Executive Director

Job Title
Executive Director
Grand Rapids,  MI
Other Location

The Cascade Community Foundation is seeking a dynamic entrepreneurial-minded individual to serve as its Executive Director.  This individual will be primarily responsible for all donor cultivation and development, administrative, fiscal and programmatic, and grant-making activities.  The Executive Director preferably will have nonprofit experience in the Greater Forest Hills Area and be familiar with the stakeholders and available resources. The Executive Director is charged with achieving aggressive revenue goals, effectively engaging donors in development initiatives, as well as establishing and maintaining valuable relationships with a broad array of stakeholders and other community leaders. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and impact the greater Forest Hills and surrounding communities that allows for a flexible work life balance schedule.

Who we are:

The Cascade Community Foundation was founded in 2001 as a component fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and is now its own 501(c)3.  Our purpose is to build and strengthen the quality of life for residents in the greater Forest Hills area both now and in the future.  We work through charitable partnerships with area organizations, leadership in community programming and permanent fund building.  We identify local needs and concerns, address community problems and help shape long-term responses and solutions.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize and direct all of Cascade Community Foundation fundraising efforts
  • Provide leadership, strategy and direction toward the achievement of Cascade Community Foundation’s mission, vision, values, goals and objectives by working with the Board of Directors
  • Develop relationships and meet regularly with current donors to secure and enhance contributions
  • Cultivate new donor relationships with major gift prospects to include individual and corporate sponsorship
  • Build community awareness by serving as the primary spokesperson and ambassador for Cascade Community Foundation in the community
  • Promote broad public awareness to enhance support and participation in the organization
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing initiatives by engaging with key stakeholders of the community
  • Develop, engage and energize Cascade Community Foundation donors, volunteers, board members, event committees, and partnering organizations
  • Use external local presence and relationships to garner new donor cultivation, development opportunities and partnerships
  • Assist in developing a Foundation budget
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement
  • Ensure effective and accurate systems, including but not limited to the donor database for tracking progress and measuring successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, donors, and other constituents
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence and social media to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with local related municipalities

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with at least three years of donor cultivation and development experience; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, self-directed, passionate, adaptable and innovative in achieving the success of the Foundation and oneself;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of existing and new network of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Experienced in donor development including working with corporations and knowledge of external foundations
  • Sourcing of grants for the Foundation; Grant writing experience a plus
  • Computer literacy including but not limited to Quickbooks, MS Office, web applications, Database/Donor Perfect
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to manage and develop diverse, high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget


Cascade Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer

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