Executive Director – Sisters of St. Francis Foundation

GENERAL SUMMARY: Responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, day-to-day operations, and overall success of the Foundation.  The Executive Director works collaboratively with the Sisters of St. Francis and Sylvania Franciscan Ministries to identify funding sources that support the Foundation’s mission and values.  The Executive Director is responsible for helping people understand how the Sylvania Franciscans fulfill their mission of living the Gospel as joyful servants among all people, commit themselves to works that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized, and respect the gift of all creation. The Executive Director is also responsible for cultivating relationships with donors through messages and activities that encourage donors to join in financial partnership with the Sisters through the Foundation. The Executive Director will also identify and pursue appropriate grant opportunities.


  •  Promote the values of the Sisters of St. Francis (SOSF) by demonstrating behaviors supportive of a commitment to reverence, service and stewardship, including respect and involvement, teamwork, open and effective communication, and efficient and effective resource use. Adhere to SOSF policies, procedures and objectives.  Exhibit professional attitude in attire, workspace, and interpersonal communications.


  •  Work with the Leadership Team, the SOSF Foundation Board, the Donor Relations Office and the Chief Operating Officer to develop a strategic plan, fundraising initiatives, and goals that align with the mission and values of the Foundation and SOSF.


  •  Work with the SOSF Finance Team to oversee financial operations in a manner that supports the Foundation’s mission and enhances its impact in the community.


  •  Develop metrics and accounting for all activities of the Foundation.


  •  Provide leadership, supervision, coordination, and collaboration regarding direct contributions, major gifts, estate planning, charitable gift annuities, trusts and endowments, and foundation grants, as well as donor relations in coordination with the Donor Relations Office.


  •  Motivate and inspire others in a dynamic team environment, demonstrating a positive perspective on work and relationships.


  •  Establish and maintain strong relationships with nonprofit organizations and community leaders as well as Congregational Leadership, the Sisters, Sponsored Ministries, community partners and donors.


  •  Research and obtain appropriate grant funding as well as oversee Foundation grants awarded through the Foundation or through the greater Toledo Community Foundation SOSF Donor Advised fund process.


  • Work with the Board President to arrange and attend Board meetings and activities; implement Board directives; understand and advance appropriate board governance; maintain clear lines of communication; and provide well-defined opportunities for board engagement.


  •  Serve as an ambassador for the Foundation in the Toledo, Northwest, Ohio and greater community by participating in community events, seminars, and conferences.


  •  Keep abreast of issues, trends, exemplary programs, and best practices nationally as well as locally in the Foundation’s major program areas.


  •  Working with legal counsel, ensure the Foundation complies with all relevant state and federal regulations.



  •    Reflect the charism, values, and mission of the Sylvania Franciscans.


  •    Understand non-profit organizations, especially Foundations.


  •    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to respond to questions from internal and external contacts in a pleasant, friendly, and professional manner.


  •    Ability to establish trust and handle information in a confidential manner.


  •    Possess strong leadership skills and the ability to foster collaborative relationships internally and externally.


  •    Strong organizational and leadership skills.


  •    Prioritize/manage/complete multiple tasks in a timely manner.


  •    Flexible and able to adapt to change.


  •    Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels.


  •    Bachelor’s degree required; current CFRE designation (or other comparable certification) preferred; master’s degree preferred.
  •    Minimum of five years’ experience in a non-profit Foundation grantmaking required, experience in religious non-profits preferred.


SEND RESUME TO:  Mechelle Zarou, Chief People and Culture Officer/Deputy General Counsel

6832 Convent Boulevard, Sylvania, Ohio 43560

[email protected]


The Sisters of St. Francis are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.