Chapel Hill, NC

Assistant Director of Development - Global Programs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Organization
The University of North Carolina has enjoyed a long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation’s first public university.  Ranked 32nd by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent ranking of global universities, and 42nd worldwide by the prestigious London Times Higher Education rankings of global universities, UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, NC, Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the United States. Carolina Development is proud of its donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the University.  The organization’s collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising private funds to benefit the university.  UNC is in the early stages of launching a comprehensive campaign and is currently recruiting top national talent to join the team.

Position Overview
Carolina Development is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Director of Development for Global Programs.  Reporting to the Director of Development for UNC Global, the Assistant Director will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects to support global programs and priorities for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  This position will also oversee the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, in close coordination with the University Annual Fund.  This unique position will also work collaboratively to develop strategy to increase and deepen relationships with key individuals, international alumni clubs, and donors to the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, both foreign and domestic.  The Assistant Director also serves as a primary liaison between UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Global supporters and constituents, both domestic and those who are based in or reside outside the United States. The Assistant Director also works directly with members of the UNC Global Advisory Board and the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Circle. Principal Functions:

  • Embrace and articulate the mission of the Chief International Officer and the global priorities of the University, and possess a working knowledge of select global programs and initiatives.  Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects for capital and unrestricted gifts.
  • Maintain a portfolio of 100-150 major gift prospects prescribed by the Director of Development for UNC Global.
  • Maintain primary responsibility for stewardship of major funds and donors to UNC Global.
  • Assist in coordinating Chancellor / Vice Chancellor / Provost fundraising trips outside the United States.
  • Assist with management and serve as staff liaison to members of the UNC Global Advisory Board and the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Circle.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff across the UNC campus to identify and support global projects and priorities for which funding will be solicited.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers assisting with special projects.
  • Participate in planning activities related to University global strategy development and implementation.  Become familiar with potential donor tax benefits for individuals living in key markets outside the U.S. as assigned.
  • Carry out other such responsibilities as may be assigned by the Director and senior management.

Education Requirements:  A Bachelor’s degree.

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

  • Two to five years of development or related experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (English).
  • An enthusiasm for fundraising in a comprehensive research university setting.
  • Ability to work efficiently on multiple assignments involving faculty, volunteers, and donors.  Willingness to travel domestically and, on occasion, work evenings and weekends.
How To Apply
Candidate Instructions:
Please apply online at  All candidates must apply online and submit a cover letter and resume.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Additional questions about the application process may be directed to Lisa Waldeck, HR Consultant at 919-962-0015 or

Manhattan, KS

Senior Vice President Development, Kansas State University Foundation

The Organization
The Kansas State University Foundation was established in 1944 as the official fundraising organization for Kansas State University. It is a separate, independent entity chartered by the state of Kansas as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education corporation. Gifts made to support K-State through the KSU Foundation are used according to the donor’s wishes, and may not be reallocated by the state. Gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Position Overview
The Kansas State University Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, seeks a Senior Vice President of Development to lead its development operation in support of the university’s strategic priorities and goals.

The Foundation’s mission is to secure and prudently manage private gifts in support of Kansas State University, thus helping to provide the financial means to advance the University’s aspiration to be recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 Research Universities by 2025.  With K-State already setting university records with its rising student enrollment (25,000), year-over-year fundraising success, increased sponsored funding, athletic scholastic achievements, and the unveiling of the $1 billion Innovation and Inspiration capital campaign on October 9, 2015; this is an ideal and exciting time to join the Foundation. The Foundation’s annual budget is $16.0 million.  The annual fundraising goal is $150 million and the three-year fundraising average is in excess of $167 million.  In fiscal year 2015, the assets under management by the KSU Foundation amounted to $850 million including a $488.9 million endowment pool.The senior vice president of development reports directly to the Foundation President, serve as a member of his senior leadership team and oversee constituent development, central development, advancement services and donor relations/events.  The Foundation seeks a development professional of considerable skill and ability, one with a track record of success in an organization of similar scope and complexity, and one whose grasp of best practices is broad and deep.  The senior vice president will be a capable and successful leader of people and teams with the ability to inspire, motivate and further the organization’s goals and priorities.  The successful candidate will be a leader who maximizes existing talent with a focus on attracting and retaining.  Experience at the leadership level in a campaign is highly desired as is an outstanding record as a major and principal gift fundraiser.

