Klingenstein Philanthropies

Chief Philanthropy Officer and Executive Director

New York, NY

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Klingenstein Philanthropies, a family philanthropy with more than 70 years of grant-making history, invites nominations and applications for Chief Philanthropy Officer and Executive Director (CPO & ED).  The CPO & ED will partner with the Chairman and family to advance the Klingenstein family’s charitable giving and will help manage a range of grant-making.

The CPO & ED is a new position which has emerged from a generational shift of leadership for the Klingenstein Philanthropies and an anticipated restructuring of some of the funds.  With the establishment of a new family office in New York and the commitment of new dollars toward advancement of work in the field of early childhood, the CPO & ED will have an extraordinary opportunity to partner with the family at an exciting time and to help bring fresh vision and strategy to their philanthropic work. The Klingenstein Philanthropies includes: the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, which was established in 1945 by Esther and Joseph Klingenstein and supports neuroscience and independent school education; the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation which was established in 1993 through a capital grant from the EAJK Fund to address the need for further research in childhood and adolescent depression and ADHD, and the need to cultivate more child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, and the Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation, which was established in 2007 and makes grants in the State of Maine and is focused primarily on addressing childhood oral health issues in Maine.

The CPO & ED will first and foremost be mission-driven and committed to personal integrity and exceptional professionalism. S/he will identify and bring best practices to the board’s work and will help to advance the craft of the family’s giving through effective management and leadership of the office.  S/he will be a strategic contributor and trusted thought partner to the Chairman and will represent the family externally with sophistication, nurturing existing relationships and building new ones.  S/he will be a natural collaborator and partnership builder and will be committed to the use of data and research in effective decision making.

The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree relevant to work of Klingenstein Philanthropies and will have a proven track record of experience as a leader and manager.  Experience working across academic, scientific, and social sector organizations is highly preferred and the demonstrated ability to bring research, clear process, and data to decision making is required. 


This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs and Cara Pearsall of the national search firm 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: kp-cpoed@nonprofitprofessionals.com. 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.


Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.

As a trained psychologist, teacher, researcher, and consultant with twenty years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad, Katherine guides organizations through change with particular expertise in founder transitions, facilitation of Board and executive level decisions, and the implications for growth and strategic talent development. 

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