New Executive Director Sought for Highline Schools Foundation

Now Hiring: Executive Director

Do you believe in a future where all students reach their highest potential, where all teachers can provide enriched learning experiences and where all graduates are college or career ready?

Well, we want to talk to you!

We're Hiring on ZipRecruiter!The Highline Schools Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraising and nonprofit organization professional to inspire and lead our staff, Board of Trustees and entire community to provide our students with the support and resources they need to thrive.

This is an exciting time for the Foundation. We serve one of the most diverse student bodies in Washington state on over 35 campuses in Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park, White Center, and Seattle. Our next Executive Director will be tasked with growing our impact for all students.

About the Position

The Executive Director will lead development and implementation of all Foundation goals, strategies, fund development plans, and serve as the point of all contact for Foundation programs and initiatives. The role includes a major emphasis on fundraising activities, including four annual fundraising events. The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Trustees and collaborate with the Foundation Board of Trustees to meet the annual budgetary and program goals of the organization. The Executive Director will serve as the Foundation representative, promoting its mission amongst all stakeholders within the community, Highline Public Schools, local government, the non-profit community, corporate partners, and beyond.

In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:

  • Provide leadership in developing and executing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Trustees and staff.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Oversee all aspects of Foundation fundraising activities including events, planned giving, annual giving, employee giving, corporate partnerships and other opportunities as identified.
  • Research and identify grant opportunities that align with core funding priorities and programs and serve as the lead grant writer on all applications.
  • Remain up to date in best practices in all areas touching program development, program fund development, reporting and implementation of core Foundation programs, including improving Foundation processes to a best practices standard.

In communications, the Executive Director will:

  • Report regularly to the Board of Trustees to facilitate timely informed decision-making by the Board.
  • Work closely with the Board President and Executive Committee to lead all Foundation Board of Trustees meetings.
  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with key Foundation stakeholders, including business partners, community organizations, the school district, government officials, and other philanthropic associations and non-profit organizations.
  • Represent the Foundation and its programs, funding priorities, and core strategies to community, government, philanthropic, corporate, school district, and media stakeholders and to the public.

In relations with staff, the Executive Director will:

  • Manage, hire, recruit, retain and evaluate all Foundation staff members.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and that human resource practices are in place, and regularly report to the Board on the foregoing.

In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:

  • Develop a comprehensive fund development strategy and plan in accordance with annual funding priorities adopted by the Board of Trustees.
  • Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the Board in preparing a budget; ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines and consistent with all federal and state laws governing non-profits.
  • Manage the operational budget for the Foundation to ensure adequate revenue for the performance of all day-to-day operations and program disbursements.
  • Manage, plan, and oversee all fundraising activities, including annual events, individual donor cultivation, major gifts, corporate philanthropy, and individual donations.
  • Jointly, with the Executive Committee of the Board, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and execute legal documents.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • A proven track record of: operating and leading a non-profit with an annual budget of at least $500,000.00; growing operating budgets; leading organizational planning and implementing strategic initiatives; building programs; developing marketing and communication campaigns; and strong, inspirational, leadership.
  • Ability to define, measure and evaluate, and communicate program successes.
  • Superior organizational and management skills with an ability to stay on top of all details in a dynamic and diverse portfolio of organization priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal communication skills necessary to translate mission and values to all stakeholder and constituent groups.
  • A proven fundraiser who is capable of leading campaigns, planning and executing large fundraising events, and making direct and targeted asks.
  • Demonstrated experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse communities and working within the education, youth activities, or youth engagement arenas.
  • Experience managing a professional staff

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in non-profit management and fund development/fundraising.
  • Candidate must pass a background check and provide documentation of proof of eligibility to work in Washington State.

Compensation and Benefits

Highline Schools Foundation offers the Executive Director a full-time exempt salaried position with a competitive compensation package dependent upon experience and qualifications, including benefits, an allowance for continuing education and professional development, and paid time off.

How to Apply

All applications will be given serious consideration. The position is open until filled.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter that shares why, based on your skills, experience and passions, the opportunity is a good fit for you.
  • A resume
  • Salary expectations

Send your application and questions to [email protected]
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About the Highline Schools Foundation

Highline Schools Foundation makes an impact on every student in our district, every day, by providing the resources they need to excel. We support Highline Public Schools’ promise, that “every student is known by name, strength and need, and graduates ready for college, career and citizenship.”


The Highline Schools Foundation raises funds, gathers resources, and builds partnerships that support the students in Highline Public Schools.

We Believe:

  • In Highline Public Schools students’ strengths, abilities, and potential.
  • In the vision and goals of the Highline Public Schools, as outlined in the Highline Public Schools’ Community Strategic Plan.
  • In developing sustainable funding resources to support Highline Public Schools’ students into the future.
  • In recognizing, respecting, and building relationships with our partners.
  • In the value of community and business partnerships—and our collective impact.
  • In providing a diverse array of opportunities for the community to support the needs of Highline Public Schools’ students.
  • In working hard, having fun, and remaining invested in our students for the long-term.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!