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Executive Director of the LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia Community College
Founded in 1971 in Long Island City, Queens, LaGuardia Community
College is one of seven community colleges of the City University
of New York/CUNY. In 2019, LaGuardia served over 30,000 students in
pre-college, associate degree, and continuing education programs.
Major areas of study include Health Sciences, STEM, Business and
Technology, and Liberal Arts. Consistent with the diversity of
Queens, 56 percent of LaGuardia students are born outside of the
United States. More than half are first-generation college
students. Sixty-nine percent live in Queens; the rest come
from Brooklyn and beyond. Virtually all LaGuardia students are
ethnic minorities (88 percent), 58 percent are women, and 31
percent are over the age of 25. Forty-eight percent of LaGuardia
students are Hispanic, making the college a Hispanic-Serving
Institution (HSI). Sixty-six percent of LaGuardia students receive
financial aid. Slightly less than half attend part-time, often
because they need to work to support their families. LaGuardia
ranked fifth among U.S. community colleges in economic mobility –
moving low-income students into the middle class and beyond – in a
2017 Stanford University study. For more information about
LaGuardia Community College please visit www.laguardia.edu.
The Executive Director of the LaGuardia Community College
Foundation (“Foundation”) reports to the President of the college.
He/she/they also work closely with the Executive Director of
Development and the college’s Grants Office. The Executive Director
of the Foundation is responsible for leading a comprehensive
fundraising program in support of the Foundation’s mission and
goals, including annual giving, major giving, planned giving,
corporate and foundation giving, and fundraising events. The
Executive Director of the Foundation will strive to build greater
awareness, visibility, and understanding of the Foundation, expand
the donor base, and increase net annual revenue. The Executive
Director of the Foundation is an ex-officio, non-voting member of
the Foundation Board of Directors
The Executive Director of the LaGuardia Community College
Foundation oversees all of the Foundation’s programs, activities,
and services. Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Lead a team of 12 full-time and part-time development
professionals and support staff, and serve as the principal
architect of the Foundation’s fundraising programs and
• Develop annual measurable objectives in the areas of annual
giving, special events, campaigns, and planned giving to support
five-year strategic plan goals that are set in cooperation with the
College President and Foundation Board of Directors;
• Establish and oversee policies and procedures related to the
implementation and management of an effective and professional
• Ensure the effective management of scholarship programs,
including recipient selection and interaction with supporters of
• Conduct research to identify corporate, foundation, and major
donor prospects, and obtain information about financial capacity,
interests, history, and connections to LaGuardia and the
• Maintain a portfolio of major donor prospects, and manage a
program of personal visits, relationship development, solicitation,
and stewardship activities; engage the President as needed to
develop and strengthen donor relations.
• Develop and oversee Foundation communications and
• Ensure that contributions meet CUNY, LaGuardia Community College,
and Foundation requirements, and that donor directives are upheld;
review gifts with the Foundation’s Gift Acceptance Committee as
• In cooperation with the Foundation’s Controller, oversee the
financial affairs of the Foundation, including working with the
Board of Directors’ Investment & Finance Committee, and Audit
• Prepare and manage the Foundation’s annual operating budget in
collaboration with the Foundation Board, Executive Director of
Development, and College President;
• Prepare and present reports on the Foundation’s financial
position and operations at the quarterly meetings of the Board of
• Perform other duties as assigned.
This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan.
All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree
and eight years' related experience.
- Advanced degree preferred.
- Minimum of five years of relevant development experience,
preferably in a collegiate or non-profit setting, with compelling
evidence of fundraising success.
- Experience managing a diverse team of development professionals
and support staff.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation,
supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and
professional development. We offer a range of health plans,
competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition
waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.
Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and
athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to
participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the
greatest cities in the world.
HOW TO APPLY
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Candidates must attach a resume, cover letter, and three
professional references (name, title, organization, and contact
This position is open until filled. Review of resumes will begin
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