Reno, NV

President & CEO, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

The Organization

Established in 1998, the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada (CFNN) has distributed more than $145 million in grants and scholarships from 247 charitable funds to strengthen the Northern Nevada community.

The Foundation assets consist of invested donor-advised funds, scholarship funds, designated and legacy funds, and the Community Endowment. Launched in 2019, the Community Endowment is a permanent charitable resource for Nevada. Gifts of all sizes are pooled and invested to address widespread community challenges and emergency relief for generations to come. The Community Foundation serves as a community leader, permanent charitable resource, and a philanthropic advisor in charitable giving. The core work done in partnership with donors and the communities of Northern Nevada is philanthropic advising, grantmaking, charitable asset investment management, leadership, and community engagement.

Moving forward, the Board believes that the Foundation’s size, strength, and community position present it with an opportunity for future growth and increased community impact. The new President & CEO will have the opportunity to develop and execute a bold strategic plan, under the direction of a dedicated and engaged Board of Directors and a staff that is committed to making a difference in the community. The Foundation is focused on the goal of building assets to $500 million in the next five years.

Position Overview

Experienced Philanthropic & Executive Leader

We seek a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, but especially including nonprofit, government and private sector leadership. As a transformational leader, this individual must be at ease leading in an effective, respectful manner that builds partnerships and goodwill to drive success across the community and in the achievement of the Community Foundation’s goals.

The ability to communicate exceptionally well in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position. 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.

Visionary Thinker & Thought Leader

The President & CEO must be a strategic and visionary leader who embraces progress and is open to examining different views and ways of working together. This individual must understand the potential of the Foundation to leverage its financial, social, and reputational capital to positively impact the community. Expertise in public policy matters and experience in leveraging foundation resources to advance equity is essential.

Inspiring Ambassador & Fundraiser

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 and sound judgment are essential to success in this role.

The successful candidate will likely be a self-starter who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic donor and stakeholder relationships. This person must be able to engender trust and empathy and relate to donors in a highly professional, honest, and caring manner. Their career has been noted by the ability to chart a path forward with exceptional interpersonal skills and a servant-leadership style.

While a familiarity of the region and of Reno is a plus, it is not a requirement. However, the ability to quickly understand the resources of the region and assimilate into the culture is a necessity.

Team Builder & Mentor

Career experience in a top leadership position in a community foundation is highly desirable. However, an understanding of the community foundation’s organizational and financial model is expected. Leading, growing, and empowering the staff and a dedicated, committed Board are needed skills, as well. Charisma, empathy, the ability to be a good listener and a quick learner are important personal attributes. A sense of humor and humility are also valued.

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. Advanced and continuing education/certification, such as a CFRE, is preferred.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, please visit

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