Executive Director, Foundation and Vice President, External Affairs

Website Westchester Community College Foundation

To aid and advance the mission of Westchester Community College, a public educational institution. Recognizing that public education is a public responsibility, the Foundation shall have as its goal the development of such voluntary, supplemental support that shall strengthen and enrich the educational life and environment of the College.

Founded in 1946, Westchester Community College is unwavering in its mission to provide accessible, high quality, and affordable education to meet the needs of its student community. The College hosts a diverse student population of 26,000 and is the first State University of New York campus to receive the Minority and Hispanic Serving Institution designation. Led by President Dr. Belinda Miles, the College is poised to continue its commitments to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development, and lifelong learning.

Westchester Community College Foundation (WCCF), a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation, was founded in 1969 in support of student needs. The Foundation is committed to supporting the College’s values of success, excellence, and opportunity, and consistently ranks among the top ten highest performing community college foundations in the nation for overall fundraising. Since 2013, the Foundation’s philanthropic and programmatic support for the College has assisted in a 55% increase in the three-year graduation rate and a 58% increase in college readiness.

WCCF is at a pivotal and exciting milestone in its history. As the College approaches its 75th anniversary in 2021, the Foundation seeks to further refine and expand the scope of its philanthropic and programmatic work.

WCCF seeks an exceptional strategic and mission-driven Executive Director, Foundation and Vice President, External Affairs (EDVP) to collaborate with the Foundation Board of Directors to further expand the public image and visibility among targeted philanthropic constituencies.

Building upon the College’s record of success and the leadership of a dynamic Board of Directors, the EDVP will have the opportunity to help shape the Foundation’s strategic fundraising vision for the future. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader and collegial professional, with the development expertise to effectively inspire historic philanthropy. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for the College’s external affairs related to philanthropy.

The successful EDVP will actively mentor his or her staff, providing strategic support and ongoing guidance while maintaining best fundraising practices and clearly defined goals. In addition, s/he will manage a personal portfolio of selected prospects. Leading by example, the EDVP will creatively design and execute identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.

The ideal candidate will possess strong management abilities, including effective motivation, mentoring, and team building: the talent to leverage team members’ existing capacity and strengthen performance, while maintaining best practices, camaraderie, and shared accountability. Along with strong communication and interpersonal skills, s/he will have a track record of providing strategic direction, leadership, and daily management of successful fundraising initiatives.

Westchester Community College Foundation has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at WCCF@glfreeman.com.

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