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President and Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer
Job Description: 

The Opportunity

The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s search for a new leader is an exceptional opportunity to serve the frst philanthropic support organization to focus exclusively on the needs of families and the staff and advisors who work with them. The new President & Chief Executive Offcer will be only the second in NCFP’s history. Having built the National Center for Family Philanthropy from an idea into the sector-leading organization it is today, NCFP’s Founder and President, Ginny Esposito, will transition to a Senior Fellow role at NCFP at the end of 2019 to focus on her passions—research, writing, and consulting with donor families.

The new President & CEO of NCFP will be joining an organization with a unique mission and mandate that is highly valued, fnancially sound, has an exceptionally strong leadership team, a high profle Board of Directors, and is poised to expand its reach and deepen its infuence within the sector and across the world. Simply put, opportunities such as this do not come along very often. There is an incredible foundation and platform in place for the President & CEO to continue advancing and innovating on NCFP’s game-changing and impactful work.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and overseeing a professional team based in Washington, D.C., the President & CEO will help write the next chapter of NCFP’s story by leveraging the signifcant achievements of its frst twenty years (the online Knowledge Center and the frst benchmarking survey of family foundations to cite just two) and leading the charge to imagine and pursue achievements that will mark the next twenty.

The field of philanthropy and how it is practiced is evolving rapidly, the ways families give is changing, and the signifcant transfer of wealth in the U.S. is giving rise to a new generation of philanthropy leaders. Guiding, shaping, and building best practices to advance the feld of family philanthropy in response to these and other sector-wide shifts is the extraordinary leadership opportunity for NCFP’s next President & CEO.

About NCFP

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) was founded in 1997 in response to the need for a national source of knowledge and expertise that advocates for the value of family philanthropy. Grounded by the perspective of donor families, NCFP has helped to defne this burgeoning feld and raise awareness of its unique issues.

NCFP’s mission is to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families. The organization’s understanding and experience with the very personal act of giving ensures that these donors and those who support them have access to the highest quality information.

NCFP is the only nonproft resource dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. It firmly believes that family participation enriches philanthropy and that philanthropy strengthens families. It is through these shared values that NCFP establishes fruitful partnerships with community foundations, advisors, philanthropy-serving organizations, and fnancial institutions who support donor families.

The Position

The new President & CEO will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for NCFP’s staff, programs, fnances, future strategy development, and fulfllment of its mission. Given the intimate and personal orientation of family philanthropy and the sector, it will be critical for the President & CEO to invest time and energy in developing strong relationships with the Board of Directors, the outgoing President, the staff, the broader NCFP stakeholder ecosystem, and peer organizations in the feld. The role is based in Washington, D.C. where NCFP’s offces and staff are located.

Strategic Leadership

  • Evolve the business model to innovate on offerings, reach new audiences across the U.S. and globally, and grow fnancial capacity for these future initiatives.
  • Identify, evaluate, and execute on critical strategic opportunities—partnerships, collaborations, investments—that increase the organization’s reach and impact.
  • Further build and amplify NCFP’s role and reputation as a sector leader.
  • Ensure optimal systems, policies, and procedures are in place to support future growth and business needs.
  • Foster a learning culture where discussions about equity, and practices to advance it, are woven into the fabric of NCFP’s work internally and externally.

Staff Leadership

  • Lead inclusively through mentorship, empowerment, and a commitment to learning from a dedicated staff of talented professionals.
  • Inspire and challenge the leadership team to identify and deliver on opportunities for growth and impact while providing effective internal leadership, coaching, and professional development.
  • Build a shared understanding of the organization’s strategy to ensure all staff are clear on how their specifc roles contribute to the broader strategic context.

External Engagement/Sector Leadership

  • Serve as the public face and key spokesperson for NCFP, representing the organization with credibility and enthusiasm, leveraging its strong brand and clearly communicating its vision and value proposition to diverse audiences.
  • Advance NCFP as an infuencer and advocate among leaders in philanthropy and those who work with high net worth families.
  • Increase external presence to enhance NCFP’s position as a leader in the philanthropy sector; leverage status as the new President & CEO to build visibility of NCFP’s brand.
  • Bring energy and optimism to fundraising efforts, be it opening the door on behalf of NCFP, making the ask, or sealing the deal.

Ideal Candidate

The President & Chief Executive Offcer of NCFP is a seasoned leader who has the humility, reverence, and confdence to follow a beloved founder of an organization that has an admired history and tremendous record of success in the philanthropic community. At the same time, the organization is poised for exciting future developments, requiring the President & CEO to be an innovative strategic thinker who can guide NCFP into its next phase of growth. Candidates must therefore be deeply committed to and passionate about advancing the feld of family philanthropy; this is not a job, it is a calling.

The President & CEO role represents an exciting and distinctive opportunity to experience deep purpose and joy in leading an enterprise that at its core is advocating for the feld of family philanthropy to grow, develop, and pursue ethical and effective giving around the world. The successful candidate is an agile leader who easily connects with people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. A deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a willingness to navigate the learning journey with and for staff and the board is essential. NCFP seeks a President & CEO who is also in tune with the trends and shifts taking place within philanthropy, has a genuine curiosity about where the feld is going, and uncovers answers by listening and asking questions.

A strong strategic and operational executive who knows how to coalesce teams, resources and assets around a unifed vision, the ideal candidate is also a natural motivator who demonstrates the skill and nuance required to manage an organization and its people through a founder/leadership transition. The President & CEO is actionoriented, entrepreneurial, and adaptable, bringing fresh thinking about the types of business models that will support NCFP’s next phase of growth and development.

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required to be an effective and inspiring public-facing advocate for NCFP—comfort with public speaking, writing for publication, and savvy with social media are all essential. A high level of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and impeccable relationship-building skills will allow the President & CEO to easily and comfortably engage with diverse stakeholders throughout the sector and stand as a thoughtful and considerate ally to all.


Candidates should have a signifcant track record of progressively responsible senior leadership experience, with a proven history of successfully navigating organizations through strategic evolutions and leadership transitions. Deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector is required as is direct experience gained in a foundation or other philanthropic enterprise. Preference will be given to candidates whose backgrounds include work with family philanthropies.

A genuine passion for the impact that giving families can have on the world, as well as an innate curiosity about where the feld is going is essential. Successful candidates will have demonstrated an ability to generate revenue to build an organization’s fnancial capacity for future investment. Working effectively with both staff and a board of directors, candidates must have a participatory and inclusive leadership style that fosters diverse points of view, respectful collaboration, and accountability.

To Be Considered

An equal opportunity employer, the National Center for Family Philanthropy is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. NCFP does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

All qualifed candidates are encouraged to apply. A current resume and cover letter articulating your interest and ft for the role should be submitted through Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal.

The search for a President & CEO of the National Center for Family Philanthropy is being assisted by a team from Waldron:

Jeff Waldron
Direct: 415.529.2150
Sarah Meyer
Search Director
Direct: 206.792.4221
Sonia Marroquin
Senior Search Associate
Direct: 415.646.4028