Executive Director

The Christensen Fund

Posted: 6/23/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: San Francisco

Postal code: 94107

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M



Mission statement:

The Christensen Fund backs the global Indigenous Peoples movement in its efforts to advance the rights and opportunities of stewards of biocultural diversity. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

About The Christensen Fund

The Christensen Fund (the Fund) envisions a bioculturally diverse world enriched and sustained by beautiful, bountiful, and resilient communities, landscapes, and seascapes. The Fund backs the global Indigenous Peoples’ movement in its efforts to advance the rights and opportunities of stewards of biocultural diversity. This new mission is rooted in a commitment to support the full and effective implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Founded in 1957 by Allen D. and Carmen M. Christensen, the Christensen Fund is a private grantmaking foundation contributing approximately $10M in annual grants. The Fund’s team members represent broad cultural and geographic diversity and are based in the Fund’s home office in San Francisco, CA and selected regions abroad.

The Opportunity

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a foundation at the forefront of supporting and elevating the rights of Indigenous People around the world. With its clear focus on biocultural diversity and strong conviction that environmental and cultural stewardship by Indigenous People is the path forward, the Christensen Fund is a philanthropic trailblazer. Admired as a thought leader and influencer in this work, the Fund has distinguished itself as a credible partner to indigenous communities in part because team members bring lived experience, and in part because collaboration is ingrained in the organization’s DNA; listening to and following the lead of community partners is how funding opportunities are identified and developed.

The new Executive Director will join the Fund at a pivotal moment and will help shape the trajectory of the new strategy. They will hold a vision and lead the team bringing the rights-based focus to life through investments and partnerships designed to:

  • amplify grassroots indigenous voices;
  • build solidarity between and across Indigenous Peoples’ movements; and,
  • increase awareness of international frameworks that protect rights to Land, Territories, Resources, and Governance

The Ideal Candidate

The Christensen Fund’s new executive director is an inspiring leader who sees the opportunity to advance the rights of Indigenous People as a calling. Whether or not you have lived experience with indigenous or marginalized communities, you bring a deep understanding of the challenges we are trying to address and the cultural competencies to help us do it successfully. You are an individual who has established your reputation as a leader in philanthropy or in a field relevant to the Fund’s work (social justice, human rights, land rights, climate change, food justice, agroecology) and will leverage your networks and passion to serve and promote our mission.

To learn more and apply, please visit the position profile on our website: https://waldronhr.com/searches/the-christensen-fund


  • Candidates must have a minimum of 15+ years of progressively responsible executive leadership experience in a dynamic and innovative social sector organization, preferably in a foundation.
  • Those who have developed their experience in a global context or outside of the US are encouraged to apply if they have permission to work in the U.S.
  • Experience gained in proximity to indigenous communities and an understanding of their rights is an asset.
  • A demonstrated track record working in close partnership with a governing board of trustees and managing a team of at least 10 fulltime staff members is required; experience leading a globally dispersed team is valued.


Not Specified


$175k +

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. A current resume and cover letter (addressed to Sarah Meyer) articulating your interest and fit for the role should be submitted through Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal: https://waldronhr.com/searches/the-christensen-fund 

Posted By: The Christensen Fund


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