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Director of Operations - Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

Posted on September 22, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska.

Would you consider yourself a cautious risk taker? Are you someone who very naturally possesses the vision to drive big picture change and growth but also will tend to the details or process necessary to attain those goals? Would you say that you are a very self-sufficient person comfortable when asked to lead projects or teams? Are you serious and direct and do you hold yourself and others to high standards?
We are looking for a Director of Operations to serve for the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools! This individual will be responsible for fostering growth and demonstrating leadership capabilities in this rapidly expanding environment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Leadership Management and Accountability

  • Provide research and study data to implement the strategic vision of the organization and its employees alongside the President.
  • Direct leadership meetings and coach other Directors on operational systems.
  • Achieve the goals of the organization by developing teams and their strengths.
  • Manage the relationship between the Foundation and the outsourced CFO services firm used by the Foundation to ensure timely, accurate financial accounting and reporting.
  • Coordinate and execute quarterly staff meetings.
  • Maintain our vision by living, promoting, and recognizing the organizations values

Foundation Operations

  • Oversee and maintain systems to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Manage all contracts such as: office equipment, consultants, Lincoln Public Schools, third party partners and special projects
  • Work with Lincoln Public Schools IT professionals to develop and oversee risk management
  • Manage all procedures, policies, and regulatory requirements of the organization
  • Oversee all the Foundation’s funds

Program Operations

  • Oversee operational aspects of Foundation programs including (Financial tracking and projections, business planning, risk management, legal, insurance, licensing, permits)
  • Work with the Spark program manager to support operational aspects of the program itself
  • Payments, rental agreements, HR, scholarships


  • Manage the accurate and transparent accounting of the Foundation’s finances
  • Lead the budgeting process
  • Implement process for accurate coding and budget tracking
  • Oversee management of organization credit cards, funds transfers, AP & AR
  • Oversee the timely completion of financial review, audits, and IRS requirements

Human Resources

  • Manage and develop the onboarding process for new employees
  • Manage and oversee the insurance enrollment plans offered to the Foundation staff
  • Work with HBE to process payroll and other benefits
  • Ensure all staff receive annual and quarterly reviews
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • High organizational skills

Click Here to apply.

Director of Development - Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

Posted on September 22
Lincoln, NE

About The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

At the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools we believe that all students should have what they need to reach their full potential. In order to accomplish this, we raise funds to create additional opportunities that enhance academic and personal success of LPS students and educators.

We are devoted to making a difference in the lives of our students and our community. Last year we raised over $1.56M, serving 60 schools, empowering 42,000+ students and supporting 6,000 teachers in our school district located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In our role, we work closely with Lincoln Public Schools to understand the current challenges and needs in the school district and partner with the community to find solutions. As an independent 501c3 organization, we manage over 400 funds benefiting schools, educators, and students.

The spectrum of support is far reaching. We provide emergency funds, removing barriers to learning, so kids arrive at school ready to engage and participate. We help students delve into academic and personal pursuits that expand their learning beyond the classroom. And as they prepare to enter the workforce, the Foundation connects college-bound graduates with scholarships and workforce experiences to prepare young adults with the skills they need to succeed.

Position Summary

The Foundation seeks a dynamic Director of Development to join our leadership team and lead the fundraising efforts of the organization through a time of significant growth and expansion. Following a visionary strategic plan, our team will be working to provide transformational resources to ensure that all students reach their full potential. The right candidate must be value driven, mission focused, energetic, positive and embrace a growth mindset.

Essential Functions


  • Provides leadership for the Development department of the organization; builds a cohesive team and leads all strategy for annual increases in organizational fundraising
  • Builds relationships with donors and prospective donors in support of Lincoln

Public Schools’ projects and priorities

  • Leads major gift and capital campaign fundraising projects as assigned; partners with president and volunteers with LPS priority fundraising campaigns
  • Stewards and cultivates a portfolio of major gift donors across the development team with activities including face-to-face cultivation and gift solicitation
  • Meets or exceeds fundraising goals set in operating, annual, major, corporate, foundation, and capital campaign giving activities
  • Manages development and implementation of annual fundraising revenue and expense budget of the organization
  • Designs and implements board giving, LPS staff giving, and other targeted fundraising campaigns
  • Prepares the president for donor cultivation activities as appropriate
  • Attends board meetings and executive committee meetings
  • Supports and guides the Fund Development Committee and special campaign committees of the board
  • Manages individual donor experience, concerns, and questions


