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  • Chuck Offenburger

Hiring New Executive Director

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation is now accepting applications for a part-time Executive Director to assist our Foundation’s work in overseeing of administration, programs, and strategic plan for our organization.

Below here in this story is the job description for this newly created position.

Please submit your resume and letter of application to our P.O. Box 351, Shenandoah, IA 51601.

In an earlier story, Foundation president Corby Fichter said the organization "was very blessed late in 2019 to receive a gift of $250,000 from a donor in our area who wants to remain anonymous. This gift, along with a great start to our 'Family Challenge' has given our foundation an endowment large enough that we can – and need to -- hire someone who can provide specific time and energy to help us continue building that endowment and fulfilling our vision and mission statements."

Fichter asked in that story, "If you or someone you know might have an interest in working with our Foundation, please reach out to me or anybody on our board. To be clear, we are looking for a part-time executive director to start very soon. It is our hope and desire that this position will eventually be a full-time position, as we continue to grow our endowment and the work that we are doing."

Applications are due April 15.

Fichter noted that "we understand our current special challenges, concerning COVID-19." He said if people need additional time or more information to consider the opportunity, they can email him

The 11-member board of directors meets every other month.
The 11-member board of directors meets every other month.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Executive Director, position, Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation. The Executive Director is responsible for assisting in the overseeing of administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and fun community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.


1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization’s vision and mission.

  • Responsible for assisting in the leading of the Foundation in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s vision and mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for assisting in the fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support the Foundation’s mission.

  • Jointly responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Foundation along with the Board of Directors, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

  • Jointly responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3) Organization Vision and Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the vision and mission are fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for assisting in the implementation of Foundation’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for assisting in the strategic planning to ensure that the Foundation can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.

  • Responsible for the enhancement of the Foundation’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

4) Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the effective administration of Foundation operations.

Actual Job Responsibilities

  1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.

  2. Strategic planning and implementation.

  3. Planning and operation of annual budget.

  4. Serve as Foundation’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general and local public.

  5. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Foundation’s Mission.

  6. Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.

  7. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.

  8. Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.

  9. Review and approve contracts for services.

  10. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Professional Qualifications Needed

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.

  • Experience and skill in working with a team.

  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.

  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.

  • Fundraising experience would be helpful. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.

  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.

  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills with comfort in using email, websites, and social media.

  • Strong public speaking ability.

  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.

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