• President and COO

    Location US-WI-Milwaukee
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/23/2018 9:02 AM)
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  • Overview

    Siebert Lutheran Foundation is an independent, private foundation established by the late Albert F. Siebert to advance the Lutheran church and its ministries. Pan Lutheran in nature, the Foundation accepts funding requests from ministry programs associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The
    Foundation grants to Lutheran affiliated churches, schools, and human care ministries, from the legacy
    provided by Mr. Siebert, the owner/founder of Milwaukee ElectricTool, who passed to eternal life in 1960. Therefore, the Foundation’s primary focus in on effective grant making within its PanLutheran community, encouraging grantee and Pan-Lutheran collaboration, and on partnering with expert resources to achieve a strong return on its approximately $100 million investment portfolio.

    People, families and communities filled with the peace that passes all understanding that comes from Christ.

    The Siebert Lutheran Foundation stewards its resources and relationships and fosters partnerships to enable the Lutheran Christian community to be more effective, collaborative and innovative. Our funded partners share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while educating children and youth in Christ-filled environments, and/or serving the needs of our neighbors. Our geographic focus is Wisconsin, especially Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties.

    Principles Underlying Our Work
    These principles are foundational to our work, guide our funding decisions and, we believe, lead to effective outcomes in funded programs:

    • We fund only Lutheran-affiliated ministries and programs to honor our founder’s legacy.
    • We believe effective ministries require strong leaders; therefore, we invest in programs that grow and sustain leaders.
    • We believe intentional focus is required to overcome the barriers faced by the “least of our brothers and sisters.”
    • We believe business and financial models need to be sustainable.
    • We encourage use of data, best practices, continuous improvement and/or innovation in program design and delivery.
    • We encourage collaboration and partnering among funded ministries and programs.

    The Siebert Lutheran Foundation recently relocated its headquarters to The SoHi Building at 758 N. 27th in Milwaukee from its previous location in the suburb. For Siebert, the new office means being closer to many of its funded ministries; over 70 percent of the group’s funding serves Lutheran churches and ministries in Milwaukee. In its immediate new neighborhood alone, Siebert funds 12 churches and ministries that are all making an impact on this stabilizing community. “The Foundation’s vision includes serving as a capacity builder, catalyst, collaborator, and facilitator. Having a physical presence on the Near West Side gives us the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with congregations and organizations serving those in need as well as foster more partnerships.” said Brenda Skelton, Siebert Lutheran Foundation CEO.


    Purpose of Position: To provide leadership of staff and operations, and day-to-day management of the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, a private independent foundation, in keeping with the Foundation’s mission and strategic plan; to function as a proxy for the Board of Directors in the day-to-day affairs of the Foundation.

    Key Responsibilities
    1. Board Relations
    a. Work with the CEO to ensure Directors have access to all information and data necessary for decision making
    b. Ensure staff support is provided for each of the Board committees to allow for effective and efficient conduct of committee responsibilities; Provide committee chairs with input and insight on improving committee functioning
    c. Partner with CEO to keep Directors informed on relevant issues, news and developments that impact Foundation’s strategy or programs
    d. Attend and actively participate in all Board and committee meetings.
    e. Act as proxy and agent of the Board when meeting with grantees/partners, outsourced finance and investment advisors, suppliers and other stakeholders to provide direction on future of the Foundation.
    2. Strategy
    a. Ensure the annual Pan-Lutheran Change or Die Conference is planned and hosted for maximum impact across the Lutheran spectrum; provide annual evaluation to the Board of Directors to ensure conference continues to fit with Foundation’s strategy.
    b. Manage the convening planning across funded ministry partners, as appropriate, to ensure sharing of best practices, development of relationships and collaboration and alignment with Foundation’s strategy in program delivery.
    3. Program/Grant Management
    a. Evaluate community needs for ways in which the Foundation could have a desired impact.
    b. Communicate with and provide direction to prospective applicants to ensure the applications that are submitted are in alignment with Foundation’s strategic direction.
    c. Oversee and administer the staff’s grant application process and due diligence; presentation of applications to Board of Directors and/or grant committees; and decision-making processes. Once decision is reached, communicate to affected stakeholders, ensuring professional relationships are managed appropriately.
    d. Ensure ongoing reporting of grant outcomes and data, to inform future Foundation grants and investments.
    4. Administration and Staff Management
    a. Hire, orient, train, motivate, direct and evaluate staff within constraints of operating plan and budget.
    b. Ensure effective and efficient administrative processes.
    c. Negotiate and execute contracts for the Foundation as authorized by the Board of Directors in keeping with the operating plan, within delegated authority.
    5. Financial Management
    a. Prepare annual operating and grant plan/budget, and present to Investment, Finance & Audit Committee and full Board of Directors for approval; once approved, implement and manage expenditures to budget.
    b. Ensure appropriate internal control procedures and financial reporting system are in place; ensure timely reporting of financial statements; and ensure appropriate accounting processes are in place, in keeping with the AICPA nonprofit standards, working with the CEO.
    c. Function as lead liaison with Certified Public Accountant, Auditor, Custodian Bank and Investment Advisor.
    d. Function as sole signatory for all disbursements of $7,500* and under, as authorized by Board of Directors; ensure dual signature process is managed for larger disbursements, whereby an authorized Director functions as the second signatory.
    6. Community Relations and Communications
    a. Maintain positive relationships in the various communities with which the Foundation interfaces, e.g. potential grantees, Lutheran community, faith community, philanthropy/funding community, etc.
    b. Function as the face of and spokesperson for the Foundation to various stakeholders, particularly grantees, potential grantees and the local funding community/potential co-investors in the Foundation’s work.
    c. Ensure Foundation’s direction is communicated effectively and efficiently to all stakeholders, with particular focus on grantees and prospective grant applicants.

    Required Skills
    • Strong Christian faith life; membership in an ELCA Lutheran congregation
    • Highest standards of honesty and integrity
    • Interpersonal and relationship building skills, ability to connect with people across socioeconomic, race/ethnicity and other dimensions; treats all persons with respect
    • Ability to read, understand and interpret financial statements, budgets, audit reports, investment reports, etc., to provide oversight to finance & investment functions
    • Exceptional communications skills, both written and verbal
    • Ability to coalesce and motivate others around a shared goal
    • Flexible and comfort level with ambiguity
    • Awareness of and ability to manage a team including interpersonal and group dynamics
    • Willingness to be hands-on in approach given the small staff

    Relevant Background/Experience (the type of prior experiences that would be most relevant)
    • Executive leadership/management experience in a variety of fields, including business, law or other professions where the individual may feel called to more mission-driven work
    • Public relations and/or communications roles
    • Foundation or corporate philanthropy roles, including fundraising experience or exposure
    • Not-for-profit leadership experience, either on governance board or senior staff
    • Demonstrated commitment to faith life and community service

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred (or comparable work experience)
    • Minimum of 15 years of experience in senior management or executive leadership roles in business, philanthropy, non-profit management, communications and/or public relations industries
    • Proven track record of financial acumen including managing budgets and thorough understanding of financial statements and how investment markets operate
    • Proven track record of recruiting, developing and managing a highly engaged Board of Directors and staff
    • Proven track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships across a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations
    • Mission-driven and a record of servant leadership

    This is a full time exempt position with benefits.


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