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Chief Development Officer/Executive Director

Posted on November 16, 2021
Morristown, NJ

The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, whose mission is to generate and distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District (MSD) for enrichment programs, scholarships and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for students in the MSD. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the MEF helps the MSD continue to be a model of visionary social and educational leadership in both the state of New Jersey and the country.
The Chief Development Officer/Executive Director (ED) has responsibility for the overall leadership of the MEF, including its fundraising efforts, daily operations, management of the business, execution of its strategic plan and promoting a culture of philanthropy. The ED reports to the Executive Committee of the MEF Board of Trustees (MEF Board) and works collaboratively with the entire MEF Board to carry out the organization’s goals and policies. The ED brings a strong work ethic, positive attitude and a wellrounded array of competencies to building an effective management team and organizational structure that best serves the MEF’s mission, vision and goals. The job of the ED is a full-time position with some evening and weekend work required.  

  • Organization Leadership: Responsible for the day to day operations of the organization.
  • Execute the strategic plan and mission of the MEF
  • Maintain an ongoing relationship/dialogue with the MSD – superintendent, administrators and Board of Education
  • Lead MEF Board, staff, volunteers and community in creating an open and supportive organizational culture that encourages involvement and maintains transparency
  • Manage the team of three employees according to the law and policies set forth by the MEF Board
  • In conjunction with the Governance Committee, support Trustee development, compliance, succession planning and other governance-related matters
  • In conjunction with the Finance and Investment Committees, support management of the budget, provide timely financial reports, oversee the finances and investments of the MEF  

Fundraising: Responsible for coordinating and executing a comprehensive strategy of fundraising in conjunction with MEF Board and Committees.

  • Determine strategies for donor cultivation, acquisition, retention and stewardship
  • Lead the Major Gifts Program of the MEF
  • Lead the Annual Campaign of the MEF
  • Develop Strategy and Execution of Donor Relations
  • Key staff person for the MEF’s primary special event, Morristown ONSTAGE, and be the point person for major sponsors
  • Write grant proposals – research, develop relationships with funders, and submit grant requests and reports to private and corporate foundations
  • Oversee alumni donor strategy through Colonial Nation
  • Use fundraising CRM software to maximize fundraising results
  • Partner with the Development Committee on existing fundraising efforts and in developing ideas for future fundraising opportunities

Community Relations/Marketing: In conjunction with the staff and the MEF Board, implement a comprehensive strategy to market the MEF with key constituencies in the community.

  • Be an advocate for the MEF and the MSD
  • Develop relationships with key constituents in the MSD community – both public and private
  • Act as spokesperson for the MEF to the media, government agencies, corporate community, foundations, funders, and the school community
  • Work with the marketing and communications staff to create a marketing plan that supports fundraising efforts
  • Ensure communications are effective with all stakeholders


  • Minimum of 8 years of professional fundraising experience
  • Proven track record in senior-level nonprofit position
  • Nonprofit management experience - both with staff & volunteers
  • Experience with direct responsibility for major gifts cultivation and stewardship
  • Knowledge of all facets of development (annual campaigns, major gifts, special events, etc.)
  • Ability to maximize fundraising CRM software for revenue growth (the MEF uses Bloomerang)  
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor's Degree  
  • Competent with all standard computer applications and equipment (including Microsoft Office)
  • Knowledgeable of and passionate about public education is a plus
  • Awareness of the Morris School District and the Morristown community is a plus

Compensation: $83,000-103,000 (flexible depending on experience)
Application Deadline: December 10, 2021               Start Date: January 10, 2022
How to Apply:

  • To apply for this position, please submit resume via LinkedIn to bit.ly/MEFSeeksED
  • For more information about the Morris Educational Foundation, please visit www.morrisedfoundation.org

Program Officer – Full Service Community School

Posted on November 11, 2021
Henrico County, VA

The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) supports the Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS), the eighth largest school district in the Commonwealth, serving 48,000 students in 72 educational facilities from diverse neighborhoods including suburban, rural and urban communities.

HEF’s work in support of HCPS is more important than ever as principals and teachers look for new instructional strategies and approaches to improve public schools and ignite student learning.  Founded in 1993 as a public-private partnership with the school district, HEF serves as a catalyst to create innovation, identify research-based solutions, replicate best practices in additional classrooms, and connect key partnerships with public schools. Our mission is to strengthen public education by advancing innovative programs and initiatives designed to improve student achievement. HEF funds creative instructional approaches with strong academic goals that directly address the opportunity gap and provides resources for teachers impacting the most challenged students.

The Program Officer position will oversee and manage HEF’s Full Service Community School (FSCS) Initiative in partnership with the HCPS. The position will be responsible for the implementation, supervision, and coordination of community partnerships, programs, and services in targeted FSCS schools and communities. This position reports directly to the Chief Operations Officer, but will have close working relationships with the Program Officer for Educational Initiatives, Program Officer for Learning & Discovery and the Chief Development Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading and managing the Full Service Community School (FSCS) Initiative and planning and implementing program development;
  • Work in partnership with FSCS stakeholders and HCPS staff to identify strategies and develop tools and professional development opportunities to advance the service provider network for each school;
  • Coordinate programming and community partnerships with 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Directors, program staff an HCPS staff/teachers;
  • Develop expectations and protocols for 21st CCLC service providers in conjunction with HCPS leadership;
  • Manage service provider selection protocols and contractual obligations;
  • Conduct formal and informal training with service provider network as needed;
  • Oversee 21st CCLC reporting including data management and development of reporting requirements to evaluate performance of programming and individual service providers;
  • Provide supervision to assigned staff;
  • Support grant writing for the FSCS initiative, assist in identification of necessary financial resources and coordinate efforts to secure and maintain funding;
  • Oversee annual FSCS budget preparation and ensure systems are developed to provide oversight and management of financial resources, reporting to funders and granting agencies;
  • Create reports reflecting the financial status of FSCS funds and provide FSCS stakeholders with regular funding and budget updates;
  • Conduct joint planning and decision making with colleagues who carry responsibility for related programs in other departments;
  • Represent HEF and the FSCS Initiative at public forums, including local school board meetings, community meetings, events and conferences;
  • Actively participate as a positive member of the HEF team, meeting or exceeding team standards, including but not limited to the following:
    • Contribute willingly to every “all hands” projects and special events.
    • Attend and contribute to all staff meetings and other foundation events.
    • Assist program staff with reporting and grant administration.
  • Attend site committee, HCPS district committee, departmental and committee meetings and trainings as directed.
  • Engage in job-related travel to designated meetings and events.
  • Assure the quality of the programming through regular site visits, program evaluation, staff training, program development, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Experience operating 21st Century Community Learning Center programs preferred;
  • Excellent computer skills related to the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on occasion as required;
  • Must have a keen eye for detail, accuracy and consistency;
  • Must be able to recognize confidential information and maintain confidentiality;
  • Must be able to work positively and professionally with a wide range of personalities
  • Use independent judgment to prioritize tasks and direct projects
  • Proven leadership skills; highly effective manager
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills; ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize effectively and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Experience working with volunteers a plus.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Additional Information:

  • Job Type: Full Time Exempt
  • Reports to: Chief Operations Officer
  • Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience and other qualifications
  • Benefits: Medical, Dental and 403B Retirement plan and Match.
  • Generous PTO, Sick Leave and 14 paid holidays.
  • Job Location: Henrico County, VA.

How to Apply:

  • To apply for this position, please email resume and cover letter to: Scott Williams, Chief Operations Officer at jobopenings@henricogives.org. No phone calls please
  • For more information about the Henrico Education Foundation, please visit www.henricogives.org

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