Executive Director Position Announced

Executive Director Position Announced







The Northern NJ Community Foundation (NNJCF) in Hackensack, NJ is seeking applications and nominations for an Executive Director. Established in 1998, the mission of the NNJCF is to improve community life through work in education, public health, civic engagement, the arts, philanthropy, and the environment with a growing emphasis on climate change. Central to its success is fostering collaboration among local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits, and citizen groups. Our partners are building stronger communities in Northern New Jersey by answering the question, “What can we achieve together that we cannot alone?” Learn more about NNJCF at www.nnjcf.org.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director will be the professional leader of the NNJCF, work in partnership with, and report to the President/Founder. The Executive Director will be the primary face of the NNJCF and hold the responsibility for building and shaping the future of the NNJCF by animating its mission and vision to affinity organizations and funders. By participation, facilitation and engagement in discussions of issues relevant to the NNJCF’s focus areas, the Executive Director will assess and respond to opportunities that realize NNJCF’s vision of fostering collaboration to implement positive change.

The Executive Director must be able to generate, build, and maintain relationships with a wide range of partners, including trustees, nonprofit executives, and funders. The Executive Director will play a critical role in bringing new visibility and financial support to the NNJCF. This position requires excellent communication skills, and knowledge of foundation fundraising and best practices.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Vision

  • Update and maintain a five-year strategic plan for the NNJCF in conjunction with the Board of Trustees
  • Develop and maintain compliance policies
  • Research and stay informed of issues, trends, and best practices in the NNJCF focus areas


  • Source potential trustees for service on the Board of Trustees
  • Plan and implement quarterly board meetings
  • Manage communication with trustees
  • Update documentation of policies and procedures


  • Generate, cultivate and maintain new funding streams and donor advised funds
  • Manage donor services
  • Build strong relationships with funders
  • Participate in and oversee grant writing and administration
  • Grow sources of operating income to ensure financial health

Marketing and Outreach

  • Serve as the face of the NNJCF and its primary spokesperson with a focus on enhancing NNJCF’s image to constituents, the media and public
  • Communicate NNJCF’s mission, vision and priorities to nonprofit partners and the public at large
  • Cultivate relationships with potential partners to help advance the NNJCF mission in its focus areas
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, other community foundations, municipalities, institutions of higher learning and current partners
  • Oversee the NNJCF communications and marketing strategy to increase awareness of NNJCF’s programs and consistency of branding


  • Manage staff and consultants to assure timely execution of the strategic plan goals and objectives
  • Establish administrative policies and procedures for operations
  • Maintain budgetary processes and fiscal integrity


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management or related discipline from an accredited college or university – master’s degree preferred – Certificate in Non-Profit Management (CNPM) or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) a plus
  • Seasoned professional with a minimum of five years’ experience in foundation or nonprofit management with a demonstrated ability to manage and grow an organization
  • Strong financial experience and knowledge of foundation fiscal responsibility
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and oral and written communication, able to listen and present ideas clearly
  • Highly organized and capacity to multi-task
  • Capable of working independently and doing high-profile work as well as daily tasks
  • Transparent and high-integrity leadership with proven ability to inspire staff, trustees, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders
  • Strategic planning expertise, experience with board management and the desire to develop strategic partnerships


  • Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

How to Apply

Please submit a résumé, cover letter and three references stating your interest in the position to nnjcf@nnjcf.org. No phone calls.

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