Your Team 2019-01-21T14:00:26+00:00



We are seeking an experienced, visionary leader responsible for directing all functions related to the Funeral Service Foundation.


Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives support from donors across the profession to help advance its mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.


Responsible for directing all functions related to the operation, administration and communication of the Funeral Service Foundation, a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the National Funeral Directors Association.


  1. Promotes and assists in carrying out the Foundation’s mission, vision, goals, and strategic plan as developed by the Board of Trustees and staff.
  2. Serves as the Foundation’s primary spokesperson and represents the Foundation at conventions, board meetings, educational events, etc., including preparing and giving oral presentations.
  3. Supports and sustains the Foundation’s mission through effective and transparent communication with stakeholders including Foundation trustees, staff and committee members; NFDA members, staff and boards; established and potential donors; grant recipients and mission-aligned organizations and partners; state associations, educational institutions, etc.
  4. Develops and fosters meaningful and collaborative relationships with end-of-life organizations through strategic outreach and engagement. Identifies, assesses and cultivates mission-centered funding opportunities and initiatives.
  5. Responsible to convey the strategic vision to employees, Board of Trustees, members, sponsors, academics and other collaborative relationships.
  6. Collaborates with the Board of Trustees and NFDA CEO to assure the goals are in alignment with the mission of the Foundation.
  7. Responsible for donor stewardship, cultivation, recognition, etc. Develops and directs fundraising initiatives (e.g. annual, major, and planned giving; special events and campaigns; and grant seeking) to achieve financial and philanthropic goals.
  8. Oversees the preparation and distribution of all Board of Trustee and committee correspondence to include but not limited to meeting notices, agendas, minutes, notes, letters, internal memos and reports.
  9. Directs the development and tasks of all Foundation committees: Executive, Grants, Communications, Finance, Fund Development, Ad Hoc Committees and other task forces as needed.
  10. Responsible for planning and managing the Foundation’s annual budget in partnership with the Board.
  11. In conjunction with the Board, staff and appropriate committees, develops and maintains Foundation policies, procedures and committee charters, and upholds Foundation by-laws.
  12. In conjunction with the NFDA Controller and Finance Committee, oversees the Foundation’s annual budget and endowment/ investment performance.
  13. Ensures that the Foundation complies with IRS regulations and state 501(c)(3) registration requirements; maintains high-level GuideStar rating.
  14. Prepares cost proposals for projects.  Analyzes proposals and recommends ways for cost savings.
  15. Oversees the scholarship and grant award processes.  With staff, develops and maintains evaluation framework to help determine the effective disbursement of funds, measurable grantmaking outcomes and mission achievement.
  16.   Oversees, and with staff, executes Foundation events including the annual golf classic, donor appreciation reception, and other events as assigned.
  17. Directs and develops the Foundation Office Manager, Director of Communications and any other staff; while encouraging on-going professional development.
  18. All other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree required.  Experience working at an executive level for a philanthropic/nonprofit organization is required.  7-10 years of experience managing and executing philanthropic activities at a nonprofit/Foundation is required. Master’s Degree strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills and vision along with the ability to communicate effectively; both verbally and in writing are essential.  Adept at relationship, team and consensus building.  Proven strategic planning ability; visionary and high-level thinking are key.  Exceptional donor stewardship and cultivation skills.  Dynamic, engaging and confident public speaker.

Experience working with and developing a high-level, engaged governing board.  Involvement with a national board is a plus.  Experience leading an affiliate of a larger organization or association is a plus.

Position requires an ability to handle multiple projects and tasks, an attention to detail and the highest degree of confidentiality.  Must be able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with a variety of diverse individuals.  Must be flexible regarding work hours and have the ability to travel.

Knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications required. Knowledge of Donor Perfect or similar cultivation software preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for a long time period, use hands/fingers to manipulate a computer keyboard, communicate verbally over the phone and in person and hear. The employee is required to stand and walk, sometimes bend, twist, stoop, reach, kneel, crouch, grasp, and lift up to 35 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Qualified candidates should email their cover letter with salary requirements and resume to 

Learn More About NFDA Job Opportunities


The National Funeral Directors Association is committed to assuring the finest quality programs, services and products to those in funeral service. Key stakeholders include our members and volunteers, allied organizations with an interest in funeral service, funeral service consumers and our employees. NFDA strives to provide every employee with an opportunity for professional growth and development in order to fulfill its mission: The National Funeral Directors Association is the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. Through education, information and advocacy, NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.


Kelly Manion
Director of Communication


Kelly Manion is responsible for all aspects of messaging, communication and outreach to the Foundation’s growing donor base and the profession as a whole.

Heather Owen
Office Manager


Heather Owen is responsible for the efficient execution, and ongoing process improvement of the Foundation’s day-to-day operational functions.



The Board of Trustees is made up of men and women from across the profession whose participation is based solely upon a belief in – and commitment to – the Foundation’s mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it

Meet the Board of Trustees