The South Carolina State University Foundation is an
independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized solely to
promote the welfare and future development of South Carolina State
University. The foundation receives, manages, and distributes
restricted and unrestricted endowment gifts, annual gifts, capital
campaigns, planned giving, and other ongoing fund-raising programs
— all aimed toward building and maintaining outstanding programs
here at South Carolina State University.
Responsible to the Board of Directors, this position manages the
day-to-day affairs of the Foundation in a manner consistent with
its stated mission through the development and implementation of a
strategic plan that aligns with the university’s and establishes
guidelines for effective donor cultivation and strong corporate and
community relations. This position is responsible for all staff
support activities necessary to fulfill the mission as defined in
the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Foundation and
ensuring that effective infrastructure systems are in place,
including oversight of the Foundation’s investment portfolio and
coordinating fund disbursement. The Executive Director is
responsible for educating the public about the organization’s
vision, mission, goals, and opportunities to support the University
through the Foundation.
If you have nonprofit leadership experience and this mission
inspires you, consider joining us!
- Effectively lead and manage the Foundation staff in achieving
defined outcomes, including delivering the highest possible level
of service to donors and other stakeholders.
- Direct and perform activities resulting in the development of
resources, including but not limited to major funds acquisition,
annual and direct mail campaigns, major gift drives, special
project activities, planned and deferred giving programs, and major
capital campaigns in concert with the University and other
- Develop the Foundation’s public relations and marketing
functions to enhance the Foundation’s image, engage the community,
and generate donor support.
- Oversee special events related to capital and other campaigns,
including luncheons, dinners, mid-campaign, end-of-campaign
- Work with Board of Directors and investment managers to
establish appropriate investment policy and strategy to grow and
expand the Foundation’s investment portfolio.
- Implement systems, processes, and practices to manage the donor
base effectively and efficiently and to receive, record, and
accurately report gifts.
- Develop strategies and processes to identify and solicit gifts
from potential donors and maintain records related to Foundation
activities and results.
- Oversee the preparation and management of operating budgets and
cash flow analysis to ensure the availability of resources needed
to support the achievement of Foundation goals and objectives.
- Ensure the effective, efficient, and timely maintenance of
financial records and accurate reporting of financial activities to
the Board of Directors and other stakeholders as required.
- Develop and implement risk management systems, programs, and
practices necessary to ensure the safeguarding of Foundation
- Implement and maintain systems, processes, and internal
controls to ensure full compliance with all federal, state, and
local statutes, rules, and regulations in every aspect of
- Coordinate Foundation activities with university staff to
ensure optimal collaboration of efforts and development of projects
that are concentrated in areas of greatest need.
- Lead the Foundation and Board of Directors in developing and
implementing a strategic fundraising plan that aligns with the
University’s strategic plan, including designing and implementing
special events created for fundraising, cultivation, and/or donor
recognition purposes, including but not limited to the annual
- Facilitate the activities of the Foundation Board by planning
and attending meetings of the Board and its committees. Generate
news releases from the Foundation Board members. Participate in/on
a variety of meetings, committees, task forces, and/or other
related groups to communicate information regarding the Foundation
and its initiatives.
- Assist in developing and overseeing the implementation of
short-range, long-range, and strategic planning and related
performance measurements and tracking processes for the
- Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study is required;
a master’s degree and/or fundraising certification is
- Five to eight years of senior-level management experience with
a demonstrable record of comprehensive fundraising, donor
cultivation, resource development, financial and investment
management, strategic planning, budget development, public
relations/communications, and employee supervision and
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including
creating effective and compelling donor materials.
- Experience in media relations, developing and designing
marketing information, and managing teams.
- Knowledge of pertinent federal and state laws and
- Experience working directly with nonprofit boards.
Minimum physical exertion. While performing the duties of this
position, the employee is frequently required to sit, communicate,
reach, and manipulate objects, tools, or controls. The position
requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 5
pounds on a regular basis and up to 20 pounds on an occasional
basis. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of
the work period while operating equipment such as computer
keyboard, mouse, calculators, and similar office tools.
Compensation: Annual salary range $95,000 -
$120,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications;
South Carolina State University Foundation is an
equal-opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all
individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression,
disability, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, marital status, veteran status, citizenship, and
health status. We evaluate all candidates based on