  • Sits on the leadership team and supports the continued growth and strength of the organization. Helps create a positive, productive, value driven, fun working environment
  • In partnership with the president, develops and implements the overall fundraising strategy including annual and major giving strategies
  • Leads funder strategy efforts and coordinates staff and volunteers to provide quality service to donors

Management and Accountability

  • Supervises and guides a cohesive development team of four to five professionals to meet goals through performance accountability, professional development and individual coaching. Conduct annual employee review of direct reports and allocate performance-based bonuses.
  • Collaborates with grant writing contractor to identify and prepare proposals to private and corporate foundations. Follows up on reports and stewardship requirements.
  • Collaborates with development coordinator and director of marketing to plan and manage special events
  • Tracks and reports fundraising progress to the president monthly
  • Through regular contact, works collaboratively with team members to steward donor’s charitable intent and use of funds
  • Works with director of marketing to create philanthropy focused content for all media platforms
  • Maintains procedures for position and other development team processes

Community Relations

  • Participates in community activities that relate to public education
  • Represents the Foundation at community meetings and projects
  • Volunteers 8 hours/year in the LPS system
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • CFRE, CFRM or CEFL preferred
  • Five or more years of experience in annual and major gift fundraising, including demonstrated success in increasing charitable contributions to a non-profit organization. Skilled in team building and management. Experience with Raiser’s Edge Software or other donor database product. Marketing or communications experience preferred, grant writing experience a plus. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products, email and internet skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, proficiency in working with technology and data for fundraising success, demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with potential and existing donors.

Compensation for the Director of Development includes a competitive base salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and statement of interest to Jonathan McIntosh, Partner with Thinking Ahead Executive Search:

The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

Nixa Education Foundation Development Specialist - Nixa Public Schools

Posted on August 31, 2021
Nixa, Missouri

NIXA PUBLIC SCHOOLS and the NIXA EDUCATION FOUNDATION are excited to announce the addition of NEF’s first employee!   We are seeking a Development Specialist to work full-time in advancing the mission of the Nixa Education Foundation.  

About Nixa Public Schools:  Nixa is a K-12 school district serving just over 6,700 students located in Southwest Missouri, just a few minutes south of Springfield and north of Branson. One of the top-ranked schools in the state, we pride ourselves in putting students and staff first in everything we do. With award-winning schools, state and nationally recognized students, staff and school board; 1:1 technology; and a one-of-a-kind community, we believe it is the perfect place for one to begin or continue their career in supporting the education of the next generation.

General Summary:  Provide full-time support in the implementation of the mission of the Nixa Education Foundation (NEF). Create and develop partnerships with local businesses and patrons to share the mission of NEF with the goal of securing donations and financial support for the foundation. The NEF Development Specialist will possess good people skills, flexibility, the ability to work under pressure and stay on task, responsibility, reliability, be a self-starter, and have the ability to adjust to change.

Salary: $50,000 to $73,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Health Insurance, 12 Days Sick Leave, 3 Personal Leave Days, Missouri PEERS Retirement Plan, Options to buy up on extended insurance or annuity plan.
Evaluated by: Executive Director of Human Resources with input from the NEF Board
Length of Contract: 225 days
Type of Position: Exempt

