Winston-Salem, NC

Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation seeks a strategically minded individual with strong leadership skills and a passion for improving the lives of North Carolinians to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director will take the helm of the Foundation at a time when the State it serves and the organization itself are undergoing important changes. The next Executive Director will have the opportunity to serve one of the state’s leading philanthropies as it continues to evolve in addressing the most pressing challenges facing North Carolina. The Foundation has always been a leader in supporting a progressive vision for the state, and the Executive Director will play a critical role in continuing to realize that vision for a new era.

The Foundation is based in Winston-Salem and has an endowment of $500 million. The Executive Director is charged with leading the Foundation’s operations and strategies with the support of a program and administrative staff of approximately 20 individuals. The Executive Director does this in close collaboration with the Board of Trustees. The trustees are a mix of Reynolds family members and community leaders. The All for NC strategic framework adopted in 2018, guides the Foundation’s current grantmaking. It was developed after a rigorous assessment of past work along with extensive listening and learning from a variety of communities across the State.

The next Executive Director will be an effective organizational leader that maintains and develops a healthy internal culture; carefully refines and astutely stewards the current strategic framework; advances its racial equity commitments; prioritizes operations and strategies that include compliance with best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion; closely collaborates with the Board of Trustees; and enthusiastically serves as an inspirational leader for the state of North Carolina. The Foundation seeks an Executive Director who can lead and work effectively with a small, tight knit team and can communicate openly and persuasively within and outside the organization. While not an absolute requirement, experience in grantmaking will be a desired attribute in potential candidates. Coming with deep experience and knowledge of North Carolina will be critical for the next Executive Director. They will also be required to reside in the Piedmont Triad region and are expected to be involved in the Winston-Salem community. The expected salary for this position will be $270,000 to $300,000.

All applications, nominations, inquiries about the position can be made to the search firm Isaacson, Miller via the website:

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is committed to equality and diversity. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, or cultural background.  The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employees based on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected class.

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