We’re hiring our foundation’s first executive director? Do you have sample job descriptions?

An executive director of a small-staffed foundation juggles many roles: strategic grantmaker, convener, collaborator, and, at times, board wrangler, media spokesperson, technical assistance provider, mediator, and the list goes on.

This article will get you thinking about what should be included in your foundation’s executive director job description and link you to several sample executive director job descriptions.

We’ve also learned a great deal from our members about the characteristics and skills that make for phenomenal executive directors; we share them in the publication “The Makings of Phenomenal Foundation Executive Directors.”

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