It is the policy of the Kansas State University Foundation to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment.  No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable law.

How To Apply
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.  Review of applications will begin in immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should provide curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references.  References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.  These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Kansas State University Foundation consultants, Ann Yates and Melissa Fincher at  A full leadership profile is available at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Sheri Lyons at 630-575-6926.

Oakland, CA

Chief Executive Officer, Inner City Advisors (ICA)

The Organization
Inner City Advisors (ICA) is an Oakland-based nonprofit and nationally known accelerator of businesses that create living wage jobs. Together with Fund Good Jobs (the capital fund spawned from ICA), ICA/FGJ companies have generated more than $200 million, created millions in employee wealth, and employed more than 2,500 Bay Area residents. Through a mix of entrepreneurship education, pro bono management consulting through a network of successful committed business advisors, talent management to assist employers in finding and retaining employees and a capital fund that provides hard-to-secure resources for the emerging businesses, ICA has found the right recipe to grow the capital and employment base in Oakland and the East Bay. Today, ICA and Fund Good Jobs bring together financial, human and social capital, with business acumen and grit to help motivated entrepreneurs develop businesses in their communities that employ people from those communities.

Position Overview
Inner City Advisors seeks a Chief Executive Officer who is entrepreneurial in spirit, deeply passionate about ICA’s role in the community, and will combine those characteristics to shape an organization that is poised for growth and increased impact. ICA’s new CEO will take the organization to even greater heights by leveraging a background of executive leadership and management experience, well-honed business creation and fund development skills, experience/knowledge in building scalable, sustainable businesses, and above all, a commitment to driving economic development for low-income communities.

How To Apply
ICA has retained The 360 Group of San Francisco to assist with this search. Please visit to review the complete position description, including detailed application instructions. No calls, please. To be considered, The 360 Group must receive applications no later than 5:00pm Pacific time on Monday, November 23rd, 2015.

San Francisco, CA

Development Operations Manager, San Francisco Parks Alliance

The Organization
The mission of San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) is to inspire and promote civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks, recreation, and green open spaces.  SFPA supports the critical environmental functions parks serve while striving to ensure that they are accessible, beautiful, safe, clean, fun, and managed in a manner that makes them accountable, open, and welcoming to all.  Inclusive Policy and Education is an essential part of SFPA’s mission. SFPA seeks to enhance public participation in the challenges and opportunities facing our park system and to grow our network of park supporters. SFPA partners with multiple government agencies including the Recreation and Parks Department, Port of San Francisco, and the Department of Public Works, as well as the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and other elected and appointed officials. SFPA engages in Stewardship and Volunteerism, especially by serving as the fiscal sponsor for more than 100 Park Partners – a wide array community organizations engaging in park improvement projects and programming that activates our park system. And SFPA engages the private sector in Philanthropy to support park improvements that strategically complement public investments.

Position Overview
Reporting directly to the Director of Philanthropy, the Development Operations Manager is a mid-level position in a team of five staff as well as consultants. The Development Operations Manager will serve as the lead staff on SFPA’s donor database and the commemorative park bench program.  While this position is largely focused on internal development operations, it requires direct donor contact, especially via phone with bench program donors.

