The Kelly Brush Foundation (the KBF or the Foundation), a dynamic and growing national nonprofit organization, located in Burlington, Vermont seeks an energetic and entrepreneurial institution-builder as the next executive director to lead the Foundation and shape its future. The next executive director will work to advance KBF’s mission of inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) to lead active and engaged lives. It is the mission of the Foundation that everyone with an SCI can enjoy the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of an active lifestyle.
The KBF was founded by Kelly Brush and her family after Kelly suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury in 2006 at an NCAA alpine ski race. While the organization started as a single local event – the Kelly Brush Ride – today the Foundation is a nationally recognized, mission-oriented thought leader in the SCI community and the adaptive sports world. The KBF has built a passionate base of supporters, enabling its very rapid growth, more than tripling in size since 2014, and has achieved the financial security to commit new energy to innovative programming.
The organization offers the inspiration to believe and the grants to enable anyone with an SCI to acquire the adaptive sports equipment they need to be active. To date, the KBF has awarded 953 adaptive sports equipment grants to people living in 48 states, and over 150 grants to support alpine skiing safety. Since its inception, the KBF has raised over $8 million to support its programming. The Foundation relies on fundraising to meet its yearly budget and organizational mission. Revenue for the KBF was $1.6 million in 2019, with 50% of revenue coming from the Kelly Brush Ride, 30% from the Inspire! Events, and 20% from general fundraising. For each of the past three years, the KBF budget has expanded by at least 30% annually. The Foundation’s 2020 budget has been adjusted from $2.0 million to $1.2 million due to the impact of COVID-19 on its major fundraising events, but key donors have stepped in to narrow the gap.
The executive director will serve as an organizational leader, strategist, fundraiser, and marketer to advance KBF’s standing as a national leader in promoting active lifestyles for the SCI community, reporting to a committed board of 10 directors and overseeing a dedicated staff of four in programming, development, marketing, and operations/administration.
Looking ahead, there is a significant opportunity for this next executive director to drive growth and shape new initiatives at KBF to further its mission. Coupled with this programmatic growth and impact, this leader will expand and diversify revenues streams beyond events, deepen networking and collaborations, and enhance KBF’s brand awareness, organizational governance, and organizational effectiveness.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
The ideal candidate will bring many of the following leadership experiences and characteristics:
• A personal commitment to an active lifestyle and a strong desire to drive positive outcomes through sports and recreation;
• Must be high energy, positive, collegial, proactive, creative, transparent, impactful, and truly committed to teamwork and collaboration;
• A track record of providing strategic and innovative leadership to an organization or program that has grown energetically in its scope and impact;
• Superior interpersonal skills (verbal and written communication) with significant experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships and partnerships;
• Ability to work collaboratively and lead and empower strong staff teams;
• Proven success in fundraising and securing and stewarding individual donors and corporations, in addition to diversifying revenue streams;
• Strong skills in budget and fiscally responsible management; data-driven; and able to utilize technology to advance innovation and evaluate organizational goals;
• Experience with program development and evaluation; and ideally with grantmaking;
• Post COVID-19 pandemic, ability to engage in travel domestically.
Inquiries, Nominations, and Applications Inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resume and 1-3-page letter of interest, responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be sent electronically to:
Rebecca Swartz, Partner Michael Mozzicato, Associate
Electronic submission of materials strongly preferred.
The Kelly Brush Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for this position.