Executive Director Foundation

Location
Houston, TX
Posted
Mar 08, 2017
Institution Type
Community College
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Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant

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Executive Director

Houston Community College Foundation

Academic Foundation Serving One of the Largest Institutions of Higher Education in the Country

Position Overview

Houston Community College Foundation is seeking its next Executive Director, a leader who will be committed to advancing student opportunities for success and to enhancing the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.

As a senior officer of Houston Community College System (HCCS), the Executive Director of the Foundation will report directly to the HCC Foundation Board of Directors and work closely with the Chancellor and other senior executive leaders to implement fundraising initiatives, increase scholarship dollars, and manage the endowment fund. The chosen Executive Director will ensure quality, efficient, and compliant development operations and orchestrate the work of Foundation staff and team members. In partnership with the Foundation Board, the selected executive will serve as a key team member and an active participant in establishing the infrastructure and overall planning, development, and management of the organization's relationships with individual donors and organizations, as well as leaders and community influencers, including cultivation strategies, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts.

About the Houston Community College Foundation

Established in 1976, the Houston Community College Foundation supports HCC in its efforts to attract and educate Houston-area students with the desire and the dedication to learn - including many non-traditional students and those facing barriers to higher education. The Foundation's vision is to improve the quality of life in the community by ensuring that any student who wants a Houston Community College education has the resources to do so. The HCC Foundation supports HCC's mission by providing financial assistance in three main areas: Student Scholarships and Endowments, Capital Projects and Program Support, and Faculty Grants and Awards.

The Houston Community College Foundation has the honor of being governed by a board of some of the area's most respected business and civic leaders, whose steadfast commitment to the city and the people who live here energizes the Foundation's work and encourages its success. HCC Foundation is staffed by enthusiastic members who are deeply devoted to the mission of the Institution and the Foundation.

