Director, 84 Lumber Foundation

Location: Eighty-Four, PA

Department: 84 Lumber

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor


84 Lumber Foundation, Eighty-Four, PA


84 Lumber Background

84 Lumber Company is the nation’s leading privately held supplier of building materials, building supplies, manufactured components and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings.


Commitment to Community

Being a good corporate citizen goes beyond donating money and materials – it means having a commitment to help those individuals and organizations most in need, and a vision for making a positive impact.

Through their Building Hope program, 84 Lumber has actively supported local, regional, and national charitable organizations ranging from volunteer fire departments, to chapters of the Red Cross and United Way, to the national efforts of Habitat for Humanity. The corporation’s long-standing commitment for the community can be seen and felt surrounding each of their 250 store locations and that passion comes from the ground up. It starts with the employees and is embraced by the leaders of 84 Lumber. A great source of pride comes from the fact that in 2016 alone, they donated more than $1.3 million to a variety of charitable causes.


Position Overview

84 Lumber has a long history of generous corporate social responsibility and community investment. Much of this effort to date has been guided by corporate principles, and the personal vision of 84 Lumber Owner and President, Maggie Hardy Magerko. The individual hired as Director of the Foundation will be the inaugural Director, tasked with managing the philanthropic footprint of the corporation, as well as someone who will work very collaboratively with Mrs. Magerko to execute all forms of giving. The ideal candidate may have experience implementing corporate giving systems within a corporate context, but it is not required. The Director is responsible for all functional areas of corporate giving, including operating as a strategic adviser to Mrs. Magerko. The Director will design and execute strategic priorities as well as policies and procedures that deliver on defined giving objectives. Some travel is required in this role, including but not limited to meeting with prospective grantees, conducting needs assessment research, and giving external presentations and speeches. 

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • In close partnership with the President, develop company giving guidelines and oversee policy and process for company’s charitable contributions. Ensure giving aligns with compliance guidelines and is captured accurately for tax benefit and external reporting.
  • Direct the design, development and implementation of grants process initiatives. Provide strategic partnership and development of signature and national programs.
  • Oversee grant making process to ensure the efficient flow of grants, tax and legal compliance, and adherence to grant agreements.
  • Drive employee engagement and adoption of the company’s philanthropic mission and vision. Help develop and implement corporate policies that support the company’s efforts.
  • Serve as 84 Lumber’s primary public spokesperson for all philanthropic efforts. This includes giving external presentations, authoring articles and bylines, and speaking with the media. A public passion and enthusiasm for 84 Lumber’s mission is a critical component of this role.
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships with industry organizations to drive industry-wide adoption of 84 Lumber’s philanthropic mission.


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate possesses a blend of the following:

  • A minimum of 5 years of grants management, corporate community affairs, philanthropy, or CSR experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to participate with senior management in strategic discussions and to formulate appropriate policy and practice
  • Demonstrated experience with giving public presentations conducting media interviews.
  • Highly collaborative, with the ability to work as part of a team, and partner with senior management on new and untested initiatives. The ability to anticipate needs, and tailor strategy and communication accordingly is imperative.
  • High-level understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how private foundations function
  • Strategic thinker; intellectually curious
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to present material in an understandable manner to higher management
  • Proven organizational, planning and time-management skills; ability to meet short deadlines and hold themselves accountable
  • Ability to use judgment, knowledge, and objectivity in various roles
  • Excellent diplomatic, problem solving, meeting facilitation, negotiation, and conflict-resolution skills
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of software and grants management software
  • Willingness to travel


Behavioral Competencies

The ideal candidate possesses a blend of the following behavioral characteristics:

  • Comfort Around Higher Management: Can deal comfortably with more senior managers; can present to more senior managers without undue tension and nervousness; understands how senior managers think and work; can determine the best way to get things done with them by talking their language and responding to their needs; can craft approaches likely to be seen as appropriate and positive.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming sessions.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Presentation Skills: Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers, direct reports, and bosses; is effective both inside and outside the organization, on both cool data and hot and controversial topics; commands attention and can manage group process during the presentation; can change tactics midstream when something isn’t working.
  • Time Management: Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently; values time; concentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities; gets more done in less time than others; can attend to a broader range of activities.
  • Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard/ is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging/ not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Command Skills: Relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; faces adversity head on; energized by tough challenges.
  • Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Standing Alone: Will stand up and be counted; doesn’t shirk personal responsibility; can be counted on when times are tough; willing to be the only champion for an idea or position; is comfortable working alone on a tough assignment.



This position offers a competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION MATERIALS DUE BY: 5 PM, Monday, August 14, 2017


84 Lumber has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Interested individuals wishing to confidentially discuss this opportunity may contact Todd Owens, Principal at or 412.512.3879. Please note that applications are not accepted at this email address.


Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent and do not contact 84 Lumber.


84 Lumber Company is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.



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