Executive Director, College of the Desert Foundation
Salary: $119,250.18 - $172,690.20 Annually
Job Type: Classified Leadership
Job Number: 17-0326
Location: Palm Desert, CA
College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the beautiful Coachella Valley. Nestled among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in eastern Riverside County, the Coachella Valley is a resort community that offers over 100 golf courses and a wide array of outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, polo, bicycling, rock climbing and swimming.
Founded in 1958, this two-year public college serves over 400,000 residents of eight local cities and the students of the Palm Springs, Desert Sands and Coachella Valley school districts. College of the Desert offers certificates and two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.
The College served over 15,400 students in the 2015-16 academic year. COD is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with almost 70% of the student body identifying as Hispanic. The Coachella Valley community recently passed a $577 million bond measure, allowing for College of the Desert to improve its current facilities and expand its campus locations. These improvements and expansion will assist with College of the Desert's goals of providing an education to students inside and outside of the Coachella Valley.
College of the Desert Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to provide financial support from the private and public sectors to help underwrite programs and facilities at the College that cannot be funded through other means. The Foundation Board and committees are composed of community leaders who volunteer to work with college staff to support the college's specific needs, present and future. COD Foundation has raised more than $35 million to support student services and manages endowments and other assets of over $20 million. Endowment funds raised by the Foundation will provide educational income for decades to come to support scholarships, textbooks, classroom technology upgrades, faculty positions, equipment, and other programs.
SUMMARY Under the direction of the Superintendent/President and College of the Desert Foundation Board President, the Executive Director is responsible for the administration and management of the Foundation's functions, including program and policy development and implementation, personnel administration, and budget management. The Executive Director is responsible for assisting the Foundation Board to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for generating revenue, including fundraising, to benefit the College of the Desert and the Desert Community College District. The Executive Director is a direct report to the Superintendent/President.
WORKING CONDITIONS Environment: Office environment, constant interruptions, extensive contact with the public. Requires evening and weekend responsibilities.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES - All Job Duties are Essential
Conduct a comprehensive fund development program to fund the needs of the College that have been adopted by the Foundation Board and to fund the Foundation's operations.
Solicit funds via face-to-face solicitations and grant proposals. Implement special events; organize and implement annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and any other appropriate fund development programs as deemed appropriate.
Identify major prospects and ensure appropriate cultivation occurs. Provide proposals and other support materials to the Superintendent/President and Foundation Board for major gifts and solicitations. Provide leadership for any campaigns that may be undertaken by the Foundation.
Work in partnership with the College and identify and cultivate planned gift prospects.
Conduct comprehensive fundraising programs among alumni, the community, Foundation, and corporate donors. Ensure the growth of various major donor categories.
Develop methods and systems to provide for major gifts, annual campaigns, corporate giving, estate planning and gifts, annuities and trust funds, and all other methods of support for the College.
Participate in planning and training activities both on and off campus as they relate to District activities. This includes community events, meetings, boards, committees, and other outreach activities.
Work collaboratively with the Alumni Association to develop programs that highlight alumni and programs that maintain alumni support for the College.
Initiate and develop proposals to corporate and foundation grant-makers to seek unrestricted annual and restricted gifts while coordinating closely with College representatives.
Support the Superintendent/President in his/her advancement activities, managing engagement of prospects for major District priorities, providing research, and conferring on strategies.
Provide staff support for Foundation committees. Provide meeting materials, including written reports as necessary and minutes for the Foundation Board and committees.
Ensure that the talents of the Board members are fully applied to meet organizational objectives.
Oversee, in consultation with the Foundation Investment Committee, the prudent investment of all Foundation funds in accordance with prevailing laws and regulations.
Keep the Board informed of the financial performance of the Foundation.
Maintain the accuracy and integrity of donor and prospect information in the Foundation database.
Compile and maintain statistical and other data and prepare reports. Utilize appropriate reports to enhance and improve information and decision-making for program management.
Develop strategic and annual operating plans for the Foundation and its fundraising programs and activities. In cooperation with the Vice President, Administrative Services, ensure fiscal accountability of the Foundation.
Evaluate the success of development programs on an annual basis. As appropriate, provide recommendations to improve effectiveness of all development efforts.
Represent the Foundation to external organizations and constituencies.
Attend College and community events and represent the College and the Foundation.
Regularly consult with College Superintendent/President's Executive Cabinet members to identify College programs and activities requiring financial and other support of the Foundation. Attend all College meetings relative to the Foundation and report at monthly Desert Community College District Board of Trustee meetings.
Supervise Foundation-based publications, including fundraising brochures, annual reports, and website; work cooperatively with the College to enhance the College's reputation and to build and sustain relationships through precise, strategic, and purposeful communications; maintain enhanced brand identity by communicating the College's unique features and benefits to constituent groups.
Working with the District's Office of Human Resources, select, supervise, develop, and evaluate staff in the Foundation. Supervise volunteers supporting the Foundation.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
REQUIRED PROFICIENCIES Knowledge, experience, and abilities to perform the above listed responsibilities and functions in an efficient, effective, harmonious manner.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: Methods, techniques, and procedures used to plan, develop, market, and deliver major fundraising and resource development program in higher education; financial investment management techniques and regulations; leadership techniques; strategic planning, resources allocation, staffing, and supervision; analysis and various complex methods for the presentation of data and ideas; operation of a computer and related software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and email; financial record keeping practices and procedures; methods to gather and present general, statistical, and technical data; budget development, and expenditure tracking. Ability to: Strengthen and implement the goals of a major comprehensive community college foundation program, including overseeing revenue generating campaigns and outreach to the business and philanthropic communities; provide leadership and prioritize projects; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; develop a positive relationship with the media; prepare and make effective presentations to Foundation, College and corporate boards, administrators, and business community groups; develop effective partnerships between the College Foundation and community and industry leaders; develop relationships of trust with internal and external constituents; demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
Any combination equivalent to: Possession of a Master's degree in business, communications, marketing, or related field from an accredited institution; and five years progressively responsible experience in resource development; revenue generation; fundraising; marketing, and/or public and community relations; or the equivalent.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certificate.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, the following items are required: Resume: Include education and experience with employment dates Transcripts: Must be from an accredited institution and include institution name, degree awarded and date degree awarded. Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. Degrees earned outside of the U.S. require that a Foreign Equivalency be uploaded with the foreign transcripts.
Cover Letter: Statementof Interest: Please detail how you meet this position's qualifications. (No more than five pages) List of References: Include at least six references which should include two supervisors, two direct reports, and two community or Board members.
If you are a person who thrives in a diverse environment, who values integrity, respect, student success, and professionalism, we welcome and encourage you to apply.
Employment selection and related decisions at College of the Desert are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, color or any other protected class.