Sterling Martin Associates has been retained by Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Opens Doors Foundation (ODF) to search for its President. The position is located at MBA’s headquarters offices in Washington, DC. Alternative locations in other major metropolitan areas will also be considered.
MBA and its members are committed to giving back to the communities served by MBA. To that end, the MBA established the Opens Doors Foundation in 2012. ODF sponsors philanthropic activities focused on home and community support. The Foundation also seeks to aid, nurture, and empower people and communities by developing and supporting programs that promote and defend sustainable homes for American families.
The Foundation’s first initiative makes mortgage and rental assistance payment grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes. The Mortgage and Rental Grant Assistance Initiative is a program by which designated health care partners identify and provide program information to families that may benefit from financial support. The Foundation’s Mortgage Grant Assistance Initiative provides grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes. The Rental Grant Assistance Initiative provides grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children. Much like the Mortgage Assistance Initiative, the Rental Grant Assistance Initiative helps families focus on the health of their child instead of their next rent payment.
To meet its mission, ODF identifies and facilitates the designation of additional health care providers as initiative partners. (ODF currently has relationships/partnerships with nine children’s hospitals across the U.S.)
A 15-member Board of Directors guides the Foundation’s activities. In November 2016, ODF announced that it had reached its 2016/2017 fundraising campaign goal of $1.5 million. ODF has ambitious plans to increase revenue substantially and broaden the scope of its grants. For more information about Mortgage Bankers Association, please visit www.mba.org. For more information about ODA, please visit https://www.mba.org/who-we-are/the-mba-foundation.
ODF’s President serves as the chief executive of the Foundation and is directly responsible to MBA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and indirectly to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. As the sole governing body of the Foundation, the Board oversees the strategic, operational and financial plans of all Foundation activities. Its Directors are active participants in the fundraising process and serve as advocates for the Foundation within the philanthropic community. The President sets fundraising priorities, identifies opportunities for partnerships, and devises strategies to secure substantial funding to meet ODF’s strategic goals. S/he also provides innovative leadership and the strategic vision necessary to continue building a comprehensive and robust program.
This is an exciting opportunity to take an emerging charitable foundation and build a strong, effective, and successful philanthropic organization.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
In partnership with the ODF Board, develops a sophisticated, multi-year fundraising and engagement strategy that will result in sustainable, long-term growth in philanthropic contributions and enduring relationships with donors that enable ODF to enhance its impact.
Supports the Board in developing priorities and facilitates alignment and consensus within the ODF community as they relate to its strategic objectives.
Establishes a process to systematically and strategically engage, solicit, sustain, and provide stewardship to current and new donors, targeting those who share the goals and values ODF projects as its brand.
Creates and/or expands upon alliances with MBA member firms and other potential partners to establish mutually-beneficial, long-term relationships.
Identifies and delivers on formal donor recognition and or appreciation opportunities.
Grows individual philanthropic giving and expands revenue from corporate partners that reflect ODF’s values and serve its goals. Reports regularly on progress towards these goals. Ensures that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the Foundation and all influencing factors.
Maintains a leadership style that is open, collaborative, and empowering through active communication and transparency.
Promotes the image of ODF to external groups and communicates its vision in a way that represents enthusiasm and motivation.
Builds alliances with other organizations in the interest of furthering progress towards ODF’s goals.
Develops and employs a cogent communication strategy to clearly articulate the success of ODF’s efforts.
Actively develops and mentors ODF employees. Oversight may include technology support, marketing initiatives, day-to-day operations and activities.
Working in hand with internal MBA staff resources, defines and develops written content for the ODF website. Oversees the definition and production of MBA marketing materials including brochures, promotional videos, etc.
In cooperation with the MBA staff, oversees the Foundation’s day-to-day operations and ensures that ODF’s finances are aligned with operations.
Works with ODF’s officers, including its COO, CFO and General Counsel to ensure that all ODF operational, legal, and financial documentation are in order.
All candidates will be expected to embrace ODF’s mission and vision. Qualified candidates will also be expected to present the following backgrounds and experience, qualities and characteristics:
An undergraduate degree (business or a related field) from an accredited college or university.
CFRE or ACFRE designation a plus.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience leading a philanthropic team, ideally in a 501(c)(3) charity.
Experience managing a $1M+ budget.
Experience building a philanthropic foundation from the ground up a plus.
Demonstrated experience in grants management.
Demonstrated integrity and adherence to high ethical standards, including an understanding of and unwavering commitment to A Donor Bill of Rights, co-developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Ability to engage, influence, and build relationships at the most senior levels of organizations, including governmental entities.
Demonstrated track record of direct participation in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively represent an organization to diverse audiences; ability to listen, analyze, and synthesize information in order to share it effectively.
Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically and implement plans to accomplish ODF’s mission and goals.
Demonstrated ability to successfully build consensus and high performing teams among diverse stakeholders; ability to constructively resolve conflict and effectively negotiate compromise.
Demonstrated experience and success in leveraging the reputation and public profile of an organization to secure significant contributions and ability to clearly communicate to prospective funders how two entities (a parent organization and a foundation) complement one another.
Ability to build alliances with other foundations whose work may complement that of the ODF and identify additional untapped resources.
Demonstrated understanding of what motivates prospective donors and funders and success in enhancing recognition of donors and funders.
Adept at environmental scanning of the philanthropic environment with a view toward (1) early identification of trends and opportunities and (2) long-term sustainability of and funding for a foundation.
In-depth understanding of and connections in the philanthropic environment in order to be successful in opening doors, but also ability to engage board members and other leaders in the organization in philanthropic outreach.
MBA recognizes that attracting and retaining top-level staff is key to the Association’s success. MBA values its staff – their talent, commitment, hard work, integrity and motivation. The Association firmly believes that competitive pay and benefit practices motivate and empower staff to advance MBA’s strategic initiatives, foster teamwork and collaboration, and recognize performance. ODF, through MBA, offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.
About Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Opens Doors Foundation (ODF)
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and its members are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. To that end, the MBA Opens Doors Foundation sponsors philanthropic activities focused on home and community support.
The MBA Opens Doors Foundation seeks to aid, nurture and empower people and communities by developing and supporting programs that promote and defend su...stainable homes for American families. Learn more.
The Home Grant Program
The Foundation's first initiative makes mortgage and rental assistance payment grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes.
The MBA Opens Doors Foundation Mortgage and Rental Grant Assistance Initiative is a program by which designated health care partners identify and provide program information to families that may benefit from financial support.
The MBA Opens