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Executive Director

Confidential Private Foundation

  • Location: St. Louis, MO

Grant Cooper is seeking an Executive Director for a social service oriented Confidential Private Foundation in St. Louis, MO.

A prominent foundation, with a mission to support the creation of communities with safe and service-enriched environments for working families, is seeking an Executive Director. The foundation has made significant contributions to the St. Louis community and is well-established with secure funding and a committed management team. The foundation’s work is focused in north St. Louis County, specifically the “24:1” area comprised of the 24 municipalities within the Normandy School District. The foundation’s mission is to create the necessary infrastructure to provide the working poor with opportunities to accumulate wealth and enjoy successful lives. The foundation operates with an annual budget of approximately $11 million dollars that is invested in the 24:1 Community Land Trust (CLT) and its related economic development activities, and the 24:1 Initiative and its many not-for-profit partners. Foundation management plays a major role in the management of the CLT and Initiative. The foundation was established in 1992 by a successful and prominent St. Louis businessman. He was committed to philanthropy throughout his life, and the foundation exists to fulfill his legacy.

Position Overview

The Executive Director is a new position, created to fill the need for development and management of the Community Resource Management System. This includes building the collaborative; hiring and managing Community Resource Managers in the five impact areas of housing, education, finance, health and jobs; building capital aggregation pools; and building and managing the grant portfolio of not-for-profit partners that form the foundation of the system. The Executive Director will be an excellent business person with the ability to articulate a vision and to effectively promote this vision to a broad and diverse constituency. The Executive Director will be highly collaborative by nature and able to bring not-for-profit agency leadership and people together to define and accomplish shared objectives. The Executive Director will join a management team that includes the Foundation Manager, the Foundation Major Grants Manager, the 24:1 Controller, and other outside advisors to accomplish the Foundation’s Mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of successful management experience in a business leadership role.
  • Hands-on orientation with demonstrated strengths in organizing workloads, motivating staff, decision making, problem solving and management.
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and listening; experience representing an organization to the public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; sensitivity to diversity and multi-cultural issues. Able to build effective relationships for the organization among diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to be proactive, manage/balance the strategic and operational needs of an emerging, complex and rapidly growing organization.
  • Strong business sense with a focus upon investment return and strong understanding of the concept of value.