EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation (“Foundation”) was established in 1996 by concerned residents when Long Beach libraries ranked near the bottom nationwide in per capita spending on books, materials, and programs for youth.
The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support to the Long Beach Public Library through the procurement of private funds. The Library Foundation’s mission is to provide support to enhance the Long Beach Public Library and encourage literacy and education for all members of the Long Beach community. http://lbplfoundation.org/
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director/CEO (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s staff, fundraising, finance, public affairs, and the execution of its mission and strategic plan. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate proficiency in each of these areas.
The ED will be enthusiastic about libraries and understand the important role they play in modern society. They will have a talent for engaging, inspiring, and motivating others. The ED will be committed to transparency, integrity, and must also be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.
The ED has three direct reports, the Director of Development, the Communications Manager, and the Operations and Accounting Specialist. They also manage vendor contracts/relationships such as that with the Controller, Auditors, and IT vendor. The ED oversees all hiring, human resource matters, and ensures all staff have clear expectations, training, development opportunities, and receive regular feedback about their performance. The ED will foster and maintain a healthy, positive organizational culture and an atmosphere of respect and gratitude. They will strive for equity, satisfaction, recognition, and retention for both the board and staff. The ideal candidate will have experience managing a multidisciplinary, multigenerational, and remote team. They will also incorporate the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the governance and operations of the Foundation.
The ED is charged with nonprofit due diligence, ensuring the Foundation has all the required licenses and permits. They also ensure the Board and staff are abiding by Foundation bylaws, policies, and procedures, keeping these current and relevant, and suggesting updates as needed. They will aim to recognize and address inequities in our policies, programs, and services. The ED will regularly monitor industry best practices and consult experts and advisors to ensure the Foundation operates legally, ethically, and efficiently.
The ED will oversee and seek to grow revenue generating and fundraising activities to ensure a strong and diverse pipeline of both program revenue and unrestricted funding to fully fund Foundation operations. The ED will focus on building and growing a vibrant planned giving program, engaging the board as well as community advisors and experts to support a strong program that is proactive about attracting new planned giving donors.
The ED will ensure the Foundation is a responsible steward of donors’ trust and gifts, Foundation resources, and these are allocated in the most effective manner, responsibly, with transparency, and avoiding unnecessary risk. The ED will ensure donors’ restrictions are honored and restricted gifts are applied to their designated purposes. The ED will regularly report financial progress to the Board and communicate any issues or risks immediately. And the ED will work closely with the Foundation’s staff, contract Controller, Auditors, bankers, investment managers, and Finance Committee to ensure the Foundation utilizes best business practices and operates in a financially prudent and ethical manner.
The ED is the Foundation’s chief spokesperson and advocate representing the Foundation to both internal and external stakeholders. They lead the team who manages relationships with Board Directors, donors, elected officials, reporters, Long Beach Public Library Staff, the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library, and others. They will build strong community relationships including with those in city leadership (Mayor, City Manager, City Council, etc.) and will use the Foundation’s external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
The ED will ensure the Foundation has a strong communications strategy and brand, with regular internal and external communications. They will ensure the Foundation regularly communicates with donors to inform them of the impact of their gifts, and that we communicate honestly with the community regarding our operations, fundraising, and performance.
STRATEGIC PLANNING/BOARD RELATIONS:
The ED works closely with the Board of Directors (Board) to update the strategic plan and is charged with managing its execution, with the help of the Board and staff, on a day-to-day basis. The ED will track and report key performance indicators.
They will develop, maintain, and support a strong Board; serve as ex-officio of each committee; and engage the board in fund development activities. The ED and Board will work together to actively advocate against systemic inequities that impact our work at the Board level and address it in accordance with our mission.
- At minimum, five years of experience in senior management, working with a Board of Directors, stewarding major donors;
- Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented fund development strategies that have led to an increase in revenue;
- Experience implementing and growing a strong planned giving strategy with a high-level understanding of various planned giving vehicles;
- Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies;
- Experience leading a strategic planning process, leading a team in meeting goals, and tracking and reporting success;
- Track record of effectively leading an organization and staff;
- Experience hiring and developing high-performing teams;
- Experience managing HR processes a plus;
- Experience writing and reviewing policies and procedures;
- Experience with nonprofit finance, comfortable reading nonprofit financial reports, P&L, Statement of Financial Position, 990s. At least five years’ experience drafting and managing annual budgets;
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships;
- Strong public affairs, advocacy, and government relations experience;
- Strong written and oral communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills;
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to business planning;
- Minimum of five years’ experience working on fundraising events;
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed;
- Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree or equivalent experience a plus.
While the Foundation observes traditional business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, we support flexible work arrangements, including flex-time and remote work. However, the ED is expected to interface with and be highly responsive to staff, Board, and donors. The ED is often required to attend weekend and evening meetings and events and must report to the Foundation office in downtown Long Beach when necessary. The Foundation’s COVID-19 safety protocols align with those of the City of Long Beach and the CDC. While the majority of meetings and events are currently virtual, we expect to return to in-person meetings and events by September, if not sooner. The Foundation strongly encourages, and reserves the right to require, all employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
$100,000-$120,000 (depending on experience) plus a competitive benefits package—medical, dental, vision retirement matching plan, and PTO.
To apply, email your resume, cover letter and writing sample to kate@LBPLFoundation.org. Please write “Executive Director/CEO,” in the subject line.
We will review all applications as soon as possible and do our best to respond to each one. We ask that you please do not call about the position unless we contact you for an interview.
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. A criminal background check will be required due to the Library Foundation’s affiliation with the City of Long Beach. However, we will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Long Beach Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring may-21–2015—city-of-long-beach-implementation-of-ab-218