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Delmarva Education Foundation
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DELMARVA EDUCATION FOUNDATION.
HELP GROW TOMORROW’S LEADERS. SALISBURY MD-BASED NON-PROFIT SEEKS STRONG DIRECTOR TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT ITS MISSION. SALARY NEGOTIABLE. SEE POSITION DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AT WWW.DELMARVAED.ORG
The Executive Director provides overall leadership for all areas of operation of the Delmarva Education Foundation (DEF), in accordance with the direction, policies, procedures, and objectives set by the Board of Directors, positioning the organization for continued substantial growth and impact. The Executive Director supports and promotes DEF’s mission in the community. The position is full time with occasional evening and weekend work obligations.
The Delmarva Education Foundation is a private, independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999. Its current annual budget of roughly $120,000 is derived from donations, grants, fees for service, and income from an endowment at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) and an investment account. Staff consists of the executive director, an office manager/college access advisor, and a part-time college access advisor; their work is supplemented with assistance from volunteers and short-term contracts for project management, graphic design, grant writing, IT services, etc. The foundation is housed within the Non-Profit Office Center operated by CFES.
DEF’s mission is to improve college access and success for residents of the lower Delmarva Peninsula. DEF helps people find money to continue their education. It maintains two free, online, searchable databases of information about post-secondary education: the Financial Aid Clearinghouse and the Shirley B. Harting Regional Education Information Center. Through its College Access Program, DEF provides one-on-one and group advising at its offices, through its website, over the phone, in schools, and in the community. Through special events, it convenes stakeholders to provide opportunities to explore best practices, make connections, develop new ideas, and find solutions that support the organization’s mission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
Program development and administration. The Executive Director will:
1. Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission and makes consistent and timely progress towards it.
2. Provide leadership in developing programmatic, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
3. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.
4. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
5. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
Communications. The Executive Director will:
1. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
4. Proactively represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
Relations with staff. The Executive Director will:
1. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
3. See that an effective team, with appropriate provision for advancement and succession, is in place.
4. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
5. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
Budget and finance. The Executive Director will:
1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
2. Work with the staff and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
3. Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
1. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
2. At least two years’ organizational leadership experience
3. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
4. At least two years’ experience, either volunteer or professional, with nonprofit fundraising
5. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software
6. Own transportation and a valid driver’s license
7. Able to pass a background check
8. Able to lift/move 25 pounds, stand, walk, sit, talk, hear, and see.
1. Fundraising experience including annual giving, foundation support, corporate and legacy giving, grant writing, and technology-based donation programs
2. Familiarity with the management of a college access program
3. A high level of initiative and creativity and an ability to produce results
4. Experience with creating and implementing a strategic plan
5. A history of recognizing and adapting to new trends to reach and serve the organization’s intended audience
6. Management oversight of a roughly comparable-sized budget and staff
7. Experience working with a board of directors
· Salary negotiable
· Four weeks paid vacation plus time off for sickness and holidays
· Reasonably flexible work schedule
· Professional development and travel reimbursement
· Smoke-free workplace
Send cover letter, resume and four references. To mesh best with our operation, submit digitally in .doc or .pdf format to
DEF Search Committee
1320 Belmont Ave, Suite 403-B
Salisbury, MD 21804
Applications received before May 21, 2012 will receive first consideration. No phone calls, please.