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The Danville Regional Foundation is the largest grantmaking organization in the Dan River region, and its impact has been pervasive. Today, the foundation is widely regarded as an engine for change and a source of support for sustainable, impactful initiatives and services that have the potential to lift up the entire community.
DRF’s core focus areas are Education, Economic Development, Health & Wellness, and Community Development. None of these exists in a vacuum, of course, and many of the foundation’s most gratifying grants have impact well beyond one focus area. About half of DRF’s annual grantmaking is made in response to unsolicited requests, and about half is initiated by the foundation in support of strategic priorities. All DRF grants are made based on three criteria: need, opportunity, and impact.
|The CEO reports to
- The Danville Regional Foundation Board of Directors
|And manages a staff, currently ten, through four direct reports:
- VP of Programs
- Chief Financial Officer
- Director of Marketing and Communications
- Executive Assistant
|While stewarding other important relationships, many of them overlapping, such as
- City, county and statewide leaders, both appointed and elected
- Co-funders and co-investors in community initiatives
- Grantees and nonprofit partners
- Community stakeholders with shared interests in DRF’s work, its impact or its constituencies
- Philanthropic leaders in other communities
- DRF’s consultants, program advisors and investment managers
- The foundation’s Fellows and interns
The next CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation will be an experienced community leader broadly steeped in guiding collaborative efforts addressing tough issues across diverse communities of interest. The search committee is open to considering a variety of career paths, but a candidate’s successful leadership experience in a sophisticated place-based grantmaking foundation or a significant, multifaceted nonprofit will be of particular interest.
Experience and expertise: Among the traits being sought, DRF expects to hire…
Culture: DRF's CEO should exemplify...
- A board-savvy leader of unfailing integrity who is experienced in guiding transformational community efforts
- An executive with solid knowledge of how a foundation works, especially one with a proactive approach to grantmaking
- A visionary who models the power of collaboration and inclusion while remaining committed to solutions and implementation
- A leader with working knowledge of economic development
- A person who balances a long view of success with a sense of urgency about the work at hand
- An effective steward of the foundation’s resources; a CEO with the financial savviness to oversee DRF’s finances and to anticipate the implications of its commitments
- A CEO able to engage the board and the foundation’s partners in tough conversations with grace and respect
- A natural collaborator who knows when to lead and how to follow
- A respectful, empowering executive lead a team of smart, independent-minded colleagues accustomed to transparency and candor in their dealings with one another and the community at large
- A broad-based general manager—financially literate, intellectually astute, culturally attuned
- An innovative thinker who can energize support for shared strategic goals and ensure the operational impetus to achieve them
- A compelling communicator—direct, clear, impactful—who builds enduring relationships.
- A courageous and resilient consensus-builder who understands the power of persistence and continuity; someone who leads with a light hand but knows when and how to take a stand.
- An abiding commitment to community, made evident by actions in this community (as foundation CEO and engaged resident)
- Empathy derived from experience with adversity and disappointment over the natural cycles inherent in long-term commitments
- A culture of curiosity; a creative, compassionate and empowering grantmaker who derives joy from the community’s progress
- An engaged citizen-leader who does not confuse popularity with effectiveness while building the bridges necessary for success
- An approachable management style; a nurturing boss who raises up team members and supports their growth
- A personal style of confident humility; someone innately comfortable sharing the credit and letting the work largely speak for itself
- A thought partner with deep-seated passion for the foundation’s work and the communities it serves
- A patient executive willing to invest the time to understand “who we are, where we are, how we got here and where we ought to be going.”