•    Strengthen, maintain, and communicate organization-wide donor/CRM data-entry standards and protocols.
•    Working with the Development Associate/database administrator, ensure that donor records are updated and corrected on a regular basis.
•    Working with the development, finance, and park stewardship teams, ensure that donations are processed and acknowledged in a timely, professional, appropriate, and donor-centric manner.
•    Produce monthly development dashboards and other fundraising reports as needed.
•    Conduct research on prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
•    Working with the development team, manage mailing lists for and track results of annual/membership appeals.
•    In partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, manage the commemorative park bench program.
•    Support SFPA and SFRPD on a major capital campaign for San Francisco’s playgrounds: using Raiser’s Edge, track prospects, pledges, gifts, solicitations, etc.
•    Manage SFPA’s relationships/contracts with hosting services and vendors such as: Blackbaud, Concourse Hosting, and Nonprofit Garden, LLC.
•    Working with the development and finance teams, track department budget.
•    Handle various administrative tasks associated with fundraising and support the Director of Philanthropy as needed.

•    3-5 years minimum experience in nonprofit fundraising operations.
•    High level of competency and experience in Raiser’s Edge, Luminate (Convio), Research Point/Target Analytics, Google products/platform, and common office software platforms required. HTML proficient.
•    Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
•    Excellent phone manner and “customer-service” skills.
•    High level of discretion and understanding of confidentiality.
•    Priority will be given to candidates who are familiar with San Francisco’s neighborhoods and parks.
•    Valid Driver’s License required.

•    Detail and systems-oriented
•    Strategic thinker
•    Interpersonal skills
•    Results-oriented
•    Interest in SFPA’s mission and parks
•    Continuous learner
•    Independent worker

How To Apply
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to in a single PDF document with “Development Operations Manager (last name)” in the subject title. This is a full-time non-exempt position reporting directly to the Director of Philanthropy, with generous vacation and sick time policies, and participation in 125 Cafeteria and 401(k) plans.

San Francisco Parks Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Los Angeles, CA

Chief Development Officer, Liberty Hill Foundation

The Organization
Liberty Hill envisions a society built on racial, economic, environmental and social justice in which all people have a powerful voice, including those currently shut out of our democracy, people cut off from opportunities because they are poor, because of their skin color, because of their gender or sexual orientation, because of where they live, or where they were born.

Position Overview
The Chief Development Officer will play a critical role in implementing our vision to increase our impact and significantly increase our individual donor base over the next 5 years. The ideal candidate is a strong leader, a development generalist, a creative thinker, an excellent manager of staff and volunteers, and is dedicated to creating a more just and equal Los Angeles. The Chief Development Officer is responsible for developing our strategic fundraising plan and overseeing its execution. We need a hard worker who can stretch limited resources. A keen understanding of the motivations and interests of high net worth individuals who have a passion for social justice is essential. The ideal candidate has experience in both individual and foundation giving. Event experience is critical. The annual revenue budget for the institution is about $5 million. The Chief Development Officer is not only a key fundraiser, but a philanthropic advisor to and organizer of donor activists. The Chief Development Officer will work closely with the Director of Strategic Communications to develop new media, marketing, and other strategies for building brand identity, visibility, and fundraising; experience in these arenas is ideal.

Liberty Hill is a cutting edge organization whose mission is to be a laboratory for social change philanthropy. We leverage the power of community organizers, donor activists and allies to advance social justice through strategic investment in grants, leadership training, and campaigns. We highly value and invest in our donor community and have compelling stories of impact to share.

The Chief Development Officers works closely with the CEO and the Board Fundraising Chair to execute the ambitious strategic plan. The CDO oversees Liberty Hill’s Development Department currently comprising about six staff. Provides leadership for revenue generation including individual and planned giving, foundation and corporate relations, special events, and donor advised funds. Also responsible for managing donor education and engagement programming, including both in-person and virtual.

Primary areas of responsibility that may typically be assigned include but are not limited to:


  • Develops implementation plans to support the foundation’s multi-year strategic plan.Works closely with the CEO and Board to develop vision, goals and execution plans for revenue generation.
  • Manages department staff and directs the activities of the Development Department including the Donor Advised Program. Analyzes and hones department strategies to increase revenue and maximize department efficiency and productivity.
  • Actively participates on the Directors Team, helping to lead the organization.
  • Serves as lead collaborator with program staff to identify and facilitate donor engagement opportunities.
  • Actively participates in board and various subcommittee meetings.

