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Location: While primary Foundation office is based in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Executive Director may operate remotely from another city, preferably in Louisiana, if approved by the Board

Company: Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation

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Contact Email: [email protected]


Required Qualifications

5+ years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience, including strategic planning, fundraising, financial reporting, communications, event planning, board engagement, and staff management
Demonstrated experience in portfolio management, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts ($25K+)
Proficiency with Foundation Directory or GuideStar (Candid) or other prospecting tools
Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge, eTapestry, or other similar nonprofit databases
Proficiency with Quickbooks or other accounting software
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; confident public speaker
Ability to dynamically prioritize and delegate workload under fluctuating conditions
Willingness to travel regularly, both in-state and throughout the U.S. (Likely cadence: 4 – 6 times per year out-of-state; 4 – 6 times per year in-state); candidates living outside of Natchitoches will be expected to travel to headquarters about once a month
Willingness to lead a decentralized staff, making strategic use of virtual communication platforms
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
Preferred Qualifications
Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) or eligible
Experience working with non-profit boards on governance, training, and development
Experience working on a capital campaign
Experience working in donor relations and stewardship
Experience working in an educational setting
Experience leading a decentralized staff, making strategic use of virtual communication platforms
Master’s degree in a related field

Maintain current knowledge of nonprofit/fundraising best practices and legal policies
Adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics
Establish and manage portfolio moves management metrics
Maintain strict donor confidentiality standards and practices
Foster professionalism, teamwork, and accountability among Foundation staff and volunteers
Adhere to all Foundation policies including Document Destruction & Retention, Whistleblower, Conflict of Interest, Restricted Gifts, etc.
Strive for the highest measures of integrity, transparency, and ethics in fundraising


Leadership & Strategy

Lead annual and long-term strategic planning and goal setting
Propose and maintain an annual operating budget
Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance staff and volunteer team
Plan and lead all Board meetings, in collaboration with the Board president, including an annual weekend retreat
Identify, recruit, onboard and engage new board members, in collaboration with the Governance Committee
Serve as a liaison with LSMSA leadership and administrative team
Serve as a representative of the Foundation with the education policy community

Fundraising/Donor Relations/Grants

Collaborate with the Alumni Association to strengthen relationships and increase alumni giving through annual events
Collaborate with the Parents’ Council to strengthen relationships and increase giving among parents of students and alumni
Identify and cultivate major gift prospects, through personal outreach
Create and oversee regular appeals to existing and prospective donors by mail, email and telephone
Oversee the timely, appropriate processing and acknowledgement of gifts including pledge reminders, matching gifts, memorial donations and in-kind donations
Identify relevant grant opportunities with other foundations and corporations, and oversee grant submissions

Operations & Finance

Maintain internal accounting controls, in partnership with the Foundation’s CPA
Regularly review office processes and platforms to efficiently support operations, with a focus on finding opportunities to streamline and automate
Prepare timely annual audit and tax related materials in concert with the Foundation’s CPA and external financial auditors
Review and distribute monthly and quarterly financial reports to the Board
Oversee financial reporting of awarded grants and the disbursement of funds.

I have read and understand the above job duties and responsibilities of Executive Director as described in the job description. I am able to perform all of the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. I understand that my job duties may change on a temporary or regular basis according to the needs of the Foundation without being specifically included in the job description. I further understand that future performance evaluations and merit increases are based on my ability to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.

It is the policy of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Foundation to provide equality of opportunity in its employment and opportunities for service. The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

Application Process

Send cover letter, ré sumé , list of three references, and Standard Application Form to:
[email protected]

The LSMSA Foundation is committed to equal employment opportunity. The Foundation will not discriminate against nor tolerate discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to: race, color, creed, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political afBiliation, disability, citizenship, or age. This policy applies to all personnel action including recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, compensation, beneBits, transfers, layoffs, termination, recreational and social programs, and professional contracts.

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