Executive Director | Wieboldt Foundation

Executive Director
Chicago, IL
Organization Name: 
Wieboldt Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Executive Director of the Wieboldt Foundation provides strategic leadership and overall management of the Foundation’s programs and operations. The Executive Director will represent the Foundation’s interest within the philanthropic and grantee communities and provide leadership to promote support for the Foundation’s mission. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.



  • Responsible for overall grants management process from application submission to grant award disbursement.
  • In-depth review analysis of all funding requests.
  • Schedule and conduct site visits in conjunction with Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Prepare written funding recommendations.
  • Maintain on-going relationships with grantees.
  • Seek strategic philanthropic funding opportunities for Board to consider.

Administrative and Financial

  • Coordinate all board meeting logistics.
  • Prepare annual administrative and grantmaking budget for Board review and approval.
  • Responsible for all banking transactions including but not limited to transfer and deposit of funds, payroll management, grant awards, and payment to vendors.
  • Work with accountant to ensure timely preparation of monthly financial statements for review by Board Treasurer.
  • Ensure all financial records and organizational legal documents are complete and available for annual financial audit.
  • Attend Board Investment Review meetings to maintain familiarity with the Foundation’s investment policy and portfolio.
  • Ensure Foundation website is updated in timely manner.
  • Prepare annual board meeting schedule.

Reporting to the Board of Directors

  • Keep board members apprised of critical issues facing grantee organizations and their communities, or other issues which may affect grantee organizations and their constituencies, and/or community organizing in general.
  • Manage the production of materials necessary for the Board to fulfill fiduciary and programmatic responsibilities.

Public Relations and Networking

  • Provide leadership in the local and national philanthropic sectors to promote and encourage support for community organizing and keep current on issues and trends affecting community organizing.
  • Keep abreast of the work of similarly-focused foundations and the work of community organizing locally, regionally, and nationally to maintain the Foundation’s relevance and effectiveness.
  • Represent the Foundation at grassroots community, philanthropic, and other functions such as conferences, annual or community meetings, and funder gatherings.


  • Minimum of ten years in increasingly responsible positions including management and administration, in a non-profit, community organizing and/or public policy advocacy organization.
  • Familiarity with community organizing environment in Chicago metropolitan region.
  • Facility for sound judgement and informed decision-making.
  • Highly creative thinking, complimented by a commitment to strategic planning.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • PC literate with experience in word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Social Sciences or related field preferred. 


Applicants should email a cover letter (which will also serve as a writing sample) and resume to: wieboldtsearch@gmail.com by July 1, 2020. 

The Wieboldt Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.