About the Organization
Founded in 1988, the Weissberg Foundation is a Virginia based family foundation that is deeply rooted in the values and experience of its founder, Marvin Weissberg. As the son of immigrant parents and the youngest of five, Marvin grew up in humble circumstances, but was given tools to succeed that were not afforded to all Americans, including access to the GI bill which allowed for quality education. From an early age, he developed an infectious spirit of generosity and ensured those around him benefitted from what he acquired. Out of that generosity and awareness of his privilege, Marvin launched the Foundation and remained actively involved up until his recent passing on May 17, 2021. You can learn more about his life and legacy here.
Historically, the Foundation has directed its support to the communities of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland, envisioning a world that recognizes inequities and actively seeks to dismantle structural racism by continuously building access, opportunity, and power. Principally, the Foundation serves as a funder while also supporting and collaborating with organizations that empower those most negatively impacted by systemic racism.
Most recently, the Weissberg Foundation funds efforts in four core program areas: Disrupt, Move, Voice Power (DMV Power); Equitable Justice; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Theater; and Human Rights and Social Justice Programs at Beloit College. Read more about the program areas here. Some of the Foundation’s current grantees include local theaters, organizations dedicated to building power by and for people of color, organizations that build the leadership and advocacy capacity of system-impacted women, girls, and gender non-conforming individuals of color, and programs at Beloit College in Wisconsin to prepare US and international students to engage, promote and defend human rights.
About the Opportunity
The Foundation finds itself at a point of evolution, amid the country’s racial reckoning and renewed commitments to justice, and moved by the passing of Marvin Weissberg. As it looks to the future, the Foundation is poised to deepen work within its strategy areas throughout Virginia and also continue working to change the systems that exclude marginalized groups, removing barriers to their power.
The Executive Director will play a critical role in leading this next chapter in the life of the Foundation, including: planning for and directing funding from the increased endowment following Marvin’s passing; partnering with the Board and staff to lead and update the Foundation’s governance structure and current strategic growth plans; and continuing to shape and refine programming while broadening the Foundation’s engagement in Virginia.
Areas of Leadership & Impact
At the heart of the Executive Director’s work will be:
Key Skills and Experiences
The Executive Director role is ideal for a mission driven, equity focused leader who has designed and grown an organization, department and/or program for long-term success. Our ideal candidate is an effective change manager that can lead across lines of difference, through partnerships, build consensus and skillfully compromise while staying true to their core values.
Specific qualifications include:
Compensation & Benefits
In alignment with our commitment to equitable justice, Weissberg Foundation is committed to equity and transparency for our team. As such, we offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education, as well as a comprehensive compensation package, including group health and commuter benefits, and an employer-sponsored 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan. The salary range for this position is $165,000 - $215,000 annually.
Weissberg Foundation does not discriminate against any person or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.