Executive Director, Foothill - De Anza Community Colleges Foundation

Los Altos, Santa Clara County / Los Altos Hills, Santa Clara County
Jun 06, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors

Executive Director, Foothill - De Anza Community Colleges Foundation

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Anouncement #:
Campus: Central Services
Required Documents: Resume
Number of Working Months: 12 Months
Salary: $120,080.13-$132,382.42 annually
Close Date: 7/25/14
Employment Duration: Full-Time

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.

Reporting to the Chancellor and the Foundation Board of Directors and working closely with the Presidents, faculty and administrators of Foothill and De Anza colleges, serves as the chief development officer and develops and implements a comprehensive District-wide fund raising program designed to meet fundraising goals of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; and provides vision, leadership, strategic direction and administrative oversight of the Foundation and its staff.

This position is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting private financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to enable the district to accomplish its goals and meet its mission.

The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:
• Develop and direct a comprehensive fundraising program for the colleges, including the cultivation and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and individual donors, as well as, the development and implementation of a variety of fundraising strategies which include major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation solicitations, and annual fundraising efforts.
• Increase the number and level of major gifts to Foothill-De Anza.
• Lead and carry out the Foundation’s strategic plan.
• Provide leadership, coordinate strategies and work collaboratively with the campuses to engage the Presidents, administrators and faculty to prioritize their fundraising needs and engage in creative fund development strategies.
• Identify and maintain a portfolio of major and planned gift prospects; design and execute identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for each prospect and determine the best strategy for cultivation and solicitation, i.e. leadership, staff or volunteer involvement.
• Oversee campus gift officers in implementing collaborative fundraising strategies to solicit and close gifts.
• Partner with the Assistant Director in overseeing the financial accounting system for the Foundation’s fiscal activities.
• Support the strategic goals and mission of the colleges and advance a positive and enhanced image of the Foundation to the community including representing the Foundation with presence at community events when appropriate.
• Provide executive leadership to the Foundation Board and support the recruitment and retention of the Board including cultivation of prominent members of the community and alumni to join the board.
• Work closely with the Foundation Board President, coordinate the work of the Board and its committees.
• Hire, supervise, direct, and evaluate the performance of the Foundation’s staff.
• Support, implement, and promote compliance with the District’s Diversity and Equal • Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, programs, and services.
• Assure compliance with the District’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program by providing motivation, incentives, and discipline to assigned staff; maintain a safe work environment, enforcing safe work practices, reporting and investigating accidents, maintaining necessary documentation, and requiring employees to receive mandated training.


• Procedures to be used when planning, directing, and coordinating Foundation activities.
• Relevant Internal Revenue Service statutes on donations and nonprofit status.
• Fundraising methods and activities employed in academic and community-based nonprofit organizations.
• Volunteer recruitment and management.
• Budget development and administrative procedures.
• Principles and practices of higher education organization and structures.
• Principles of accessing and assessing a local community and its fundraising potential.
• Principles of management and supervision.
• Computers: commonly used software and communication mediums.

Skills and Abilities:
• Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
• Direct the development of a community college foundation and work with the colleges and the Foundation Board in establishing fundraising goals and plans.
• Experience raising at least $500K per year individually.
• Success working with a volunteer Board of Directors including recruitment and management.
• Ability to develop long-range organizational goals with a Board and executive staff, and manage projects and solicitations simultaneously with highly developed organizational skills and attention to detail
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Effectively present and promote the Foundation to the staff and public.
• Experience with functioning independently and effectively in a complex organization.
• Ability to make the “ask” of donors and corporate leaders.
• Establish and maintain positive relationship with donors, corporate representatives, college officials, administration, faculty, staff, and the public.


• Typical office environment.

Physical Abilities:
• Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
• Vision sufficient to read various materials.
• Sitting for extending periods of time.
• Bending at the waist.
• Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

• Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field.
• Three (3) to five (5) years of fund development experience, including at least two years at the Assistant Director or Director level.
• Experience in working with community, corporate, government and education leaders.
• Experience raising at least $1-$2 million per year either individually or through heading a department.

• Master’s degree.
• Fund-raising experience in education.
• Knowledge of Bay Area communities, philanthropic and non-profit organizations.

• A District on-line application on https://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH17/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=FHDA&cws=1&rid=959.
*In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
• A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
• A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date.

Full-time, Permanent, 12-months per year
Starting Date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Hiring Range: $120,080.13-$132,382.42 annually
Full Salary Range: $120,080.13-$153,406.19 annually

Annual salary plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant’s verified education and experience.

Excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site: http://hr.fhda.edu/benefits

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-6217
Email: employment@fhda.edu

*This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.