to a wide geographic area.
Oklahoma City Community Foundation seeks a proven executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, but especially including philanthropic, government, nonprofit, and private sector leadership. The ability to inspire confidence and trust, along with exceptional communications skills, are a must.
A demonstrated capacity to lead the organization and community by clearly articulating OCCF’s vision and to act decisively on behalf of the organization in pursuit of its mission and goals, is required. Successful experience exploring, developing, and implementing strategies for community impact is needed. Experience engaging and supporting an active Board in its role as fundraising, fiduciary, steward, and strategic institutional asset is important.
The successful candidate will find innovative ways to pursue, cultivate and build strong donor and stakeholder relationships. This person must be able to engender trust and empathy and relate to community members and donors in a highly professional, honest, and caring manner. Extensive experience in community leadership, philanthropy, fundraising, and experience in the community foundation sector is strongly preferred.
The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out to the community, participating with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. High integrity, commitment, fortitude, and sensitivity are essential to success in this role.
This leader is an active listener and a creative problem solver who is politically savvy, patient, collaborative, and builds consensus to reconcile points of view. The candidate should possess leadership skills in managing and empowering a diverse workforce and have the ability to instill confidence in senior management to obtain superior performance results. As the key spokesperson for the Foundation, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and appropriately on any number of subjects in a clear and transparent fashion in order to build trust and support.
Leading and growing the staff and a dedicated, committed Board of Trustees are needed skills. While a familiarity of the region is not a requirement, the ideal candidate must have the ability and desire to know, fully engage, and invest in the diversity that comprises the Western and Central Oklahoma region.
The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in the life of the community in which they work by virtue of civic involvement, public service, volunteerism, and club or social activities. A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree and/or continuing education/certification is preferred.
How To Apply
To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3uxqxKV (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).
For more information about Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit https://www.occf.org/