Executive Director

Chestnut Ridge 10977, New York

JoB Description

Founded in 1966, Camphill Foundation’s mission is to grow, strengthen and sustain the Camphill movement in North America, through strategic grants and programmatic initiatives that ensure the long-term resilience and flourishing of the Camphill movement. The Foundation has a full-time staff of three, stewards an endowment of $10 million and raises an additional $400,000 - $500,000 annually. There are 15 Camphill communities and affiliates in North America, with a total population above 1300, and over 100 communities worldwide. For more information, please visit, www.camphillfoundation.org and www.camphill.org.

In support of this mission, Camphill Foundation also supports two other organizations dedicated to serving the needs of Camphill in North America: Camphill Academy (the training and education arm of the Camphill movement in North America) and Camphill Association (the membership organization for Camphill communities and affiliates).

The Board of Directors of Camphill Foundation seeks a dynamic professional with a collaborative leadership style, excellent communication and fundraising skills and a deep commitment to the values of Camphill, to lead a highly respected and effective organization as it seeks to deepen its impact in service of the Camphill movement.
The Camphill movement is an international effort creating communities which strive to meet the needs of children, youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through life sharing that is immersive and inclusive. Inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, a Camphill Community is a place where people with and without developmental disabilities live and work together, living a life of dignity, equality and purpose. It is a different type of community where the values of service, sharing, spiritual nourishment and recognition offer a model of renewal for wider society. Camphill communities are both innovative and lasting.
While the Foundation’s Administrative Office is in Chestnut Ridge, New York, 45 minutes northwest of Manhattan, there is room for flexibility on the location and working arrangements for this role, within the northeast U.S.


Organizational Programs and Services
Camphill Foundation undertakes a suite of high impact programs and services designed to support key strategic aims of the Camphill movement in North America.

  • Increase public awareness of Camphill’s mission and model of care
  • Support the development of new Camphill communities and affiliates
  • Fundraise and engage in strategic grant making to individual Camphill communities and capacity building grants to support resilience and effective cooperation within the North American region of Camphill
  • Work with other national Camphill organizations and individual community leaders to identify strategic needs and then partner on the development of programmatic solutions. Current examples include policy research and advocacy initiatives, innovative staff training and next generation leadership development programming.
  • Increase Camphill Foundation’s own grant making capacity over time through active relationship building, board development and donor cultivation and stewardship

Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
Camphill Foundation has had only three executive directors in the last 35 years and faces an important and exciting juncture in its organizational history. The Foundation has successfully completed key initiatives from its 2013-2016 strategic plan and will invite its new leader to work with the board and regional partners to define its next arc of strategic development.

During the last seven years the communities, affiliates and national support organizations of Camphill in North America have undertaken highly effective cooperative efforts in planning, programming and communication. The next leader has the opportunity and obligation to build on this progress, taking the Foundation’s role as a convener, partner and provider of technical expertise to the next level. Similarly, the Foundation’s average annual fundraising totals more than doubled for the period 2012-2017 compared to the period 2008-2011. The next executive director can work from a position of strength to invite a significant new cadre of donors to participate in support of Camphill.

The Executive Director will be charged with providing both guidance and effective partnership with the board, committee chairs, staff and other regional leaders to navigate newly-developed strategic decisions.


Profile of the Ideal Candidate and Qualifications:
Camphill Foundation offers prospective candidates the opportunity to lead a highly-regarded organization, which, through the Camphill movement in North America has helped shape the field of developmental disabilities for the better. Camphill Foundation’s mission, values and unique approach have attracted an exceptional board and staff who are energized, dedicated and multi-talented.

Maintaining the strength and effectiveness of Camphill Foundation’s fundraising, grant making and other initiatives; energetically, transparently and effectively leading Camphill Foundation’s board and staff; and managing important relationships with funders and other regional Camphill partners and stakeholders are clear priorities for the Executive Director.

The ideal candidate will serve as a powerful and effective public spokesperson for the Camphill Foundation, to broaden its visibility and to initiate and lead strategic efforts that further the mission of Camphill in North America. Experience in leadership with a membership based organization or association is a significant plus.

