The District 214 Education Foundation impacts 12,000 students across six nationally recognized comprehensive high schools and one specialized school that contains six unique specialized learning programs, as well as community, family and adult literacy programming. District 214 is one Illinois' largest high school districts and serves all or parts of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling and Des Plaines.
The Foundation is a community-based effort that funds student success beyond the limitations of conventional funding for public education. With approximately 40 percent of District students as the first in their families to attend college and at least one in four students classified as low income, the Foundation believes that regardless of the economic challenges facing their families, District 214 students should have unlimited access to educational opportunities. With allies such as alumni, community partners, organizations and businesses, the Foundation seeks to build bright futures by providing funding, securing resources and promoting partnerships that support student success beyond the means of conventional public funding. Programming includes early college credit and summer enrichment programs; a nationally unique program supporting first-generation students and their families from their junior year in high school through graduation from college; funding for career pathway programs and capital improvements; scholarships for college-bound students; and community, adult education and family literacy programs.
District 214 Foundation Executive Director
With a strong track record of fundraising and program success, the District 214 Foundation is ready to launch an ambitious new fundraising campaign to reach greater impact. The new Executive Director will be the key figure, working closely with District staff and the Board of Trustees to develop and implement a vision, strategy and plan for growth.
As the primary fundraiser and spokesperson for the Foundation, the Executive Director will cultivate and steward the support of parents, alumni, businesses and local community organizations. The Executive Director will also create and manage a communications program that highlights the stories of the District 214 Foundation and its impact, and develop external community outreach opportunities to connect new stakeholders to the Foundation and District 214.
This position reports directly to the District 214 Director of Community Engagement and Outreach and carries out work with close alignment to District 214 and the Superintendent.
- Set the vision, direction and management of day-to-day functions for the District 214 Foundation.
- Establish, manage and implement annual fundraising and communication plans.
- Lead efforts to determine program priorities, formalize structure for decision making, align Board and District around final priorities, and provide insight on the pathways for funding them.
- Drive the Board of Trustees’ engagement with the Foundation, support the Board in their fundraising, prepare them to execute cultivation, solicitation and stewardship actions and help to prioritize their time spent on fundraising activities.
- Identify prospective Board leadership and develop relationships to create a Board pipeline for the Foundation.
- Work with the Board Chair to plan and manage quarterly Board meetings.
- Coordinate efforts throughout the District with individual departments and schools, parent groups, boosters, clubs and other organizations to ensure appropriate donor relations, protocols are followed.
- Serve as the primary liaison and staff for the District 214 Foundation Board of Trustees and its committees, including preparing monthly reports on activities to keep leadership informed of successes and challenges and the organization's overall financial health.
- Develop and implement Community Engagement and Outreach events and programs to engage individuals, organizations and other stakeholders to build support for District 214 schools, programs and students.
- Through public speaking, share information about the District 214 Foundation with the broader community.
- Assist the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach in running the broader department and perform other duties as assigned.
Day-to-Day Fundraising Responsibilities:
- Set fundraising goals and effectively communicate and manage progress toward goals to appropriate leadership.
- Successfully raise resources to meet or exceed the annual growth goals of District 214 Foundation.
- Grow a major gifts program including identification, solicitation and cultivation of donors, focusing on solicitation of individual major gift donors and unrestricted gifts.
- Generate new ideas that increase revenue and donor loyalty.
- Help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with D214 Foundation.
- Cultivate and sustain relationships with a wide variety of constituencies, including current and potential donors, alumni, local businesses and community partners.
- Develop district-wide relationships within the school departments, clubs, local businesses and other entities to identify and leverage sponsorship opportunities.
- Develop and implement a donor recognition program that includes donors, volunteers and partners.
- Oversee foundation prospect research and grant writing; fundraising event planning; and staff responsible for management and integrity of all data related to donors and fund development.
- Oversee/manage all print and electronic communications from concept to completion, including public relations, social media, mail appeals, email campaigns, annual reports, brochures, event invitations, fundraising appeals, and updating website content for all programs and fundraising/special events.
- Develop effective messages for new and broader audiences with an emphasis on strategic storytelling.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 5-7 years in a fundraising-related role with increasing responsibilities
- Experience with and understanding of the dynamics of working with individual, corporate and foundation donors
- Innovative self-starter who is a quick thinker and possesses the ability to pivot when necessary
- Excellent project management and organizational skills
- Strong communication skills, including written, interpersonal, and verbal
- Excellent presentation skills
- Knowledge and experience in fundraising theories, principles, and procedures
- Familiarity with the budgeting process and financial analysis