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The Foundation is looking to fill a new position – that of Chief Operations Officer &Vice President, Special Projects. This is a newly-created position, and reports to the President.  This position is a supervisory position and will oversee the day-to-day operations of GTCF. The position profile follows. To apply, email [email protected] by September 6, 2020.

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Position Profile: Chief Operations Officer & Vice President for Special Projects / Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Toledo, Ohio

The Organization

Greater Toledo Community Foundation is the community foundation serving the Toledo region, including northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area. Since 1973, Greater Toledo Community Foundation has worked with individuals, families and businesses, assisting them in making effective choices that match their philanthropic interests and needs while creating a better community for generations to come.

The Foundation provides a variety of arrangements through which citizens may donate gifts in any amount to meet the changing needs of the community. In general, only the investment earnings are used for grant making purposes, leaving the principal intact in perpetuity. In this way, the Foundation is building a permanent endowment to support community needs in areas such as social services, the arts, education, neighborhood and urban affairs, natural resources and physical and mental health. Currently, the assets of the Foundation are approximately $324MM, made up of over 920 funds. The Foundation is the largest grant maker in the Toledo area, granting approximately $19MM annually.

In addition to that of responsive grant maker, the Foundation plays a variety of other civic roles such as educator, catalyst or convener on key community issues and makes available the expertise of its professional staff to a wide range of community efforts. The Foundation’s mission:

  • Provide a flexible, informed, effective means for donors to achieve their charitable goals in perpetuity;
  • Address the changing needs of the region through efficient, prudent, high impact grant making;
  • Serve as a source of information about and as a catalyst in shaping the region’s response to those needs; and
  • Facilitate the work of other grant making organizations in order to achieve effective and efficient grant making practices.

The Greater Toledo Community Foundation is also the home of The Center for Nonprofit Resources, an affiliate organization that seeks to ensure nonprofit organizations in Greater Toledo have the information and resources required to operate in an efficient and effective manner. The Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees composed of community and business leaders and managed by a professional staff recognized for its expertise in specific program areas.

More information can be found on the Foundation’s website:

The Position Location

The position is based at the Greater Toledo Community Foundation offices, 300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300, Toledo, Ohio 43604; telephone (419) 241-5049.

Reporting Relationships

The Chief Operations Officer & Vice President for Special Projects is a newly created role that reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer and supervises the Vice President-Philanthropic Services & Advancement, Director-Marketing & Communications, Information Technology, Senior Program Officer; total staff of 17. Other important relationships include members of the Board of Trustees; 6 Affiliated Community Foundations from throughout the region; donors and their representatives, investment advisers, public and private sector community leaders, members of the media and outside advisors.

Position Charter

The Chief Operations Officer & Vice President for Special Projects is charged with meeting goals and contributing to the overall growth of the Foundation; to oversee the day-to-day operations for the organization be it marketing, communications, internal relations, HR relations, or technology as well as overseeing special initiatives or projects on behalf of the Foundation. This position will work alongside the Chief Financial Officer, providing management for internal operations. The goal of the COO position is to secure the functionality of business to drive extensive and sustainable growth.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures that allow for Foundation and staff growth.
  • Work with each department/team to set comprehensive goals for performance and growth.
  • Establish policies that promote the Foundation’s culture and vision.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement policies and develop improvements.
  • Oversee daily operations of the Foundations and the direct work of IT and Marketing as well as inter- and intradepartmental operations.
  • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication.
  • Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics.
  • Write and submit reports to the CEO in all matters of importance.
  • Assist CEO in fundraising ventures and special projects undertaken by the Foundation.
  • Participate in management team activities.
  • Manage relationships when necessary with partners/vendors.
  • Maintain a high level of expertise regarding state and federal tax code regarding the work of the Foundation.
  • Maintain professional competency by pursuing industry knowledge, keeping apprised of current and national donor trends, and building awareness of the latest technologies and best practices to promote performance.
  • Assist with mentoring team members and colleagues.


The Chief Operations Office & Vice President for Special Projects is expected to earn an attractive base salary; appropriate benefits and some relocation assistance provided.

The Candidate


A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred.

Professional Qualifications

The ideal candidate is currently functioning as a senior leader in a comparable community foundation or a complex nonprofit organization with a mission of service to the community. Alternative backgrounds could include a senior leader at a similar organization who is professionally prepared to step up to the COO-level position or an experienced for-profit leader with background of service to nonprofits and an interest in this kind of career path.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes

