The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is seeking applications for a dynamic, energetic, and capable Executive Director for the Library Foundation, with proven experience. The Executive Director is a library position, reporting to the Library CEO, that leads the Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with its own Board of Trustees.
The Library Foundation’s purpose is to help secure resources that support the collections, programs, services, technology and physical facilities of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The Foundation pursues this purpose by seeking philanthropic support, by providing conscientious stewardship of the assets in its care, by encouraging appropriate community partnerships, and by advocating on behalf of the library’s mission in our community. For more information on the Foundation
Essential Job Functions:
- Actively seek funding to enhance Library services, programming, and endowments.
- Oversee the organization and planning of all functions related to Library programs, with a focus on planned giving and major gifts fundraising.
- Working with the Library Foundation Board of Trustees, develop and implement a comprehensive program for Library policy & budget development, strategy and fund development planning.
- Establish a strategic plan and annual goals for the Development Office.
- Actively solicit gifts for priority projects, programs, and services.
- Supervise and direct the work and activity of Development Office staff and volunteers.
- In concert with Library management, identify potential grant opportunities, define target projects, and implement all appropriate procedures to apply for grants within defined deadlines.
- Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the Library.
- Initiate appropriate development programs and educational opportunities for the staff, community, Friends, Foundation and Library boards.
- Work with the Library’s Communications and Marketing Department to generate consistent, effective communications.
- Engage the Foundation Board appropriately in the process.
- Actively serve as liaison and representative of the Library to the community through involvement in Shawnee County and City of Topeka promotions and activities.
- Maintain accurate development office records.
- Prepare fund development reports as needed.
- Maintain regular, reliable attendance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
In order to successfully perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must:
- Have 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible and successful fundraising experience in a non-profit, academic, or government environment.
- Knowledge in fundraising techniques including planned giving and major gifts.
- A Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent level of experience in the field of grant writing and stewardship.
- Have a track record of developing and sustaining strong benefactor relationships with organizations and individuals.
- Have a working knowledge of library programs and resources.
- Possess strong research and writing/communication skills; grant writing experience, strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation, transparent and high integrity leadership and superior interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to meet with potential donors, make presentations, and articulate library program needs requiring various levels of funding support that are linked to the donors’ philanthropic values.
- Be capable in the use of current office technology, equipment, and software as it relates to the Development Office and the Library.
- Be responsible in maintaining strict confidence relating to the contributors and files of the Development Office.
- Valid driver license and insurable driving record.
This work is sedentary and requires little to no exertion of force; work regularly requires sitting and speaking or hearing, frequently requires standing and using hands to finger, handle or feel and occasionally requires walking, reaching with hands and arms and repetitive motions; work has no special vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, playground, classroom, light traffic).
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include vacation, sick leave, BCBS health/dental insurance, retirement and cafeteria plan, group life, disability coverage and accidental death benefits. Other optional benefits available at employee’s expense include life and cancer insurance and a deferred compensation plan. Position is full time.
APPLICATION: E-mail resume to Bill Moran at the Moran Company: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Library: The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library welcomes over 3,000 visitors daily, and serves 83,000 registered borrowers. The library meets the literacy and learning needs of the community with free access to books, journals, research materials, online information and computers. Serving the young as well as our older citizens, the library provides early literacy programs, job search assistance, the latest health information, best sellers in multiple formats (print, audio, downloadable and e-book), movies, music, author events, book clubs, story times, reading programs, financial literacy programs, information for small business owners, and homework help for students of all ages.