For nearly two decades, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) has worked to inspire, strengthen and expand funding and philanthropic leadership in order to help create environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically prosperous regions and communities.

Now, as TFN heads toward our 20th anniversary in 2019, we are excited to open recruitment for a dynamic leader to guide the network into the future. We have retained national executive search firm Diversified Search to actively work to identify potential candidates for the very important position of Chief Executive Officer of TFN. Today, I’m excited to share the public announcement of the position, desired qualities and characteristics and contact information.

TFN is seeking an inspirational leader to be the face and voice of the network, which includes more than 170 member organizations, eight working groups, the Partners for Places grant program, and our PLACES Fellowship. The CEO will provide strategic and managerial leadership of TFN and ensure that the organization’s strategic direction is consistent with our mission, values and priorities.

The ideal candidate is one who has a proven track record of attracting, motivating, developing and retaining an excellent staff. She or he will drive organizational and operational initiatives and systems, identify needs and opportunities and develop programs, and provide oversight and direction of TFN’s funder working groups and grant and fellowship programs. The successful candidate will ensure that TFN’s financial resources are deployed prudently and with maximum positive impact.

This position reports to TFN’s Board of Directors, and will be responsible for influencing the development of a strategic plan, operating policy, and regularly informing the board of TFN’s activities and opportunities.

Specifically, we seek candidates with the following qualities/characteristics:

Mission-oriented, visionary leader with strong networking abilities who can engage and inspire members and partners.
Great communicator who is outgoing and comfortable with a high-visibility position, and is a team player.
Experience or familiarity in working with boards.
Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and budgetary oversight.
Fundraising experience (minimum of $5 million raised).


Do you or someone you know embody these qualities and characteristics? Please contact the Diversified Search team, which consists of Marjorie Kean ( and Joyce Ort ( to share your recommendations and/or request the job description. We also encourage you to share this information with your professional networks.