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Executive Director of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation

LaGuardia Community College
New York, United States
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Feb 9, 2022

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Job Title:                    Executive Director of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation

Job ID:                       23438

Location:                   LaGuardia Community College

Regular/Temporary:     Regular



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

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 activities;
• 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 fundraising program;
• Ensure the effective management of scholarship programs, including recipient selection and interaction with supporters of named scholarships;
• Conduct research to identify corporate, foundation, and major donor prospects, and obtain information about financial capacity, interests, history, and connections to LaGuardia and the Foundation;
• 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 messaging;
• 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 needed;
• 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 Committee;
• 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 Directors;
• 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.



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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.



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Candidates must attach a resume, cover letter, and three professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information).



This position is open until filled. Review of resumes will begin after 1/20/2022.



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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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