This role serves as the chief executive officer and chief advancement officer of Clark College Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. It is responsible for directing, developing and overseeing all foundation activities and staff with authority granted by the governing board.
The CEO directs, develops and oversees all foundation activities and staff with the authority of the governing board. This includes all aspects of fund development, communications and alumni relations. The CEO leads a team of twenty (20), sets organizational policy, goals and directs strategic planning efforts. This position works closely with twenty-two (22) foundation board members and nine (9) alumni board members. The foundation is in the final stages of Promising Pathways: The Campaign for Clark College, a $30 million comprehensive campaign which concludes in June 2022. The CEO promotes the public image of the foundation and college while in the community. They maintain the fiscal integrity of the foundation by holding the fiduciary responsibilities at the core of their efforts. They are responsible for strategic planning, goal setting and policy development as directed by the foundation's board of directors. Clark College Foundation is partnering with BRYANT GROUP to conduct this recruitment.
Highly entrepreneurial and strategically minded.
Exercise visionary leadership, anticipate opportunities and challenges, and respond proactively.
Hold the fiduciary responsibilities at the core of their efforts and oversees the endowment. Ensure fiscal health and stability of the foundation through prudent asset deployment in a variety of asset classifications.
Respond to college needs and works within the community to achieve those priorities.
Promote public image while representing the foundation and college in the community.
Develop, manage and oversee all aspects of fund development, communications and alumni relations programs.
Provide outstanding leadership, decision making and interpersonal/communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to initiate dialogues with new/unknown individuals, speak or make presentations to small and large groups, convey complex major/planned gift concepts in simple language, draft persuasive communications and written materials, and adjust communication style to meet the diverse needs of others.
Ability to always maintain a professional demeanor and service orientation.
Flexibility to adapt to changing and sometimes conflicting priorities.
Utilize negotiation to secure a collaborative approach to challenge resolution.
Aptitude to mentor and supervise development and communication staff.
Strong skills regarding annual work plan and budget creation, implementation and management.
Ability to make decisions within a collaborative environment exercising judgment; knowing when to act independently and when to seek guidance/input.
Position directly supervises five staff members: Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Development, Vice President of Alumni Relations, Vice President of Advancement Operations and the Executive Assistant. Indirectly supervises all other foundation staff positions.
Provide overall work direction, recommends hiring, job changes or organizational restructures.
Outstanding organizational skills to manage multiple priorities and competing donor needs, including coordinating programs and projects involving multiple parties.
Ten (10) years of nonprofit advancement leadership OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Four (4) years of experience as president, CEO or member of senior management.
Demonstrated fundraising experience at six-, seven-, and eight-figure gifts, preferably in support of higher education.
Demonstrated success in a comprehensive range of development activities and proven success to organizational results.
Proven success in budget policy.
Expertise supervising high-level advancement leaders in development, alumni relations, advancement services, and marketing and communications.
Experience designing and implementing successful capital and mini campaigns.
Demonstrated experience working with government leaders at the local, state and national levels.
Experience in designing and implementing complex alumni relations programs, working with volunteer alumni boards, alumni communications, affinity programs, career services/alumni relations initiatives, etc.
Demonstrated ability to stay up to date on best practices relating to nonprofit governance and finance, as well as fund development and institutional advancement efforts.
Responsible for strategic planning, goal setting, and policy development as directed by Clark College Foundation's Board of Directors.
Other Employment Requirements
Position is exempt, full-time 40-hours per week position, generally during the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. However, position requires occasional evenings and weekends.
Access and ability to operate a motor vehicle and provide proof of automobile insurance and possession of a current driver's license.
Ability to travel within the Southwest Washington and Portland metropolitan area on a regular basis and travel by car, plane and other transportation to other areas of the West and nationally on an occasional basis.
Requires decision making, discretion, interpersonal skills, teamwork, creativity, customer service, mentoring, training/supervising, independent judgment or action, and ability to read, write and speak, at a level necessary to successfully perform assigned responsibilities.
Problem analysis and negotiation skills are required.
The ability to sit, talk, hear and use repetitive motions of fingers/hands/wrists. Some lifting is required.
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