Location: Candidates may be based anywhere in the US
Do you have a deep commitment to racial and social justice, and a clear, bold voice to help bring about collective liberation with grantees and funders? Is your leadership style collaborative, curious, and supportive? Are you excited by the opportunity to support Borealis Philanthropy in its next phase of growth, influence, and innovation?
If so, read on to learn more about what Borealis is looking for in our next President.
About Borealis Philanthropy
Borealis Philanthropy works with funders to direct resources to people building powerful, thriving communities. We are guided by the belief that those closest to injustice are also closest to the solutions. We invest in leaders, organizations, and movements using diverse and innovative strategies to pursue transformational change, and we work with donors to support movements in ways they may not be able to do on their own. Through our work with both funders and communities, we aim to shift power and invest in communities.
Visionary Leader: As President, you will lead with a bold vision for philanthropy—one that acknowledges the sector’s history and role in perpetuating inequities, while also advocating for philanthropy to be a meaningful lever for change by investing in people-led movements.
You’ll lead innovative racial equity strategies to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. With partners and colleagues, you will support and cultivate a healthy and generative culture of collaboration grounded in accountability to the directly impacted and underfunded communities that Borealis centers. Understanding that we are living in a time of rapid change and complexity, you will foster momentum in the bold arc of our work - connecting the short, medium and long term.
Relationship-Based, Equity-Focused Fundraiser: As President, you will be a spokesperson, advocate, and partnership builder for the organization. Working in partnership with Borealis development and fund staff, you will ensure financial sustainability and growth in donors and funding for social movements. Building on the strong relationship and reputation Borealis has in the field, you’ll also bring your own impactful, equity-based approach to fundraising to cultivate new donors.
High-Impact Collaborator: Our team is reflective of the communities and movements we serve and love, and our work is rooted in a shared commitment to our collective liberation. As President, you’ll manage a diverse, highly talented, remote team. Borealis is co-powered by 30 staff and 10 board members.
Our program staff bring a wide range of expertise on the issue areas they support, and the larger national landscape of the movements they fund. Our operations staff are technical experts in grants management, finance, development, and technology. Our board members are committed movement and philanthropic leaders who understand, support, and believe in the changes Borealis is working to achieve.
Track Record of Building Impactful Organizations Rooted in Collective Liberation:
The President’s leadership and management is crucial to the development of an effective, healthy, and values-aligned organization that practices and lives into our values. As our next leader, you will appreciate the importance of organizational development, board and staff development, recruiting team members with lived experience from the communities we serve, capacity building, and building a race equity culture and practice.
As an innovative and growing organization, Borealis is developing an organization structure and systems to support the next phase of growth. An expanded interim management team structure was initiated in May 2020.
An initial indication of interest should be submitted by email no later than 5pm Central time on September 3, 2020 following instructions in the full job announcement on our Careers page.
Transition consultant Viveka Chen is supporting Borealis’ executive search and leadership transition process. Referrals to potential candidates or other inquiries may be forwarded directly to Viveka at email@example.com with the subject line: Borealis President Search.
Borealis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.