• Executive Director – FVTC Foundation Inc., and Community and Legislative Relations

    Posting Date: 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Job ID:
    # of Openings:
    Appleton Main Campus
    Hours Per Week:
    Weeks Per Year:
    Work Schedule:
    Flexibility in work schedule may be required.
    Anticipated Start Date:
    October 2018
    Internal Applicant Salary/Rate:
    Based upon the applicable compensation structure
    Posting Duration:
    Position will be posted for a minimum of five days and will remain open until the needs of the position are met
    Shift Differential:
  • Basic Functions & Responsibilities

    This position is shared between FVTC and the FVTC Foundation, Inc.   65% of time is allocated to Foundation work, 35% to FVTC.


    This position provides leadership and direction for all activities of the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc. Plan, design and execute Foundation fundraising initiatives, including annual and special campaigns, working closely with the Foundation Board and staff, and other groups in support of the College. Cultivate, solicit, and manage an array of major gift and partnership prospects on behalf of the College.


    As leader of Community and Legislative Relations for the College, develop strategies, initiatives and events that secure the College’s position in the community – strengthening its reputation as a forward-thinking, collaborative, positive and contributing educational leader. Serve as the primary liaison in arranging for and/or delivering public presentations. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with elected officials, and work with them to ensure that they understand how proposed legislation and state budgets will impact FVTC and our ability to fulfill our mission. 

    Essential Job Functions/Secondary Job Functions

    Essential Job Functions

    1. Plan, direct, and conduct fundraising activities of the Foundation in support of Fox Valley Technical College and in accordance with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Principals and Standards.  Activities include, but are not limited to, annual giving, capital and special campaigns, a planned giving program, and targeted donation solicitation.
    2. Conduct and oversee all business operations of the Foundation.
    3. Provide oversight and direction to the Foundation’s student scholarship program.
    4. Work closely with the Foundation Accounting Manager and external Fund Management Firm, as appropriate, regarding Foundation investments, Foundation properties and the finances associated with them, other financial matters related to Foundation operations, and reporting requirements.
    5. Prepare agendas, annual goals and objectives, operating plans, budgets, and all reports for the  Foundation Board or Foundation Executive Committee review. Ensure that Foundation policies, procedures, and recordkeeping are conducted in compliance with federal, state and FASB rules and regulations.
    6. Cultivate and strengthen the membership of the Foundation Board.
    7. Develop strategies that strengthen the College’s position and reputation as a leading, proactive, collaborative, and positive, contributing force in the community.
      • Identify, develop, and strengthen relationships with key College constituents.
      • Identify and develop community collaborations, business partnerships, events, and community board involvement that support our established “brand” and enhanced reputation.
      • Lead the planning and execution of major Foundation and community events held at the College, ensuring that all communications and logistics are managed. 
      • Develop and execute a plan for engaging civic, business, cultural, and governmental entities through personal contacts, speaking engagements, awareness building, and leadership in community initiatives.
      • Ensure appropriate representation of College and/or Foundation leaders and staff at community events.  Represent the College President at community events when necessary.
      • Engage others in effective communication about the mission, vision, and value of the College.
    8. Lead the Legislative Advocacy efforts of the College, developing strategies, planning and delivering  opportunities that enhance our legislators’ understanding of the value and impact of the College.  aintain and implement a College Advocacy Plan, engaging other as appropriate.
    9. Supervise assigned staff/personnel to include:
      • Interview, hire or effectively recommend new hires and staffing levels.
      • Assign, direct, check, and evaluate work of employees and conduct performance reviews.
      • Receive employee complaints; effectively recommend adjustments of grievances or disciplinary reprimands for employees.

    Secondary Job Functions

    1. Oversee preparation of the Foundation annual report and other materials and publications in conjunction with the College’s Marketing Department or outside vendors.
    2. Provide semi-annual reports to the College Board of Trustees, periodic reports or updates to the College Executive Team, and other special reports as requested.
    3. Collaborate with the Institutional Effectiveness Department on the submission of grant-funded activities to private and public foundations.
    4. Serve as the FVTC representative to the WTCS Foundation Directors’ Committee.

    Qualifications, Training and Experience

    1. Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate area such as business, management, or communications. Graduate degree work or other training/experience in resource development, advancement, or marketing a plus.People, process, and community leadership experiences, with a focus on developing and communicating a vision, building relationships, and achieving results.
    2. Successful experience in soliciting individuals, corporations, and/or foundations with demonstrated success in closing donations or major gifts.  Demonstrated initiative, innovation and creativity in fundraising or community development projects.
    3. Excellent writing,speaking and presentation skills.Excellent public relations skills, with the ability to represent the College with a high degree of personal credibility.An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.

    Essential Aptitudes, Skills, Knowledge and Personal Characteristics

    1. A commitment to the mission, vision, purposes, and values of the College.
    2. A community oriented self-starter who is effective at making appropriate contacts, building relationships, and developing prospective donors.
    3. Understands the value of the technical college in the community and the ability to clearly and powerfully articulate its impact.
    4. Exercise sound judgment and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism.
    5. Highly motivated individual able to operate with discretion and minimal supervision.
    6. Sound business acumen for leading a 501(c)3 organization.
    7. Superior organizational skills, including time management, planning and follow through skills.
    8. Ability to work well with diverse Foundation and College leaders and staff, developing and strengthening relationships that support the shared mission of the College and the Foundation.
    9. Ability to organize data and information in order to produce reports that can be understood by multiple audiences.
    10. Ability to produce competitive proposals.
    11. Ability to manage projects and processes, leading others to achieve results and share in successes.
    12. Ability to work independently and professionally in a fast-paced environment.

    Benefits (eligibility requirements may apply)

    403B and 457 Retirement Plans, Bereavement Leave, Campus Care Clinic, Dental Insurance, Emergency Leave, Employee Assistance Program, Fitness Center at Appleton Main Campus, Flexible Spending Account, Group Legal Benefits, Health Insurance or if applicable Cash Option Plan, Health Savings Account, Long Term Disability Insurance, On-Site Child Care Facility at Appleton Main Campus, Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Pet Health Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Sick Leave, Spousal and Child Life Insurance, Supplemental Employee Life Insurance, Term Life & AD&D Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Vision Insurance, Wellness Program, Wisconsin Retirement System Pension Benefit (plan eligibility requirements apply)


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