President & CEO, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Megan Lewis

Cedar Rapids, IA


The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (Foundation) improves the quality of life in Linn County, Iowa by partnering with donors, funders and other community collaborators to achieve high-impact philanthropy; supporting nonprofit organizations that address our community’s needs and opportunities; and convening people to learn, share ideas and develop solutions for the future. The Foundation is a public, nonprofit organization with more than $220 million in assets and more than 1,000 different charitable funds.


Moving forward, the Board believes that the Foundation’s size, strength and community position present it with an opportunity for future growth and increased community impact. The new President & CEO will have the opportunity to execute a bold strategic plan under the direction of a dedicated and engaged Board of Directors and a staff that is committed to making a difference in the community.


The President & CEO will build upon the exemplary reputation of the Foundation and enhance its position in community engagement and philanthropic leadership. They will be entrusted with the responsibility to improve quality of life in the greater Cedar Rapids area; to serve as a leader, catalyst and expert on charitable giving; to broaden the base of charitable giving in Eastern Iowa; and to strive for measurable community improvement through strategic grantmaking in community and economic development, disaster relief, social services and other areas of community need.


Experienced Philanthropic & Executive Leader

We seek a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, but especially including nonprofit and private sector leadership. As a transformational leader, this individual must be at ease leading in an effective, respectful manner that builds partnerships and goodwill to drive success across the community and in the achievement of the Foundation’s goals.


Visionary Thinker & Thought Leader

The President & CEO must be a strategic leader who embraces progress and is open to examining different views and ways of working together. This individual must understand the potential of the Foundation to leverage its financial, social and reputational capital to positively impact the community. Expertise in public policy matters and experience in leveraging foundation resources to advance equity is essential.


Inspiring Ambassador & Fundraiser

The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out to the community, engaging people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. High integrity and sound judgment are essential to success in this role.


While a familiarity of the region and of Cedar Rapids is a plus, it is not a requirement. However, the ability to quickly understand the resources of the region and assimilate into the culture is a necessity.


Team Builder & Mentor

Career experience in a top leadership position in a community foundation is highly desirable. However, an understanding of the community foundation’s organizational and financial model is expected. Leading, mentoring and empowering the staff and a dedicated Board are needed skills, as well.


The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in the life of the community in which they work by virtue of civic involvement, public service, volunteerism and club or social activities.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced and continuing education/certification, such as a CFRE, is preferred.




The salary range for this position is between $200,000 and $220,000 and will be commensurate with experience. The Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to paid holidays, vacation days and health, vision and dental insurance, as well as a retirement plan (403(b)) with a 7% employer contribution.


The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations and marital status. This policy applies to hiring, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement and terminations.




Please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, please visit


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