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Indiana Philanthropy Alliance seeks new President and CEO

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA), Indiana’s preeminent champion of philanthropy, is partnering with executive search firm, Smith and Syberg, Inc., in the search for a new President and Chief Executive Officer. IPA seeks a visionary, collaborative, and high-energy leader to serve as a passionate advocate for Indiana philanthropy. Building on the current leadership, the new President/CEO will have the opportunity to continue to grow the organization and seek ways to remain relevant to the sector, ensure IPA remains a national leader among regional associations of grantmakers, and lead the vision of IPA to see Indiana rise as a regional leader in collaborative and effective philanthropy, making a positive difference in the lives of people and their communities.

IPA is a nonprofit membership association of and for the state’s philanthropic grantmaking community. Members include public, private, and community foundations, corporate giving programs, governmental grantmakers, regranting organizations, philanthropic advisors, and other qualified individuals. Collectively, membership holds about $18 billion in assets and awards more than $775 million in grants each year. IPA itself does not make grants.

The mission of IPA is to champion, support, and connect members as they transform Indiana through effective philanthropy.  This is accomplished by:

  • Providing advocacy that promotes and protects the work and interests of Indiana grantmakers with state and federal government officials.
  • Creating high-quality grantmaker education that is convenient and cost-effective.
  • Delivering Indiana-specific news, research, and analysis.
  • Connecting members to each other and to key partners to create a knowledgeable, collaborative, sustainable philanthropic sector.

The President is the organization’s chief executive officer and provides executive leadership for Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) and Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Foundation (IPAF), a supporting organization of IPA.  The President/CEO represents IPA’s membership, the IPA and IPAF Boards of Directors and other volunteers, staff, and the interest of organized philanthropy in the life of the state. The position provides leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for IPA and IPAF.

IPA is seeking a President/CEO with unwavering commitment to IPA’s mission and values. The successful candidate will have demonstrated organizational or senior project leadership and progressive management in a nonprofit, philanthropic, or membership organization. A bachelor’s degree is required and experience supporting a Board of Directors is preferred.  In addition to vision and high-energy, the ability to motivate, lead, and inspire members, Board, staff, and collaborating partners is required. The successful candidate will have exemplary relationship building, interpersonal, and communication skills. The ability to understand and work with diverse constituencies and multiple viewpoints is essential. Demonstrated leadership in convening and advocacy roles regarding statewide issues and public policies is critical, as well as the ability to manage and balance unpredictable and varied demands from all key stakeholders.

Confidential inquiries, referrals, and resumes should be directed to Joe Smith at Smith and Syberg, via phone: (812) 372-7254 or email: jes@smithandsyberg.com.

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages diverse applicants.


See the full position requirements below.


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