Woodlawn Trustees, and affiliated entities (Woodlawn), are looking for an exceptional President & CEO to lead the organizations to achieve even greater levels of service to the community of Wilmington. This is an opportunity for a visionary leader to build upon the founding values and long-standing track record of excellence and lead the organizations into the future. The next Woodlawn President & CEO will work closely with the Boards of each of the entities and lead a small but mighty team who manage the day-to-day operations of the organizations.
Woodlawn is seeking a strong leader who is mission-driven, committed to William Bancroft’s vision, and brings the business acumen required to lead a complex, multi-dimensional real estate organization. The President & CEO will be a relationship builder who can cultivate strong partnerships with the highly engaged Boards of Directors (that includes Bancroft family members), navigate the philanthropic and funding landscape to secure new sources of support for Woodlawn initiatives, and continue driving excellence in Woodlawn’s existing portfolio of housing and open space. Previous experience in a senior leadership role, knowledge of the real estate sector, and alignment with the culture and values of Woodlawn will be critical success factors for the incoming President & CEO.
The President & CEO’s specific responsibilities include:
Provide operational leadership for all aspects of the organization, including financial oversight, staff oversight, portfolio management, resource development and external relations.
Provide forward-looking strategic leadership to Woodlawn, ensuring the organization continues to adapt and innovate to best meet the current and future needs of the community
Serve as a thought partner to the Boards of Directors, collaborating to fulfill the mission and vision of each of the entities and maintaining effective lines of communication
Develop a strong external presence and relationships to cultivate and steward new opportunities for community partnerships, serving as a public voice of Woodlawn and positioning the organizations as integral engaged community partners
Lead and inspire the staff and foster a culture of transparency, commitment and excellence both internally and externally
Ensure that sound financial management practices and accountability are maintained across the organization, including ensuring that all of the complex local, state, and national funding and regulatory guidelines are effectively implemented and monitored
The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity will be a strong leader with exceptional execution skills and operational sensibilities who can ensure the continued success of current initiatives and seek additional opportunities for community impact in the future. In addition, they will drive change while delivering on current initiatives. The person will be passionate about Woodlawn’s mission and share a commitment to its Quaker roots and serving as a good community partner. The ideal candidate will have proven strategic leadership and management skills and experience working with a Board of Directors.
In addition to the above, the President & CEO will possess the following attributes and competencies:
Formulating a Strategic Vision
The President & CEO will be a strategic, visionary, and results-oriented leader who is experienced at articulating and implementing a plan and delivering results. They will provide focus, long-term direction, and offer creative ideas to amplify and deepen the impact of Woodlawn’s initiatives.
Business Acumen and Strategic Financial Management
The President & CEO will bring experience with strategic financial oversight and a comprehensive record of overseeing various functions of an organization. They will have proven experience in process management, budgeting, strategic forecasting and planning, and in overseeing financial, accounting, compliance and risk management of a complex organization. Experience in real estate and/or lending will be a strong plus. The CEO will also be skilled at presenting financial and operational information in a clear, concise fashion to a range of constituents.
Commitment to Community/Passion for the Mission
As the champion for Woodlawn’s mission, the President & CEO will bring a passion for improving local communities demonstrated by a commitment in their professional and/or personal life and an appreciation for the organization’s Quaker roots and values. The President & CEO will understand the value of relationships and be equally comfortable interacting with a diverse range of stakeholders including the Board, staff, tenants, funders, community partners and others. In representing Woodlawn, the President & CEO will confidently present the organization as an engaged community partner.
Strong Organizational Leadership
The President & CEO will have a track record of success in organizational management. As a thoughtful leader, they will bring a balanced hand in cultivating organizational culture and crafting strong administrative systems. They will be an experienced manager who engenders trust in the staff through a collaborative management style, helps them achieve their potential, and holds them accountable. They will be a leader of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.
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