Oversees individual and institutional giving activities including the following cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and foundation donors at all levels. Manages a portfolio of donors. Key elements of our fundraising program are:

  • Major Gifts Program ($1,200+ annual donors).
  • Annual Giving Program (under $1,200 annually).
  • Foundation and Corporate Giving.
  • Planned Giving Program.
  • Fundraising events, including our annual Upton Sinclair Dinner which attracts 800 people and raises over $500,000.
  • Supports fundraising efforts of Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
  • Manages the conceptualization and creation of online and printed communication materials for individual donors and fundraising events.


  • Supervises the Director of Philanthropy to promote social change philanthropy and support the philanthropy and activism of donors through Donor Advised Funds, giving circles, restricted funds, and other programs.
  • Organizes donor engagement events throughout the year to inspire and educate existing and prospective donors about social change philanthropy.
  • Serves on the Board’s Investment Committee.


  • Attracts, retains and motivates high-performing staff.
  • Trains, coaches and develops staff to ensure optimal utilization of skills, high level motivation and understanding of promotional opportunities.


  • Fundraising approaches that identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a variety of individual and institutional donors, including new models of fundraising.
  • Relationship development and management principles and practices.
  • Los Angeles County progressive non-profit community.
  • Philanthropic community and trends.
  • Principles of working effectively with diverse and broad-based community constituencies.
  • Investment policies and performance, as donor-advised funds are invested.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Seven years executive level experience in fundraising within a non-profit environment, with proven track record of success in generating funds from individual, institutional and corporate partners, and effectively supervising staff.
  • Significant demonstrated experience in effectively working with board members and other fundraising volunteers.
  • Computer proficiency in Windows operating system and MS Office software including Word and Excel. Familiarity with Raisers Edge and other Blackbaud software. Ability to operate Internet applications, CRM and email.
  • Available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Valid CA driver’s license and reliable means of transportation.


  • Ability to manage, motivate, evaluate and reward staff.Expense and revenue budget preparation and management.
  • Cross-department collaboration.Fundraising/CRM databases,preferably RaisersEdge.
  • Strategy development and execution.
  • Excellent judgment and decision making.
  • Influencing and negotiation.
  • Workload management and ability to multi-task when priorities change.
  • Problem analysis and resolution.
  • Strong oral and written communication with a variety of constituencies.
  • Teamwork and customer service.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize work effectively and tofollow tasks through to completion.
  • Communications experience preferred.Ability to think creatively and outside of the box desired.
  • Experience with donor advised funds preferred.

The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.Liberty Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to having the rich diversity of our community reflected in our workforce.

How To Apply
If you feel Liberty Hill could be the right place for you, please submit a resume with a cover letter that explains why you would be the best fit for this position and Liberty Hill. Email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements/salary history to the attention of Max Azzarello at with Chief Development Officer in the subject line.

Cambridge, MA

Director of Finance (Part-Time), Schott Foundation for Public Education

The Organization
The Schott Foundation for Public Education’s mission is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality preK-12 public education, giving every child an opportunity to learn. The Schott Foundation is a national leader in social justice philanthropy and public education advocacy. Schott strategically resources advocacy campaigns to provide students with an opportunity to learn by providing a hybrid of philanthropic supports, network building supports, communications supports, and policy advocacy supports. Schott makes it possible for communities across the country to address the race and income-based “opportunity gaps” that underlie achievement gaps – ultimately helping thousands of students, district-by-district and state-by-state. In helping to strengthen this movement, Schott recognizes its pivotal role as both funder and advocate in the social justice arena.

Position Overview
The Schott Foundation for Public Education seeks to hire a new Director of Finance who will report to the Chief Operating Officer. This is a new, part-time role to provide vital oversight of the organization’s finance and accounting activities. The Director of Finance will be an advisor and strategic thought partner to the COO as the organization grows. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will have one direct report to manage finance, business planning and budgeting. This role is twenty hours per week.

