Director, Development and Communication- Foundation
About the Opportunity:
At Polk State, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring
workplace. This professional position reports to the Vice
President, Resource Development / Executive Director Polk State
College Foundation and is an excellent opportunity within the
College's Foundation division. We offer a collaborative, creative
and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be
supported in your efforts to grow professionally and to be
recognized for your contributions, then come work for
About the Position:
The Director of Development for the Polk State College Foundation
is responsible for raising funds, securing and managing corporate
grants, and effectively stewarding and cultivating donors.
Specifically, the Director of Development will plan, organize, and
execute the annual campaigns, including the annual and employee
giving campaigns, with direct responsibility for entry to mid-level
donations. This includes gift recognition and donor acknowledgement
programs for each campaign. The Director will build a planned
giving program to engender a stronger culture of legacy giving. In
addition, the Director will oversee grants acquisition including
research, proposal writing, timely submission, and management. The
Director will also execute special fundraising events, including
oversight of all event details and volunteers. Also required will
be the development of fundraising marketing materials in
collaboration with the College's Office of Communications and
The Director will work closely with the College President, the Vice
President, Resource Development and Foundation Executive Director,
and the Foundation Board of Directors in all development and
fundraising endeavors, and will assist the Vice President/Executive
Director in the solicitation of major gifts and the future pursuit
and execution of a major gifts campaign. The Director will support
the Foundation Board of Directors in committee meetings such as the
Development Committee and others as needed. Also required will be
representing the College in community events and in speaking to
selected organizations or groups regarding the vision and mission
of the College and the Foundation.
The Director must possess exceptional interpersonal, communication,
and organizational skills and demonstrate a passion for student
success, specifically as detailed in Polk State College's mission.
Being a self-starter and ability to work as a high performing team
member is critical.
- College Fundraising: Supports the College President, Vice
President/Executive Director, Foundation Board of Directors, and
designated colleagues to achieve fundraising goals. Works with Vice
President/Executive Director to meet/exceed annual fundraising
targets; coordinates fundraising strategies; supports ongoing major
giving efforts; and develops new, and innovative fundraising
- The Director will assist in organizing and participate in all
Foundation Board of Directors meetings. In addition, the Director
will support the Foundation Board of Directors in committee
meetings such as the Development Committee and others as
- Annual Fundraising Campaigns: Oversees, plan, organize, and
executes the annual campaigns, including the annual and employee
giving campaigns, with direct responsibility for entry to mid-level
donations. Ensures the effective operation of donor acknowledgement
programs for each campaign.
- Stewardship Plan: Develops and implements a multi-year
stewardship plan and assists the Vice President/Executive Director
in strategic planning.
- Grants Acquisition and Management: Oversees grant acquisition
including research, proposal writing, timely submission, and
management in coordination with the College's Grants Office.
- Planned Giving: Oversees and effectively executes of planned
giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest
- Fundraising Events: Plans and executes special fundraising
events, including oversight of all event details and
- Communications: Work with Vice President/Executive Director,
the College's Office of Communications and Public Affairs, and
Foundation Staff to develop and implement an integrated strategic
communications plan to advance the Polk State College Foundation's
mission and broaden awareness across key stakeholder
- Drive donor-centric branding, messaging, and visibility to
deepen engagement with the Foundation's priorities. Develop and
manage communications and media outreach strategy, policy, and
campaigns with print, online, electronic, and broadcast media to
enhance the visibility of the Polk State College Foundation.
- Donor Records: Utilize donor software to detail interactions
with donors, such as events during which donations are
- Return on Investment: Collaborates with the Foundation's lead
business officer to analyze the return on investment for all annual
campaigns and fundraising events. In addition, actively participate
in budgetary development per the direction of the Vice
- Represents College and Foundation in External Community;
attends functions to network and represent the College and
Foundation in the community as Polk State College and Polk State
College Foundation continues to expand its county-wide outreach
efforts. Maintains ongoing public relations activities to promote
the overall mission of the Foundation. Networks and attends civic
business and social events to promote Polk State College and the
Polk State College Foundation.
