Position Title: Executive Director Classification: Exempt Full-time
Reports To: Board of Directors
Responsible to the Board of Directors, this position manages the day-to-day affairs of the Foundation in a manner consistent with stated mission and the adopted Strategic Plan. This position is responsible for all staff support activities necessary to fulfill the purposes as defined in the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Foundation. It is the responsibility of the Executive Director to educate the public about the organization’s vision, mission, goals and opportunities to support the University through the Foundation.
The functions and responsibilities of this position includes but may not be limited to the following:
1. Effectively lead and mange the staff of the Foundation in the achievement of defined outcomes, including the delivery of the highest possible level of service to donors and other stakeholders in every transaction and communication.
2. Direct and perform activities resulting in the development of resources including but not limited to major funds acquisition, annual and direct mail campaigns, major gift drives, special project activities, planned and deferred giving programs and major capital campaigns in concert with the University and other stakeholders.
3. Oversee special events related to capital and other campaigns, including luncheons, dinners, mid-campaign and end-of-campaign celebrations etc.
4. Work with Board of Directors and investment managers to establish appropriate investment policy and strategy to grow and expand the Foundation’s investment portfolio.
5. Develop, implement and manage systems, processes and practices to effectively and efficiently manage the donor base to receive, record and accurately report gifts.
6. Develop, implement and manage systems, processes and practices to effectively and efficiently manage donor and stakeholder services program.
7. Develop strategies and processes to identify and solicit gifts from potential donors and maintain records related to Foundation activities and results.
8. Oversee the preparation and management of operating budgets and cash flow analysis to ensure the availability of resources needed to support the achievement of Foundation goals and objectives.
9. Ensure the effective, efficient and timely maintenance of financial records and accurate reporting of financial activities to the Board of Directors and other stakeholders as required.
10. Develop and implement risk management systems, programs and practices necessary to ensure the safeguard of Foundation assets.
11. Implement and maintain systems, process and internal controls to ensure the full compliance with all federal, state, and local statutes, rules and regulations in every aspect of Foundation business.
12. Coordinate Foundation activities with University staff to ensure optimal coordination of efforts and projects that are concentrated in areas of greatest need and interests.
13. Work with the Foundation Board of Directors to design and implement special events created for fundraising, cultivation and/or donor recognition purposes, including but not limited to the annual “Scholarship Gala”.
14. Facilitate works of Foundation Board. Plan and prepare for Board meetings and its committees. Generate news releases from the Foundation Board members. Participates in/on a variety of meetings, committees, taskforces and/or other related groups to communicate information regarding the Foundation and its initiatives.
15. Assists in developing and overseeing the implementation of short-range, long-range and strategic planning and related performance measurements and tracking processes for the Foundation.
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study is required and Masters’ Degree and fundraising certification is preferred, with 5 years of related work experience (specifically fundraising); or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above duties. Broad knowledge of institutional fundraising and activities coordination. Excellent communication skills, public speaking ability, and presentation techniques. Experience in media relations, developing and designing marketing information, and managing teams. Knowledge of budgeting and records maintenance. Experience working directly with nonprofit boards. Task/action oriented.
Minimum physical exertion. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 5 pounds on a regular basis and up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, mouse, calculator and similar machines.
Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work environment is typical of most office environments. Frequent evening and weekend hours.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.