Foundation Executive Director

Washington, United States
$85,000.00 - $98,000.00
Mar 24, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Position

The Foundation Executive Director is the leadership position for the Peninsula College Foundation.  The Executive Director works with and provides support to the Foundation Board, to help them succeed in their oversight role of the Foundation, and to help them in their efforts to advance the organization’s work. The Executive Director is responsible for the highest level of administration and management of the Foundation, and provides direction to Foundation staff in the administration, planning, organizing, implementation, and promotion of Foundation activities and programs. The ideal candidate will be an experienced frontline fundraiser with a successful track record of securing major gifts (over $100K). The Executive Director shares responsibility with the Foundation Board in the success of the organization, and is responsible for Foundation operations, either directly or through the supervision of its staff. 

The College

Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States. The region is also home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.

As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision.  The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The College serves more than 3,362 students (1238 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings.  The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district. 

The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration.  The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place.  Click here for a video about Peninsula College.

Essential Functions


  • Oversight and implementation of complex plans such as the Foundation strategic plan, operating budget, and use of restricted funds.
  • Ensure that an auditable financial and donor recordkeeping system is maintained.
  • Provide direction and supervision to Foundation staff.
  • Manage all agreements for proper implementation and compliance.
  • Take a lead role in planning processes involving Foundation impact; modify and/or develop plans to help achieve College and Foundation goals.
  • Provide creative leadership and support for the Foundation Board to facilitate its ability to raise, receive, manage, disburse and steward private funds, and to strengthen relationships with key external constituencies including alumni, donors, legislators, civic associations and the general public.

Campus Relations 

  • Work with the campus community to ensure effective Foundation/College relations.
  • Work with College leadership to understand funding priorities and to help leverage resources, reach and impact.
  • Aid in implementing Foundation-funded projects within the campus framework in support of the vision, mission and strategic goals of the College and Foundation.

Donor Relations / Fundraising

  • Develop, sustain and grow all friend- and fund-raising activities.
  • Actively participate in and support the Foundation Board and College in a systematic and engaging approach to donor acquisition, cultivation and stewardship.
  • Act as a frontline fundraiser meeting or exceeding annual performance targets in dollars raised through individual, corporate, foundation and legacy giving.
  • Take a lead role, within the College Strategy Division, to explore and identify areas for resource development, and aid in the planning and securing of these resources.

Foundation Promotion, Public Relations and Marketing

  • Ensure that Foundation communications appropriately reflect the mission, vision and strategic priorities of the Foundation and its role in supporting the College.
  • Ensure that the Foundation Board is sufficiently informed about the College and Foundation so that they can be effective ambassadors.

Foundation Policies and Procedures

  • Assist the Foundation Board in the development and implementation of organizational policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Review policies annually to determine compliance, relevance and effectiveness.

Duties of the position require knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated capacity to interact effectively with governmental, community, and non-profit leaders.
  • Excellent organization, communication, financial and supervisory skills and business savvy.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented management style.
  • Familiarity with national, regional and local philanthropic trends.
  • Strong technology knowledge and skills including the web and PC and donor management systems.
  • Superb project management skills and the ability to work on many fronts simultaneously.
  • Communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short term objectives.
  • Planning and organizing.
  • Critical and strategic thinking.
  • Working with people from diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Duties of the position require previous experience

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of proven fundraising and major gift experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding/experience with nonprofit fund accounting and financial management.
  • Experience with Board and donor relations, cultivation, major gift solicitation, on-line giving, and planned giving.
  • Significant leadership experience of a non-profit or fundraising organization, including effective oversight of staff.

Required education or certificates

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Human Relations, Communications, Finance or related field.

Preferred education, skills and/or qualifications

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.
  • Master's degree in Business, Marketing, Human Relations, Communications, Finance or related field.
  • Professional experience within a community college or university setting.
  • Experience in corporate and foundation relations.
  • Experience planning and managing successful fundraising events.

Required physical abilities

  • Work is accomplished across the college campus as well as behind a desk.
  • Flexibility to sit, stand, lift up to 25lbs in the normal routine of office work.

Required work schedule and work environment

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and some evenings and weekends may apply.

Employment Terms

  • Annual full time, exempt position.
  • Starting salary: $85,000 - $98,000
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs.  Peninsula College contributes $976.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs.  The college also supports professional development.
  • Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program.
  • In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Application Procedure

A complete application file will include:

  • a college employment application,
  • a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
  • a current resume,
  • unofficial transcript, and
  • three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.

Application materials may be uploaded electronically, by mail, or email to:

  Human Resources

  Peninsula College

  1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

  Port Angeles, WA 98362

  Phone: (360) 417-6298



Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.


Peninsula College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender identity, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities. Coordination of compliance is the responsibility of the Human Resources Officer, PC HR Office, (360) 417-6212


Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.