Benedum Foundation President Search Update
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
(February 12, 2018) – The Board of Trustees of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation seeks a collaborative leader and strategic thinker to serve as President of the Foundation. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Benedum Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) philanthropic organization that focuses its grantmaking in support of economic development, education, health and human services, and community development in the state of West Virginia and four counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania (including the city of Pittsburgh), and more broadly in regional economic development in the tri-state region of West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Southeastern Ohio.
The new President will serve as the face of the Benedum Foundation in providing leadership to its programs and to its engagement in regional projects relating to its areas of interest. Working closely with the Board of Trustees and the Program Directors, the President will join in the organization’s next phase of strategic visioning, a process that will begin in 2018. The President provides leadership of the Foundation and ensures that its strategic direction is consistent with its mission, guiding principles, and priorities. Working collaboratively with the Board and the senior staff, the President provides the intellectual, organizational, and civic leadership to realize the Foundation’s vision and to execute the policies and programs adopted or approved by the Board. The President oversees the Foundation’s operations, finance, administration, communications, human resources, and compliance with investment objectives and policies. She or he oversees and manages a staff of approximately 11 employees and a leadership team that includes the Vice President of Programs and two Program directors, the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, and the Office Administrator. The President is a member of the Board of Trustees, pursuant to the by-laws, and has a vote on all matters that come before the full Board.
This is an exceptional opportunity for the right leader to help a successful and highly regarded organization achieve greater impact and to inspire and engage staff, volunteers, Board members and the broader community in promoting sustainable economic and human progress. The President must demonstrate an understanding of the needs, social, economic, and cultural uniqueness of the West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania communities the Foundation serves, and a sincere interest in ensuring the Foundation’s continued effective partnership with these communities. She or he will embrace the Benedum Foundation’s commitment to “helping others help themselves” and to its model of a fully engaged Board and staff.
The President will demonstrate a deep appreciation for the Benedum Foundation’s mission, work, and programs, and have the capacity to work with the Board to identify and evaluate future strategic directions. The President will be a person of intellectual curiosity and agility, creativity, and vision; an inclusive, visibly involved, and inspirational leader and passionate advocate for the mission of the Foundation who catalyzes ideas, positive energy, and the motivation to work with others to find solutions, and is skilled in successfully managing change. Candidates may come from a variety of different leadership experiences, including executive or board-level leadership in other foundations, non-profit or for-profit organizations, higher education institutions, public sector organizations, or workforce development organizations. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (advanced degree preferred); at least 15 years of overall professional experience in non-profit and/or for-profit organizations in complex environments with many stakeholders; a strong mission orientation; strong listening and persuasive communication skills; ability to craft a strategic vision; a strong track record of collaboration; operational leadership experience; and demonstrated ability to work effectively with an engaged Board of Trustees.
The Benedum Foundation has engaged Diversified Search to assist in this search process. Screening will begin in February and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, recommendations or expressions of interest (cover letter, CV, and the names of five references) in the position should be directed to:
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director
Nancy Helfman, Vice President & Senior Associate
The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity and Employer, which seeks and encourages expression of interest from minorities and groups traditionally underrepresented.