Executive Director

Executive Director

Hiring Organization: 
Community Foundation of Harford County

The Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by a group of dynamic and generous people who knew first-hand the power of philanthropy. They believed that community foundations can transform and sustain communities. CFHC’s role is to inspire and grow philanthropy, help identify critical needs in our county, partner with donors to help them meet their philanthropic and financial goals and promote collaboration to help strengthen local nonprofits. Now in our tenth year, the Executive Director can tap upon the significant momentum over the past few years and develop a strategy which will embrace community collaboration on philanthropy at its best.

The Community Foundation of Harford County has been recognized for having organizational and financial practices in accordance to the National Standards for US Community Foundations. CFHC total assets are $2million. We currently manage more than 50 Funds that include Unrestricted, Field of Interest, Designated, Donor Advised, Scholarship, and Agency Endowment. We are working to increase our capacity in operating funds to lead us to the next level of performance with the appropriate staffing. We have 1.5 FTE and a 13-member Board of Directors that meets 6 times/year and an advisory committee that meets one/two times per year. Our Board is composed of respected and generous community leaders who are focused on our mission. The Board is poised to adopt a strategy for our next ten years of growth and looks forward to welcoming an Executive Director who will provide the vision, creativity and energy to lead us through the next decade and beyond.

We are one of 13 community foundations in Maryland. Collectively, as of year-end 2017, community foundations in Maryland steward $897M in assets; 46% ($414M) of those assets are endowed, and community foundations awarded $121M in grants to nonprofits.


The Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Harford County operates under the general direction of the Board of Directors, within the policies established by the Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, and guidelines duly adopted, and as consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. This job description is subject to change as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors for the effective pursuit and achievement of CFHC’s mission and strategic plan.


The successful candidate is an experienced development officer, a strong and creative leader who guides the strategic direction, while embracing new initiatives or entrepreneurial development that enhances or accelerates the strategic direction. It is important that the Executive Director is a proven coalition builder, passionate about philanthropy and the social sector and its ability to address or solve community issues. The Executive Director must be able to serve as an ambassador to multiple sectors and generations while being an advocate for philanthropy and the social good. The Executive Director possesses strong personal communications skills, consensus-oriented decision-making and problem solving. The ability to engage the Board of Directors, staff, community partners, and other key stakeholders to further CFHC’s vision and mission is critical.

While inspiring vision, the Executive Director must have demonstrated discipline, organizational and administrative skills. The ability to set goals and objectives, drive implementation, and measure impact is essential. Successful experience in fundraising, financial management, organizational management, human resources, program development, and board relations is essential.  We seek an Executive Director who has a track record of building successful partnerships and coalitions across sectors and within communities.


