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Library Foundation Executive Director

Position: 
Library Foundation Executive Director
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Organization: 
Job Description: 

Los Angeles County Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation established in 1982 to support LA County Library in service of the residents of Los Angeles County. The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors are professionals committed to raising funds and securing partnerships, to ensure the financial sustainability of the Library.

The Foundation’s support plays a critical role in helping LA County Library provide the continuing education, self-development, and lifelong learning programs that meet the needs of and enhance the quality of life for Los Angeles County residents. The Library, with an annual budget of $200 million, provides services to 3.4 million residents across 3,000 square miles through its 87 community libraries and mobile fleet of 18 vehicles, including 3 bookmobiles, 10 MakMo maker mobiles, and 5 Reading Machines.

The Board of Director is seeking to contract an Executive Director who will be charged with building on the Foundation’s track record of success by further developing the vision, achieving continued financial stability, measuring and enhancing the impact of its programs, and engaging the community and civic leadership in a meaningful way. The Executive Director must bring an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the mission; leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers; a demonstrated track record of managing successful outcomes for programs; and the capability
to diversify fundraising revenues.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports directly to the Foundation Chairman and the Library Director. The Executive Director will oversee all operational, financial, and administrative functions of the Foundation and establish a culture of accountability that aligns with the mission and vision of the Library. The Director will be responsible for program management, fundraising, marketing, community relations, and strategic planning to include, but not limited to, the following functions:

  • Spearhead and expand fundraising efforts, solicit new major prospective donations, pursue grant opportunities, oversee current fundraising efforts, and develop sustainable revenue streams.
  • Organize and lead innovative fundraising activities, appreciation events, and public programs that advance partnerships and foster a sense of trust and goodwill among communities and volunteers. Design a program that energizes volunteers and makes the most efficient use of their time and talents.
  • Prepare and administer the Foundation’s annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Ensure that the Foundation follows all local, state, and federal legal and fiscal regulations, and appropriately maintains financial records. Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of strategies to ensure financial stability.
  • Build, sustain, and grow positive relationships with Foundation stakeholders by acting as lead spokesperson. This includes designing and administering a modern communication strategy that elevates the Foundation on the educational, cultural, and philanthropic stages of Los Angeles. Direct the Foundation marketing campaign to deliver a clear, concise, and consistent message within promotional materials.
  • Cultivate community partnerships and build efficient, positive relationships with Foundation Board, Library staff, political officials, Friends of the Library, community members, Library Commissioners, and other stakeholders. Monitor the political atmosphere of local communities to recommend a relevant and appropriate position for the Foundation.
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with Executive Officers of the Library to identify organizational funding needs and develop creative programming solutions that align with Board of Supervisors Initiatives and the Library mission.Develop outcome measures with which to evaluate these programs.
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with Executive Officers of the Library to identify organizational funding needs and develop creative programming solutions that align with Board of Supervisors Initiatives and the Library mission. Develop outcome measures with which to evaluate these programs.

 

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in fundraising or a related area, including at least 3 years at the management level. Experience working closely with boards and in public or nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience managing budgets, preparing financial reports, and presenting financial information.
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and oral.
  • Track-record of writing successful grant applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire stakeholders.
  • Administrative skills, including: organizational, time management, and marketing.
  • Competency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and social media programs.
  • Experience working with cultural institutions and nonprofits preferred.
  • Familiarity with Los Angeles philanthropic community a plus.
  • Knowledge of budget, accounting, and reporting rules applicable to nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and with attention to accuracy, details, and deadlines.
  • Familiarity working with diverse communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated political savvy and acumen
  • Experience working with cultural institutions and nonprofits preferred.
  • Familiarity with Los Angeles philanthropic community a plus.
  • Knowledge of budget, accounting, and reporting rules applicable to nonprofit organizations. 
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and with attention to accuracy, details, and deadlines.
  • Familiarity working with diverse communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated political savvy and acumen

 

Qualifications

Candidate should be dynamic, tenacious, and passionate about the mission and goals of LA County Library.

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential a plus.

Compensation

Compensation will correspond with experience and education, and is negotiable based upon experience.

The Library Foundation supports and promotes a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply for this position, please send your letter of interest and resume to:
Yolanda De Ramus, Chief Deputy, [email protected]
Attn: John Donner, Chairman, LA County Library Foundation