President

Position Title: 
President
Organization Name: 
The Indianapolis Foundation/Central Indiana Community Foundation

ABOUT WOMEN’S FUND OF CENTRAL INDIANA

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana is highly regarded as the most influential organization creating transformative and sustainable change for women and girls in Central Indiana. Women’s Fund creates options and opportunities in Central Indiana through transformative grants to effective nonprofit organizations and through philanthropy education for donors. It is a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

THE OPPORTUNITY Central Indiana is comprised of diverse communities with wide-ranging needs and organizations serving women and girls. Women of all ages - particularly women and girls of color - are facing increasing inequities, burdens and disparities caused by the pandemic, inflation and an adverse (or, a divisive/polarized/polarizing) political environment. The Women’s Fund and its parent organization, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) are focused on addressing these alarming disparities by ensuring that families have access to basic needs including food, housing and transportation, particularly in disinvested neighborhoods. They are engaged in improving access to opportunities for community residents to earn meaningful wages and paths out of poverty through post- 4 secondary education and training, while supporting policies that reduce barriers and inequities. The next President of the Women’s Fund will have the opportunity to serve as a champion for women and girls during a challenging time in our history. The President will partner with a dedicated Advisory Board and staff to advance the organization to its next level of impact. With the Fund’s strong reputation, the President will have an opportunity to build the capacity of the organization’s endowment, refresh the annual fundraising, and expand financial resources to address the most pressing needs facing women and girls in the community. The Women’s Fund has strategically added to its programmatic emphasis to focus on serving women and girls of color, through the Executive Leadership Program in partnership with Black women leaders and through Thrive Grants which fund organizations led by people of color. The next leader will have the opportunity to expand and drive these new strategies. Reporting to the Advisory Board and working closely with the leadership of Central Indiana Community Fund (CICF), the President of the Women’s Fund will work collaboratively to continue the trajectory of growth and advocacy around the most important issues that affect women and girls in the community. The President will have the opportunity to become invested and embedded in the communities of Central Indiana and will serve as the primary face of the Women’s Fund. With a keen eye towards diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, the successful candidate will continue the Fund’s work in building strong, authentic, respectful relationships that will build bridges across diverse people, opinions and backgrounds.

POSITION SUMMARY The President will partner with an Advisory Board of 25 dedicated leaders, three staff and have oversight of an operations budget of nearly $1M, including grants with an endowment of nearly $13M. The President is responsible for aligning the strategy, planning and evaluation with CICF. The individual is responsible for fundraising, fiscal sustainability and growth, administration and management to achieve the Women’s Fund’s outcomes. The President provides executive management of board relations, external collaboration, and community building. The person invests in staff diversity and development, building a team that can challenge and complement each other’s talents. The next President will think strategically and systemically while focusing on mission, managing the organization, and serve as a champion for women and girls in Central 5 Indiana. The person will have a global understanding of the challenges facing women and girls while managing the growth and direction of the Women’s Fund.

CANDIDATE PROFILE The Women’s Fund seeks a proven leader whose passion for service to the community is demonstrated by a dedication to improving the lives of the most marginalized women and girls. With exceptional leadership ability, this person must exhibit success in collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders ranging from community members, nonprofit leaders, donors, business leaders and other partners, so that women and girls can achieve their full potential. Experience convening people sharing disparate interests and concerns so that the aspirations and goals of the Women’s Fund are pursued in a collegial, transparent and participatory manner is essential. The individual will lead with humility and grace. Women’s Fund seeks a person with a minimum of five years of senior leadership experience. They will possess demonstrated fundraising and communications skills; and strong financial and business acumen. Leadership experience both in foundation and nonprofit management is preferred.

Strategy and Vision. The President will articulate a consistent and compelling vision of the organization to relevant stakeholders. In conjunction with CICF and the Advisory Board, they will facilitate continuous and healthy growth by engaging the board, staff and key consultants.

Fund Development. A track record of achievement in developing multiple sources of revenues is required, along with a demonstrated focus and achievement in long-term sustainability. A proven history of cultivating relationships with funders and donors is essential. The President will continuously develop new relationships while strengthening existing ones in the community, specifically with donors. The next leader will work closely with the Development Director in developing and executing a fundraising strategy that ensures financial success.

Communication Skills. The qualified candidate will be a relationship builder who demonstrates an ability to communicate and collaborate with a broad and diverse spectrum of stakeholders. The leader will be equally comfortable engaging with nonprofit, foundation and community leaders, as well as among philanthropic and business leaders. This individual will exemplify the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and will have experience integrating the principles in all aspects of the organization. Humility and authentic listening skills will be effective traits in harnessing the efforts of others. The leader will serve as an ambassador and key external representative of the Women’s Fund who will build support for the mission through collaboration and leadership. The 6 individual will continue to guide and enhance the reputation of the organization, ensuring that it is consistently and positively showcased in media outlets, as well as in various panels and speaking engagements throughout the community.

Human Resources. The candidate must demonstrate inspirational leadership with the ability to nurture an organizational culture that is grounded in effective teamwork supported by mutual respect and accountability. The leader will recruit and retain top talent and must be able to work collaboratively and in alignment with the staff and leadership of CICF.

Programmatic Skills. The successful candidate will have experience in overseeing the development and refinement of programmatic offerings, such as community-led grantmaking, leadership development and philanthropic education, based on their knowledge and interactions with the sector.

Advisory Board Development. The next President will build strong relationships with the Advisory Board and continue to advance the leadership of the group. They will be open to feedback and will build strong and consistent communication channels with the Board, inclusive of diverse voices and opinions. The leader will work with the Board to advance the governance structure and processes.

The salary range for the position is $170,000 - $180,000.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3xCOIbu (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

For more information about Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, please visit https://www.womensfund.org/

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022