The Director of Finance will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as the Schott Foundation continues to enhance its programming and build capacity in advocacy groups across the country. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance leader who is seeking meaningful part-time work to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

•    Create and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner. Manage the month-end close process, including the employee and overhead allocations. Review bank reconciliations and complete financial reports and internal grantee/funder reports.
•    Prepare short and long-term financial forecasts of cash flow and financial performance for use with internal management and external parties.
•    Organize financial reporting materials for internal and external audiences, support the Foundation’s grantmaking work and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
•    Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Leadership Team; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
•    Oversee audit and tax functions, coordinate activities with outside audit firm and review its performance.
•    Assess the viability of Financial Edge accounting system and if needed, implement any system changes, Review current contracts management reporting system to ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and support operational requirements.
•    Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; when appropriate, propose and implement improvements to the finance department’s operations.
•    Responsible for reviewing accounts payable entry and cash disbursements, including processing online payments, reviewing credit card entry and 1099 reporting.
•    Responsible for cash receipt entry, including electronic payments from funders, and supervising the grant award process tracking.
•    Prepare periodic reports and budget narratives for the board meetings three times a year.

•    An MBA, CPA or equivalent experience is required.
•    Experience with key areas of financial management mentioned above. Nonprofit experience is strongly preferred but not required.
•    An appreciation for social justice and advocacy in support of traditional public education.
•    A passion for getting things done, and an appreciation for details. A strong believer in continual, strategic process improvement, who is also ready to jump in to handle fires as they occur.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor are a plus.

How To Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume with “Director of Finance” in the subject line to

Cambridge, MA

Director of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education

The Organization
The Schott Foundation for Public Education’s mission is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality preK-12 public education, giving every child an opportunity to learn. The Schott Foundation is a national leader in social justice philanthropy and public education advocacy. Schott strategically resources advocacy campaigns to provide students with an opportunity to learn by providing a hybrid of philanthropic supports, network building supports, communications supports, and policy advocacy supports. Schott makes it possible for communities across the country to address the race and income-based “opportunity gaps” that underlie achievement gaps – ultimately helping thousands of students, district-by-district and state-by-state. In helping to strengthen this movement, Schott recognizes its pivotal role as both funder and advocate in the social justice arena.

Position Overview
The Schott Foundation for Public Education seeks to hire a Director of Programs and Advocacy who will report to the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy. The Director is a member of the foundation’s program team and will work in all aspects including, but not limited to, working closely with grantees and external stakeholders to cultivate and support effective campaigns focused on building systems to provide all students and opportunity to learn, and supporting the capacity of foundation partners through grantmaking, policy, communications, and networking supports.

LOCATION: Cambridge, MA


•    Manage resourcing strategies for a portfolio of campaigns across the country supported by the foundation. Identify priorities, gaps, and trends in program resourcing areas and make recommendations accordingly to ensure excellent stewardship of the foundation’s resources and the advancement of the foundation’s and community goals.
•    Provide leadership and innovative ideas to the programmatic efforts of the foundation, including campaign support, policy advocacy, capacity building, grantmaking, and movement building.
•    Assist in monitoring state and local education policy activity, including legislation, ballot initiatives, and referenda relative to campaigns supported by the foundation.
•    Obtain, maintain and share a high level of knowledge of the most effective strategies and current thinking in the education and social change fields—what works, what are the most effective and/or innovative ways to support the work, and how to implement strategies with partners to enhance the effectiveness of program strategy and the understanding of the staff and board.
•    Contribute to the team’s development of criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of the portfolio and participate in the evaluation of the results and outcomes.
•    Participate in annual planning and budgeting for the programs team and, when appropriate, for the organization as a whole.
•    Oversee convenings for grantee partners and allied organizations.
•    Support the development of the foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Network. Assess developments in the field and strategic points for philanthropic engagement.
•    Assist with external communications, including developing website content, newsletters, public presentations, and articles for sharing information about the foundation’s programmatic achievements and activities.
•    Participate in development of key foundation publications.
•    Represent the Foundation externally. Develop and maintain partnerships with other institutions to extend the impact of the foundation’s grantmaking and campaign resourcing strategies.
•    Collaborate with the fundraising team on special initiatives and events.
•    Other duties as assigned.


