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Posted: 10/03/2016

Aslan Foundation

The Aslan Foundation seeks an inspirational leader with exceptional interpersonal and staff management skills as its next Executive Director. The Aslan Foundation was established in 1994 by attorney Lindsay Young who had great interest in history, the arts, and nature, especially animals. The Foundation is focused on preserving and enhancing the natural beauty and cultural assets of Knoxville, and enriching the quality of life for the people who live here. Following the founderís death in 2006, the Foundationís corpus has grown to $90 million and the Foundationís grantmaking has had a significant impact on Knoxville and the surrounding communities. The Aslan Foundation has invested in preserving and restoring historic lands and properties, in creating and restoring recreational spaces, and in protecting animal life. In recent years, the Aslan Foundation has proactively invested, often without other funding partners, in progressive initiatives that contribute to the quality of life in Knoxville and beyond. In addition, the Aslan Foundation responds to a limited number of requests for Knoxville-based educational, social welfare, and cultural grant support. Developing innovative efforts in these areas, particularly education, will be a priority for the Foundation in the coming years.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Knoxville, TN

In close partnership with the Board, the Executive Director will strategically advance the Foundations innovative philanthropic approach and develop appropriate outcome measures to ensure that the Foundation is maximizing the impact of its grantmaking. The Executive Director will build bridges with community leaders and other funders, participating in opportunities that accelerate progress for Knoxville as they fit the Foundations strategy, while pursuing the Foundations independent approach to grantmaking. The ideal candidate will be a compelling leader, ideally with a background in philanthropy, preferably including grantmaking and management roles. Experience in a family foundation would be a plus. Candidates with other compelling experience from the nonprofit and for profit sectors will also be considered. Leadership experience, relationship skills and respect for the role of the Board in place-based family philanthropy are essential. Candidates with CEO experience and those who are prepared to move up into a CEO role will be considered. An advanced degree is preferred.

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How to apply
The Aslan Foundation has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Executive Director search. To apply, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website: www.morrisberger.com/currentsearches/aslan.

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