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The Perigee Fund, a new philanthropic endeavor committed to advancing work in the field of early childhood mental health, is seeking nominations and applications for its inaugural Executive Director. While the most influential period of brain development is between the ages of zero and three and early childhood health and well-being is critically linked to success across all measures later in life, early childhood professional education, programming, and supports continue to be underrepresented and underfunded at all levels. Recognizing this gap, the Perigee Fund has committed significant resources over the next ten to fifteen years to support programs, outreach, education, and partnerships that will transform access to quality support for a child’s early social and emotional development. With substantial resources and a focus on impact nationally and in Washington State, the Perigee Fund will be one of the top ten early childhood philanthropic organizations in the United States.
The inaugural Executive Director will join Perigee’s founding donor at this critical moment of inception to collaboratively design and implement a grantmaking strategy for impact, to identify professional and philanthropic partnerships for lasting change, and to build an entrepreneurial team that will carry forward the work of the foundation to support caregivers and to strengthen the social and emotional development of our youngest children. The Executive Director will represent the Perigee Fund in the field and will leverage both the contributions of an exceptional team and the founder’s clinical expertise and vision to build Perigee’s presence as a force for positive change. The Executive Director will support a culture of learning and service within the organization and will be both willing to test new ideas and to co-create solutions in partnership with caregivers and those who serve them in support of early childhood mental health.
The ideal candidate will be a leader in the field of early childhood development and/or trauma-informed care with an understanding for the role that a philanthropic organization can play in the promotion of effective programs, policies, and professional development and education. This individual will be an inspiring communicator who leads with a personal commitment to the mission, a passion for equity, exceptional listening skills, a humble desire to learn from others, and an authentic approach to engagement with partners. In addition, the successful candidate will need to be an exceptional manager with proven success building and nurturing a creative, skilled, and collaborative team of professionals. The ideal candidate will have a track-record of effectively driving clarity in ambiguous circumstances and in the development and implementation of plans for programming that can be evaluated and managed by measurable results. Candidates must have a minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in a relevant field, and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a preferred advanced degree in a relevant field of study.
Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.
Katherine leads worldwide efforts to strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit, higher education, and public sector clients and manages the strategic development of our firm’s virtual workforce.