Director of Foundation

Recruitment #22-2106-001


Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Foundation at a college or the District Office by identifying and soliciting funds from private individuals, corporations, and foundations and managing the business affairs of the Foundation.

Typical Duties

Develops and implements a comprehensive fund-raising program with specific long-term and short-term goals and objectives which reflect the college and the Foundation priorities.

Plans and coordinates events aimed at donor prospects including alumni, retired staff and special target groups.

Prepares and manages annual budget for Foundation operations.

Manages the business affairs of the Foundation, including supervising personnel, authorizing financial transactions, executing and administering contracts, and reporting to the Foundation Board of Directors.

Prepares written proposals and reports with recommendations and analyses for the Foundation.

Assures compliance with all federal, state and local laws, relevant contractual obligations, and recognized accounting and reporting standards applicable to fundraising.

Identifies and solicits sources of funding including private individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Develops and implements strategies for volunteer leadership and enhanced community involvement in fund raising activities.

Plans and manages on-going professional development activities for the Foundation Board of Directors.

Designs and writes fund development informational literature.

Assists administrators, Foundation Board of Directors, and other key individuals in planning and managing specific campaign activities.

Develops and maintains systems of prospect management and research, and donor relations.

Recruits, organizes, and directs the efforts of volunteers in fund-raising activities.

Attends and participates in various administrative and committee meetings, workshops, and conferences to gather information and identify Foundation goals.

Represents the Foundation to the external community.

Makes oral presentations as requested.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Director of Foundation plans, organizes, implements, and directs a comprehensive fund-raising program at a college or the District Office by identifying and soliciting funds from private individuals, corporations, and foundations and managing the business affairs of the Foundation.

A Foundation Development Officer provides assistance in the planning and coordination of the activities of the Foundation at a college or the District Office which involves identifying and soliciting funds from private individuals, corporations, and foundations.


General direction is received from the College President or a classified administrator. General supervision may be exercised over assigned professional, technical and clerical staff.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of effective fund development strategies

Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration

Professional ethical standards and practices as identified and agreed to by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP), and the Council on Resource Development (CRD)

Principles of organization and management

Community relations and community outreach

Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to Foundations and gift receipts

Communication media sources and their most effective uses, including print, broadcast web, and social media

District organization, operations, policies, and procedures

Los Angeles County community and business resources available to the college

Capabilities of computer systems and applications used in fundraising and donor management

Principles of supervision and training

Organization and management of records

Skill in:

Interpersonal relationships

Presenting concepts verbally and in writing

Achieving the understanding and support of individuals or groups with indifferent or opposing points of view

Ability to:

Plan, develop, implement, and direct a comprehensive fund-raising program

Obtain, organize, and develop fund-raising material for audiences of varied interests

Develop and implement operating policies required to achieve goals and objectives

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations related to Foundations and gift receipts

Recognize the critical elements of problem areas; develop and evaluate data, and adopt an effective course of action

Prepare comprehensive reports including complex financial statements and Foundation reports

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and the community

Foster trusts and confidence; earn support from internal and external constituencies

Integrate technology into business decisions and operations

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Anticipate conditions, plan ahead, establish priorities, and meet schedules

Supervise and evaluate program operations and staff

Travel to off-site events and meetings

Learn specialized computer applications

Entrance Qualifications


A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university preferably with a major in public relations, journalism, communications, or a related field. An advanced degree in one of the aforementioned majors is desirable.


Five years of recent, full-time, professional-level experience in managing a multi-faceted fundraising/advancement program. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experience in marketing and public relations is desirable. Experience with an institution of higher learning or public agency is desirable.


A valid Class "C" California driver's license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency in California.

Travel throughout the District is required.


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


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