Executive Director: Fundraising and Board Development
- Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc.
- New York, United States
- $90,000.00 - $100,000.00
- Closing date
- Mar 25, 2023
- Position Type
- Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Government Relations and Advocacy, Program Administration and Management
- Academic Centers, Advocacy, Community Foundations, Education, Philanthropic Advisors
- Employment Type
- Full Time
After 25 years of growth and service, The Clemente Course in the Humanities (https://www.clementecourse.org) seeks a new Executive Director (ED) to lead the organization at a time when our mission could not be more critical. We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader with demonstrated organizational and fundraising skills in higher education, public humanities, and nonprofits. Primary responsibilities include board development, donor relations, and fundraising efforts to support Clememte’s network of 30+ programs. The ideal Executive Director will be a self-directed strategic thinker with a proven track record in fundraising and working collaboratively with non-profit boards and staff. The ED will lead a national team that supports local Clemente Courses to increase student success and support innovation, new programs, and initiatives developed through local, regional, and national partnerships.
Since 1996, the Clemente Course in the Humanities, recognized by President Obama with the 2014 National Humanities Medal, has provided transformative educational experiences for adults facing economic hardship by sharing the power of the humanities through accredited college courses in philosophy, art history, literature, history, and critical thinking and writing. Through more than thirty programs across the U.S., Clemente helps students build the confidence to further their education and careers, become effective advocates for themselves and their families, and engage actively in the cultural and political lives of their communities.
This is a full time position with a starting salary in the $90-100K range. Benefits are negotiable. Remote working is required, with domestic travel necessary to maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders, benefactors, and others, subject to covid restrictions. Occasional evening or weekend hours are required.
Collaborate with the Board of Directors to:
Update and implement Clemente’s
strategic plan to support its mission, values, and
Work with the Director of Outreach
and Engagement to respond to the board of directors’ communication
needs, including developing strategies, presentations, brochures,
and language for donor solicitations.
Increase diversity on the board to
ensure our stakeholders are well-represented in strategic planning
and program implementation.
Ensure employee and business
practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements.
Fundraising and Donor Relations
Develop and execute an annual
fundraising plan and calendar to meet the organization’s funding
goals by cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors,
foundations. corporate partners, and small-dollar individual
Work with the Director of
Outreach and Engagement to plan and execute fundraising activities
and donor stewardship events and to align donor journeys with
overall organizational messaging.
Manage a grants calendar and serve as
the lead proposal writer, submitting initial RFPs and follow-up
reports for both government granting partners and independent
Work with the Board of Directors and
staff to manage outreach and stewardship of board contact lists and
databases, serving as staff liaison for the Fundraising
Institutional Partnerships: Work with the Program Director to maintain institutional relationships with appropriate state and federal agencies as well as with Bard College and other credit-granting partners.
Develop and manage an annual budget
in collaboration with the treasurer, bookkeeper, and other staff as
Oversee expenditures and adjust
forecasting throughout the year to meet organizational goals.
Work with the Board Treasurer and
bookkeeper to report and reconcile the organization’s budget.
Promote equity and inclusion through
all aspects of program leadership and delivery.
Promote transparency and
collaboration throughout the organization.
Identify potential risks and
opportunities within the organization and its environment to
protect and enhance program interests.
The ideal candidate brings significant experience working in the non-profit sector with programs serving underrepresented communities, as well as an understanding of the adult education and public humanities landscape. They should have a strong background in board development, fundraising, and donor relations and demonstrated success in these key areas:
Three to five years of progressive
fundraising experience including grant writing and management,
donor cultivation, and soliciting gifts from individuals,
foundations, and corporations, with a track record of success.
Experience managing and analyzing
donor data to improve outcomes.
Experience with donor CRMs required,
Experience tracking grants and
preparing grant reports.
Applicants must have strong skills in key areas:
Fundraising for nonprofits.
Exceptional oral and written
Organizational development and
Strategic and analytical
Self-direction and innovation.
Experience with Microsoft and Google
Comfort and familiarity with
spreadsheets and financial documents.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for two professional references to Dr. Marina van Zuylen firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Clemente Course in the Humanities is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
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