•    Strong record of achievement and relevant experience in the nonprofit, public, or private sector.
•    A minimum of six years in education, philanthropy, or community organizing is preferred.
•    Substantive knowledge of preK-12 education, social justice, organizing, and/or movement building.
•    Excellent leadership, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
•    Outstanding communication (speaking and writing), interpersonal, organizational, language, and computer skills.
•    Energetic, flexible, self-starting team player with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving. Ability to foster collaboration and contribute to a strong sense of community among staff.
•    Strong project, time, and budget management skills. Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail. Ability to thrive when working under deadlines is a plus.
•    Appetite for and sensitivity to working with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic, political, and geographic boundaries. Deep understanding of racial, gender, and ethnic dynamics locally and nationally.
•    Excellent listener and able to connect readily with grantees.
•    Ability to serve as an ambassador for the foundation externally, including the ability to travel frequently (about 30%).
•    Passion for providing students an opportunity to learn in traditional public education systems.
•    Great sense of humor.
•    Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.

How To Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume with “Director of Programs and Advocacy” in the subject line to

Chicago, Il

President, Poetry Foundation

The Organization
The Poetry Foundation seeks a President to lead this thriving and vital independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. Publisher of Poetry magazine, the oldest monthly publication devoted to verse in the English-speaking world, the Poetry Foundation has its roots in the heart of poetic verse, and has grown to encompass programming and media dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the organization to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. Established in 2003 upon receipt of a major gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the Poetry Foundation evolved from the Modern Poetry Association, which was founded in 1941 to support the publication of Poetry magazine. The gift from Ruth Lilly has allowed the Poetry Foundation to expand and enhance the presence of poetry in America and has established an endowment that will fund the magazine and the organization’s programs in perpetuity. The Foundation employs 22 full time staff, and has a 2015 operating budget of $9.3M and an endowment of $200M. Last year programming and publication activities reached almost 400,000 constituents in Chicago, the United States, and beyond, while digital and other media resources reached over 44 million readers, listeners, and viewers.

Position Overview
The President, reporting to the 15 member Board of Trustees, will take charge of a relatively young operating foundation that has tremendous opportunity to grow into the fulfillment of its mission. Keenly aware of the profound responsibility of shepherding an organization with a significant endowment, the Board has crafted a sound organizational and financial framework for the Foundation in the twelve years since the Lilly gift. Now, with a solid footing and with the magazine and public programs thriving and evolving, the collective challenge for the organization is to identify, define, and evaluate its desired, mission-driven outcomes. The next President is expected to provide strategic, forward-looking leadership toward that end, and to work effectively with board, staff and external partners to lead the Poetry Foundation into its next ten years, and Poetry magazine into its next one hundred years. The President must have a love of poetry as an art form and be able to inspire and bring people together around poetry and the written and spoken word. This position calls for someone with demonstrated experience in successfully managing a private sector or nonprofit entity, capacity to effectively manage a sophisticated staff of creative people, and demonstrated experience working effectively with boards. The candidate must possess artistic and intellectual curiosity and breadth, strategic leadership skills and successful managerial experience, top-notch communication skills, strong financial acumen, and an enterprising spirit.

How To Apply
The Poetry Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in strict confidence to:
The Poetry Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values the perspectives and talents of a diverse staff.

