BrightFocus Foundation

Clarksburg, Maryland

Date Posted

October 18, 2023

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BrightFocus Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization renowned internationally for its funding of impactful scientific research to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, seeks a Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration (SVP) to join the passionate and collegial leadership team at this important organization. The SVP will be a collaborative, proactive, and strategic leader, a superb communicator committed to transparency, with an impeccable record of financial leadership and a mission-forward mindset.

Located in metropolitan Washington, DC, in suburban Clarksburg, MD, BrightFocus is dedicated to funding breakthrough Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma research, acting as a catalyst for researchers to pursue innovative ideas that could transform our understanding of these diseases and accelerate the pathway to treatments and cures. Under the umbrella of three global flagship programs, BrightFocus provides early-stage funding for high-risk, high-reward projects funding the boldest research and “what-if” ideas to fuel the development of novel treatments and diagnostic tools. BrightFocus also raises awareness and empowers people with these diseases and their loved ones by sharing expert resources and information.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the SVP will be responsible for the foundation’s financial, operations, HR, and IT functions, overseeing a budget of $48 million ($63 million with in-kind). They will work closely with the Board of Directors and serve as the primary liaison to the Board’s Audit and Finance Committees. Supervising a team of six, including the Controller, the Senior Manager of Operations and Building, the Senior Accountant, the Staff Accountant, the Accounts Payable Coordinator, and the Payroll and Benefits Coordinator, the SVP will lead high-performing, diverse teams with trust and transparency while working collaboratively with stakeholders across the foundation to serve the foundation’s mission, while ensuring financial and operational strength, agility, and integrity.

The SVP will seize organizational momentum and capitalize on the strength and passion of the staff to establish forward-thinking financial and operational strategies and develop modern business intelligence models and dashboards that enable the organization to continue to fund high-impact research and public awareness. The SVP will be a collaborative and engaged financial and administrative leader, someone who appreciates the mission of BrightFocus and who can move seamlessly between strategic and operational levels of management with clear and transparent financial and operational leadership.

BrightFocus Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed in confidence to the search firm.

Dan Rodas, Partner

Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

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BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

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