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Executive Director of the Rhode Island College Foundation

Rhode Island College
Providence, Rhode Island
Date posted
Nov 30, 2023

Executive Director of the Rhode Island College Foundation
at Rhode Island College

The Rhode Island College Foundation, an independent organization dedicated to raising funds for Rhode Island College, seeks an accomplished and motivated leader to serve as Executive Director. The anticipated start date for this position is February 2024.

For more information see the search profile at

About Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College (RIC), established in 1854 as Rhode Island’s first public institution of higher education, is a regional, comprehensive public college that serves approximately 5,800 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The College offers students, faculty, and staff a welcoming, diverse, and supportive community that is known for high-quality academic programs, world class faculty, small class sizes, and personalized, hands-on learning programs.

Rhode Island College is a leader in changing lives by providing students with access to an affordable education and personalized support that prepares them for meaningful careers. RIC offers both traditional and non-traditional paths to learning success. Currently, RIC has 76 undergraduate programs across eight areas of study, 46 graduate programs, and a variety of Professional Studies and Continuing Education opportunities. RIC is comprised of five schools including Arts and Sciences, the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, School of Social Work, and School of Business.

Responding to both market opportunities and high priority areas of investment for the State of Rhode Island, in 2023 Rhode Island College launched three new majors in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, and Sports Management. In addition, in Spring 2022, RIC launched the Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.), which is Rhode Island College’s first fully online degree completion program for working adults. Furthermore, in 2022, Rhode Island College became the first four-year institution of higher learning in Rhode Island to earn federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status.

Signed into law by Gov. Daniel McKee, the Hope Scholarship offered at Rhode Island College is a transformative opportunity for both the college and the state. This scholarship is a five-year pilot program that makes the final two years of a four-year degree tuition free for eligible Rhode Island students. The Institute for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies at RIC, is a new initiative, housed within the School of Business that will position Rhode Island to lead the region in developing highly skilled cybersecurity professionals through certificate, bachelor, and master’s level courses and programming while attracting leading researchers and education professionals to develop practical and policy approaches to current cybersecurity challenges.

Rhode Island College offers the most affordable high-quality four-year degree in New England. In 2021, RIC was ranked in the top 10 Best Value Public Colleges in New England by Money Magazine. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranked RIC number one for social mobility among public regional universities in New England in 2022 and number 34 in Top Public Schools for 2024. RIC’s campus is in Providence, the capital of, and largest city in Rhode Island. Located in the residential Mount Pleasant neighborhood, RIC provides students with a full college experience and up-to-date facilities for faculty and staff. Student organizations, activities, sports, and student success services make Rhode Island College a vibrant, supportive, and safe place to both learn and live.

Rhode Island College Foundation

The Rhode Island College Foundation is an independent organization dedicated to raising funds for the institution. The Foundation has over $38 million in net assets, and raised over $1.6 million in 2022 through pledges, gifts, grants, and special events revenue. The Foundation also provided over $1.6 million to the school last year in direct support for scholarship, faculty & student research, and capital improvements. More than 490 students received $600,000 in scholarships. In addition, the Foundation’s annual giving day raised over $860,000 dollars with donations received from $1,350 individuals and over 50 organizations.

The Opportunity

Rhode Island College Foundation Board of Directors is seeking a motivated leader to oversee all aspects of the fundraising and gift-receiving activities of the Rhode Island College Foundation including the planning and execution of all the fundraising campaigns. Further responsibilities include analysis of the financial business of the Foundation including investment management and budget development, and supervision of all daily operations. Learn more about the Rhode Island College Foundation Board of Directors at

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation, including preparation of all Foundation Board and committee agendas and minutes, scheduling meetings, and providing support to the Foundation Board of Directors
  • Develops and executes policies and directives of the Foundation’s Board of Directors
  • Develops and implements an integrated, multi-year development strategy for the Foundation in support of and consistent with the College’s strategic plan, continually evaluates progress, and refines the segmentation and customization strategies to increase giving levels
  • Makes policy recommendations to the Board and develops all communication and reports for the Board
  • Plans and directs comprehensive philanthropic programming for the Rhode Island College Foundation including, but not limited to, planned giving, annual funding, event planning, campaign design, collateral development and marketing, external fundraising, and capital campaigns
  • Designs an integrated development communications message that adheres to articulated College priorities and prescribed development objectives
  • Identifies, cultivates, and develops potential donors
  • Serves as director of principal gifts, which may include leveraging the College President, college executives, and members of the board as appropriate to assist with fundraising
  • Develops, leads, and coordinates Foundation events
  • Advises the College President and college executives on the planning and execution of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities
  • Manages the Foundation’s assets and monitors performance in cooperation with the Foundation Investment Committee
  • Prepares and coordinates the annual audit
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates, and coaches Foundation staff and volunteers
  • Oversees scholarship maintenance, selection of recipients, and related scholarship stewardship activities

Occasional Job Functions

  • Performs other related duties as required or as assigned by the Rhode Island College Foundation Board of Directors


  • A Bachelor’s degree in business management or related field (Master’s degree preferred)


  • A minimum of eight to 10 years of experience in fundraising and executive leadership

Knowledge, Skills & Ability

  • Working understanding of fundraising including campaign planning and implementation
  • Proven success in staff supervision and leadership
  • Ability to facilitate a diverse volunteer base
  • Documented ability and background to direct a multifaceted capital campaign
  • Evidence of initiative and organizational ability
  • Ability to generate and to maintain good interpersonal relationships with professional colleagues and the community in general
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Knowledge of and ability to manage office and record-keeping procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computer-based systems and software including databases
  • Ability to work non-standard hours as needed


  • Demonstrated ability with Peoplesoft and BlackBaud

Environmental Conditions

  • The employee is not exposed to known adverse environmental conditions

The College requires that all applicants and employees be able to perform the essential functions of the job and will explore reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Known as the Renaissance City, Providence, combines the culture, amenities, and sophistication of a big city with the warmth and friendliness of a small town. Over the last 50 years, Providence has transformed into a vibrant city defined by a thriving arts community, renowned culinary scene, historic neighborhoods, eclectic shops, museums, and more. With a population of 189,000, Providence may seem small but has big offerings.

Situated on the scenic Providence River, the city has a thriving economy and an abundance of recreational activities. Nature-lovers will enjoy miles of trails, parks, and other outdoor activities. In addition, Brenton Point State Park, Burlingame State Park, and Goddard Memorial State Park are a short drive away. Explore Providence’s rich history and culture by visiting the Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum, the Lippitt House Museum, or stroll through the galleries of Rhode Island School of Design. Get a feel for the Downtown area by visiting Water Place Park, catching a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center or visit one of the many restaurants and brewpubs in the area. In addition, attend WaterFire, Providence’s signature and award-winning event featuring fire sculpture installations on the three rivers.

In Providence, residents can enjoy a high-quality of life at a fraction of the cost of many larger cities. The cost of living in Providence is 8% lower that the state average. Real estate prices are 27% lower than the state average and 6% lower than the national average. In addition, the job market in Providence continues to grow. Those looking for a job will find many opportunities in health services, education, finance business and hospitality.

With so much to see and do, there are many reasons why Providence was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of The 25 Best Places to Live on the East Coast in 2023–2024.

Application & Nomination Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


1) All application packets must include the following:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé;
  • At least four references with full contact information including e-mail (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)

2) Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to by January 17, 2024 for best consideration. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.


Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting the Foundation with this search. Request a conversation regarding this search by e-mailing

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution which values and is committed to inclusion and expanding the diversity of its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to identify themselves as such at the time of application.

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