JOB: Highline Schools Foundation Looking To Hire New Executive Director


Our friends at the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence are looking to hire a new Executive Director.

“The Executive Director provides leadership for the organization and is responsible for the management of all staff,” reads the job description. “This position reports to the President and Executive Committee of the Foundation. The Executive Director is expected to promote and communicate the mission and objectives of the Foundation, to drive fund development and to raise awareness of the Highline Schools Foundation in the community. The Executive Director will strive to increase the Foundation’s fundraising to more than $1 million annually and be a critical strategic partner in helping the Highline School District achieve its vision.”

This is a full-time gig with a starting salary range of $45,000 to $50,000 annually, depending on qualification and experience.

The deadline to apply is March 1st, and selected candidates will be notified of in-person interviews no later than March 18th.

Here’s all the information and contact information you’ll need to apply for this position:

Executive Director

Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established in 2001 with a mission for providing community resources to help the Highline School District succeed. The district is south of Seattle and serves a very diverse population.

Position Description:
The Executive Director provides leadership for the organization and is responsible for the management of all staff. This position reports to the President and Executive Committee of the Foundation. The Executive Director is expected to promote and communicate the mission and objectives of the Foundation, to drive fund development and to raise awareness of the Highline Schools Foundation in the community. The Executive Director will strive to increase the Foundation’s fundraising to more than $1 million annually and be a critical strategic partner in helping the Highline School District achieve its vision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assure compliance with the Foundation’s mission, goals and policies as established by the Board of Trustees and to represent the Foundation and its mission in the community and region.
  • Assure compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to a charitable non-profit foundation and ensure ethical compliance, as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Work with Board and staff to establish and meet fundraising goals, evaluate results and develop corrective strategies and to develop, manage and supervise grant proposals /activities.
  • Assure a board development process that enhances fund development.
  • Work with Board in the development of the annual strategic planning, long-range planning, and the implementation of planning priorities.
  • Provide oversight for all Foundation activities and communicate a broad vision to others.
  • Establish volunteer program that builds on individuals who have expressed interest in the organization.
  • Expand marketing efforts to broaden access to donors, assure a consistent image and convey accurate information. This includes overseeing print and electronic communication, not limited to but including Donor Perfect.
  • Oversee gift receipt and processing, financial and tax reporting, investments, and manage the organization in a financially responsible manner.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise and evaluate performance of all staff, interns, and volunteers. Help clearly define job duties. This includes the use of a donor information management system.
  • Partner with Highline Public Schools leaders and collaborate with PTSA, HEA, Service Organizations, Municipalities, Community Groups and other Organizations necessary to support the efforts of the Foundation.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the area and knowledge of the school district.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Professional designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive is a plus.
  • Minimum of five years experience working in a non-profit organization with a proven track record of success preferred.
  • Experience in a leadership capacity and with major gifts (having raised four, five and six figure gifts) is preferred.
  • Strong local community connections are preferred.
  • Actively involved with other organizations that may support the Foundation’s mission.
  • Experience working with a Board of Trustees or Governing Board is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to deliver effective and persuasive presentations required.

Special Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision and a sense of core purpose.
  • Ability to inspire motivates, and marshal resources throughout the organization and the communities served.
  • Ability to think and act strategically.
  • Ability to cultivate the creative ideas of others, make connections between ideas, and project potential outcomes.
  • Ability to attend community events, dressing and conducting oneself in a manner that conveys professionalism and credibility.
  • Ability to evaluate and understand others motivations, interests and perceptions in order to modify objectives as needed.

Compensation: This is a full-time position with a starting salary range of$45,000 to $50,000 annually dependent on qualification and experience.

Timeline: Application review process to begin March 1st 2011. Selected candidates will be notified of in-person interviews no later than March 18th 2011. Out of areas candidates will need to cover their own transportation expenses.

Application: Please send cover letter referencing your qualification as they pertain to this position, resume, salary history, salary requirements and references to:

Executive Director Search Committee
Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence
15675 Ambaum Blvd SW
Burien, WA 98166

Or via email at highlinefoundation@gmail.com.

More information available at www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org.

Highline Schools Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, creed, age, national origin, marital status, or disability.


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