Executive Director, Foundation

Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado
$95,000 to $105,000 annuall
Posted Date
Aug 9, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

This position can be based at either our Westminster Campus or our Larimer Campus and will include travel between campuses and in FRCC's service area. 

Who We Are

We are the largest community college in Colorado, enrolling close to 28,000 credit students annually in a diverse service area with broad cultural and recreational activities. We were one of 30 colleges in the initial American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Project, recently selected as a “Most Promising Place to Work” in Diverse Magazine, and profiled as one of six top community colleges for transfer student success in a recent Aspen Institute publication.  Our online learning program has twice been listed recently as one of the top 10 community college online programs in the country. 

We have strong commitments to student success and to inclusion, equity, and diversity. We are actively seeking to hire a workforce that matches our student community.  We are an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution and expect to reach HSI status by 2024 or 2025.  

We have worked hard to create a culture of collaboration, innovation, and pride and seek people who share those values and our commitments to student success and equity.  

Who You Are

The FRCC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the work of Front Range Community College.  As the Executive Director (ED) of the FRCC Foundation, you are responsible for the leadership and operations of the Foundation in partnership with the President, Campus Vice Presidents, and Foundation Board.  In this position, you are responsible for Foundation operations and set the example for dynamic fundraising that supports the Foundation’s growth and development, while ensuring the successful alignment with the FRCC mission and strategic goals.   As the ED, you play a key role in developing community partnerships and industry relationships and provide guidance to college leadership on fundraising and program opportunities.  You effectively manage the business and stewardship operations of the foundation and recruit, develop, and support the Foundation Board of Directors. In this position, you report to the President.

Please note: This is an on-campus position with an opportunity for hybrid remote work. You need to be a Colorado resident on your first day of employment.    

SALARY: $95,000 to $105,000 annually  

BENEFITS:  Please click here to find more information about APT & Faculty Benefits   

SELECTION PROCESS: Position will remain open until filled with a priority deadline of August 21, 2022.  

Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of completed application package submitted by candidate. In your application please include a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with requirements, qualification and responsibilities of the Restricted Funds Accountant.   

At FRCC, masks are optional, but we allow individual staff and faculty to request students and colleagues wear masks in offices or in class.  

Primary Duties:

  • Identifies, cultivates, involves, solicits and stewards donors to FRCC.  In collaboration with the Executive team and the Foundation Board of Directors, proactively works to identify fundraising priorities and prospective donors. Plans, coordinates, and assures implementation of strategies to develop donor contributions in support of the college.  

  • Functions in part as a major gifts officer for selected key donors by implementing a strategic development approach to identify potential donors’ financial ability, capacity and interest in making major gifts.  
  • Proactively assists in the Foundation’s growth and development and ensures its successful coordination with the FRCC mission, vision and strategic plan.  Collaborates with leadership in developing long-range strategic plans for the Foundation and opportunities for partnership with fundraising campaigns, activities and events.  
  • Develops and fosters industry partnerships and community relationships to support college fundraising efforts and to cultivate potential donors, board members, and other supporters of the college.
  • Provides overall leadership, direction and management of the FRCC Foundation Board of Directors.  Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.  Serves as the key liaison between the Foundation Board and the College to ensure the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.  
  • Develops and implements an effective internal and external communication program and oversees the development of written materials including appeal letters, donor communications, newsletters, annual reports, and the Foundation web site. Creates a strong program of donor stewardship, recognition and engagement and inspires an environment that is conducive to fostering increased private giving and donor loyalty.
  • Continues the development of alumni outreach efforts and develops new plans and communication methods for effectively engaging FRCC alumni.
  • Oversees effective and compliant foundation business and operations management, ensures fiscal integrity as well as ensuring maximum resource allocation and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.  Provides oversight of the internal controls and processes to ensure the accuracy of financial information and efficiencies in administrative systems; including budgeting, accounting, investments, annual audit, and banking.  Ensures that all donations are effectively accounted for, invested wisely, and spent as the donor intended.
  • Oversees scholarship awards and disbursement and tracking of funds, including creating awareness to students, faculty and staff of scholarship opportunities.
  • Ensures that the Foundation activities are coordinated with college events and activities, and supports campus activities as appropriate.
  • Leads and supervises the Foundation staff, creating a high functioning team that works collaboratively with other key FRCC departments, including Financial Aid and Fiscal Services.  Establishes a positive atmosphere in which high quality programs and services are delivered.  

Required Competencies:

  • Board Management: Recruits, engages, and supports a board of directors for the FRCC Foundation.

  • Major Gifts Fundraising: Identifies and cultivates major gift prospects and closes major gifts.  Maintains a strong understanding of the issues affecting community colleges and how those issues can attract significant donor interest.  

  • Supervision and Leadership: Creates a high functioning foundation team while leading through teamwork and cooperation.  Hires, trains, develops, and oversees three full time staff and a part-time bookkeeper. Engaging staff members in translating the college vision into action.  

  • Planning and Organization: Plans and executes foundation campaigns, including the annual campaign and capital campaigns.

  • Integrity: Manages all foundation funds according to donor intent and within all the rules and guidelines established by the college and the state of Colorado.  Ensures that donors get accurate and fair representations of how their gifts are invested and used.

  • Interpersonal Relationships: Cultivates and sustains relationships with a large and diverse network of donors, board members, potential donors and other internal and external partners.  Develops effective working relationships and inspires the trust of stakeholder groups.  

  • Communication (Oral and Written): Creates and delivers communications to influence and engage both donors and FRCC staff. Tailors communication based on the characteristics of the audience.

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Identifies donors and community partners whose mission align with FRCC’s core values and initiatives regarding equity and student success.  Support FRCC’s equity goals in hiring, outreach, and programming.

Required Education/Training & Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.  
  • Five or more years of successful fundraising and management experience that includes demonstrated success in creating and implementing an effective fundraising program, the articulating a compelling case for support, cultivating, soliciting and engaging donors, motivating volunteers and working effectively with organization leadership.  
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, persuade and lead.  
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive external and internal relationships in order to further the Foundation’s goals and objectives.
  • Strong belief and record of personal and professional integrity.  

Welcoming. Respectful. Inclusive. Together, we are FRCC.

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