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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Clark College Foundation
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jan 28, 2022

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Clark College Foundation

Clark College Foundation (CCF), located in Vancouver, Wash., is partnering with BRYANT GROUP to recruit a visionary, entrepreneurial and strategically minded leader to assume the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) role. This position will also function as the Chief Advancement Officer.

Clark College Foundation (CCF) is an independent, self-funded and self-governed nonprofit that assists Clark College through philanthropy and asset investment. Each year, CCF awards more than $1 million in scholarships, special awards and financial support to hundreds of students. Over the last 10 years, CCF has contributed an average of approximately $3.5 million annually to the college for scholarships, program and capital support.

With total assets of $122 million, the foundation is one of the most successful community college foundations in the nation, with the 4th largest endowment ($81 million) among U.S. public community colleges. 

Clark College Foundation is one of the leading philanthropic organizations in Southwest Washington. It has a profound effect on the lives of tens of thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, as evidenced in the following highlights:

  • Welcomed 5,047 unique individuals and organizations and secured more than 20,000 gifts from those entities during the current campaign (as of November 2021).
  • Awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and financial awards to hundreds of students for each of the past five consecutive years.
  • Contributed an average of $3.5 million annually to the college in scholarship, program and capital support in the past decade.
  • Provided Clark College with $55 million in support since the inception of the foundation.

The foundation is recognized by its peers as one of the top higher education fundraising shops in the nation.

  • In 2021, CCF took home a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII bronze award in writing and was recognized with an Opportunity and Inclusion Endorsement.
  • In 2020 and 2021, Clark College Foundation received the Bronze Anvil Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). They also won PRSA’s Oregon chapter awards in 2021 (merit), 2020 (two merits), and 2019 (Spotlight).
  • In 2020, CASE awarded the foundation two prestigious national educational fundraising awards for overall performance and improvement.
  • In 2018, CEO Lisa Gibert was recognized as one of the top fundraising leaders in the country by CASE with the National Commonfund Award for Leadership in Institutionally Related Foundations.
  • Additional CASE District VIII awards include a 2017 silver and bronze award for feature writing and fundraising publications, a 2015 gold award for campaign fundraising communications, and numerous national and regional communications, public relations and marketing awards dating back to 2009.

This role serves as the chief executive officer and chief advancement officer of Clark College Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. It is responsible for directing, developing and overseeing all foundation activities and staff with authority granted by the governing board.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of nonprofit advancement leadership or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as president, CEO or member of senior management.
  • Proven success in budget policy.
  • Expertise supervising high-level advancement leaders in development, alumni relations, advancement services, and marketing and communications.
  • Experience designing and implementing successful capital and mini campaigns.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience at six-, seven- and eight-figure gifts, preferably in support of higher education.
  • Experience in designing and implementing complex alumni relations programs, working with volunteer alumni boards, alumni communications, affinity programs, career services/alumni relations initiatives, etc.
  • Responsible for strategic planning, goal setting, and policy development as directed by Clark College Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree preferred

To be considered for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position, submit your letter of interest and resume, in confidence, to:


Preference will be given to materials received prior to January 10, 2022

Clark College Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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