Enhancing & enriching the North Allegheny education experience
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NORTH ALLEGHENY FOUNDATION
The North Allegheny Foundation is a broad-based community organization that was founded in 1989 to enhance and enrich the education experience at North Allegheny School District. The Foundation is governed by a 23-member Board of Trustees that represents a diverse group of community and business leaders who are dedicated to supporting excellence in education. Since 1989, the Foundation has distributed over $400,000 in grants to NA schools and thousands more in scholarships to outstanding graduating seniors.
The North Allegheny Foundation is seeking an Executive Director to carry out its vision to advocate, promote, and fund initiatives to enrich learning experiences for students and staff at North Allegheny. The Executive Director serves as the point of contact for all Foundation programs, with the major emphasis on fundraising activities. The Executive Director will collaborate with Foundation officers and volunteers to meet the annual budgetary and program goals as well as serve as the Foundation representative, promoting the Foundation’s mission within the community and school district.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Annual Campaign – The Executive Director will create and administer the Foundation’s annual giving campaign. This program must generate unrestricted income for the Foundation’s operating costs. Once an effective annual giving campaign is established, it will provide recurring revenue to expand the Foundation’s efforts.
- Fundraising Events – Provide oversight and organizational support for fundraising events (e.g., Trick or Trot, Distinguished Alumni Gala, Taste of NA, Golf Outing) or any other events. The Executive Director collaborates with Trustees and volunteers to ensure the success of Foundation events.
- Financial & Operational Reporting – Involved in preparation of accurate, complete, and timely financial documents recording the overall financial status of the Foundation, individual committees, and special event activities.
- Alumni and Planned Giving Strategy – In support of the Foundation Board, research and identify potential major donors to include alumni, private foundations, corporations, and individuals with opportunities for larger gifts and planned giving. Develop an Alumni Program replete with benefits similar to a collegiate alumni program.
- EITC Program Oversight – Lead Educational Tax Improvement Credit program by overseeing the application, renewal, and solicitation processes.
Essential Job Functions:
- Oversee an Annual Giving Campaign, which will focus on recurring gifts and donations.
- Work with the Foundation Board and appropriate committees to meet all aspects of the budget.
- Work with Committee Chairs to assist with the recruitment of volunteers to serve on Foundation Board Committees.
- Assist with the solicitation of individual and corporate prospects to maximize program and event sponsorships.
- Create and maintain donor databases (actual and potential).
- Supervise the maintenance of accurate, complete, and timely records of all fundraising activities, donor gifts, and special event sponsors.
- Share appreciation with donors by providing follow up and ongoing communications.
- Collaborate with the Superintendent of the school district or designee to identify school district funding priorities.
- Assist special events committees in managing all aspects of annual special events.
- Explore, create, and submit grant requests and necessary grant reports to private foundations and other funding sources (e.g., state educational departments).
- Research and explore additional funding sources.
- Maintain office and software systems to support all development projects and program operations to include Foundation’s fundraising database.
- Work with the Treasurer and Committee Chairs, review and monitor financial reports and monthly financial statements to develop the annual budget, annual report, and other necessary reports and data for the annual audit and tax return forms.
- Collaborate with and supervise volunteers.
- Work with District and Foundation committees in managing all programs and services of the Foundation.
Foundation Board Relations (10%)
- Work with the Executive Committee and Trustees to develop, monitor, and communicate the organization’s annual and long-term plans in reaching the Foundation’s goals.
- Attend Foundation Board meetings and present regular reports to Trustees.
- Help define the priorities, develop teamwork, and ensure appropriate communication among Trustees, volunteer leaders, and school district staff.
Public Relations and Promotions (20%)
- Work closely with the District’s Communications team to develop and produce communications (social media campaigns, marketing materials, press releases, web site, etc.) to educate the community about the mission of the organization, its impact, as well as particular special events and services.
- Make presentations in and around the community to businesses, alumni and parent groups, rotary clubs, etc. to create awareness of the Foundation’s existence and to obtain potential general or EITC donations.
- Facilitate appropriate communication with community organizations and local businesses to develop and maintain partnership opportunities.
- Leverage social media to enhance donor relations, positively enhance the Foundation’s reputation in and around the District, and publicize the Foundation’s work and impact on students, families, and faculty in the District.
- Write articles for the Foundation newsletters and District newsletter.
- Provide regular and timely reports to the Foundation Board and School Board liaison.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Experience in fundraising required
- Background in managing a small business or not-for-profit group preferred
- Strong ties to the NA community preferred (e.g., NA alumnus, former NA employee, or parent of current and/or former NA students)
- Experience in event planning, developing communication plans, developing and executing strategic plans, working with volunteers, and other relevant experience will be considered
- High energy level, persistence, and self-motivation
- Comfortable working with Word, Excel, Power Point, and other basic software applications
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills
- Organized and detail oriented
Goal Setting and Evaluation:
- An ongoing evaluation/review meeting will be held quarterly during the first year with the Foundation membership, then annually thereafter, in addition to regular feedback from Trustee leadership.
- Financial goals will be established prior to the start of the Foundation’s fiscal year by the membership of the Foundation to review and approve on an annual basis.
- Foundation Trustees will also have the opportunity to complete an annual evaluation of the Executive Director, which will be taken into consideration by the Foundation membership.
Other position details:
- Salaried position
- 20 hours per week average working hours
- Office/Computer provided at the District’s Central Administrative Office
The North Allegheny Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and all activities, employment, and programs are offered without regard to an applicant or participant’s age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and demonstration of qualifications to email@example.com by October 9, 2021. Applicants in need of assistance with the application process should contact Kelly Caldwell at (412) 369-5419.
** The Executive Director is an employee of the North Allegheny Foundation and is NOT an employee of or entitled to salary or benefits from the North Allegheny School District.
To apply for this job email your details to NAFoundation@northallegheny.org