Subject to policy direction and supervision of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for knowing, understanding, and leading implementation of the strategic plan and annual business plans, which include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as the lead fundraiser for the organization to attract funds from donors to build a perpetual endowment for granting, and operational dollars to sustain the organization;
  • Develop and implement a yearly fund development plan and organize key constituency to help with implementation of the plan;
  • Oversee planning and implementation of fundraising campaigns,  and other related donor engagement activities;
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors is consistently informed of fundraising plans, processes, and progress towards goals;
  • Engage Board Directors in donor prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with donors;
  • Maintain strong stewardship practices with current and prospective donors;
  • Identify, develop, and solicit funding prospects;
  • Develop a Cornerstone constituency of local companies who are concerned for the quality of the community and employees in the county and who will commit to three year commitments for operating support.
  • Develop a focus on Professional Advisors as key ambassadors and referral resources for new contributions and funds;
  • Promote a variety of philanthropic giving tools such as planned giving and memorial giving options;
  • Ensure ongoing high-quality donor services through the delivery of accurate and timely fund statements, grant making, and donor education opportunities.
  • Understand the County’s needs, challenges, opportunities, and demographics;
  • Serve as the principal representative and spokesperson to the general public on matters of philanthropy, services, gaps in services and potential solution building initiatives.
  • Actively seek and promote opportunities to educate county residents, community leaders, and professional advisors on CFHC’s mission and role;
  • Collaborate with community partners to increase the impact of CFHC’s efforts;
  • Actively participate in community initiatives that align with CFHC’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Ensure all supporting materials, media, web site, presentations are consistent with strategy, mission, and vision.
  • Maintain an awareness of community needs and interests as they relate to CFHC’s mission and goals;
  • Identify creative and collaborative opportunities with other funding partners (for CFHC operations and community identified needs);
  • Oversee staff or committees in administering the grant making and scholarship programs within appropriate policies and procedures, as well as the parameters established in accordance with Fund Agreements;
  • Consult with nonprofit organizations on capacity building related issues at their request or as appropriate to a grant being made from a fund;
  • Demonstrate to key stakeholders, donors and partners the benefits that the community derives from the foundation.
  • Operational Excellence
    • Knowing, understanding, and abiding by and maintaining compliance with the U.S. National Standards for Community Foundations;
    • Develop and administer the operational functions of CFHC in accordance with its purpose and within the policies adopted by the Board of Directors with a continued focus on systems efficiency and effectiveness;
    • Supervise the maintenance of accurate Board resolutions, meeting minutes and committee meeting minutes, correspondence, and other documents related to gifts, grants, and other activities;
    • Develop and ensure accuracy of reports as needed for internal management and external accountability of CFHC and the Board of Directors;
  • Board Relations
    • Serve as lead staff to the Board of Directors, maintaining proper and consistent communications and relationships with them;
    • Ensure appropriate Board Trustee engagement in Board meetings, committees, fund development, and other related activities;
    • Partner with the Executive and Nominating Committee to recruit, nominate, and onboard new Board Directors;
    • Plan and manage logistics for Board and Committee meetings;
    • Staff the Executive Committee, serve as ex-officio member on all standing committees;
    • Be knowledgeable and inform the Board of Directors of relevant community and national issues that affect CFHC.
  • Fiscal Management
    • Sustain robust investment management of all assets held by CFHC and maintain a strong relationship with advisory, accounting and bank services representatives;
    • Develop the annual budget with the Board Treasurer for recommendation to the Board of Directors by Executive Committee;
    • Maintain appropriate financial information and ensure timely financial reports are made to the Board of Directors, Staff Team, donors, fund advisors, and the community;
    • Review and approve all operating expenses, bank statements, transfers, credit card statements, and other financial documents;
    • Review and approve necessary timesheets and bi-weekly payroll;
    • Ensure timely and accurate preparation, Board of Trustees approval, and public access to the annual audit and 990.
  • Staff Planning and Oversight
    • Recruit, hire, train, and manage staff;
    • Align job responsibilities with organizational needs and resources;
    • Develop personnel policies and procedures as appropriate
    • Work with staff to develop performance objectives and work plans that support the strategic plan, including professional development plans;
    • Manage performance and provide performance feedback as needed and annually;
    • Oversee the development of an effective and efficient volunteer pool as appropriate.

The omission of specific duties above does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


The successful candidate will have a background that demonstrates leadership in the management of organizations, fund development, board development, and community relations. 

  • Desire and ability to take CFHC to the next level of growth;
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience in the nonprofit sector. Graduate Degree in nonprofit management, business administration, public administration, or social work a plus;
  • Demonstrated donor development and grantmaking experience;
  • Prior responsibilities requiring project management, budget development and management, financial investment management, and analytical skills;
  • Successful record of raising substantial funds and stewarding individuals, businesses, private foundations, and other potential contributors;
  • Confident and effective written and verbal communications, and presentation skills;
  • Capacity to identify opportunities for partnership and engagement for CFHC in the community;
  • Ability to work effectively with community leaders including executives of other nonprofit organizations, county agency/department representatives, fellow community foundation executives, and local and state elected officials;
  • Ability to learn quickly and monitor local, state, and federal legislation that impacts donors and community foundations;
  • Proficiency in standard software packages used for accounting, contact management, donor management, presentations, and office suite, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Ability to perform, or guide, marketing functions and comprehension of the role of social media and web site management as a tool for outcomes

The compensation package will be comparable to organizations of similar size as well as dependent on candidate’s education and job experience.

Application instructions: 

To apply, please review the Position Description and submit the following items by using the web form on this page and uploading the following:

  1. Signed Application of Employment to CFHC
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
  4. References and Salary Requirements

Only complete submissions will be accepted and reviewed. For best consideration, apply by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

The Community Foundation of Harford County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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Community Foundation of Harford County