Executive Director
Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation New York, NY

The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation (LCAOF), a global conservation grant maker based in New York, seeks an Executive Director. The Foundation’s founders, a legendary fashion duo, created the LCAOF in 1987, following a life changing safari trip to Africa where they were exposed to the plight of endangered wildlife, their habitats, and the human communities linked to them. Since then, the Foundation has invested more than $70 million to support community based conservation in critically threatened locations throughout the world.

This is an outstanding opportunity to take the helm of a foundation with a rich legacy and record of impact. With the infusion of new assets following the death of Art Ortenberg in 2014, LCAOF is poised to extend its reach and pursue new and enhanced programming. It anticipates an annual grant making budget of $7-9 million (up from approximately $5 million in 2015) and intends to continue to focus its grant making in areas of greatest need and opportunity in wildlands of the developing world as well as in the Interior Western United States. LCAOF believes in making sustained, long-term investments, and the hallmarks of the projects it supports include local participation, personal involvement, and accountability.

The position calls for a creative leader with proven strategic and organizational skills as well as intellectual breadth. It requires a deep grounding in wildlife conservation, ideally gained both from time spent working in grassroots field conservation and in administrative programming. High integrity, strong communication and collaboration skills, and deep respect for the communities and people the Foundation supports are essential.

LCAOF has enlisted the support of Isaacson, Miller in its search process. Inquiries, application materials (including a CV or resume and a 1-3 page letter of interest), or nominations should be submitted to Isaacson, Miller.  For more information>

Karen Wilcox is leading this search with Leslie McCarthy.

LCAOF is committed to equal opportunity and welcomes and encourages a diverse pool of candidates in this search



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