- Public Speaking: This position may be asked to present College
and Foundation information in support of the President and Vice
President / Executive Director and is also expected to
recommend/seek opportunities in the community which would be
beneficial to Polk State College and Polk State College
This position is a level
To determine starting salary, Polk State College takes into
consideration the pay level minimum, the candidate's qualifications
and internal equity factors.
- The ability to establish an effective rapport with current and
potential donors, business people, civic group, economic
development group members, alumni, philanthropic entities, and
- Five year’s previous experience with fundraising/development in
non-profit office or foundation office.
- Excellent organizational skills, with special attention to
- Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines while working
- Must be able to exercise sound independent judgment and
discretion within assigned role to complete assignments.
- Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communications
skills; must have strong public speaking skills.
- Ability to work well with others.
- Must be computer proficient; experience with Excel a plus.
- Ability to maintain confidential information.
- Should be familiar with Polk County leadership and
- Recommends improvements in all fundraising matters, including
donor stewardship and cultivation; donor data; and increased
- Works with Supervisor to set and meet fundraising goals.
- Recommends innovative fundraising initiatives.
- Recommends speaking opportunities.
- Engages in prospect research and provides recommendations.
- Maintains connection with and awareness of activities of
Florida Council for Resource Development.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution is preferred.
At least five years of successful fundraising or related
professional experience within an educational or nonprofit
institution is required.
We offer an excellent employer-paid benefits package including the
following: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-Term Disability, Vacation
(except faculty), Holiday and Sick Leave, Retirement (if eligible)
and college fee waivers. Other employee-paid, voluntary benefits
(vision, short-term disability, etc.) are also available.
- Application Requirements: A completed online
application consists of:
- a resume, and
- an electronic job application (all sections completed).
Submissions that do not include all required information will not
- Background Screening: Reference checks,
successful completion of a Level II background check
(fingerprinting), and third-party Education Verification for all
stated degrees will be required prior to employment.
- Non-Instructional / Staff Transcripts: For
professional / salaried positions, uploading of unofficial
transcript(s) (with confidential information
redacted) during the hiring process is welcomed, but not
required. However, please note that education verification will be
completed, for all stated degrees, on or before an interview.
- Foreign Transcripts: All international degrees
must have their coursework evaluated in terms of U.S.
"equivalency." Polk State College requires that all international
credential evaluations be conducted by one of the companies
affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation
Services, Inc. (NACES®). More information about NACES®
affiliates can be obtained at the NACES® website.
- Submission of official transcripts for all
stated degrees, is required as a condition of employment following
receipt of job offer.
- Veterans’ Preference: Eligible applicants must
Polk State Veterans' Preference Documentation Form to apply for
Veterans’ Preference for positions in qualifying categories (Career
and Protech positions levels P12 - P16). All required
documentation (Polk State Veteran’s Preference Form, DD-214, and
any other required documentation) must be submitted with the
completed application for consideration.
- Relocation: Polk State College does NOT
provide relocation assistance for this position.
NOTE: We encourage applicants to provide feedback of their
experience or request help at Careers@polk.edu.
- This position will close at 8:00 a.m. on Friday,
October 8, 2021.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please
check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if
you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current
retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible
depending upon the date of your retirement.
As a general rule, Polk State College does not provide H1-B visa
sponsorship. Exceptions may be made based on the College's need for
a candidate with unique skills and expertise and where the College
cannot otherwise recruit and hire qualified non-sponsored
Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution
committed to excellence through diversity in education and
employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws
granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for
employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status,
veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in
its programs, activities, or employment. For questions or concerns,
please contact: Valparisa Baker, Chief Diversity Officer (Title IX
Coordinator); 999 Avenue H, NE; Winter Haven, FL 33881; Office: WAD
227; 863.292.3602 Ext. 5378; firstname.lastname@example.org
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reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with
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