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Executive Director

Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Job Title: Executive Director
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Executive Director
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March 17th, 2019
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Cabot Family Charitable Trust in Boston, Massachusetts is seeking a new Executive Director for a family foundation that has been active in area philanthropy for 70 years.  The Executive Director will follow a retiring incumbent and will assist the Trustees in twice-annual grant making in fields of interest including education, youth development, early childhood, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture.


Cabot Family Charitable Trust

With net assets of about $49 million, the Trust made approximately 56 grant awards in 2018 totaling approximately $2 million.  The Trust receives proposals concentrated in the city of Boston from 501(c)(3) organizations in many areas of the nonprofit sector.  The Trust was established in 1942 by Godfrey Lowell Cabot, founder of the Cabot Corporation, and is located in the family office of Cabot-Wellington near Post Office Square. The Trust is administered by six family Trustees with involvement as appropriate of the larger Cabot family.  The Trust’s website can be found at www.cabotfamilytrust.org.


The Position

In order to fulfill the philanthropic mission of the Trust, the Executive Director’s responsibilities include:



  • Gathering and keeping records on all grant applications received for twice-yearly review schedule
  • Preparing in-depth review of selected applications for Trustee decisions and other materials for twice-yearly Trustee meetings
  • Awarding approved grant contracts based on Trustee decisions
  • Notifying unsuccessful grant applicants
  • Tracking progress of grant awards through on-going communication and final reports
  • Coordinating records and information for application review by a separate small grants committee of family members and assisting in their application review process as needed
  • Maintaining complete, accurate records of all grant-making activity for purposes of annual audit and tax filings



  • Arranging and making site visits and meetings with current grantees and prospective applicants
  • Representing the Cabot Family Charitable Trust to nonprofit organizations, area foundations and others in the wider community
  • Maintaining familiarity with Boston-area and regional nonprofit organizations in order to identify effective organizations and exceptional programs



  • Working with the Trustees to adapt policies and procedures to accomplish long-term goals
  • Working with the younger generation of family members to develop philanthropic interests
  • Overseeing policies and actions of outside investment manager
  • Assuring full compliance with audit requirements, state and federal tax filings and payments, and adherence to annual operating budget
  • Maintaining active awareness and knowledge of  regulations and standards for private family foundations in finance, governance and grant-making
  • Engaging with other professional staff within the Cabot-Wellington office


Desired Skills and Characteristics

  • Understanding of and/or demonstrated ability to work within a family foundation context
  • Experience and interest in working with a range of nonprofit organizations in program development, organizational development and community building
  • Senior level of judgment and strong reputation and contacts within the Boston regional nonprofit sector
  • Experience planning, organizing, and directing administrative and financial activities
  • Communication skills and ability to work with a wide range of individuals and subject areas
  • Ability to work both independently and collegially in a small office system
  • Ability to manage work load peaks around grant submission and board meetings
  • Competence, maturity and ability to manage an exceptional amount of detail
  • Proven ability to listen, write and speak well
  • Collaborative style
  • Demonstrated professional integrity and ability to maintain high professional standards
  • Enthusiasm, energy and a keen sense of humor
  • Computer literacy with spreadsheets and standard office systems


The position is expected to be 2/3 full time with time concentrated in fall and spring and fewer hours during summer and between grant cycles.  Generous benefits include employee and family health and dental insurance, vacation, life and disability insurance, sick and personal leave, holidays and 401K participation and employer contribution after one year of service.  Benefits will be pro-rated according to hours worked.


Please send applications and nominations including resume and cover letter to:

Susan Egmont

Egmont Associates




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