The Brown Foundation is seeking a dynamic, diplomatic, seasoned team player to help lead the foundation as the next Executive Director. The Executive Director must be comfortable working closely with the board in a “hands-on” way; have excellent planning, facilitation, interpersonal and communication skills; and demonstrate a track record of organizational management. The Executive Director for the Brown Foundation is responsible for providing overall leadership and general supervision for the daily operations of the foundation including governance, financial management, team management and external/community relations. The Executive Director is responsible for working closely with the staff and the board and in partnership with engaged multi-generational family members in ensuring that the foundation achieves its mission.
The essential duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director and the staff include the following:
GOVERNANCE, BOARD ADMINISTRATION AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
With the board and appropriate outside counsel, enables the foundation to fulfill its governance, legal and financial functions and supports the ongoing involvement of the board and family members.
Advises the board as required on keeping board activities within the bounds of its bylaws; works with board members to ensure the proper maintenance of critical records; works with Audit Committee.
Designs, reviews and maintains operational policies, practices and guidelines of the foundation, presenting to the board for input and approval. Works with the board to determine the most effective governance structures.
Arranges and attends board and committee meetings including preparation of agendas; oversees materials development; implements board directives; communicates with board/family members between meetings; writes minutes for both Executive Committee and Board meetings.
GRANTMAKING & OPERATIONS RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assures that the foundation’s grantmaking policies and procedures align with the vision, purpose and standards of the foundation.
Provides counsel and guidance to board and individual family members regarding grant funding, policies, foundation procedures and other items as needed.
With program staff, administers foundation's grantmaking program, including initial review of all proposals, preparation of grant review agendas, site visits and other matters requiring foundation action.
Suggests possible enhancements to the grantmaking procedures including process improvements and potential technological enhancements.
Oversees evaluation of funded programs, monitors progress of approved grants and makes periodic reports to the foundation and committees.
Maintains strong, positive working relationships with current and potential grantees and provides technical assistance to grant-seekers. Ensures timely payout of approved grants.
FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Seeks advice on and promotes compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Maintains financial records; monthly, quarterly and annual budgets and reports according to generally accepted accounting standards. Reviews all grant contracts and correspondence of the Foundation.
Ensures that organization is run efficiently, operating a lean administration budget.
Consults with the Chief Investment Officer and Investment Committee on investment strategy and decisions; reviews and updates the investment policy as needed with board and investment committee.
ADMINISTRATIVE & HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT:
Supervises day-to-day operations of the foundation, including managing the staff of the organization.
Manages and enhances systems that allow for efficiency and smooth functioning of foundation operations, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures.
Develops and maintains system to employ, train, mentor, supervise, evaluate and compensate all staff positions. Creates an atmosphere conducive to growth, learning and improved performance.
Ensures the foundation and its mission are consistently presented in strong, positive manner to relevant stakeholders.
Maintains a professional profile by participating in the local community to strengthen and promote the foundation’s mission and purpose alongside, and in coordination with, family members.
Supervises the preparation of the annual report, content on the website, and other communications and outreach activities.
This is a great role for a servant leader who wants to work closely with the Brown Family to ensure that the Brown Foundation continues to have solid grantmaking that enables organizations to thrive. This position will report to the Officers and Board of Trustees of the Brown Foundation.
The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of senior leadership experience, with a substantive background in process and people management. Additional critical qualifications include:
Significant leadership experience in building strong, positive, collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies; the ability to listen, encourage dialogue, and inspire people to work together.
Experienced generalist with excellent analytical and intellectual abilities coupled with pragmatism and a roll-up-one’s sleeves attitude.
Understanding of the dynamics of working with a family foundation comprised of different generations of philanthropists residing in different cities and states. Ability to be responsive and accessible to board member requests for advice, counsel and guidance. Ability to support changes as the foundation and family grows in size and diversity.
Familiarity with audit, legal, financial and IRS regulations and ability to enforce policies.
Familiarity with the non-profit sector and experience within education, the arts and/or community endeavors. Understanding of the Houston and broader Texas community.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience and comfort in communicating with all levels within an organization/family.
Respect for grant-seeking community and for the importance of its strong partnership with members of the family and board.
Energetic, flexible self-starter who is also able to be a team player and lead within a structured environment.
Humble and understands the effectiveness and need to attribute credit to others.
Impeccable reputation for integrity and judgment; strong ethics and trustworthiness in all actions; and ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion.
Strong project, time and budget management skills; must thrive working under deadlines and handling multiple tasks without sacrificing attention to details; strong results and performance-orientation.
Demonstrated passion for the transformative power of philanthropic investments in communities.
Long-term commitment to working with the Brown Foundation.
Additional Salary Information: The compensation package is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive base salary as well as benefits and vacation.