Note: This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. First review of applications will occur on 2/20/2020.
King County Library System (KCLS) is seeking an Executive Director - KCLS Foundation to lead the King County Library System (KCLS) into its next phase. Founded in 1991, the Foundation has grown from raising less than $250,000 annually to $1.4 million annually, much of that growth occurring in the last decade. With a history of strong leadership and successful fundraising, the Foundation is poised to move philanthropic support for the Library System to a new level. The Foundation supports KCLS, one of the largest regional library systems in the United States, serving communities through 50 branches and hundreds of outreach programs across a 2300-square-mile county.
About the Opportunity:
The Foundation Board is seeking a forward-thinking self-starter with a demonstrated understanding of board and donor development, an outstanding fundraising track record with evidence of securing and sustaining significant major and planned gifts, excellent organizational and managerial skills, and a solid grounding in the legal, governmental, and financial requirements governing 501(c)3 nonprofits.
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the KCLSF under the direction of the Foundation Board of Directors and with the Executive Director of KCLS.
Required: Applicants must attach a current resume and cover letter addressing relevant work experience, education, and training as it relates to this position.
Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities: Any of the following duties may be performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all incumbents, and do not include all specific tasks an incumbent may be expected to perform.
Identifies the Foundation's priorities and creates fundraising strategies in consultation with the Foundation Board of Directors and the Executive Director of KCLS. Researches and develops new fundraising approaches and plans to increase the Foundation visibility in the community.
Raises funds for the Foundation and KCLS through an array of fund development activities including, but not limited to, grant writing, soliciting contributions, major and planned gifts, capital campaigns, etc.
Plans, implements, attends, monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of all events, fundraising activities and special projects.
Directs development of the Foundation's communication and marketing materials, brochures, solicitations, etc.
Provides leadership and support for the Foundation Board of Directors and committee members in planning, participating, communicating, organizing and coordinating meetings and materials.
Manages the Foundation office and leads, motivates and develops the staff. Ensures compliance with regulations, policies, procedures and practices.
Builds, sustains and grows relationships with individuals and organizations, including major donors and prospects, to garner their support.
Develops a yearly proposed budget for all Foundation activities and the Foundation portion of KCLS budget. Reports regularly on the results of the Foundation activities and development efforts.
Participates in professional associations, community meetings and activities. Attends workshops and seminars to enhance job competencies.
Participates in other KCLS program and project committees.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Desired Minimum Qualification
Minimum Qualifications/Education and Experience:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the essential duties of the position is by possessing:
Bachelor's degree in Finance, Sociology, Public Relations, Business or Public Administration, or closely-related field.
Five to eight years fundraising experience in a related area, including at least three years at the management level.
Continuing education and on-the-job experience in fundraising and philanthropy concepts, skills and techniques.
Or other combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the classification.
Masters of Library Information Science (MLIS) or advanced degree and/or specialization in fundraising, financial planning, planned giving, etc.
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.
Experience working closely with Boards and in public sector environment.
Internal Number: 2020-00007
About King County Library System
About King County Library System (KCLS):
KCLS has a vision of a world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow. In order to support this vision, KCLS creates opportunities through meaningful connections by acting as the knowledge sharing center for over 1.3 million diverse patrons, providing an unparalleled collection of library materials, resources, technology, services, and programs.
Approximately 1,300 engaged and passionate staff provide service in 50 library locations and in community engagement using direct outreach and virtual assistance. The service area of KCLS includes the cities, towns, tribal lands, and unincorporated districts of King County, with the exception of the city of Seattle.
The King County Library System values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. KCLS encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing access to opportunities for all. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for this position or to perform the essential functions of this position.
To request accommodation please call 425-369-3224.