Foundation Executive Director & Chief Development Officer

The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is seeking a seasoned Executive Director & Chief Development Officer. Applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to

Foundation Executive Director & Chief Development Officer
Jacksonville Public Library Foundation – Jacksonville, Florida
Job Description

Reports to the Board of Directors and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the day-to-day operation of JPLF. Works closely with the Chair and Board committees to plan and execute resource development strategies and monitors progress towards achieving annual fundraising goals. Initiates positioning the Foundation to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts/grants from individuals, corporations and foundations as well as direct mail and social media outreach. Partners with the Director of the Jacksonville Public Library System to ensure goals are aligned with Library priorities. Supervises two development professionals. Currently both positions are vacant and Executive Director will finalize duties and hire staff.

KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities):

1. Works closely with the Chair and the Board in the effective operation of all fundraising/development/marketing activities per annual and long term goals.
2. Works collaboratively with the Library Director, Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library and Library staff to maximize philanthropic revenue streams.
3. Leads in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individuals, corporations/businesses and foundations to obtain maximum financial support.
4. Ensures proper metrics are in place to evaluate Foundation activities, Foundation staff and identify opportunities to improve results.

Strategic Planning
1. Collaborates with the Board of Directors, Library Director and Library Board of Trustees to develop and implement a strategic plan for single and multi-year resource development efforts.
2. Researches and analyzes individual, corporate, foundation and governmental agency donor base and recommends solicitation strategies.
4. Develops, executes and maintains a project management plan for each major initiative.

Resource Management
1. Participates in the development, implementation and monitoring of the annual budget, controlling expenditures within budget and maintaining donor and financial records in accordance with FASB/GASB and UPMIFA standards.
2. Ensures the Foundation is an outstanding steward of all gifts and that gifts are acknowledged in a timely and appropriate manner per organizational policies and procedures.

Board Development
1. Supports Board in developing and defining their fundraising responsibilities.
2. Educates Board on all aspects of philanthropy as well as non-gift revenue opportunities.
3. Provides resources and timely feedback to Board.
4. Staffs Board committees.
5. Engages with the Board in the identification and recruitment of potential board members.
6. Develops and conducts annual one-on-one new board member orientations.

Partnership Development
1. Develops strategic alliances with community leaders and local officials.
2. Develops collaborative partnerships with organizations, funders and community organizations.

1. Ensures design, development and dissemination of promotional materials for public relations, fundraising and education of the public including press releases.
2. Promotes and targets the marketing of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation.
3. Represents the Library Foundation at community events including membership with one or two influential civic groups.

Desired Skills & Experience

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in related field preferred.

1. Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience including at least three years of upper management experience.
2. Success organizing, coordinating and managing fundraising operations, campaigns and marketing efforts.
3. Demonstrated major gifts results at the five- and six-figure levels.
4. Success working collaboratively with boards, donors and the community at large.
5. Managing budgets, reviewing financial data and presenting financial concepts effectively to different constituents.

1. Understands and adheres to nonprofit and AFP fundraising ethics and regulations.
2. Knowledgeable of fundraising techniques, planned giving and sources of funding for nonprofit agencies and organizations.
3. Competent in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media platforms.
4. Knowledgeable of donor database programs.

• Excellent oral and written communications skills.
• Self-starter/ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments.
• Trustworthy
• Collaborative and team player.
• Results oriented.
• Strategic thinker who thinks tactically.
• Entrepreneurial.
• Responsive and timely.
• Passionate and mission driven.
• Likable/approachable/sense of humor.
• Sincere/genuine.

Salary range $110,000-$130,000 depending on level of experience and proven track record.

Benefit package includes contribution to employee health insurance plan of choice, four weeks of PTO with ability to carry forward five days of unused leave, monthly cell phone expense (up to $75 per month), mileage reimbursement at standard IRS rate, monthly parking cost ($80 per month) and 403(b) contribution plan effective January 2023.

Annual Performance Increase/Bonus based on goals/performance metrics achieved during the fiscal year.

The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation formed in 1986 through the support of community leaders, philanthropists and the Board of Library Trustees to benefit the Jacksonville Public Library system. The Foundation has served to build public-private partnerships that provide funding for programs and services not supported by taxpayer dollars. Through a variety of giving opportunities, including private donations, grants, endowments, corporate partners, planned giving programs and memorial gifts, the Foundation provides annual distributions dedicated to furthering the Library’s mission.

In 2000, in conjunction with the Better Jacksonville Plan, the Foundation launched a capital campaign, Perfect the Dream to create endowments in support of future Library needs. For several years, the Foundation hosted the annual book festival and fundraiser, Much Ado About Books. Historically, Foundation funding helped enhance Library facilities; purchase books, computers, and media for children and adults; and supported the Library’s Center for Adult Learning.

Through ongoing collaboration with Library leadership, the Foundation is currently committed to aligning fundraising strategies with Library programs and services with the greatest need.