Executive Director of the Foundation

Location: SCCC - Newton, NJ

Date Posted: 03/18/2020

Schedule: Full-Time

Type: Sussex Staff

Company: Sussex County Community College

Job Description

The Executive Director of the Foundation will provide leadership to the Foundation and will work with the College President and the Foundation Board to develop fundraising strategies, goals and long-range fundraising plans. The Executive Director will manage the activities of the office and staff of the Foundation, including annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, donor and alumni relations, research and prospect management, stewardship programs, scholarship committees, student aid and special events.

Main Duties:


Intentionally focuses on leading and developing a culture of “caring regard” at the College.

Serves as Director of the SCCC Foundation, coordinating the goals and activities of the Foundation Board with those of the Board of Trustees.

Works with the College President and the Foundation Board to develop fundraising strategies and set up fundraising goals.

Works closely with the College President on the projected image of the College.

Assists the College President in managing his appearances at scheduled appointments and events.

Solicits financial support from individuals, business and industry, and other organizations throughout Sussex County and familiarizes them with the goals of Sussex County Community College.

Develops long-range plans to ensure steady growth in fundraising.

Develops and implements campaigns for annual giving.

Cultivates relationships with current and prospective donors and develops major gift and planned giving strategies.

Builds and maintains a portfolio of major donors and prospects, including planned giving prospects, corporate and foundation grant makers.

Develops and manages a comprehensive planned giving program, ensuring that opportunities for planned giving are communicated and tracked effectively.

Conducts benchmarking with similar institutions to identify and develop best practices for engaging high-level annual donors.

Oversees alumni relations and the advancement of the Alumni Association.

Manages and mentors staff, board members and volunteers in executing fundraising strategies.

Coordinates the work of the Foundation Board of Directors and its committees, developing and implementing policy.

Supervises the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, assuring compliance with all legal requirements.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, public relations, non-profit management or related field, required.
  • Master’s Degree, preferred.


Essential Skills:


  • Experience in building teams and cross-departmental collaborations.
  • Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to consistently maintain a professional manner and presentation.
  • Ability to read, understand and analyze investment reports and budgets related to endowments and other funds.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Strong leadership, operational and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Organizational and planning skills to develop and implement programs.
  • Possess the skills, abilities and dispositions that cultivate community
  • Ability to  work effectively with leaders of business, industry and government.



Preferred Skills:


  • 5-7 years of experience in fundraising at an institution of higher education or similarly complex nonprofit organization with demonstrated record of success in donor development, donor relations and raising major gifts.
  • Higher Education experience, preferred.


Contact Person:

Human Resources


To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to HRresume@sussex.edu.   Sussex County Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Effective September 1, 2011, the NJ First Act requires that certain classifications of persons employed by a public higher education institution will have 365 days within which to establish a principle residence in NJ.  Failure to comply will render the individual unqualified to continue to hold the position.  Individuals may seek exemption from the residency exemption committee base on critical need or hardship.