Corte Madera, CA

Executive Director

m/Oppenheim Executive Search is assisting May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust in the search for an Executive Director.

Located in Corte Madera in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Trust is a private foundation that stewards the charitable intentions of Mr. and Mrs. Smith beyond their lifetimes, and aims to focus, deepen and enhance efforts to achieve significant, lasting, positive changes that promote well-being for individuals and communities. The Trust supports organizations that offer opportunities to Adults and Transitioning Youth with Disabilities, Elders, Foster Youth, and Veterans and Military Families primarily in the 14 Western states and British Columbia. The Board, Executive Director and staff are guided in all activities and grantmaking by the values and beliefs of Respect, Humility, Interdependence, Stewardship and the Dignity and Potential of every individual.

The Trust has awarded over $340 million in grants since its founding in 1989, including 165 grants in 2019 totaling $21 million. The Trust pivoted quickly to provide emergency support during the COVID-19 pandemic and in previous crises, and is viewed by grantees as being a supportive, engaged, respectful partner. Modeled on the Smiths’ giving style, the Trust does not seek publicity or recognition for its work, thereby respecting and acknowledging the expertise of its grantees and emphasizing their efforts and success.

The Executive Director serves as a link between staff, applicants, professional advisors, the broader philanthropic field and the board. The board seeks a leader with strong experience in grantmaking, grant solicitation and philanthropic planning, and a background in one or more of the Trust’s areas of focus, to evolve the Trust’s leadership, governance and programmatic strategies. The Executive Director will be strategic, operational and support the development of and improvements to grantmaking, and within the context of the strategic plan, will offer guidance on the types of grants made. The complete position description can be found here.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lisa Grossman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.