Executive Director

The Toy Foundation

Posted: 2/18/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: New York

Postal code: 10010

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available



Mission statement:

To promote play, and provide joy and comfort to children in difficult situations and to be the voice of the North American toy industry highlighting its charitable giving and social responsibility work.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Toy Foundation (TF) is looking for an Executive Director.  This is the perfect opportunity for a seasoned individual to bring a collegial and entrepreneurial leadership style to a role involving commitment to and understanding of effective management and philanthropy best practices within a business construct. The ideal candidate should be a collaborative and results-driven leader with expertise in child development, toys, and play. The ED will interact with the Executive Committee and Trustees of The Toy Foundation, and select Association board members as needed to help advance the Foundation.



  • 5+ years’ experience in senior management and direct supervision of employees required.

  • Team player with superior interpersonal skills as well as capacity to engage in critical thinking and analysis of programs and service delivery. 

  • Track record of successful organizational change and/or results-driven institutional advancement.

  • Proven ability to build and foster internal and external relationships with the goal of new partnerships and building consensus across all levels

  • An entrepreneurial leadership style that encourages teamwork, collaboration, staff development, and effective delegation while inspiring and motivating all parties

Fundraising Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of successful fundraising including major donors, grant-writing, and developing corporate partnerships

  • Proven experience as a creative fundraiser with the ability to secure revenue and financial support from new and diverse sources

  • A history of building and maintaining strong donor and funder relationships

  • Experience with cause-related marketing campaigns with demonstrated results

Industry Experience

  • Passion for children with a commitment to advancing the mission of The Toy Foundation, the scientifically proven developmental benefits of childhood play, and building understanding of the broad toy industry's deep commitment to philanthropy, ethical production and societal benefit.  

  • Prior experience working with industry associations and memberships preferably in the area of toys and play

  • Knowledge of child development or serving child and family populations

  • Prior experience with foundations and grant making preferably in a foundation setting

Nonprofit Management

  • Foundation or nonprofit Board management and communications experience

  • Prior experience with foundation policies and procedures including compliance

  • Experience with events planning and volunteer management 

  • Strategic planning and execution of mission driven strategy with the ability to measure and track impact with data and KPIs

Fiscal Management

  • Demonstrated business acumen and experience in developing a sustainable business model with secure and diverse revenue streams

  • Demonstrated administrative, financial, and budget management skills


  • History of effective grant making and program planning with the ability to implement strategic vision

  • Prior experience with building, developing or expanding programs preferably in the areas of toys and play and children and families

  • Appreciation of the role of research and the use of data to inform and support an effective outcome model that measures and communicates the vision, mission, success and impact of the organization

  • Experience with developing and launching innovative, new partnerships preferably with Fortune 500 companies

Communications: Internal and External

  • Ability to articulate TF’s mission, philosophy and core values effectively to a diverse group of stakeholders

  • Credible and persuasive verbal and written communication skills, especially with c-suite level leaders

  • Experience as a spokesperson for an industry or cause


  • Familiarity with iMIS and web-based donor management platforms

  • Familiarity with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Competence with Office productivity tools


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

See the following link for a full description including key responsibilities & the ideal candidate’s qualifications: https://rb.gy/bjd32u.

Applicants should apply with a resume and cover letter that references their experience in relation to the qualifications listed in the job description. No phone inquiries will be accepted, all inquiries and resumes should be submitted via email to [email protected].


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