Executive Director

Brindle Foundation

Posted: 8/26/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Human Services

City: Santa Fe

Postal code: 87594

State: New Mexico

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available



Mission statement:

Brindle Foundation was founded in 2002 as a successor to the M.A. Healy Family Foundation.  From the beginning, the Foundation has sought to take a different approach in its grantmaking and relationships with grantees.

The name Brindle is part of our ​family history and represents our family values of looking inside, beyond appearances, of loyalty and commitment.  We bring these values to our advocacy work and grantmaking as we look for organizations that are making a difference, and where we can make an impact, establish relationships and form in-depth partnerships. 

Position Details:

Job Description:


The Brindle Foundation, a small family foundation based in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a focus on Early Childhood seeks nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director.

Known in the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors in New Mexico for helping to hold babies, prenatal to three, at the center of needed policies, programs and changes to support early childhood, Brindle embraces a personal, community informed, and caring approach to its grantmaking. With enduring commitment, the foundation has successfully seeded and supported the capacity building of many grassroots initiatives that have gone on to transform the landscape of early childhood in the state.

The Brindle Foundation was established by Nan Schwanfelder and her sons, Kevin and Craig in 2002. Reflecting the family’s belief in the science of early brain development and commitment to the social justice mandate that all babies deserve an equal start in life, the foundation began its Early Opportunities Initiative a few years after its founding. With the assistance and stewardship of Foundation Manager Kim Straus, this grew over the years to account for 95% of the Foundation’s current giving. Brindle’s programming has included support for place-based direct services in counties around Santa Fe, as well as state-wide systemic change, coalition building, and advocacy to ensure and support conditions throughout New Mexico for a healthy and happy start to life. Small foundation grants outside of the Early Opportunities Initiative support other family social impact interests in and outside of New Mexico.

Following the retirement of its foundation manager earlier this year, Brindle engaged in a period of reflection and planning for its leadership and is pleased to announce the search for the newly established Executive Director role. The Executive Director will be a seasoned mission-driven professional committed to working in partnership with the trustees to improve social, systemic, and environmental conditions for babies in New Mexico.  S/he/they will steward best practices in grantmaking and foundation governance and help to advance the craft of the family’s giving through effective communication, facilitation, and synthesis of insight and information.  S/he/they will represent Brindle externally with grace, humility, and integrity -- nurturing existing relationships and building new ones.  S/he/they will be inspired and energized by creative and new ideas. The Executive Director will also bring organized and disciplined leadership to the work of the foundation, including a commitment to bringing data and research to collaborative decision making.

The ideal candidate will have a strong connection and commitment to communities in New Mexico.  S/he/they will have a proven track record of leadership and managerial experience ideally in a philanthropic setting and will demonstrate the ability to work across all sectors to advance social good.


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Deep commitment to the well-being of communities in New Mexico with an understanding of the systems and root conditions that affect the well-being of children and their families.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the craft of philanthropy with an ability to articulate a role for a small, family foundation in the philanthropic landscape.
  • Pragmatic and entrepreneurial organizational skills combined with the ability to bring intellectual rigor, clarity, and data to decision-making processes.
  • Experience guiding organizations through leadership change and in facilitating a culture of excellence, learning, service, and collaboration.
  • An effective track record of leadership in mission-driven work, preferably with nonprofit, philanthropic, or academic institutions.
  • Willingness and drive to explore innovative and creative philanthropic opportunities and strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability and drive to carry out effective evaluation, research, analysis and synthesis of information to enable collaborative planning, learning, and decision-making.
  • Experience establishing and overseeing sound fiscal and staff operations.
  • Proven expertise working in partnership with internal stakeholders to translate a vision into clearly defined priorities and results.
  • Strong convening and facilitation skills combined with an authentic interest in listening to and learning from others; ability to establish and maintain trust with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders.
  • High emotional intelligence and strategic diplomacy with the ability to create and maintain an environment where all feel heard, respected, and engaged.
  • Effective communication skills, personal presence, and ability to synthesize and exchange meaningful information with trustees.
  • Humility, highest personal integrity, and the ability to bring a spirit of joy and good humor to work.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


This search is being conducted with assistance from Linh Nguyen, Katherine Jacobs, and Hallie Dietsch of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected] In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Brindle Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Posted By: NPAG


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