President - Technical School Foundation
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT OF EMILY GRIFFITH
The Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) has cultivated and celebrated a spirit of entrepreneurialism since its founding. Emil Griffith herself was an entrepreneur, launching The Opportunity School, a veritable startup in Dener in 1916 to provide learning opportunities “for all who wish to learn.”
In more than 100 years of serving the community, Denver's technical college has helped more than 2 million students achieve self-sufficiency by igniting equitable opportunities for hands-on training in growing industries. EGTC ha regularly added and eliminated programs based on local workforce needs and feedback from students, industry partnerships, and advisory boards, while consistently providing people with opportunities to enter new careers.
EGTC maintains the lowest per-credit tuition rate among its peer institutions in Colorado (at an average of $82/credit hour) While simultaneously boasting some of he highest completion, placement, and licensure (CPL) rates in the state at 84%, 81%, and 100%, respectively. These CPL rates show the positive outcomes that result from meeting students’ needs through comprehensive support services.
The College is administered within the Denver Public Schools system and receives funding from the state of Colorado. Up until 1991, Emily Griffith tuition and fees were subsidized by the District, at which point a State Statute was put in place to recognize Emily Griffith as an Area Vocational School which limited funding from DPS moving forward. Currently, the College has two primary funding sources: dollars allocated by the state (50%) and tuition/fees paid to EGTC (50%).
THE EMILY GRIFFITH FOUNDATION
The Emily Griffith Foundation provides educational and charitable funding for the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and programs of the Emily Griffith Technical College.
Our goal is for every student to graduate without student loan debt and to secure gainful employment. To that end, the Foundation’s efforts are focused on keeping tuition rates as affordable as possible while ensuring instruction, classroom equipment, and student supports remain exceptional. Whether paying rent for a single parent or providing 3D printers for manufacturing students, our work is driven by a passion for helping every student remove the obstacles to their success.
Since its establishment in 1991 after Denver Public Schools reduced adult education funding and stopped subsidizing EGTC students’ tuition, the Foundation has provided nearly $10 million in support of this goal to keep tuition rates affordable and for students to complete their training without significant student loan debt.
Working with the College to ensue student success, the Foundation primarily funds scholarships and a variety of other impactful programs including student support, concurrent enrollment funding, salary and program support for staff, and capital improvements.
PRESIDENT POSITION OVERVIEW
The President of the Emily Griffith Foundation delivers high quality, proactive leadership, management, strategic visioning, and fundraising results for the Emily Griffith Foundation, in direct alignment with and in support of the needs of the Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) and its students. The President champions workforce education in Colorado and nationally in partnership with EGTC and implements plans and policies authorized by the Board of Directors.
The President directs efforts to raise $1.7 million in 2021 and manages an expense budget of approximately $600,000 annually. The President partners closely with the leadership team of the Emily Griffith Technical College and with the Foundation’s dynamic Board of Directors.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Leading the Emily Griffith Foundation in its next chapter of development and impact requires a committed professional who has experience and skills in these areas:
- Experience in philanthropic fundraising and proven ability to match donor interests with current or potential programs
- Proven skills in donor cultivation and stewardship for the long-term benefit of an organization
- Expertise in creating and building corporate and foundation partnerships
- Experience in developing a culture of philanthropy across a
Proven ability to develop fundraising skills in staff and/or board members
- Knowledge of the metro Denver philanthropic community preferred
- Proven ability to develop, implement, and achieve strategic goals including experience in developing and implementing strategic and operating plans
- Experience in a senior leadership role in the public, private, or nonprofit sector
- Knowledge of effective financial management practices and processes
- Experience in managing a diverse, high performing staff and in building a supportive, team-oriented culture
- Demonstrated commitment to equity in all personal and professional dealings with experience in building those values in workplaces and with team members
- Ability to bring an entrepreneurial spirit and experience to Foundation operations
- Experience in working with a governing board and supporting their efforts to add value continually to the enterprise
Communication and Marketing
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with a proven ability to adapt messages and style to the needs of different audiences
- Ability to be a credible, professional, respected ‘face’ of an organization
- Some knowledge of social media and other tools for marketing
and building brand recognition
Other Preferred Qualifications
- Knowledge of post-secondary education options and offerings
- Capital campaign experience
- Ability to communicate in a second language
- Undergraduate or advanced degree completion welcome but not required.
The incoming leader for the Foundation must have a clear commitment to our mission and values as well as a core belief in the value of the educational opportunities offered by the Emily Griffith Technical College. Success in this role will be aided by having a sense of humor, personal integrity, an entrepreneurial spirit, deep relationship building skills, and a bias for action.
$125,000-$150,000, commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include healthcare, dental, cell phone reimbursement, paid vacations, sick time, and holidays.
The Emily Griffith Foundation (“EGF”) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job related factors.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. All applications are to be submitted electronically. The board hopes to have a new leader named by the end of the 1st quarter of 2021. To learn more about the Emily Griffith Foundation, please visit us at https://www.egfoundation.org/