Los Angeles, CA

Grant Management Systems Administrator, The California Endowment

The Organization
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at

Position Overview
The Grant Management Systems Administrator is responsible for administering, developing and implementing policies and procedures for ensuring the security and integrity of the foundation’s grants management database, online grant applications and reporting, electronic document management systems, and electronic signature software solutions under the supervision of the Director, Grant Operations. As the foundation’s grants management database expert, the position is primarily responsible for systems administration, staff training, specialized reporting, and technical assistance for staff and external stakeholders. The Grant Management Systems Administrator works cooperatively with foundation staff to develop solutions for tracking needs and/or issues, and expansion of foundation-wide usage of the grants management database. The Management Systems Administrator represents Grant Operations as a technical liaison to IT staff and is the foundation-wide expert on the grants management database. The Grant Management Systems Administrator works independently, exercising judgement and discretion with multiple staff levels.


  • System administration of the grants tracking system; user IDs, coding table maintenance, preferences, permissions, including coordination of purging and archival of data, design of speculation for batch utilities.
  • Provides recommendations for policies and procedures and provides training on electronic document management.
  • Through advanced database searches, filter and export date from grants management system to external report writers and/or Excel for creating and maintaining foundation-wide reports and data analysis as applicable.
  • Provides training to staff regarding exporting and parsing data from database and using Excel for analysis.
  • Oversees creation of and design modification of standardized templates for use within the grants management system and the electronic signature systems, including additions, updates and revisions.
  • Provides all new staff with on-site database training, including, running reports, template usage, and adding documents and comments to the database.
  • Develops specialized training presentations, including webinars, and curriculum for staff on new functions within the system or updates and refreshers resulting from upgrades.
  • Supports Grant Operations Department with technical assistance for researching data system solutions needed for changes in grantmaking processes, training and curriculum development,  and design of tracking solutions.
  • Works in concert with IT staff toward resolving front and back-end technical issues with database and electronic signature solutions.
  • Grants database and electronic signature resource and helpdesk to all foundation staff.
  • Foundation liaison for end user problems between database and electronic signature solutions vendors.
  • Oversees all data system maintenance and upgrades through the planning, training and implementation phases of new solutions, including testing and validations.
  • Participates as the primary representative for foundation data solutions in making recommendations for and selecting new data solutions for the foundation.
  • Oversees all conversions to new data solutions through the planning, training and implementation phases of new solutions, including testing and validations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business related discipline (e.g., computer science, math, business administration, finance, etc.).
  • Minimum 2 years database management experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing and/or performing related technical, operational, and project management responsibilities.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.Ability to communicate technical, details to staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively train others.
  • Strong active listening, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, sell ideas, and influence outcomes across departments.

Technical Ability and Skills:

  • Knowledge of grants management software.
  • Strong information technology skills with a specific focus on database management, advanced Excel, Outlook, Word, and report writing skills using Access or Crystal Report applications.
  • Proficient in the use of HTML and SQL
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Program Director, School Food FOCUS

The Organization
School Food FOCUS, a project of the Tides Center, is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of over 40 large school districts that collectively represent over 5 million school-age children and their families. FOCUS’ mission is to make school meals across the country more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced, while transforming food systems to support students’ academic achievement and lifelong health.

Position Overview
The Program Director will provide day-to-day oversight to all FOCUS programs including its regional and national Learning Labs and provide supervision to a growing staff, including some who work virtually, as well as a team of consultants during a growth period for the organization. S/he will work closely with senior management to help ensure a collaborative working atmosphere and that activities carried out are aligned with FOCUS’ vision, mission and strategic plan. S/he will also work in a timely manner with the team of senior and operational staff responsible for contract management, budget work related to program needs and proposal development. The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and public speaking skills and significant experience in coalition-building;
  • At least ten years of experience in launching and overseeing large-scale projects including responsibility for administrative functions;
  • Significant experience in providing direct supervision to staff and consultants; including staff in remote locations;
  • Masters degree, preferably in areas that address public health, school food and/or food systems.
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Tides Center offers excellent health insurance and retirement benefits along with flexible holiday/vacation schedules. Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. FOCUS is dedicated to cultivating a staff and leadership structure that reflects the full spectrum of diversity represented in the large, urban school districts we work with; people of color are encouraged to apply.

School Food Focus, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

How To Apply
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to  The subject line should read: Program Director Application: (Your Full Name)

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