Executive Director, Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools

Vancouver, WA

Position Available:  Executive Director

Location:  Vancouver, Washington

Reports To:  Foundation Board of Directors, through Board President

Job Status:  Exempt, Full‐time 

Salary:  $120,000 - $125,000  


Our Vision

Our vision is that students are prepared, confident and excited to learn.


Our Mission

Our mission is to create opportunities that cultivate and inspire student success.


The Opportunity

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (FVPS) is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support students across all 37 schools in the Vancouver Public Schools (the District) through generous donations from school employees, parents, students, community members and businesses. FVPS and the District partner closely to ensure students and families have basic needs, health and social service referrals, enrichment activities and family engagement opportunities, and other resources via on-site or mobile Family Community Resource Centers.

FVPS seeks a highly motivated, full-time Executive Director (ED) who will serve as the public face of the Foundation, as a strategic partner with the Foundation’s board of directors and the District’s senior leadership, and as the Foundation’s principal fundraiser. Supported by a team of 4 (2.4 FTE), the ED is also responsible for the Foundation’s day-to-day activities and operations.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to work with dedicated Board, staff, and district leadership to propel the Foundation forward to the next level, while helping ensure Vancouver Public School students are prepared, confident and excited to learn.


Key Traits

Mission driven ● Adaptable, flexible, and brave ● Ethical in behavior and business practices ● Approachable and collaborative ● Relationship builder ● Strategic and focused ● Creative and innovative ● Attentive to details ● Articulate and well-informed ● A listener first.

Key Knowledge and Skills

Ability to set an inspiring vision and provide motivating leadership for the Board and staff of the FVPS and the District ● Intercultural competence, ability to work with sensitivity and effectiveness with peoples of diverse backgrounds and identities; demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion for all ●  Knowledge of the organization and structure of public schools ● Knowledge of, and experience with full range of development programs including major gifts and planned gifts ● Excellent written and oral communication skills ● Financial acumen necessary to successfully lead an organization the size of the FVPS ● Intermediate to advanced Excel, donor database, Google Docs/Sheets, and other web-based applications as appropriate to job duties; ability to learn as digital tools evolve ● Flexibility for occasional evening/weekend hours ● Ability to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen ● Vaccination and masking will follow state, local and District requirements.


Specific Responsibilities

Fundraising and Donor Relations

  • Serve as the Foundation’s lead fundraiser. Clearly express the Foundation’s “why.” Meet fundraising goals with direct asks, proposals, and engagement with donors, prospects, nonprofit and government agencies, and businesses to cultivate relationships, foster giving to and through the Foundation, and leverage additional in-kind/pro bono resources.
  • Provide overall direction, coordination, and implementation of the Foundation’s fundraising activities including foundation, corporate and individual major donors, planned giving, and capital campaigns.
  • Ensure responsive relationships with donors and a donor relations plan aimed at meeting donor needs and expectations and strengthening partner relationships.

Board Relations and Organizational Visioning, Planning, and Development

  • Work as an effective, communicative partner with the FVPS Board and District senior leadership in providing vision, strategy, and leadership.
  • Create and execute on a five-year strategic plan, plus annual incremental goals and workplans to deliver on the mission and vision of the Foundation.
  • Confer regularly with the Board President and Executive Committee. Work as a team with the President, officers, and committee chairs to implement Board decisions.
  • Maintain active and strong relationships with District staff to ensure strong and aligned priorities with the District.
  • Prepare materials for and attend all Board, Executive Committee, and committee meetings.
  • Provide the Board and Executive Committee with complete, accurate, and timely minutes and reports. 

Operations and Organizational Management

  • Manage and administer the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures are in place to allow the Foundation to function in an ethical, legal, cost-effective, and efficient manner. Ensure that the Foundation follows Board-adopted Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, resolutions, fund agreements, and any other contracts or agreements.
  • Recruit, hire, train, develop, and supervise FVPS staff.

Financial Management

  • Develop the annual operating budget; monitor and report regularly to the Board on incoming revenue estimates, asset growth, and performance.
  • Work with the Foundation’s Treasurer and accounting firm to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.
  • Assist the Finance Committee in monitoring the investment of Foundation funds. Maintain necessary relationships with the investment manager(s) to ensure a sound working relationship consistent with the Board's policy. 
  • Provide oversight for proper administration of the fiscal policies and procedures as developed by the Executive and Finance Committees. Supervise the operations of the accounting system and all fiscal, fund, and donor records and reports.

Community Partnerships and Community Leadership

  • Serve as a visible, respected community leader. Partner with other community leaders to help develop and implement initiatives that enhance the Foundation’s fundraising, partnerships, and provision of services.
  • Represent the Foundation within the school district and the community, developing positive public relations and ongoing community support.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Foundation for the media and to the general public.
  • Actively participate in key Foundation activities and special events.
  • Expand brand awareness of the Foundation as a valuable, relevant community asset for all members of the Vancouver community.
  • Build community partnerships with nonprofit and government agencies, donors, and community leaders that result in identifying and clarifying vital community needs.
  • Maintain professional partnerships and stay informed of trends, issues, and policies through affiliation with local, state, regional and national professional networks. 

Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree and advanced foundation/philanthropic training are preferred. Five to seven years’ related professional experience with a proven record of job advancement is desired.

Decision-Making Authority

The Executive Director reports to and coordinates with the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors, through the Board President and Executive Committee. The ED has authority and responsibility to implement decisions within the policies set forth by the Board, in a manner consistent with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, policies and practices of the Foundation and applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Physical Demands

Ability to sit at computer and keyboard for moderate periods ● Mobility sufficient to move about a school campus ● Sight and hearing adequate to perform the duties of the job, ability to communicate clearly ●  Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.


How to Apply

Nonprofit Professionals Now is excited to be working with the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools on this key leadership position!  Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and a cover letter highlighting your fundraising and nonprofit management experience.


Application Deadline: November 29, 2021.


The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is committed to listen and take action around safety and social justice to ensure a more equitable and inclusive future for all students. In the coming months, we will be taking steps to further define how this will be included in our organization for permanent change. We invite you to join us in our shared commitment to this valuable work.