After 25 years of growth and service, The Clemente Course in the
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
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
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 working with foundations
and government agencies, such as state Humanities Councils and the
National Endowment for the Humanities.
Experience directly leading a
diverse, geographically dispersed team in ways that develop
robust communication, trust and efficiency.
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.