The Foellinger Foundation, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that awards grants to effective grantee organizations led by adaptive leaders for the benefit of people in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. The Foundation provides grants to Allen County nonprofits led by people who have demonstrated leadership, a relentless focus on mission, and a commitment to producing and measuring results.
The Foundation seeks an accomplished, inspiring and strategic leader who is passionate about the Foundation’s work and the opportunity to make a lasting impact. This individual will display a genuine intellectual curiosity, an exceptional degree of interpersonal effectiveness, and wisdom borne of experience. The next President will lead with humility and understated self-confidence. An understanding of and experience with a private foundation or a conversion fund is strongly preferred. Candidates must demonstrate adaptive leadership – having the aptitude to imagine and the practical skills to develop and implement forward thinking concepts. Adaptive leaders will creatively challenge and encourage grantees to be mission-driven, well managed and results-oriented, and such leaders will have modeled these attributes within their own organizations.
A track record of successfully engaging with an active and participative governing board must be evident. This person will establish and maintain a climate of trust in all leadership and board related matters. He or she will also maintain a learning environment and encourage active inquiry by the board in pursuit of organizational effectiveness. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to consistently engage in high level conversations with board members leading to strategic development and action for the Foundation.
This candidate is an expert manager with a minimum of five to ten years of senior leadership experience. This person will possess well developed management and administrative skills, including fiscal responsibility and comprehension, and experience with staff development and public relations. The successful candidate must demonstrate inspirational organizational leadership and the ability to build and nurture a culture that is grounded in a shared vision, vibrant in teamwork, supported by mutual respect and unrelenting in its pursuit of quality.
An inclusive, collaborative style of communication along with the ability to be an authentic listener are important personal attributes. The well qualified candidate will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a broad and diverse spectrum of the community. He or she will be able to appreciate and acknowledge the work of the Foundation’s dedicated staff. This individual must be a strategic thinker and problem-solver without seeking or desiring to solve every challenge themselves; a healthy and intentional reliance on staff and volunteers (including board members) is required. She or he must be able to demonstrate effective management approaches in understanding others’ opinions, building consensus, and acting with integrity and decisiveness. Humility and an attitude of servant leadership will be effective traits in harnessing the efforts of others and in furthering the legacy of the Foellinger Foundation.
Successful candidates will possess the following special skills and attributes: a commitment to the Foundation and its values to carry on the tradition of Helene and Esther Foellinger to provide service to those with the greatest need, taking into consideration those areas where they had special interest; flexibility to adapt to a changing community environment and skill to provide the framework within which the Foundation’s values are expressed; advanced written and oral communication skills; ability to simultaneously organize and manage a variety of short-term and long-term activities and goals; ability for adaptive and analytical thinking with strong planning and financial management skills; and strong diplomatic, persuasive and credibility skills in order to communicate with a wide variety of audiences and build strong collegial relationships.
A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required; a graduate degree or degrees is preferred.