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Position Summary

Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the primary public face of BSF and plans, organizes, and directs the organization's communications, administrative operations, and development activities. The Executive Director implements the mission and strategic plan as set by the Board, develops and nurtures a productive relationship with the Bainbridge Island School District, and leads the effort to raise and oversee a budget of nearly $1M, a small staff, as well as a robust group of volunteers.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to:

Job Responsibilities

Working closely with the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Board of Directors, the Executive Director sets the strategic direction for the organization, oversees all programs and staff, and generates support for its fundraising priorities and the Bainbridge Island School District. The Executive Director leads the development and implementation of all Foundation goals, strategies, fund development, and serves as the point of contact of all Foundation programs and initiatives. This role includes a major emphasis on fundraising activities and donor relations, including developing long term donor relationships and engagement. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and collaborates with the board to meet the annual budgetary and program goals. The Executive Director serves as the Foundation’s representative, promoting its mission amongst all stakeholders within the community, Bainbridge Island School District, local government, the non-profit community, corporate partners, and beyond. Specific responsibilities include: 



  • Work with the Board of Directors to design and implement a strategic plan and annual operational plans. 

  • Attend recurring board meetings, planning meetings with the school district, school stakeholder meetings (such as PTO council meetings), and relevant community meetings that support the work of BSF.

  • Drive continued progress on strategic initiatives to increase the resources and programs of the Foundation. 

  • Recruit, develop, motivate and retain a strong team by supporting a positive workplace culture. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and that human resource practices are in place. 

  • Motivate and inspire the Board of Directors to grow the culture of philanthropy among the board and the community. 

  • Build relationships throughout the Bainbridge Island community to support the BSF’s program and fundraising goals. 


Revenue Strategy and Fundraising 

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive and diverse fund development strategy to sustain and grow the revenue of the BSF. 

  • Oversee all aspects of Foundation fundraising activities including events, planned giving, annual giving, employee giving, corporate partnerships and other opportunities as identified. 

  • Ensure BSF’s pledge to the Bainbridge Island School District is met annually, leveraging support from staff and the Board of Directors.

  • Research and identify grant opportunities that align with core funding priorities and programs. 

  • Provide leadership to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

  • Supervise staff, providing direction and support for their goals, strategies and progress throughout the year. 

  • Provide leadership and support for the annual fundraising events.

  • Report development activities to the Board of Directors. 


Fiscal and Administrative Oversight

  • Prepare and attend a monthly Board Meeting, and serve as ex-officio of each Board Committee to facilitate timely, informed decision-making by the Board. 

  • Work closely with the Board President and Executive Committee to lead all Foundation Board of Directors meetings. 

  • Provide sound fiscal and administrative management and oversight of the organization to ensure its healthy functioning.

  • In partnership with BSF staff and the Board Treasurer, develop an annual budget including revenue and expense projections. 

  • Oversee maintenance of official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • An optimistic, goal-oriented, adaptable leader with at least 5-8 years of experience in a philanthropy or development role. 

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience.

  • A proven track record of operating and leading a non-profit; fostering donor relations; growing operating budgets; leading organizational planning and implementing strategic initiatives; building programs; and developing fundraising, marketing and communication campaigns. 

  • Proven success in implementing successful fundraising strategies and building productive, long-term relationships with donors and volunteers.

  • At least 5 years of direct supervisory experience. 

  • Experience creating and managing budgets, using financial analysis and reporting to inform strategic decisions, and assessing and measuring results. 

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and assignments, meet tight deadlines, coordinate and communicate effectively, in a fast-paced and compassionate work environment. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication and public speaking skills. 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Workspace.

  • Working knowledge of fundraising software applications, preferably DonorPerfect and Greater Giving.

Position Details

  • Compensation range is $115,000 - $125,000 annually, monthly health care stipend, and matching 401K.

  • 1.0 FTE, salary-exempt.

  • Working hours are generally expected to be performed during normal business hours but will include monthly, recurring evening meetings during the school year and some weekend events throughout the year.

  • Flexible PTO.

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