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Essential Responsibilities and Functions
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible to the Board of Directors for fulfilling Laughing Gull Foundation's mission by providing leadership, direction, and oversight to all areas of the organization. The ED leads the Board and Staff in achieving the strategic goals of LGF as outlined in the twenty-year plan. The ED represents LGF publicly and drives LGF’s external impact, while managing the Staff and supporting the Board.
The successful candidate will be an energetic champion of LGF's vision and goals, and a high functioning capable leader of Staff and Board. They will possess the following essential qualifications:
STRATEGIC EXPERIENCE AND LEADERSHIP
- Executive-level leadership experience within the nonprofit sector, with a preference towards experience within philanthropy.
- Extensive knowledge of and/or direct experience granting money. Acute analysis of the philanthropic sector, specifically in the South.
- Deep knowledge of racial equity and social justice principles and practices, with experience in organizational implementation.
INTERNAL ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
- Demonstrated ability to provide thought leadership, and to inspire and motivate Staff and Board members.
- Proven management, planning, administrative, and supervisory skills, particularly with a small team of under 10 Staff members.
- Experience working with a Board of Directors, and an understanding of the unique qualities of a family foundation.
- Experience developing and monitoring an annual budget of $5+M in operations and grants.
- Experience overseeing the financial systems of a nonprofit organization.
- Successful experience implementing and reviewing programmatic, ideally grantmaking, strategies.
- High-level skills in, and enjoyment of, building working relationships with a broad range of leaders and organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to build and engage in collaborative partnerships.
- Lived experience of the issues LGF addresses, and of the South.
- Ability to lead with empathy and compassion.
- Positive attitude and sense of humor.
- Patience and commitment to see work through that is long-term by nature.
- Relationship-focused with the courage to lead and push boundaries on issues critical to LGF.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. An active listener.
- Highly motivated, organized, creative, self-directed, and flexible.