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The Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation is seeking its next Executive Director to represent the foundation to the public and serve as a leader in philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

About The Foundation

Since 1985, the Foundation has invested in the community with leadership and financial support for educational, health, and arts organizations. The Foundation is committed to the founder’s legacy and continues to operate as a family foundation with the fourth generation of family members involved in its work.  

Vision:  A strong community that nurtures and supports all its families and children with access to opportunity, enrichment, and achievement.

Values:  We encourage creativity and collaboration while expecting excellence in ourselves and others.


Expectations of the Executive Director

The Executive Director provides overall leadership and general management for the daily operations of the foundation including strategic direction, program development, operations, financial management, personnel management, and external/community relations. This position provides professional leadership to the board in making the foundation a viable and effective organization.  

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

Governance, Board Administration & Support: With the board chair, enables the foundation to fulfill its governance function and supports the ongoing development of potential leaders from among the foundation board/family members.

  • Supports the operation and administration of the board by advising and informing board members, interfacing between board, family members and staff, and developing the board member evaluations.
  • Responsible for implementing board guidance to the foundation; in consultation with legal counsel, advises the chair as required on operating the board activities within the bounds of by-laws, oversees officer functions and maintains corporate records.
  • Interprets and applies laws, rules, and regulations applicable to private foundations.
  • Designs, reviews, and maintains operational policies, practices and guidelines of the foundation periodically presenting to the board for input and approval.
  • Organizes, arranges, and leads board and committee meetings/activities, prepares agenda, oversees material development; implements board directives; communicates with board between meetings.
  • Leads the board in strategic planning and establishes objectives based on and goals and budget considerations. Provides guidance to board in selection of new areas of interest.
  • Supports board continuity and development of leadership capacity within the board and its committees. Includes developing and overseeing board engagement activities specifically among the Next Generation Advisory Board, and management of other educational and communication efforts.

Financial & Legal Responsibilities: In consultation with the board chair and executive committee, communicates actions made by the investment manager, accountant, and legal counsel regarding investments, regulatory compliance, and governance of the foundation to ensure foundation’s operations under applicable laws and regulations.

  • Prepares and reports on the foundation’s annual budget and ensures that it is adequate and cost effective. Organizes investment committee meetings and executive committee meetings for review of financial reports of the foundation’s investments, administrative and grants budget.
  • Oversees banking administration and signs check.
  • Works with investment manager and accounting staff to meet all cash flow requirements and contingent liabilities/payout.
  • With board chair, updates investment policy as needed and consults with manager on investment strategy as needed.
  • Consults with foundation’s accountants and oversees the materials prepared for the accountant; reviews the yearly statement of Financial Position and tax returns with the executive committee.
  • Seeks advice on and promotes compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Maintains financial records according to generally accepted accounting standards.

Program Development & Operation: Responsible for implementing the foundation’s mission/philosophy and its annual grantmaking goals/objectives within board approved guidelines.

  • Provides overall direction to grantmaking strategy and initiatives. Develops and implements grantmaking policies and procedures.
  • Administers foundation’s grantmaking program, including preparation of agendas, grant proposal review, site visits and other matters requiring foundation action.
  • Oversees evaluation of funded programs, monitors progress of approved grants and makes periodic reports to the foundation on funding effectiveness.
  • Provides technical assistance to nonprofits including organizational development and program design.
  • Ensures timely payout of approved grants and accurate and up to date data is entered in the GIFTS database.
  • Develops new programming ideas and initiatives which assist the foundation in fulfilling its mission and strategic plan.
  • Develops programs for Next Gen board retreats – including training, grant tools, speakers, and other resources for continuous learning.

Administrative & Human Resources Management: Supervises day-to-day operations of the foundation.

  • Manages and enhances systems that allows for efficiency and smooth functioning of foundation operations, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures. Responsible for delegating responsibility for various office functions.
  • Develops system to employ, train, mentor, supervise and evaluate all staff positions, interns, and consultants. Creates an atmosphere of growth, learning and improved performance for the foundation.
  • Facilitates relations and communications between staff and the foundation board and grantees.

External & Community Relations: Assures the foundation and its mission is consistently presented in strong, positive images to relevant stakeholders.

  • Maintains a high professional profile in the field of philanthropy by participating in events, conferences in the community and in the national philanthropic sector that are designed to strengthen and promote the field and the foundation.
  • Attends briefings, symposiums, conferences, and meetings to remain informed and up to date about the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and relevant local, state, and national issues.
  • Represents the Foundation at community events, grantee events, and various engagements in Birmingham and on committees and boards.
  • Identifies and accesses philanthropic support resources for board, staff, and family.
  • Participates in and initiates partnerships/collaborative opportunities with other grantmakers, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Supervises the preparation of reports, content on website and all other communications and outreach activities.

Education & Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 5+ years’ non-profit experience is required.  MBA preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and experience delivering speeches/presentations.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (or Google Drive) suite especially MS Word (Docs), PowerPoint (Slides), and Excel.  Grants management software, a plus. 

Compensation & Benefits

The Foundation provides an equitable and competitive compensation package that includes:

  • Salary range commensurate with experience
  • Health and dental insurance provided by the organization
  • Roth IRA Retirement plan contribution
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Technology Allowance
  • Vehicle Allowance

To Express Your Interest

To make a recommendation or apply for consideration, submit cover letter and resume prior to October 22, 2021.  Send via email to jobs@tateassociatesllc.com with “JSBCF- Executive Director” in the subject line. 

To ensure your resume is considered, PLEASE follow the submission process.  And PLEASE – no direct emails or phone calls to the Foundation.  They are focused on the mission, while we’re focused on the Executive Director search.  Thank you.

For more information about JSBCF, visit https://jsbcf.org/



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