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President and Chief Executive Officer St. Louis, MO

Deaconess Foundation invites nominations and applications for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This position calls for a dynamic organizational and philanthropic leader who is a passionate advocate for justice, equity, and child well-being.Deaconess Foundation (“Deaconess” or the “Foundation”) is a grantmaking organization building power for child well-being and racial equity through philanthropy, advocacy, and public policy change. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $85 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation’s advocacy and grantmaking footprint includes St. Louis City, and St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, and Franklin Counties in Missouri; and Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties in Illinois.This is a prime opportunity for the next President and CEO to build on Deaconess’ rich heritage and record of impact in the St. Louis region as well as its burgeoning reputation as an innovator and national leader in responsive philanthropy that is community-rooted and focused on justice and equity.

The ideal candidate will be an inspirational public and organizational leader with a strong track record of experience in grassroots community engagement, organizational capacity building, and leadership development as well as an unwavering commitment to racial justice and economic equity with a focus on children and youth. In its next leader, Deaconess Foundation seeks a President and CEO who is passionate and thoughtful about the unique role advocacy-oriented philanthropy can have in shaping the local, regional, and national conversation about comprehensive child well-being through systems and policy change. This person will serve as a motivating, effective communicator both internally and externally; be committed to and adaptive in their development of people and teams; and advance the creation of efficient operational structures across the organization. The new President and CEO will need to work closely with a diverse and evolving mix of individual and organizational partners across sectors and contexts—from local community members and grassroots organizations to elected officials and national philanthropic leaders—to advance the mission of Deaconess Foundation.

Ericka Miller is leading this search with Ernest Brooks.


Applications and nominations submitted by April 23, 2021 will receive priority consideration. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Deaconess Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer with a desire to reflect the population we serve with a diverse workforce.


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