S/he will have or commit to develop deep sensitivity and understanding of the special nature of Camphill in its international, national and local expressions, structures, and work with children and adults with developmental disabilities. An appreciation for the anthroposophical basis of Camphill life will be expected. More specifically, the ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Strong collaborative skills with the ability to work effectively with all Camphill organizations in North America
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively on behalf of a mission-driven organization with a strong and distinctive cultural identity
  • Past success working with a high caliber board of directors
  • Capacity to oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's granting program and additional programmatic initiatives
  • Skills to represent the organization and serve as “chief advocate” for Camphill Foundation to external stakeholders and target audiences, including donors, prospective donors, press, community groups, policymakers, legislators and thought leaders


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA or BS Degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; familiarity with database applications used for fundraising and/or CRM is a plus
  • Seven or more years’ progressive management experience, with proven leadership experience in at least one of the following areas: administration and management, fundraising, communications and public relations, organizational change and development


Skills and Experience:
A Passionate advocate for Camphill Foundation’s mission and values
The Executive Director will be leading a strongly mission based organization. Camphill coworkers, families, donors and board members' commitment to the importance of dignity, equality and purpose in the lives of individuals with disabilities run deep, and thus demonstrable evidence of such ethical commitment is a requirement for this role.

A Partner with an Exceptional Board of Directors and Staff
The Executive Director will discover a board and staff that is talented and effective. The ideal candidate will have worked in a leadership position with demonstrated success in inspiring staff, in delegating effectively and in generating trust and respect across an organization. He or she will also have experience working successfully with a board of directors to achieve its full potential impact. The Executive Director needs to be hands-on in his/her grasp of the work, but comfortable and competent in activating others to make their own contribution.

A Strategic Thinker
The ability to take a comprehensive view of Camphill Foundation’s offerings and to assess effectiveness at a strategic level is an essential skill for the new Executive Director. Camphill Foundation is seeking a strategic thinker, who will focus on continuous improvement and on developing, sustaining and implementing a shared vision that both board and regional partners can embrace. Experience in partnering with a board and other constituents to forge and implement a strategic plan will be an asset for the new Executive Director.

An Exceptional Communicator and Collaborator
The Executive Director is the public face of Camphill Foundation, and a pivotal leader within the organizational ecosystem of Camphill in North America. The Executive Director must be completely comfortable in that role and highly effective in external communications. Camphill Foundation’s Executive Director must be able to listen carefully, speak persuasively, educate and respond effectively, while bringing intelligence, humility and value to both internal and external discussions. He or she must have the ability to articulate powerfully the purpose, contributions and impact of the Camphill Movement and Camphill Foundation.

A Creative Fundraiser
The ability to think creatively about Camphill Foundation’s capabilities and assets and to articulate a vision for the organization’s future, in a manner that connects powerfully with donor interests, will be a significant asset for the Executive Director. This implies experience and understanding of the elements and demands of donor cultivation and stewardship.

Financial Competence
The Executive Director must have a firm grasp of financial issues, be able to work with the Finance Committee to develop realistic and reliable budget projections, and have the competence and experience to implement Camphill Foundation’s strategies within realistic financial parameters.

Professional or personal familiarity with the field of developmental disabilities is preferred but not required.


This search is being conducted by Impact Consults, Executive Transitions Program, with Transition Consultant Gregg Davis.  

To apply, please send your resume and letter of interest to the attention of Gregg Davis: [email protected]  

Please include your resume along with a cover letter with salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match Camphill Foundation’s needs.

Only electronic submissions sent to Gregg Davis will be consideredCandidates are strongly encouraged to submit materials by May 1, 2018.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to those received by this date.

Camphill Foundation will offer a competitive salary package commensurate with experience, along with benefits. 

Camphill Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.


Contact: Gregg Davis

E-Mail: [email protected]

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Who Do You Trust?

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 20 September 2018, 7:35 am

As we approach the last quarter of the year, the three months when, historically, more dollars come to nonprofits than any other three month period, I’m often asked by reporters and regular folk how to determine if a nonprofit is “donation-worthy.” Unfortunately, our job at proving our worthiness got harder last year, as trust in nonprofits continued to drop.  According to Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer (which was released the beginning of this year), people from around the world are losing trust in government, for-profits, nonprofits, and the media.  In the United States, trust in all of these organizations dropped to 43%. .

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