Since 1997, the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation (SLPS Foundation) has existed to mobilize the community’s generosity and support the amazing educators and students within the Saint Louis Public Schools. SLPS Foundation is a strategy and fundraising partner of the St. Louis Public Schools District, serving more than 20,000 students (89% students of color) and incubating innovation to scale across the District. The SLPS Foundation raises and grants approximately $3.5M annually. The mission of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation is to engage and focus local, regional and national support to promote educational success for St. Louis Public School District students. The vision of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation is a reality in which ALL students, regardless of race or income status, have access to excellent educational instruction and opportunities that prepare them for fulfilling futures.
The Foundation is working closely with Saint Louis Public Schools’ Superintendent and other District leaders to raise funds and implement programs in critical areas, which are considered key levers to accelerating success. As a trusted, independent partner, the SLPS Foundation strategically pursues and manages external investments that have the potential to significantly impact student outcomes. As steward for these private dollars, the Foundation ensures that implementation goals are met, funds are used in strict accordance with donors’ intentions, and results are shared with the community. Currently, the Foundation funds four core parts of the District’s overall strategy. These include efforts and innovations in Early Childhood Education; College and Career Readiness; Student Wellbeing; and School Leader Attraction and Retention.
SLPS Foundation has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in the recruitment efforts for our next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The position of CEO is a critical and visible position requiring strong business (financial, operations) and development experience. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible to execute the strategic direction, leadership, and day-to-day operations of the Foundation to include fund development, community engagement, advocacy, public relations, as well as community-focused and mission-aligned program development and execution. The CEO works collaboratively with the board to execute a highly strategic vision and facilitate relationships with key stakeholders including but not limited to the SLPS Superintendent as well as other local, state and national education and philanthropic leaders, corporations, and the media. The CEO works closely with the District’s Superintendent and community leaders to shape, resource and implement innovations that are accelerating student success.
The CEO must be a visionary leader and be able to guide and facilitate resource development, access to funding, and other initiatives to enhance and sustain the Foundation’s financial goals and mission-driven opportunities. The CEO must have broad management experience in a non-profit, education equity organization, public school system, or advocacy setting, including program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; short- and long-term strategic planning; and budgetary oversight. The selected candidate must have exceptional leadership presence and experience communicating with and serving diverse communities, with demonstrated ability to increase and leverage organizational visibility, credibility, and brand recognition through the media and other public relations sources.
Internally, the CEO must develop, lead, attract, inspire, retain, and manage a diverse, talented, and high-performing team, to ensure that the mission and core values of SLPS Foundation are put into practice by holding everyone accountable for quantifiable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Team building is key. Beyond guiding the staff in their respective areas of functional expertise, the executive must foster a shared vision for the important work it must do—making the most of the staff's collective talent in support of organization-wide success. In an environment that is collegial and where talent and culture are critical, the CEO will need to engage staff, stakeholders, and the board in strategic operations and execution through responsive and transparent communication and leadership.
The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree or extended experience in a relevant discipline. The successful candidate will possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree and significant management experience of which at least five years include experience in executive operations and leading a business that has demonstrated growth and profitability.
The CEO must also have a passion for SLPS Foundation’s Mission, Vision, and work, and be a strong and active supporter of education equity and public school systems. They must have experience creating and maintaining an organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff and partners to blend skill sets, meet objectives, and provide efficient program execution. The CEO must have demonstrated capacity to work thoughtfully and effectively with community leaders, consultants, staff, and populations with diverse experiences and identities.
For consideration, interested candidates must submit both a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.SLPSfoundation.org for more information about the organization. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Myra T. Briggs, Managing Director or Jami Armstrong, Search Consultant at Nonprofit HR.
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