Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa Foundation

Jackson, Mississippi
Jan 25, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

TITLE:  Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa Foundation

REPORTS TO:  President & CEO, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society       


LOCATION: Approved for telecommuting, Jackson Mississippi preferred

DATE: January 15, 2017

The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, located in Jackson, Mississippi seeks a new Executive Director. Established in 2007, the mission of Phi Theta Kappa’s Foundation is to secure the financial resources necessary to support the values, vision, and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation seeks a dynamic senior advancement officer to play a key leadership role in furthering the organization’s mission and vision. The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, articulate, and experienced leader who demonstrates the ability to organize a dynamic constituency towards the goal of furthering the mission of Phi Theta Kappa.


  • Provides leadership for the complete donation lifecycle (identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward).
  • In collaboration with the President and CEO, serves as lead advancement professional for top donors.
  • Directs the planning and communication of all fundraising efforts including management of annual, major, in-kind, corporate and planned gifts.
  • Oversees and develops strategic and corporate alliances and grant opportunities that are consistent with the strategic priorities of the Honor Society.
  • Engages and leverages Foundation Board members in the fundraising and stewardship process.
  • Develops and manages the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation staff, and directs the overall operations of the Foundation office.
  • Provides leadership for Society operations and initiatives by serving as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s executive cabinet.
  • Works with the President and CEO and Boards of Directors to sets goals, develop timelines and monitor progress.
  • Sets agendas and participates as an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Directs Foundation stewardship, including the design, solicitation, and acknowledgment procedures for all endowment and restricted funds.
  • Monitors and regularly reviews the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation budget in collaboration with the President and CEO.
  • Interacts and builds relationships within the Phi Theta Kappa community.


  • Master’s degree preferred. Experience in a two-year college setting preferred.
  • Successful, practical experience in fundraising, with demonstrated success in annual giving, major gift, and planned giving solicitation. Certified fund raising executive certification preferred.
  • Three or more years of successful experience in a supervisory level, experience working with a board of directors, managing volunteers, capital campaigns, donor recruitment, estate planning, and fund management.
  • Demonstrated track record of performance in fundraising with foundations, corporations, individual donors, and other projects.
  • Knowledge of how to effectively market and communicate the values and mission of the Organization, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all Phi Theta Kappa constituents.
  • Able to administer the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift and annual fund leadership prospects.
  • Experience and capacity to envision and contribute to Phi Theta Kappa’s strategic planning process.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and cultivate the professional development of direct reports.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • A strong commitment to community college education.

How to Apply

Applications should include a cover letter, a résumé or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references.  Candidates must describe in writing how they meet each of the Qualifications/Requirements for the position. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission.

Materials should be emailed as PDF attachments to: HumanResources@ptk.org.  If candidates do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of application materials within three days after submitting them, they should contact Deborah Stamps at 601.984.3514.