The Anacortes Schools Foundation (ASF) seeks an experienced Executive Director to assist in increasing financial and community resources in support of Anacortes students. The Executive Director partners with the ASF board of directors, with a focus on fundraising, donor cultivation, communication and raising community awareness of ASF.

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ASF is a dynamic non-profit organization with a mission of supporting local students through scholarships and grants for educational programs. ASF manages about $3 million in endowments, distributes more than $100,000 annually in scholarships and provides another $100,000 annually in program support for Anacortes schools. Events include an annual fundraiser, a scholarship ceremony, and a 5K “Fun Run” with community partner, Shell Puget Sound Refinery. The board consists of volunteers representing parents, community and the school district.

Position Overview

The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership and management in support of fundraising and operations of the organization. The Executive Director also acts as the Foundation’s primary spokesperson. The position reports to the Executive Committee of the ASF board of directors and serves as an ex-officio member of the board.

The Executive Director partners with the board to raise funds, increase community awareness and support the work of the Foundation. The position requires adaptability and flexibility of schedule and project management to meet the changing demands of the organization.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Resource Development: Initiate, implement, and support plans for fundraising, donor cultivation, event strategy and planning, and communications. Build and maintain relationships with school representatives, community members, parents and other organizations.

  • Manage all strategies for the annual cycle, including calendaring, external communication and monitoring strategic goals.

  • Develop new strategies, including both corporate and individual donations, as well as grants and other sources of funding.

  • Take an active role in donor identification and development.

  • Recruit, train and lead volunteers in all resource development activities.

  • Cultivate new volunteers and potential board members through community contact and outreach.

  • Serve as primary spokesperson in the community to expand awareness and build effective relationships.

  • Develop and implement marketing and public relations efforts to enhance awareness of ASF in the community.

  • Assist in developing collaborative and effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including the school district, donors, community partners, parents and members of the ASF board of directors.

Administration and Operations: As primary contact for all Foundation activities, maintain donor records and acknowledge gifts on a timely basis.

  • Work with treasurer on interpreting and communicating financial information.

  • Manage grant process, providing timely and accurate reporting.

  • Develop board agendas with board president.

Candidate Profile


  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships.

  • Passionate about public education and support for children.

  • Excellent presentation skills; comfortable communicating with and building relationships with leadership in business, community organizations and media

  • Experience working with volunteers.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational and project management skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with a variety of personalities/stakeholders.

  • Strong technology skills including competency in Microsoft Office.

  • A willingness to immerse in the community.


  • Proven and successful experience in designing, managing and executing fund development programs including personal contact and other activities such as mail, phone and events.

  • Relevant non-profit management experience, preferably in an education environment.

  • Local community connections.


Position posted until March 17, 2017


24 hours a week at a rate of $30-35 per hour, depending on experience


Submit cover letter, resume, and a list of four references with contact information. At least two of the references should have knowledge of working with you directly. Please email complete application to Art Shotwell, ASF Board President, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.