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Executive Director

Berkeley Public Education Foundation | Berkeley CA 94702 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/14/2012

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Executive Director

Berkeley Public Education Foundation (BPEF) empowers and inspires teachers to provide an extraordinary education for every child in Berkeley’s public schools. Our work directly connects donors and volunteers with the teachers, students, and families who make our schools the best they can be. The Berkeley community prizes quality public education that goes beyond the ordinary, a vision that first inspired the creation of BPEF in 1983. BPEF has deep roots in the community and is dedicated to the notion of public schools as a fundamental component of a democratic society.

BPEF is seeking a visionary non-profit leader with a background in organizational capacity building, multi-source fund development, effective communication and program oversight, and an ability to work collaboratively with an active Board of Directors (Board) and dedicated staff, to guide BPEF as it builds on its value as a community resource. The Executive Director (ED) will actively seek opportunities and marshal the resources to achieve results.

Position Summary
The ED is the chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for upholding the vision of the organization, the execution of the organization’s policies and programs, and the overall management and performance of the organization in accord with the policies and authorizations defined by the Board of Directors. The ED will build upon a stellar community reputation and steady growth to design and implement the annual organization plan and strategic direction of BPEF. The operating budget for the current fiscal year is approximately $800,000 and the organization has a strong balance sheet. There is a staff of three including a Finance Manager, Program Assistant, and Director of the Berkeley School Volunteers program (BSV). An additional part time position (duties to be determined by the new ED) is also included in the next annual budget.

The ED is the primary public face of the organization and is responsible for maintaining productive relationships with the Berkeley Unified School District, other agencies providing support to teachers and administrators, donors, parents, other partners, and the community.

The position reports to a Board comprised of sixteen professionals and volunteers strongly committed to ensuring that teachers and students in the Berkeley public schools have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive and succeed.

Strategic priorities for the ED include:
• Expand on existing success of a major donor fund development campaign by soliciting, cultivating and maintaining donor relationships,
• Build on BPEF’s strong organizational structure to further develop its capacity and ensure a high level of financial and operational health and sustainability,
• Convey BPEF’s compelling story of its powerful impact on individual students, teachers, classrooms and the entire community.


Fundraising (30%):
• Ensure sustainable and stable funding to meet financial goals with the involvement of the Development Committee and Board.
• Work closely with the Committee and staff on implementation of annual fundraising plans to retain donors, increase giving, and cultivate new donors.
• Lead in the execution of two primary fundraising campaigns.
• Help steward donors and seek to match their interests with specific program objectives.
• Ensure integrity of the donor database and contact lists.
• Support the Board in their fundraising efforts and broader community outreach.

Communications and Marketing (25%):
• Collaborate with the Marketing and Development subcommittees to develop and implement awareness campaigns.
• Participate in the preparation of printed materials and electronic communications.
• Serve as a point person (along with Board members) for Foundation-related communications with local schools, the community, and potential donors to build support of, and commitment to, the Foundation’s vision.
• Cultivate relationships with local media.

Program and Strategic Partner Development (20%):
• Direct the Foundation’s $500,000+ grants program, which makes grants to teachers/staff, as well as larger cross-school or district grants.
• Serve as staff contact for applicants and for larger projects in which the Foundation takes a funding lead or partners with others.
• Recommend program enhancements and partnership opportunities to the Program Committee and to the full Board.
• Provide timely and accurate results and achievements on program and partnership initiatives.
• Oversee BSV program to achieve goals.
• Actively seek, cultivate and maintain valuable strategic partnerships within the school district, business, government, and teacher and parent groups.

Administration (15%):
• Oversee financial management of the organization working closely with the Finance Manager, Board Treasurer and Finance Committee.
• Assume primary responsibility for annual budget development and day-to-day financial management.
• Provide leadership and support to the Board to ensure that organizational policies and procedures further BPEF's vision and goals.
• Assure that staff is managed and HR recordkeeping is accurate.
• Foster staff collaboration to ensure that roles and responsibilities are clearly understood and that staff members are mutually supportive.
• Encourage professional growth, develop individual performance plans and conduct performance evaluations.
• Identify and resolve personnel issues with the support of the Executive Committee.

Board Facilitation and Management (10%):
• Provide support to the Board and its operating committees and subcommittees by attending all meetings and supplying background information as needed.
• Prepare all materials and follow-up for all 9 board meetings.
• Keep the Board informed about on-going activities of the organization, major issues, and concerns.

Required Skills and Experience

• Fundraising: A successful fund development planner and fundraiser.
• Commitment to Education: Committed to the ideals of public education; Passionate about enhancing students educational experiences in the Berkeley Public Schools.
• Communication: A confident spokesperson with strong verbal, written, and communication technology skills that can inspire BPEF stakeholders.
• Community: Familiar and comfortable with Berkeley’s unique and diverse community fabric.
• Leadership: A hands-on leader who is able to conceptualize, communicate and direct the entire organization; Creative and entrepreneurial with demonstrated success in similarly sized community-based organization; An effective and thoughtful co-worker with a collegial attitude towards staff that maintains a high level of performance and good morale; Able to complete duties in a timely manner and delegate tasks to staff, board and consultants when appropriate; An inspiring and engaged board partner with advanced skills in board recruitment, motivation and management.
• Finance: Experienced in financial and/or business management with budgets of $500,000 or larger, including budgeting, oversight, compliance and reporting abilities; Proficiency with nonprofit budgeting, accounting and finance policies and procedures.
• Education: Minimum BA or BS degree.
• Availability: Some nights and weekends will be required to represent the Board at community events and be present, as needed, for meetings in Berkeley and Alameda County.

Preferred Skills and Experience

• Experience or education in the areas of public education or school volunteer programs.
• Experience with parent participation and outreach.
• Managed an organization that has experienced a period of significant growth and transition.
• 5+ years experience in the nonprofit or public sector.
• 3+ years as nonprofit ED or senior level manager.
• Familiarity with Filemaker database program and other business software programs.

Desired personal characteristics include: Integrity and honesty, well developed sense of humor, strategic thinker and problem solver, a leader who inspires and generates trust and loyalty, an active listener, energetic with a strong work ethic, detail oriented, a charismatic public speaker and a team builder with compassion and empathy.

BPEF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. Start Date: April 1, 2013 or sooner. Compensation: Based on experience. Benefits include employee health insurance, generous holiday schedule, vacation and sick days and free office parking.

Confidential Application Process: E-mail (Word document) cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications/experience and salary requirements, along with a current resume to: Put BPEF Search in the subject line. Search conducted by Janis Brewer Consulting. Questions: Contact Janis Brewer at 510-759-7279. Please no email inquiries or phone calls from placement agencies. Resumes without a cover letter will not be accepted.
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2013

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Location Berkeley, CA, 94702, United States
Categories Education
Function Senior/Executive Management

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Contact Name Janis Brewer
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Job Code BPEFED2012