Join the BACF Team

At the Bay Area Community Foundation, we transform donor intentions into community actions. With a deep understanding of philanthropy, we translate the desire to make a difference into meaningful, lasting impacts. Our mission is to build community through generosity, leadership, and strategic grantmaking. Through our actions, we aim to generate lasting positive impact.

Current Opportunities

President & CEO

Seeking a dynamic non-profit leader for significant responsibility, challenge, diversity of duties and an outstanding opportunity to serve the Bay and Arenac County communities!

About Us

The Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF), established in 1982, is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about connecting people who want to make a difference with organizations that are creating change.  It is a growing, dynamic philanthropic institution offering a range of flexible giving tools to help donors make a positive impact on the community and causes that align with their interests and passions. BACF has endowed assets of $60 million and invests more than $2 million annually in the form of grants and scholarships, supporting Bay and Arenac Counties in Michigan.

About the Role

The President & CEO is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s work, including development, public relations, philanthropic services, financial management and grantmaking with the oversight and direction of the Board of Trustees. The position offers significant responsibility, challenge, diversity of duties, and substantial opportunity to serve the community and the region.


  • Collaborate with the Board in developing and implementing current and long-term strategies and goals, and report to the Board on the status towards achieving the set goals
  • Guide the Board in setting policy, making decisions and provide ongoing Board education and development regarding philanthropic and community issues 
  • Provide for development, implementation and review of policies and programs to assure growth of the Foundation, its responsiveness to current needs and expectations, regard for donors expressed wishes, and full adherence to all legal requirements 
  • Serve as a strategic and visionary leader with the ability to turn vision in action
  • Serve as chief development officer and direct the asset development activities, including donor cultivation, gift/fund closure and ongoing donor stewardship
  • Actively seek to increase the assets of the Foundation by encouraging planned gifts
  • Serve as chief spokesperson and promote and represent the Foundation to governmental organizations, the business community, media, general public and other entities 
  • Supervise grantmaking and scholarship programs through strong relationships with nonprofit, public and private sector organizations, grantmakers, community leaders, etc.
  • Manage day-to-day operations and maintain National Standards accreditation. 
  • Hire, train and supervise staff and promote an inclusive environment and culture 
  • Prudently manage the Foundation’s budgets, financial and investment functions, and accountable to the community, donors, grantees, and the Board with appropriate controls
  • Serve as the manager for the Pere Marquette Depot, LLC, a related entity of BACF

About You

  • Prior leadership experience in management, policy development, asset development, donor relations, grantmaking or related experience
  • Sustained commitment to community and nonprofit involvement for the  betterment of  communities, backed by a deep understanding of philanthropy 
  • Ability to think critically and creatively, and to envision, set and achieve ambitious goals
  • Experience in working with individuals with diverse backgrounds as well as individuals of wealth
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and proven track record and experience in development and media relations 
  • Prior experience in finances and financial systems
  • Excellent managerial skills, including the ability to attract, retain and develop talented staff
  • Bachelor’s degree required, a master’s degree preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Bay Area Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.