  • Community foundation/nonprofit experience (background as a leader within a comparable community foundation or complex nonprofit organization).
  • Commitment to mission (can demonstrate strong belief in and passion for the mission of the Foundation and community philanthropy).
  • Operations (proven experience with operational duties and overall business background in HR, finance, marketing, etc.)
  • Fund raising (experience with funding activities including development programs, planned giving, special events; personal experience with successfully soliciting individual donors).
  • Donor relations (has developed effective communications and relationships with donors; demonstrated ability to cultivate current donors and expand their commitment to the organization and its mission).
  • Planning (experience in developing and implementing tactical and strategic plans).
  • Data  analysis/performance  metrics  (has  developed  and  utilized  performance  metrics  and corresponding data in daily, monthly and annual management of an organization or department).
  • Management experience (has effectively led a complex organization and managed staffs of professional and hourly employees; strong staff development and training experience).
  • Fiscal management (demonstrated ability to manage financial affairs of an organization, i.e., develop revenue sources and control expenditures to preserve financial stability).
  • Board relationships (experience with Board of Director/Trustee interactions).
  • Established contacts (demonstrated ability to develop and maintain key local, regional and national connections with nonprofit, public and private sector leaders).
  • Media relations (can effectively articulate goals, objectives and policy positions to the media).
  • Estate planning (knowledge and understanding of state and federal taxes and gift and estate giving methods is a plus).
  • Community relations (effective interactions with the public, community groups and elected officials).
  • Regional familiarity (personal and professional experience of working in areas like Greater Toledo).

Desired personal traits

  • Leadership (can manage, motivate, challenge and delegate to others).
  • Communication skills (expresses self clearly to all types of individuals and audiences; listens genuinely; exercises superior oral and written skills).
  • Integrity (possesses honesty, and the highest ethical and moral standards).
  • Personable (outgoing persona; able to interact with people from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds; dynamic).
  • Credibility (can command respect of staff, Board, community)
  • Energetic (genuinely enthusiastic; strong personal work ethic).
  • Organizational skills (results oriented; meets established goals and objectives).
  • Collaborative (demonstrates a willingness and ability to work with and through others).
  • Executive presence (polished; self-confident).
  • Results oriented (demonstrated record of achievements; meets established goals and objectives).
  • Teamwork (management style which supports and encourages the efforts of staff; takes a team approach in working with others.).
  • Inclusive (has an appreciation for the intrinsic value of diversity at all levels).
  • Strategic thinker (able to envision “the big picture” and lead an organization toward future goals; senses trends impacting the future).
  • Intelligent (bright; street smarts and natural intelligence).|
  • Visibility (highly visible to staff and key stakeholders; active in the community).
  • Imaginative (able to envision nontraditional solutions to issues).
  • Human relations skills (builds constructive and effective relationships).

Challenges and Opportunity

The projected first year accomplishments for the new Chief Operations Officer & Vice President for Special Projects of the Foundation include:

  • Become completely familiar with all operating aspects of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation organization including staff, finances and investments, grant programs, community relationships and Board members.
  • Initiate formal and informal introductions and connections throughout Greater Toledo and the surrounding region through varied communications and in-person gatherings and meetings.
  • Learn and lead each department within the organization, establishing goals for each department that lead to the continued growth of the Foundation.

The Chief Operations Officer & Vice President for Special Projects of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation is an outstanding opportunity for a community foundation, nonprofit or perhaps private sector executive to serve in an important staff leadership role. The Foundation enjoys a strong reputation with key organizations in the area along with track record of solid fiscal and investment results. The COO will join an enthusiastic and dedicated Foundation staff and a committed Board of Trustees. This position represents a leadership opportunity to help bring the organization and the entire Toledo region to “the next level” along with an exciting role in defining Greater Toledo area for years to come.

Greater Toledo and Northwestern Ohio

Located on western Lake Erie, the Greater Toledo area offers all the attributes of a large cosmopolitan city, while maintaining small town atmosphere and charm. The three county MSA has a population of over 650,000 and the 11 county Northwestern Ohio region has almost one million people.

The Greater Toledo community includes residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds and has maintained a solid economy with a mix of service, healthcare, and manufacturing businesses. There are 33 colleges, universities and community colleges within 60 miles of Toledo, accounting for one of highest such concentrations in the United States. With an enrollment of more than 71,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Northwest Ohio offers a comprehensive selection of higher education programs including nationally recognized schools of engineering, pharmacy, education, business, law and medicine.

There are recreational, sporting, and cultural activities available year-round and the area is home to an extensive Metroparks system, a nationally recognized zoo and symphony orchestra, a world renowned museum of art, and a variety of neighborhood festivals. Professional and collegiate athletics include minor league baseball and minor league hockey along with collegiate Division I, II and III sports programs.

More information can be found on the following websites:


The client organization we represent, and WAVERLY PARTNERS firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability. Interested candidates should send a resume/CV in confidence to either consultant at WAVERLY PARTNERS, the executive search firm retained by the Foundation on this search.

Email: [email protected] Application deadine: September 6, 2020

Heidi G. Milosovic, Managing Director & Principal WAVERLY PARTNERS, Cleveland, Ohio
O: 440.355.6629; C: 216.387.0832|
E-Mail:    [email protected]

Eric N. Peterson, Managing Director & Principal WAVERLY PARTNER, Cleveland, Ohio
O: (440) 892-5961
E-Mail:   [email protected]

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