Job Specifications

Specific background/experiences and skills/accomplishments that appear to be the most important for success in the position.
  • Career track of progressive, documentable accomplishments in driving impact, outcomes and success. Advanced knowledge of fundraising principles and practices, capacity to provide visionary leadership for fundraising efforts and oversee the progressive growth of an alumni giving and major donor development program. Ideal candidate brings proven success in providing strategic direction for development/advancement within a higher education environment including designing an effective fundraising plan that addresses individual and major giving, planned giving, foundation and corporate giving, and social entrepreneurship.
  • In collaboration with the Foundation Board, the chosen Executive Director will support all aspects of development activities, cultivation of key relationships, and be responsible for overall planning, development, and management of HCCS's and HCC Foundation's relationships with individual donors and organizations.
  • Strategic vision to implement annual work plans focused on outcomes, which align with and support the Strategic Plan, including a communications plan to effectively and appropriately maintain top-of-mind awareness of the HCC Foundation among all constituent groups, including Foundation Board, HCC staff, funders, potential funders, and stakeholders in the community.
  • Collaboration and teambuilding skills to advance Foundation activities with college presidents, key executives, and divisions. Skill to enroll and train internal constituents, including college presidents, in best practices to advance their personal/institutional development efforts in alignment with the overall Foundation advancement strategy.
  • Significant experience working with board leadership and governance in a foundation environment, along with depth of understanding of how foundations operate. Skill to initiate and assist in the development of policy recommendations and the establishment of priorities. Able to facilitate the recruitment and orientation of new board members, with coaching and mentoring skills to develop fundraising and donor relationship skill sets among board members.
  • Proven measurable track record of soliciting and securing major, principal, and/or transformational gifts, cultivating donor relationships, and identifying potential major donors for capital ensuring the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures. Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets and accountability systems.
  • Skill to effectively manage a team and activities for direct reports in regards to recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.
  • Leadership acumen and people skills to actively grow the Foundation's budget through a well-functioning alumni network, and cultivating in-kind and monetary support from foundations, community-based organizations, other non-profits, administrators, and professional leaders.
  • Ability to cultivate, recruit, and manage volunteers with the capacity and commitment to donate funds, provide consultation, and serve as advocates on behalf of the Foundation. A proven mentor and coach to staff and volunteers with influential skills to ensure peak productivity and performance.
  • Skilled in analysis. Gathers and analyzes data to measure progress against strategic initiatives and timelines; thinks outside the box to develop innovative action plans to accomplish goals; adjusts action plans, as needed, to align organizational direction and focus.
  • Ability to develop strategic relationships to identify needs and critical success factors and to strengthen the overall effectiveness of fundraising/development across the system footprint. Skill to build commitment and drive for results, establishing a culture of excellence.
  • Leadership presence, marketing mindset, and skill to serve as an HCC ambassador and the face and voice of the HCC Foundation to the broader Houston community, and beyond.
  • Highly innovative, bringing a diverse strategy that encompasses inventive models of funding to leverage a variety of demographics, geographies, business partnership approaches and national/global resources in addition to personal philanthropy.
  • Leadership presence, relationship building skills, and executive sales acumen with proven experience in identifying, cultivating, nurturing, and closing significant gifts and contributions.
  • Demonstrates expertise in cultivating and managing donor relationships to inspire passionate commitment to HCC and elicit long term participation by the donor community.
  • Marketing mindset to communicate and elevate the value and potential of the Foundation's work among the campus community, to work in close collaboration with other administrative leaders and faculty to inspire broad-based personal participation and passionate commitment to philanthropy and support of advancement/development initiatives, and to clearly articulate the Foundation's programs, strengths, and funding priorities to the community, alumni, donors, and donor prospects.
  • Ideal candidate brings demonstrated skills and proven understanding of the dynamics of working within a multicultural environment.
  • Record demonstrating a working knowledge of processes, procedures, legalities, and compliance regarding fundraising activities.
  • Skill to work collaboratively with all departments in the organization and serve as the primary point of contact with Financial Aid and Scholarships Departments. Ability to collaborate with HCCS finance staff to administer the Foundation's assets and resources. Working knowledge and experience to oversee audits and annual independent audits of all funds and to develop and administer the foundation's budget.
  • Leadership presence to elevate the visibility and credibility of the institution and represent and promote the Foundation and HCC in the community, state, and region.
  • Management acumen to provide daily direction and management of the Foundation team's operations, to maximize employee performance within their areas of responsibility, through project management, planning, organizing and implementing system processes.
  • Proven skills in financial planning and fiscal management. Leadership acumen to maintain stewardship and accountability for the Foundation's overall operational, ethical and fiduciary integrity. Track record of diligence in
  • Proven ability to broaden HCC's donor pool and to access "low hanging fruit" opportunities and donor sources that have not been previously reached. Marketing mindset to help develop the brand and identity of the system's culture out of the shadow of competing institutions within the state and region to engage new donors and advancement opportunities.
  • Student focused and committed to advancing student opportunities for success.
  • Ability to bring purposeful engagement and focus in executing an effective plan for enhancing and expanding alumni and donor relations beyond the traditional donor pool. Creativity to plan high profile events and initiatives designed to attract the attention and commitment of those who would be comfortable in black-tie settings as well as casual environments. Demonstrated track record of performance in fundraising with Houston foundations, other foundations, corporations, individual donors, and other projects is needed.
  • Experience in preparing proposals for grants to foundations, corporations, organizations, and individuals.
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred; Certified Fund Raising Executive certification preferred. Seven (7) years progressively successful practical experience in philanthropy, with demonstrated success in fund development and cultivation, and planned giving is required. Minimum of three (3) years in a supervisory level, experience working with a board of directors, managing volunteers, capital campaigns, donor recruitment, estate planning, and fund management.

Attributes Desired

Those human traits and abilities that appear to be most important for the success of this position.
  • A mature, optimistic, energetic, well-grounded, innovative, service-oriented personality and calculated risk taker with a bias for action, a record of setting and surpassing objectives, and the proven "can do" conation and drive to execute strategies and produce results beyond expectations. A smart, effective, team oriented bottom-line producer.
  • Able to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization for the present and future.
  • Outstanding team synergy and team leadership skills; the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and public relations skills.
  • Understands and believes in the mission of Houston Community College. Strategic, innovative, forward thinking and future-oriented, with robust commitment to the mission, strategic plan and growth strategies of the institution.
  • A professional who embraces a team environment and works with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Record of empowering direct reports and team members to be independent, fostering a positive work environment.
  • Possesses a strong moral compass along with personal and professional integrity beyond reproach, reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability.
  • An approachable, positive minded, likeable persona with a sense of humor and exceptional relational skills. Discernment to effectively "read" people. Skill to rapidly gain confidences. Collaborative, sharing demeanor.
  • Passion for excellence. Capable of seeing opportunities that aren't always apparent. Possesses the instincts and knowhow to get in "the back door" of organizations and be well received.
  • Decisive, yet inclusive. Possesses ability to analyze existing paradigms and create streamlined processes.
  • Able to facilitate multiple competing priorities with excellent follow through skills.
  • Excellent presentation, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills. An energetic and highly visible leader who can articulate and communicate the institution's mission and vision to internal and external constituencies.
  • Effective social skills. Politically astute, yet not political.
  • High level of professional appearance and demeanor.
  • A dauntless personality with a record of setting and surpassing objectives, balanced by a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrates fair consideration and respect to various viewpoints. Proven to be discreet with confidential information.
  • Skill in identifying problems and opportunities, using creativity to map and bring about solutions. Successful experience in managing and resolving conflict.
  • An amiable analytic with exceptional planning, analytical, data management and organizational abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience and diplomacy to work collaboratively and effectively with and across diverse teams and communities. Skill to bring about transformational results and positive change via working through others.
  • Visible and accessible, with responsive listening skills and active interest in the personal and professional development of others.
  • Maintains composure under pressure.
  • Outstanding mentoring skills. Interacts with consistency throughout the organization.
  • Possesses humility and a servant heart. Prefers transparency in operations and decision-making processes.
  • Demonstrates mutual respect for diverse cultures and inclusivity and a commitment to a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Ability to foster/engender an environment that promotes teamwork and consensus building.
  • Ability to sell a point in a nonpolarizing manner. Trustworthy, with the ability to readily engender confidence and trust. Possesses talent to influence people positively, be a catalyst for progress, to make a decisive impact.


