Opportunity for a Leader to help Transform Education in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish

I have the opportunity to serve as Board of Trustee for an amazing organization the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.  Our goal is to ensure every student in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish communities are succesful in their future work and life.  To do this we work closely with the Lake Washington School District and ensure we are meeting the financial needs and gaps in the budget to esnure we are the best school district in the state.  That all the necessary programs have the necessary funding to be succesful.  We have an opening for an interim executive director to help us take the organization to the next level and ensure we fund the critical programs needed for the 2011-2012 school year!  If you are interested read the details below and forward to anyone you believe would be a great fit.  Thanks so much!

Lake Washington Schools Foundation-Interim Executive Director Job Description

Schools foundations are established to be a catalyst for raising funds and mobilize community support within their school districts.  Foundations can reach into the community — to the parents, businesses, leaders, and the change agents — and inspire them to support with their dollars, skills and expertise the most pressing needs for the students.  And in doing so, they not only give the students a greater chance of achieving their optimal personal success, but they make their communities stronger and more vibrant and help grow the local economy and job base.

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation (the Foundation) seeks an experienced, Interim Executive Director to develop and grow the Foundation into a driving force that can better financially support the Lake Washington School District (LWSD). The Interim Executive Director is responsible for partnering with the Board of Trustees, District Administration and the community to focus on fundraising, donor cultivation, communications, and raising community awareness of the foundation.  The Foundation is searching for an exceptional professional who is committed to the mission and capable of building the long-term growth and sustainability of the organization.  The Interim Executive Director is eligible to apply for the Executive Director position.

About the Lake Washington Schools Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Established in 2005 by community members, along with the District Superintendent, the Foundation is dedicated to bringing together parents, businesses and leaders of the Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish communities to support academic excellence and success for all its students.

Mission: LWSF raises funds to support academic excellence and success for all students in the LWSD.
Vision: Each student in the LWSD will receive an education that ensures future success.  In doing so, we sustain economic vitality and enrich our community’s quality of life.
Funding Priorities:
Equal Access to Educational Opportunities: Provide resources to help all LWSD students receive equal access to critical academic experiences and enriching learning opportunities
Quality Teaching & Leadership: Fund professional development, training and mentoring opportunities that support LWSD teachers and leaders in offering an academically rigorous education to all students
Future Ready Skills: Provide financial support for developing skills and learning opportunities to prepare LWSD students for their future success in work and life.

About the Lake Washington School District
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is located between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, to the east of Seattle. LWSD is the 5th largest public school district in the State. Its 24,000 students are served by 31 elementary schools, 12 junior highs and 8 high schools in the Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish communities.

Position Overview
The Interim Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for providing overall leadership to the organization. The Interim ED also acts as the Foundation’s primary spokesperson.  This position reports to the President(s) of the Executive Committee of the 9-20 member volunteer Board of Trustees and serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Trustees and leads the Board committees.

The Interim Executive Director will focus on raising $200,000 in the next three to six months, grow the corporate and individual donor base, write grants and identify new grant opportunities, mobilize the Foundation Advisory Council, build and execute fundraising plans, raise community awareness, and execute the strategic development plan.  The Executive Director is expected to increase the Foundation’s fundraising to more than $1,000,000 annually and be a strategic partner in helping LWSD achieve its vision.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the Interim Executive Director
Resource Development (60%): administer internal organization plans to meet grant deliverables and fundraising goals, grant writing, grants management, donor cultivation, event strategy and planning.
Administration, Fiscal Management & Operations (15%): provide strategic leadership and drive the execution of LWSF mission and vision.
Community development and relationship building (25%): serve as the primary contact to funders, partners, LW school district and collaborating agencies. Raise awareness of the Foundation in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish communities.

Resource Development (60%):
• With the Resource Development Committee designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, Trustee fundraising training and other solicitations.
• Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
• Secures funding from individual donors, corporations and foundations.
• With the Grant Committee, works with current grantors and builds relationships and identifies new grant opportunities for 2011-2012 school year. Grant activities include managing current grants, relationships and reporting to current grantors, and developing, writing, and overseeing new grants in alignment with Funding Priorities.
• Works with Treasurer and Foundation staff on donor and gift record-keeping.
• Cultivates positive volunteer and donor relations through e-mail/phone correspondence, grant reports and program visits.

Administration, Fiscal Management & Operations (15%):
• Partners with the District Superintendent and administrators to support existing programs and identify new programs consistent with the mission of the Foundation.
• Works with the Board in the development of all strategic and operational planning, as well as goal-setting and monitoring activities.
• Partners with the Superintendent and District leadership, community groups and education supporters to implement, sustain and execute the Foundation mission.
• Provides written monthly ED report, attends monthly Trustee and Executive Committee meetings, and coordinates staff reports.

Marketing, Community Development and Relationship Building (25%):
• Maintains relationships with funders, key political and community partners, and primary collaborators — community based organizations, and partner schools — to build a base of potential supporters and donors.
• Serves as spokesperson, maintains and expands awareness/effective relationships with the District administration, teachers, parents, business community, media and other leaders.
• Expands marketing efforts and consistently represents the Foundation’s image and brand.
• Collaborates with Lake Washington PTSA, service organizations, municipalities, community groups and other organizations to support the efforts of the Foundation
• Works closely with the Marketing and Communications Committee to refine and execute communications and marketing plans and communicates vision and mission to stakeholders through the Foundation website, newsletters, and community based media channels.

Desired Experience & Qualifications:
• A minimum of three years professional, non-profit fundraising experience.
• Proven experience in designing, managing and executing fund development programs.
• Demonstrated leadership skills and experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, and groups such as parents, administrators and faculty.
• Excellent presentation skills; communicates effectively at senior levels of engagement and with external audiences (as well as press) including press and non-traditional media
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Local community connections are preferred; a willingness to immerse in the community is required.
• Strong technology skills including competence in Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 and Microsoft Office 2003-10; an operating knowledge of online QuickBooks and eTapestry is highly desirable.

Compensation
The Lake Washington Schools Foundation offers a competitive compensation package in accordance with education and experience.  The salary range is $68,000 – $80,000 depending upon education and experience.

Timeline
The application review process will begin during the week of May 23rd, 2011.  Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be notified on or before May 26th, 2011.  The position will remain open to new applications until it is filled.  The position will be in the duration of 3-9 months.  During this time the board will be evaluating the performance of the selected candidate and may extend an offer to the permanent Executive Director position or may decide to initiate a search for the permanent Executive Director.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to apply@lwsf.org

Lake Washington Schools Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, creed, age, national origin, marital status or disability, in accordance with applicable laws.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation: http://www.lwsf.org
Lake Washington School District: http://www.lwsd.org

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