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The Achieve Foundation Board of Trustees is seeking a part-time Executive Director (ED) to lead the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the South Orange/Maplewood School District. The ED is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation’s programming, fundraising, communications and finances, and serves as the principal spokesperson for the Foundation. Please see the Job Description for more details.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to: by February 15th, 2019. No phone calls please.

Job Summary

The Executive Director (ED) leads the Achieve Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the South Orange/Maplewood School District. The ED is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation’s programs, fundraising, communications and finances. The role involves fundraising and development, building and maintaining relationships with individuals, local businesses, civic organizations and representatives of the School District, as well as implementation of programs and management of volunteer committees. The ED reports to the Board of Trustees, and works closely with the Trustees and key volunteer leadership. The ED is the principal spokesperson for the Foundation.

Mission Statement

The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community.

Achieve is a registered, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Many community volunteers join together to pursue its mission by organizing events and campaigns and by seeking corporate and institutional grants. Achieve’s funds are distributed exclusively to educators in the ten schools of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood for classroom grants, the volunteer tutor program, professional development, innovative pilot programs, and much more, to enrich the learning experience for all children at all grade levels.

Our Objectives:

  • Support educational excellence and innovation.
  • Foster equal educational opportunities for all children.
  • Advance best teaching practices.
  • Encourage parent and community participation in our schools.
  • Improve facilities to further school pride

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Program Management – Responsible for implementation and oversight of all of Achieve’s current and future mission-driven and grant-making programs.
  2. Development and Fundraising – Oversee general planning and implementation of the Foundation’s fundraising events and general solicitations; establish strategies to approach and build strong relationships with individuals, community stakeholders and corporate sponsors developing or sustaining leadership support of the Foundation; ensure maintenance of required fundraising records and documentation; establish and maintain a recognition program for sponsors, donors and volunteers; as appropriate, facilitate the writing of requests for grants from corporations and foundations.
  3. Mission and Strategy – Work with the Board, volunteers and staff to fulfill the mission of the Foundation through programs, strategic planning and community partnerships; develop relationships with key stakeholders in the district to help find opportunity for the Foundation’s interests within the District priorities; assist Board in the development and on-going execution of a strategic plan for managed growth.
  4. Fiscal Management- In partnership with the Foundation’s Treasurer, develop a yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage the Foundation’s resources within budget guidelines.
  5. Communications – Work with Board leaders to create and execute an effective communications plan that represents, promotes and broadens awareness of the Foundation in the community; write and/or edit and approve content for external communication and marketing materials, including (but not limited to) the website, newsletter, social media and press releases; facilitate effective internal communications among Trustees, volunteers, and school and community partners.
  6. Staff/Volunteer Leadership and Management – Effectively manage and inspire staff; organize and work in partnership with the Board committees and volunteers to ensure successful implementation of the Foundation’s goals and Trustees’ expectations in programmatic and fundraising needs; seek out and collaborate with school, civic and community groups.
  7. Board Support and General Foundation Management – In partnership with Board leadership and other Foundation staff, help create agenda items and priorities for Board of Trustee meetings, providing support to Board members as needed; identify and train volunteers for Achieve’s programs and ensure smooth committee and board succession; ensure development of annual Foundation calendar with goals and activities for committees; ensure that Achieve’s bylaws, policies and other documents are current and that the Foundation remains in good standing with appropriate record keeping and legal standards being met; carry out additional duties/responsibilities as directed by the Board of Trustees.


  • Ability to understand and communicate the vision of Achieve’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, school partners and community
  • Experience with management and operations of a nonprofit (including managing volunteers) and/or managerial experience in the business sector
  • Experience with a broad spectrum of fundraising and development activities, and capacity for managing and building relationships with both individual and institutional donors
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Maplewood/South Orange community
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, as well as strong public speaking skills
  • Proficiency and comfort with technology, including Windows-based software, Internet applications, and Internet searches
  • Ability to work early morning, evenings and weekends on occasion to attend Foundation and Community events and activities
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher