Job Listing: Foundation President

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George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, VA

The President of the George C. Marshall Foundation reports directly to the Board of
Trustees and is responsible for all aspects of management and program development
for GCMF, including, but not limited to, strategic vision and planning; budget
development and management; personnel supervision and administration;
educational and public program development and implementation; community and
constituent relations; fundraising and membership development; and relations with
representatives of local and state government.

The next president will engage the following opportunities and challenges:
Setting the Foundation’s Strategic Vision
The next president will continue to lead the institution in shaping and expressing a
vision of GCMF as a valued and valuable local, national and international asset in
understanding the history and contemporary significance of George C. Marshall in
America and across the world. In consultation with the Board of Trustees, GCMF
members, and staff, the president will establish and implement periodic
strategic plans to accomplish the institutional vision through measurable
outcomes and accountability.

Ensuring the Foundation’s Financial Stability
Working closely with the CFO and the Director of Development and
Communications, the president will propose and manage the GCMF budget to
achieve annual and long-range goals and to provide financial accountability and
secure the long-term financial health of the organization. With a strong network
of private donors and a track record of building new funding relationships, the next
president will drive successful private fund development efforts, including capital
and membership campaigns, corporate grants, annual giving, planned giving, major
gifts, and public and private grants in order to meet organizational priorities and
provide for long-term financial stability.

Providing Skillful Organizational Leadership
Serving at the helm of the organization, the president leads, inspires, and
professionally develops staff and volunteers in alignment with the organization's
goals. The successful candidate will oversee the development and
implementation of programs and services that serve select audiences, realize the
full educational potential of GCMF's resources, meet the highest professional
standards, and achieve the strategic goals of the organization. The president will
also ensure that all library, art, and historical resources are protected, conserved,
cared for, and accurately interpreted in a variety of formats. The president will
also provide for the timely and orderly management of governance functions
and maintain a positive and productive relationship with the GCMF Board of

Increasing the Visibility and Reach of GCMF
Increasing GCMF membership, outreach, and capabilities will be an important
priority for the next president. Through outlets such as social media, speaking
engagements, and innovative programming, the president will introduce a wider
audience to Marshall’s legacy and the GCMF. The president will represent the
GCMF and engage with local communities and constituent groups, public
officials and agencies, media representatives, professional organizations and
others. Building strategic partnerships that are financially viable and
collaborations with organizations dedicated to preserving and presenting
military history, constituent groups, and public agencies will also be an
important task of the president in meeting organizational goals.

Desired Candidate Qualifications and Experiences
Education and Experience
• Graduate-level degree in library science, archival management, history, military
history, public history, and museum studies, business, or another field related to
the mission and activities of GCMF is preferred. Undergraduate degree in one of
the above or related fields is acceptable with additional experience;
• Minimum of ten years of experience working in a nonprofit organization,
military service or government agency, library, archives, museum, or historic
site, which includes active fundraising responsibilities, with a track record of
increasing responsibility; and
• At least three years of successful experience leading a similar organization or
agency, or senior management level leadership of a unit of a larger organization
or agency in which responsibilities included strategic planning, fundraising,
personnel supervision and evaluation, budget preparation and management, and
program implementation.

Knowledge, Understanding, Abilities, Experience, and Skills
• Strong relationships with potential donors in Virginia, D.C., the Mid-Atlantic
region, and the national philanthropic community;
• Demonstrated experience and success in working with boards of directors in
either the nonprofit, private, or public sector and a broad understanding of the
role of cultural and conservation organizations;
• Documented understanding of the roles and potential of historical figures,
libraries, museums, and cultural organizations in contemporary society;
• Demonstrated appreciation of the requirements and roles of scholarship in
historical interpretation, public programs, and education activities;
• Supervisory knowledge of the principles of nonprofit accounting and financial
management systems, including the basic concepts of fund accounting;
• Successful leadership in organizing, motivating, leading, and managing paid and
volunteer staff to achieve measurable goals and outcomes in a nonprofit
organization and/or government agency;
• Demonstrated success in conceiving and implementing creative public
programs, both internally and through collaborative, strategic partnerships;
• Practical experience in establishing, measuring, and analyzing program goals
and objectives;
• Proven success in presenting and representing a cultural organization or agency
to funders, constituents and their communities, peer organizations, governing
boards, public officials and agencies, and representatives of the press;
• Exemplary written and oral communication skills;
• Working knowledge of electronic information systems generally used in libraries,
archives, museums, and nonprofit cultural organizations;
• Expertise harnessing evolving digital technologies and social media to expand
the reach and impact of libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural
organizations; and
• Familiarity and appreciation of the life and times of George C. Marshall and the
core values of GCMF.

Preferred Characteristics
• Collaborative, visionary leadership that inspires staff, volunteers, and Board to
fulfill the GCMF’smission
• Entrepreneurial spirit
• Willing to make “The Ask”
• Strategic thinking and problem-solving ability
• Ability to maintain balance, perspective, and a sense of humor in a demanding
work environment
• High People Quotient
• Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity
• High ethical standards and personal integrity
• Working knowledge of and appreciation for the field of military and diplomatic

Information for Candidates
Please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest, in confidence and
electronically, to:
Susan VanGilder, Partner
Holly Jackson, Senior Associate