The Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) strives to continually enrich the Lincoln community by promoting and achieving perpetual philanthropic support. Since its inception, LCF has been privileged to be part of many wonderful legacies by matching community needs with the passions of its donors. The Foundation serves as a faithful steward for many types of philanthropic gifts and helps donors create lasting legacies of giving. With gifts of all sizes from thousands of donors over the years, the assets of LCF have grown to more than $150 million.
LCF seeks a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, including government, nonprofit and private sector leadership. The ability to inspire confidence and trust along with exceptional communications skills are a must.
The successful candidate will be a self-starter who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic donor and stakeholder relationships. This person must be able to engender trust and empathy and relate to stakeholders in a highly professional, honest, and caring manner. His or her career should be noted by his or her ability to chart a path forward with exceptional interpersonal skills and a servant leadership style. The ability to communicate exceptionally in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position. As the key spokesperson for the Foundation, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and appropriately on any number of subjects in a clear and transparent fashion to build trust and support.
Career experience in a top leadership position in a community foundation or other philanthropic institution is desirable, though not required. However, an understanding of the community foundation organizational and financial model is expected. Leading, growing, and empowering the staff and a dedicated, committed board are needed skills. Energy, natural optimism, and the ability to be a good listener and a quick learner are important personal attributes. A sense of humor and humility are also valued.
The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in understanding the cultural and historical dynamics of a community, connecting with and understanding people of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic/racial, and cultural backgrounds, while building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. Integrity, critical inquiry and sound judgment are essential to success in this role.
While a familiarity of the Lincoln community is a plus, it is not a requirement. However, the ability to quickly understand and become familiar with the resources of the region and proactively engage in the business and social culture is a necessity. The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in the life of the community in which he or she worked by virtue of civic involvement, public service, volunteerism and social activities. A Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced and continuing education/certification is preferred.
Lincoln Community Foundation is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to a practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion as reflected in our values. LCF aims to attract and retain a diverse and dynamic team to contribute to its mission.