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Stoller Foundation

Executive Director

Stoller Foundation
Houston, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 08/13/2015
Categories: CEO/Executive
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Foundation Profile:

The Stoller Foundation’s mission is to lead the way in Christian evangelization and volunteerism by investing in communities in need. We create, empower, and support Christian non-profits who agree that the best way to make an impact is to roll up your sleeves and love your neighbor through practical service.

While the Foundation offers grants to outside non-profits, its primary function is to create its own start-up ministries (called “initiatives”) and develop them to the point of self-sustaining activity. Some of the programs we currently support include:

  • Self-created initiatives such as a tuition-assisted early childhood education program, a youth soccer league, and a volunteer mobilization initiative that supplements non-profit needs.
  • A hip-hop ministry to at-risk youth.
  • Multiple apartment ministries.
  • A community revitalization effort in Houston’s impoverished Third Ward.
  • A re-entry program for formerly-incarcerated women, pairing them with a female mentor to support and advise them.

With each program we invest in, we define our impact at the outset and implement robust data-collection. Then we share what we’re learning with the community and hold our organizations accountable toward progress. In many ways, we view our investment in initiatives and grantmaking as a venture-capital approach—one that results in mobilizing Christians to make a difference.



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  • Work with the board of trustees and staff to develop and execute the Foundation’s mission.
  • Advise and work with the board of trustees to help ensure that it is properly constituted and equipped to conduct effective governance.
  • Ensure implementation of appropriate values and ethical standards in all Foundation business.
  • Generate fund development partnerships that support the Foundation’s sustainability and increase its opportunity to create, fund, and empower worthy non-profits.
  • Work with the Foundation’s self-created initiatives, providing guidance, help, and development that will lead to each initiative attaining self-sustainability.
  • Develop and oversee the Foundation’s programming, grant-making, and grant management strategies.
  • Manage the Foundation’s identity, giving proper care and development to the Foundation’s history, culture, reputation, and image.
  • Lead the Foundation’s staff, making sure that they are properly selected, supported, and guided and that their professional development is nurtured.
  • Work with the board of trustees and staff to develop and implement legal strategies and systems that are effective and aligned with the Foundation’s mission.
  • Work with the board of trustees and staff to establish accountability standards and systems that track the Foundation’s effectiveness and impact.
  • Bolster the Foundation’s credibility by contributing to vision and thought leadership in the non-profit Christian community.
  • Work collaboratively with other ministries and Christian leaders for greater Kingdom impact.



  • Track record of success as an executive director or departmental leader in a growth-oriented organization, with a lengthy prior tenure in a non-profit or a privately held business.
  • Must have demonstrable success with fund development or capital raising.
  • Project management experience and the ability to develop and lead small teams or organizations (such as the Foundation’s initiatives) to reach their full potential.
  • Experience working with a non-profit board of trustees, and a healthy understanding of board governance and risk management policies.
  • A strong understanding of the unique natures of both the non-profit sector (particularly Christian ministries) and the private sector, and capacity to effectively navigate the differences between the two.
  • Ideally, the candidate will be well-connected and respected within the industry in which they have worked.





Personal Characteristics:

  • Agrees with and exhibits behaviors in accordance with the Foundation’s Mission and Vision, strongly motivated by a desire to see Christians mobilized in service.
  • Exceptional and well-respected organizational leader with a reputation for accomplishment, missional thinking, and developing and encouraging members of a team.
  • Capacity to leverage connections and build new relationships for fund development purposes.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial mindset, with an eye for unmet needs and beneficial potential partnerships.
  • Strong ethical standards; solid business judgement, financially astute with keen insight.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage/resolve conflict.
  • Strong values, high integrity, demonstrating discipline and high ethical standards regardless of the situation.
  • Capacity to establish a fledgling organization as a thought leader in its field, piloting and sustaining the organization’s legacy over an extensive period of time.


To apply for this position, please send the following to with the subject line “REF:ED”:

  • Your resume
  • A one to two-page cover letter that addresses the following questions:
  • One of the unique aspects of the Stoller Foundation is its mission to create start-up non-profits (i.e., our initiatives) and build them to eventually become self-sustaining. Please speak to your ability to create and/or lead projects that go on to long-term success.
  • Another distinctive aspect of the Foundation is our desire to invest in our efforts, akin to operating as a mutual fund for non-profit impact. What is your experience with/understanding of fund development, and how would that would play a role in your leadership of our organization?
  • The outcome of our above efforts ought to lead to Christians making a difference through volunteering for our initiatives and grantees (to the tune of over 9,000 volunteers mobilized for almost 66,000 hours of service in 2014). What is your vision for mobilizing Christians to serve, and how have you accomplished that purpose in previous endeavors-- whether professionally or on a volunteer basis?