Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Clark College Foundation
Clark College Foundation (CCF), located in Vancouver, Wash., is
partnering with BRYANT GROUP to recruit a visionary,
entrepreneurial and strategically minded leader to assume the Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) role. This position will also function as
the Chief Advancement Officer.
Clark College Foundation (CCF) is an independent, self-funded
and self-governed nonprofit that assists Clark College through philanthropy and
asset investment. Each year, CCF awards more than $1 million in
scholarships, special awards and financial support to hundreds of
students. Over the last 10 years, CCF has contributed an average of
approximately $3.5 million annually to the college for
scholarships, program and capital support.
With total assets of $122 million, the foundation is one of the
most successful community college foundations in the nation, with
the 4th largest endowment ($81 million) among U.S. public community
Clark College Foundation is one of the leading philanthropic
organizations in Southwest Washington. It has a profound effect on
the lives of tens of thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni
and community members, as evidenced in the following
- Welcomed 5,047 unique individuals and organizations and secured
more than 20,000 gifts from those entities during the current
campaign (as of November 2021).
- Awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and financial
awards to hundreds of students for each of the past five
- Contributed an average of $3.5 million annually to the college
in scholarship, program and capital support in the past
- Provided Clark College with $55 million in support since the
inception of the foundation.
The foundation is recognized by its peers as one of the top
higher education fundraising shops in the nation.
- In 2021, CCF took home a Council for Advancement and Support of
Education (CASE) District VIII bronze award in writing and was
recognized with an Opportunity and Inclusion Endorsement.
- In 2020 and 2021, Clark College Foundation received the Bronze
Anvil Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America
(PRSA). They also won PRSA’s Oregon chapter awards in 2021 (merit),
2020 (two merits), and 2019 (Spotlight).
- In 2020, CASE awarded the foundation two prestigious national
educational fundraising awards for overall performance and
- In 2018, CEO Lisa Gibert was recognized as one of the top
fundraising leaders in the country by CASE with the National
Commonfund Award for Leadership in Institutionally Related
- Additional CASE District VIII awards include a 2017 silver and
bronze award for feature writing and fundraising publications, a
2015 gold award for campaign fundraising communications, and
numerous national and regional communications, public relations and
marketing awards dating back to 2009.
This role serves as the
chief executive officer and chief advancement officer of Clark
College Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
It is responsible for directing, developing and overseeing all
foundation activities and staff with authority granted by the
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of nonprofit
advancement leadership or an equivalent combination of education
- Minimum of four (4) years of experience as president, CEO or
member of senior management.
- Proven success in budget policy.
- Expertise supervising high-level advancement leaders in
development, alumni relations, advancement services, and marketing
- Experience designing and implementing successful capital and
- Demonstrated fundraising experience at six-, seven- and
eight-figure gifts, preferably in support of higher education.
- Experience in designing and implementing complex alumni
relations programs, working with volunteer alumni boards, alumni
communications, affinity programs, career services/alumni relations
- Responsible for strategic planning, goal setting, and policy
development as directed by Clark College Foundation’s Board of
- Advanced degree preferred
To be considered for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position,
submit your letter of interest and resume, in confidence, to:
Preference will be given to materials received prior to January
Clark College Foundation is an Equal Opportunity