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Our Path Forward: Chief Executive Nomination and Application Period Now Open

Over the course of several weeks, at the direction of the Search Committee, the consultive search firm has been engaging in one-on-one discussions with many within the Deaconess community to identify the qualities, skill sets, and experience desired in the next leader. The insight gathered from community leaders, former Deaconess chief executives and volunteer leaders, local and national peer funders, North Central Plan steering committee leaders, current and past board members and trustees of Deaconess Foundation and Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, Foundation staff, and Deaconess’ multi-year grant partners is invaluable and helped to guide the curation of the chief executive position profile.

Deaconess Foundation invites nominations and applications for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This position calls for a dynamic organizational and philanthropic leader who is a passionate advocate for justice, equity, and child well-being. The ideal candidate will be an inspirational public and organizational leader with a strong track record of experience in grassroots community engagement, organizational capacity building, and leadership development as well as an unwavering commitment to racial justice and economic equity with a focus on children and youth.

Deaconess Foundation is a grantmaking organization building power for child well-being and racial equity through philanthropy, advocacy, and public policy change. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $85 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation’s advocacy and grantmaking footprint includes St. Louis City, and St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, and Franklin Counties in Missouri; and Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties in Illinois. This is a prime opportunity for the next President and CEO to build on Deaconess’ rich heritage and record of impact in the St. Louis region as well as its burgeoning reputation as an innovator and national leader in responsive philanthropy that is community-rooted and focused on justice and equity.

The nomination and application period for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is now open. Deaconess has retained Issacson, Miller, a national executive search firm to assist with the search process. To view the position profile, apply for the position, submit nominations of others or inquire about the search in confidence, please visit:

Applications and nominations submitted by April 23, 2021 will receive priority consideration. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.