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Foothill-De Anza Community College District
  • Position Number: 1418809
  • Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Position Type: Executive - Other Executive

Executive Director, Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges Foundation

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Posting #: 18-126

Campus: District

Close/Initial Review Date: 4/17/2019

Open Until Filled: No


Full Salary Range: $127,535.24 - $179,454.90 annually*
*Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $127,535.24 - $162,770.88 annually). In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month. NOTE: The salary advertised with this position is based on the 2017-2018 salary schedule. Effective July 1,2018 through June 30, 2019, the position will receive an additional temporary 5% increase. On July 1, 2019 salaries will revert to the 2017-2018 salary schedule unless another agreement is reached.

Initial Review Date: 4/17/19**
**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.

Reporting to the Chancellor and the Foundation Board of Directors and working closely with the Presidents, faculty, administrators and volunteer commissioners of Foothill and De Anza colleges, serves as the chief development officer. Develops vision for, and oversees the implementation of a comprehensive District-wide fundraising program designed to meet fundraising goals of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Provides leadership, strategic direction and administrative oversight of the Foundation and its staff.

This position is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting private financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to enable the district to accomplish its goals and meet its mission of education excellence and student equity.

The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:
  1. Provide executive leadership to the Foundation Board including the recruitment and of prominent alumni and community members.
  2. Working closely with the Foundation Board President, coordinate the work of the Board and its committees.
  3. Develop an overarching vision for the Foundation.
  4. Lead the development of, and implement, a strategic plan.
  5. Develop and direct a comprehensive fundraising program for the colleges, including the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors as well as a comprehensive strategy for corporate and foundation donors.
  6. Represent the Foundation in the community, including as a regular presence with community groups and at various public events.
  7. Increase the visibility of the Foundation in the regional corporate, philanthropic, educational and governmental communities in order to support Foundation fundraising goals.
  8. Develop and implement a variety of fundraising strategies for soliciting major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation donations, and annual fundraising efforts.
  9. Provide leadership, and work collaboratively with the campuses to engage the Presidents, administrators and faculty in prioritizing their fundraising needs and collaborating in creative fund development strategies.
  10. Support the missions of the colleges and their strategic goals as established and communicated by the Presidents and/or their designees. Ensure cohesion of Foundation publicity with college marketing and communications.
  11. Oversee college development directors in implementing fundraising strategies to solicit and close gifts.
  12. Identify and maintain a portfolio of major and planned gift prospects; design and execute identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for each prospect and determine the best strategy for cultivation and solicitation, e.g. leadership, staff or volunteer involvement.
  13. Oversee the Assistant Director in monitoring financial accounts.
  14. Hire, supervise, direct, and evaluate the performance of the Foundation's staff.
  15. Support, implement, and promote compliance with the District's Diversity and Equal Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, programs, and services.
  16. Assure compliance with the District's Injury and Illness Prevention Program by providing motivation, incentives, and discipline to assigned staff; maintain a safe work environment, enforcing safe work practices, reporting and investigating accidents, maintaining necessary documentation, and requiring employees to receive mandated training.


  1. Procedures to be used when planning, directing, and coordinating Foundation activities.
  2. Awareness of relevant Internal Revenue Service statutes on donations and nonprofit status.
  3. Fundraising methods and activities employed in academic and community-based nonprofit organizations.
  4. Volunteer recruitment and management.
  5. Budget development and administrative procedures.
  6. Principles and practices of higher education organization and structures.
  7. Principles of accessing and assessing a local community and its fundraising potential.
  8. Principles of management and supervision.
  9. Computers: commonly used software and communication mediums.

Skills and Abilities:
  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Direct the development of a community college foundation and work with the colleges and the Foundation Board in establishing fundraising goals and plans.
  3. Success working with a volunteer Board of Directors including recruitment and management.
  4. Ability to develop long-range organizational goals with a Board and executive staff, and manage projects and solicitations simultaneously with highly developed organizational skills and attention to detail
  5. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  6. Effectively present and promote the Foundation to the staff and public.
  7. Experience with functioning independently and effectively in a complex organization.
  8. Ability to make the ask of donors and corporate leaders.
  9. Establish and maintain positive relationship with donors, corporate representatives, college officials, administration, faculty, staff, and the public.


  1. Typical office environment.

Physical Abilities:
  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
  2. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  3. Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  4. Sitting for extending periods of time.
  5. Bending at the waist.
  6. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Bachelor's degree in related field.
  3. One (1) year of leadership experience at a Director or Assistant Director level with comparable responsibilities
  4. Two (2) years of fund development experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Five (5) years of fund development experience with significant demonstrated success.
  2. Fund-raising experience in education.
  3. Experience in working with community, corporate, government and education leaders.
  4. Knowledge of Bay Area communities, philanthropic and non-profit organizations.

  1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our Applicant Information to assist with technical difficulties at:

First-round interviews will be held on Monday, May 6, at the District Office in Los Altos Hills. Finalists will be notified that evening and invited to meetings with the Chancellor's Cabinet, Foundation Board, and College Commissions on Tuesday, May 7, and May 8 if necessary.

The expected start date will be July 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Position: Full-Time, Contract, 12-months per year
Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Annual salary plus benefits; excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022

To apply, visit:

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