The primary function of the Executive Director is to lead the strategic vision and growth plan for the Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts’ (LSMSA) Foundation. Louisiana School for the Math, Science and the Arts is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana’s high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors and seniors. The position is based in Natchitoches, LA, a historical city filled with natural beauty and a true sense of community.
Recognized leader: Often ranked by The Washington Post as one of the top public elite high schools in the nation.
Drive: Opportunity to truly own and drive the strategy to shape the future state of the foundation.
Growth: Continuous opportunities for professional growth through formal training, as well as on the job assignments.
Passion: You’ll work with some of the most caring, unique and intelligent board members, faculty, staff, alumni, and student body.
What you will do:
Leadership/Strategy: Design a strategic roadmap and growth plan for future state of the foundation. Manage the day-to-day operations of a small office; Recruit, oversee, and evaluate 2 staff members, 50+ supporting volunteers, and 4 – 6 work service students. Serve as an active member of the LSMSA leadership and administrative team. Plan and lead meetings with all board and executive meetings at regular intervals.
Financial Planning: Accountable for all aspects of budget. Propose and oversee yearly and multi-year budget planning, goal setting, and overall accounting responsibilities. Produce annual report.
Fundraising: Create and oversee annual appeals to existing and prospective donors by mail, email, and telephone. Research, create and oversee the development of grant proposals to foundations and corporations. Utilize tools and technology for maintenance and integrity of donor database (CRM, QuickBooks, etc.)
Compliance: Manage internal accounting controls with Foundation CPA.
Strategic Relationships: Collaborate with LSMSA Alumni Association to strengthen alumni relations and increase giving through annual alumni events. Be an active and visible member of the school community through participation and attendance at meetings and student events, and cooperation with faculty, residential life, and administrative offices.
Marketing: Provide content for publications and marketing materials created in- house or through outsourced designers, including The Gift, electronic communications, and website; Collaborate with the school’s Office of External Relations to create press releases related to Foundation events, donors, or other newsworthy items.