Director, Learning Communities Foundation, Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD)


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $95,000.00
Maximum: $110,000.00

Published:

04/10/2018

Start Date:

07/01/2018

Application Deadline:

05/07/2018

Address

Seattle
Washington
United States

Description

Learning Communities Foundation

Director Opportunity

Posting Date: April 9, 2018

Closing date: May 7, 2018

Interviewing will begin in April; early applications are strongly encouraged.


The Board of Directors of the PSESD Learning Communities Foundation (LCF) is pleased to announce it is hiring its first Director. As part of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), the Learning Communities Foundation will raise and strategically distribute funds to support Educare Seattle and other programs in the PSESD region which are designed to eliminate opportunity gaps and support success in school and in life for all children, by leading with racial equity. Our inaugural Director will have the opportunity to put their own stamp on this organization, as they build the structure, capacity, and donor base of the Learning Communities Foundation.


The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraiser who has a deep commitment to equity and the importance of early learning. We seek an independent and entrepreneurial leader who is excited by the challenge of growing and developing this foundation, with the support and resources of PSESD behind it. Creativity, strategic thinking, a commitment to antiracism, and the ability to collaborate with diverse institutional partners are key attributes for success in this position. 


About the Learning Communities Foundation (LCF)

The Learning Communities Foundation, established in 2010, is being reimagined and expanded in order to provide critical community support for Educare and other programs in the PSESD region, prenatal to postsecondary. Educare Seattle is a nationally-recognized, research-based early childhood education hub in White Center, WA that is part of a growing national network to advance quality in early learning. In addition to serving 138 low-income children from infancy to age 5, the Educare program and site acts as a community lab and research center that disseminates best practices, informs the field, and influences policy throughout the early learning community in Washington State and nationally. The efforts of Educare help to close opportunity gaps and produce meaningful outcomes for low-income children and children of color in our community, engage families in advocacy, and then expand their reach by providing a replicable toolkit other organizations can use.


The Learning Communities Foundation will provide a vehicle so that individuals, foundations, and corporations can engage and invest in the inspiring and important work of Educare and other PSESD programs. The LCF will be led by a Director who is supported by a board; the LCF board currently consists of 3 members, and 6 more will be identified and brought on before the Director starts. For the next 4 years, the work of the LCF is being partially funded by grant support which has already been secured; these investments will support the gradual growth of the donor base at a realistic pace, ensuring that the LCF will be built on a solid foundation with the goal of being self-sustaining for many years to come.


About the Position

As the first leader of this foundation, the Director will provide strategic direction for all aspects of its development, including working with the board to solidify its mission and vision, strategies, goals, and priorities.  A primary responsibility of the Director will be raising and stewarding funds to ensure that the objectives of the LCF are achieved.   Specific responsibilities include:

Leadership and Organizational Development

·      Provide overall ‘big-picture’ strategic leadership, vision, direction, and guidance for the Learning Communities Foundation

·      Collaborate with PSESD to develop, implement, and report on short and long-term work plans and associated budgets needed to enable the organization to meet its strategic and fundraising goals

·      Ensure all internal systems and processes are established and in compliance with regulatory requirements


Board Engagement and Development

·      Support the successful onboarding of new board members (6 board members will be brought on this summer); recruit additional board members as needed to expand the LCF’s reach and efficacy.

·      Partner with the Board in strategic visioning and planning, including the development of mission and vision statements for the LCF

·      Provide the board members with support, information, counsel and tools to assist in their role as fundraisers and ambassadors

·      Act as Secretary to the LCF Board of Directors and staff their meetings accordingly


Fundraising

·      Create and execute long and short-range fundraising plans and strategies to ensure fundraising targets are met (approximate first year target: $235,000)

·      Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors and other funders including individuals, foundations, and corporations in support of the LCF’s mission

·      Establish and direct fund development systems and processes (e.g. gift policies and procedures)

·      Oversee marketing, public relations and promotional materials designed to support LCF’s fundraising efforts, including online materials and website design


Grantmaking Investments

·      Direct program strategy and grantmaking activities and ensure alignment with LCF and PSESD priorities

·      Steward donor investments by developing and executing systems for oversight, accountability and evaluation for LCF-funded programs


Community Building and Community Relations

·      Forge, maintain, and enhance relationships and creative partnerships between the LCF and other community partners

·      Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the organization and its mission, building awareness and support for Educare, and the entire education spectrum from early learning through postsecondary


The LCF Director will report to the LCF Board and the PSESD Superintendent. The Director will be housed at the Educare site, a state of the art facility in White Center where they will be part of the learning community. They will have access to administrative support from the program specialist (.25 FTE) and the fiscal coordinator (.25 FTE) at that site. The Director will not have supervisory responsibilities when hired, but it is the expectation that as the Foundation grows the Director will eventually be able to bring on additional staff who they would oversee. 

The Ideal Candidate

Ideal Experience

·      Significant leadership experience overseeing an organization, program, or team. Experience leading community or school foundations or similar organizations is particularly desired.

·      Proven track record of success with fundraising, especially cultivating and asking for gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations

·      Experience recruiting, developing, and working with a board of directors

·      Prior experience building capacity and growing an organization or program of significant scope from the ground up

·      Experience in the field of early learning, education, or other related disciplines

·      Familiarity with the relevant philanthropic individuals, entities, and systems in the Puget Sound area

·      Understanding of and ability to demonstrate a racial equity mindset, including awareness of biases and internalized racial superiority and oppression. Ability to lead using a racial equity lens.

·      A Bachelor’s degree; Associates degree and progressively-responsible experience may substitute for Bachelor’s degree.

Ideal Qualities and Competencies

·      A passion for and dedication to children and families, equity, and eliminating opportunity gaps for low-income children and children of color

·      Long-term relationship builder and networker who can catalyze participation and investment from a wide array of partners

·      Strong speaking, listening, and written communication skills, including public speaking

·      Comfort with working independently, as well as collaboratively in a larger system

·      Excitement about starting a new venture, and willingness to take on the challenges that naturally occur in any “start-up” organization


Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time salaried position requiring a willingness to work some evenings and weekends. The expected salary range is between $95,000-$110,000+, depending on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. PSESD offers exceptionally generous benefits including 24 days of paid vacation, plus holidays. There is a choice of 8 medical plans, dental and vision benefits, and options for retirement savings.


Commitment to Equity

PSESD is committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization. We hold each other accountable to sustaining the Principles That Guide Our Culture to meet the Agency END: Success for each child and eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity. We believe that having a community with diverse backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates a vibrant environment where all members of the community thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.


How to Apply

Apply online by clicking on this link

https://cloversearchworks.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fbx4

Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions.  You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your qualifications, experience, and interests are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement.


We will be accepting applications through May 7; early applications are encouraged. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the search committee. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received, and interviewing will begin in April.  

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The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with PSESD to recruit a Director for the LCF who will provide leadership to realize its important mission.

Questions regarding this opportunity are welcomed and can be directed to Emily Anthony of Clover Search Works. Email: emily@cloversearchworks.com ½Phone: 206-355-9132

Benefits

PSESD offers exceptionally generous benefits including 24 days of paid vacation, plus holidays. There is a choice of 8 medical plans, dental and vision benefits, and options for retirement savings.

Professional Level

Executive

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Apply online by clicking on this link

https://cloversearchworks.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fbx4


Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions.  You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your qualifications, experience, and interests are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement. 


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