DO NOT APPLY TO THIS SITE

PLEASE APPLY DIRECTLY TO WHEELIS PARTNERS

Send your cover letter and resume to:

FoundationED@WhelessPartners.com

For more information or to discuss this position, contact:

Lisa J. Marks, Managing Director & Chief Operations Officer

Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant

941.240.8847

www.whelesspartners.com

SUMMARY

As a senior officer of Houston Community College System (HCCS), the Executive Director Foundation will report directly to the HCC Foundation Board of Directors (Foundation Board) and work closely with the Chancellor and other senior executive leaders to implement fundraising initiatives, scholarship programs and manage the endowment fund. Provide quality, efficient and compliant development operations through the daily management of a team of staff members. In partnership with the Foundation Board, serve as a key team member and an active participant in establishing the infrastructure and overall planning, development, and management of the organization's relationships with individual donors and organizations, organizations as well as leaders and community influencers, including cultivation strategies, solicitation and stewardship of gifts. Lead current and future comprehensive fund raising campaigns. Actively grow the Foundation's budget through a well-functioning alumni network, and cultivating in-kind and monetary support from foundations, community-based organizations, other non-profits, administrators, and professional leaders.

Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures.

Manages Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  1. In collaboration with the Foundation Board, support all aspects of development activities, cultivation of key relationships, and be responsible for overall planning, development, and management of HCCS's and HCC Foundation's relationships with individual donors and organizations;
  2. Utilize strategic vision to implement annual work plans focused on outcomes, which align with and support the Strategic Plan, including a communications plan to effectively and appropriately maintain top of mind awareness of the HCC Foundation among all constituent groups, including Foundation Board, HCC staff, funders, potential funders and stakeholders in the community;
  3. Coordinate the Foundation activities with college presidents, key executives and divisions;
  4. Provide daily direction and management of the internal development team's operations, to maximize employee performance within their areas of responsibility, through project management, planning, organizing and implementing system processes;
  5. Support the annual budgeting process, and oversee budgets and timelines for projects and manage the department's workflow;
  6. Work collaboratively with all departments in the organization and serve as the primary point of contact with Financial Aid and Scholarships Departments
  7. Implement online metrics for all initiatives from conception; report on metrics to the Foundation Board and the Chancellor and adjust initiatives, based on data;
  8. Collaborate with HCCS finance staff to administer the Foundation's assets and resources; ensure compliance with all policies, rules and regulations and reporting requirements;
  9. Oversee audits and annual independent audits of all funds; develop and administer the foundation's budget ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations and with Foundation's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws;
  10. Plan, organize and coordinate quarterly board meetings and annual meetings, and capital campaigns as necessary; and plan and coordinate benefit events such as luncheons and galas;
  11. Monitor funds to ensure donor-directed gifts comply with donor directives; and
  12. Prepare proposals for grants to foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred; Certified Fund Raising Executive certification preferred.

EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years progressively successful practical experience in philanthropy, with demonstrated success in fund development and cultivation, and planned giving is required.


Minimum of three (3) years 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 Houston foundations, other foundations, corporations, individual donors, and other projects.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  1. Demonstrated experience in overseeing benefit and development events;
  2. Able to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization for the present and future, and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds;
  3. Outstanding team leadership skills;
  4. Proven ability to recruit, retain, motivate, develop talented individuals and engage them in the collaborative achievement of personal, departmental and organizational goals;
  5. Proven capacity to develop relationships with donors, agents of wealth, and various professional services related to asset development;
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  7. Strong leadership and public relations skills; and
  8. Familiarity with grants and proposals.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.



This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

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