Essential Functions:
  1. Increase NEF’s financial assets by planning, coordinating, and implementing all fundraising activities and programs, including the following:
    • Identify and obtain individual, corporate, and foundation contributions.
    • Build strong relationships through cultivation and stewardship with donors and potential donors.  
    • Develop, plan, and execute fundraising programs, special events, and campaigns and programs as needed to support the mission of NEF.
    • Oversee production of all print and electronic communications related to fundraising and all components of NEF.  
  2. Provide strong leadership necessary to achieving programmatic goals in Nixa Public Schools by cultivating strong relationships with partner organizations, including the District and other community organizations, as necessary, to accomplish NEF’s mission.
  3. Work closely with the District’s Advertising Sales Representative to ensure close alignment and focus of efforts in a team approach to ensure effective and efficient partnerships with business and community donors.  
  4. Lead a committee to plan and coordinate the NEF annual Gala to promote the recognition of district employees.
  5. Support all the NEF committee work, such as the Grants Committee, in helping to meet the shared mission of NEF.
  6. Plan and execute donor cultivation events.
  7. Maintain the NEF website.
  8. Promote NEF and communicate all NEF activities through social media platforms.
  9. Participate in community outreach projects to ensure NEF is active in all aspects of the Nixa and surrounding communities.   
  10. Serve as a liaison between the NEF President, Board, and Nixa Public Schools Executive Director of Human Resources in all developments relevant to NEF.
  11. Provide information to update the District on the work of NEF, including the financial outlook and any financial information the District deems necessary.
  12. Answer donor, staff, and Board inquiries in a timely fashion.
  13. Work directly with the NEF accountant to ensure all IRS reporting is completed accurately and timely.
  14. Network with other school foundations and engage in professional development opportunities to bring best practices to the work of NEF.
  15. Participate as a member of the National School Foundation organization for ongoing training and support of NEF.    
  16. Assist the NEF officers in task completion of officer duties such as development and printing of agendas, mailing out donation tax forms, and general communication of thank you notes and event notifications.  
  17. Promote NEF through district communication resources to Nixa Public Schools employees and community members.
  18. Assist with other duties and special projects as determined by the NEF President, Board, and Nixa Public Schools Executive Director of Human Resources.
  1. Education Level - Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public relations, communication/marketing, nonprofit management, or related field.
  2. Certification or Licensure - None required
  3. Experience desired - Training or experience in fund development and/or estate planning activities, such as major gift solicitation and planned giving, as well as experience in grant writing.  Experience working with nonprofit boards of directors is preferred.  
  4. Other requirements - This position requires a highly organized, independent thinker who has a passion for education and philanthropy.  It is imperative that the candidate be self-motivated, persistent, and goal-oriented.  The candidate must have the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team while managing complex relationships.  Must demonstrate excellent communication skills and a positive attitude toward generating successful partnerships.  Must understand and support the District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and the goals of the Nixa Education Foundation.  The candidate must successfully pass a background check and drug test that are satisfactory to the Board of Education.

Apply Today:  Submit your application on Nixa Public Schools website posting for the Development Specialist. Click “Apply” in the upper right corner of the page.  Please upload a letter of interest, resume, and other supporting documents through the online application platform.  You may direct any questions to


Posted on August 30, 2021
Buda, TX

SALARY: $103,251 TO $109,020 BASED ON EXPERIENCE (Benefits included)
Creatively and effectively generate community support and funding for the enrichment of educational opportunities throughout Richardson ISD by directing the affairs of the Richardson ISD Foundation.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Extensive experience/knowledge in managing non-profit or 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Experience working collaboratively/effectively with governing boards and business/community partners
  • Demonstrated success fundraising
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Exceptional skills in financial management
  • Extensive experience in grant writing
  • Ability to meet established deadlines and targeted goals
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/projects effectively
  • Experience with financial management software
  • Excellent public relations, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with community members throughout the entire Richardson ISD Community
  • Coordinate the administrative activities of the Richardson ISD Foundation
  • Maintain positive/productive relationships and consistent communication with the Richardson ISD Foundation Board of Directors
  • Creatively generate financial support for the enhancement of education in the Richardson Independent School District through the work of the Richardson ISD Foundation
  • Manage all aspects of accounting and financial record keeping for the department
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of community-focused initiatives for the Foundation
  • Coordinate, communicate and advertise Richardson ISD Foundation fundraising campaigns and events
  • Attend all Richardson ISD Foundation board meetings and Richardson ISD Foundation events
  • Develop and maintain Foundation planning calendar
  • Plan, direct and supervise fund-development programs
  • Develop and manage portfolio (database) of donors and prospects
  • Develop and maintain all Richardson ISD Foundation records and materials, including finances, budget, mailing lists, correspondence, donor information, and board member involvement service
  • Adhere to adopted budget and maintain accurate records of Richardson ISD Foundation expenditures
  • Develop, implement and oversee Richardson ISD Foundation fundraising and development activities to ensure stable organizational revenue and program levels
  • Serve as primary contact on all development-related activities for donors and prospects, including prospect management, personal visits, development proposals, campaign committees, correspondence and events
  • Coordinate dissemination of Richardson ISD Foundation grants and initiative funds to recipients
  • Promote collaborative efforts between Richardson ISD and the Richardson ISD Foundation
  • Work closely with the RISD Strategy & Engagement department to communicate and market activities, events and initiatives of the Richardson ISD Foundation
  • Assist the external audit process in preparation for IRS document filing
  • Communicate information about upcoming meetings
  • Recommend and administer policies set by the Richardson ISD Foundation Board of Directors
  • Conduct orientation/training for directors

Tools/Equipment Used:

  • Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals


  • Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting


  • Repetitive hand motions, frequent keyboarding and use of mouse, occasional reaching


  • Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)


  • May work prolonged or irregular hours, occasional districtwide and statewide travel

Mental Demands:

  • Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress

Apply online at
The application must be complete and three electronic reference forms must be received before an applicant will be considered.

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