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Chief Executive Officer Worcester, MA

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation seeks a President and CEO to set an inspiring and sustainable course for the Foundation’s future as it grows in stature, reach, and impact in one of New England’s most vibrant and evolving cities. Since 1975, the GWCF has successfully inspired charitable giving by connecting donors with causes they care about, building community resources, strengthening nonprofits in the region, and, providing vision and leadership to tackle current and emerging community issues. The successful candidate will have the chance to play a central role in the transformation of a city and region that is experiencing significant revitalization with enhanced opportunities for forward-looking thought leadership, new partnerships, donor cultivation, and strategic grantmaking. This President and CEO will be an immediately recognized leader in a city that is renowned widely not only for its historic contributions and tradition of philanthropy, but also for its current and future appeal and growth opportunities.

Originally created to serve all cities and towns in Worcester County; much like the region itself, the Foundation is rooted in people and relationships. Over time, the Foundation has built significant leadership capital: long-standing relationships, deep knowledge of the region’s strengths and challenges, and through its donors’ generosity, a substantial endowment and grantmaking engine. Today, with assets in excess of $150 million in more than 550 separate funds, and annual grants of over $5 million, the GWCF is one of the 30 largest foundations in Massachusetts and one of the 100 largest community foundations in the country. The Foundation’s influence and independence positions itself to be an agent of change during a time of economic, social, and cultural revitalization in the city of Worcester and beyond.

As the community and region look to the future, the Foundation is poised to continue to sharpen its long-term strategic direction and role, cultivate and steward current and new donors, enhance strategic partnerships, implement strategic grantmaking, and lead community conversations and engagements, while communicating and measuring impact in exciting new ways. Reporting to a 21-member Board and with the support of an experienced staff and contracted professionals, the new President and CEO will lead these activities while preserving the Foundation’s reputation of excellence in the community and ensuring a strong internal culture and organization is maintained. This is an extraordinary opportunity to provide vision and leadership to a highly regarded institution with a proud legacy of community leadership and considerable potential for continued and greater impact.

Rebecca Swartz is leading this search with Micah Pierce and Ryan Leichenauer.


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