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Capital Region Community Foundation Seeks Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Position Summary:

The Capital Region Community Foundation is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to the Foundation’s President and CEO, the COO is a key member of the Foundation’s management team, with overall responsibility for managing the Foundation’s business operations. He or she will interact extensively with staff to provide leadership and direction for administrative aspects of the Foundation’s programs and activities, including finances, human resources, grantmaking, information technology, donor services, corporate and governance matters, and board and committee activities. The COO will work closely with the President and CEO to plan, organize and manage the activities of the Foundation in accordance with policies established by the Board of Trustees and regulating bodies. He or she will provide internal leadership and management oversight that creates a collaborative team environment with strong communication and workflow efficiencies.

Position Requirements:


A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. A degree in nonprofit management, business administration or law is desirable.


This position requires significant experience directly related to the above-described duties and responsibilities, with at least 5 years of progressive management and supervisory experience. Familiarity with nonprofits is a definite plus. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence and accomplishment in prior positions.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

·         Ability to effectively lead, manage and foster teamwork with staff

·         Ability to think strategically, solve problems and design and propose solutions

·         Ability to balance the “big picture” with attention to detail

·         Strong leadership competencies

·         Ability to identify and cultivate relationships with stakeholders

·         Strong “customer service” ethic; service-oriented mindset.

·         Ability to delegate authority; manage people, projects and ideas without micro-managing

·         Ability to multi-task and be flexible in a fast-paced environment

·         Outstanding organizational skills.

·         High level written and verbal communication abilities; excellent presentation skills

·         Ability to understand and work with financial information and budgets

·         Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with databases and data extraction

·         Sensitivity in dealing with internal and external constituencies; ability to handle pressure, politics and bureaucracy; superb negotiation skills; ability to build consensus among divergent opinions

·         High levels of personal and professional integrity and ethics.

·         Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse social and cultural population

·         Professional manner and appearance consistent with a formal office atmosphere

·         Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel on Foundation business.

The Capital Region Community Foundation

As a public, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Capital Region Community Foundation helps individuals and organizations achieve their charitable goals, primarily through the establishment and management of permanent endowment funds. The income from those funds is used to make charitable grants to a broad range of nonprofit organizations in our community. With more than $80 million in assets, the Community Foundation serves as “the Center for Charitable Giving” for Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. More information about the Foundation may be obtained by visiting our website:

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range: $70,000-$100,000

Compensation for this position will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance coverage, group life insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, and a retirement plan.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your relevant background, experience and salary requirements. Submissions may be mailed to:

Dennis W. Fliehman
President and CEO
Capital Region Community Foundation
330 Marshall St., Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48912

E-mail submissions may be sent to:

The Capital Region Community Foundation values diversity, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.