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President & CEO
Fort Worth Public Library Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas
Date Posted 09/15/2020
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Organization

Since its founding in 1993, the purpose of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation (FWPLF) is to enhance the City of Fort Worth’s delivery of library services through the infusion of private support. Launched initially to raise funds for capital improvements, FWPLF has evolved to fund programs that serve children, teens, and adults across Fort Worth in addition to enhancing technology and infrastructure. The foundation remains essential for ensuring that library services remain free to all Fort Worth residents, particularly as the city’s population grows.

The Opportunity

Since its founding in 1993, the FWPLF has served as a vital funder of the Fort Worth Library system’s programs and facilities. Recent changes in leadership across both organizations, however, have paved the way for the library system’s absorption of many of the FWPLF’s high-impact programs, leaving foundation personnel free to aggressively pursue revenue generation through direct cultivation of individuals, corporations, and foundations and the FWPLF’s annual signature event. Consequently, the FWPLF seeks a visionary leader to devise and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy in collaboration with the 27-member Board of Directors and committed staff. Funding goals for the future include capital improvements, financial support of innovative programs, and growing the foundation’s $2.3 million reserve to new levels.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will drive the strategy and vision of the FWPLF, working in collaboration with the Library Director, and strengthen the organization for years to come by leading asset growth, fund development, and programs. S/he will be responsible for a staff of six, with three permanent staff including Director of Operations, Donor Relations Specialist and Marketing Specialist and three contractors focusing on special programs and events. With the support of a talented staff and an engaged board, the President & CEO will devise and implement a comprehensive advancement strategy that will allow the foundation to support the programmatic and capital needs of the Library System in perpetuity. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Leadership Develop, drive and implement strategy according to the organizational vision; bridge the strategy to operational plans. Oversee the operation of the organization and ensure that all operational goals are met. Possess a leadership style that develops and empowers employees, builds teams, encourages excellent performance by clarifying roles and employing accountability measures. Stay abreast of current trends and anticipate future trends to ensure the organization is positioned for growth. Monitor relevant legislation and ensure compliance.

  • Fund Development – Develop, implement, and monitor a comprehensive fundraising strategy in cooperation with the Board Chair, Executive Committee, Development Committee and select board leadership and promote a culture of fundraising throughout the organization. Cultivate strong relationships with key donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. Strengthen and diversify funding sources. Build brand strategy and drive community awareness. Become well known in the community as the "face" of the organization. Leverage personal, professional and board relationships, community resources and collaborations to enhance funding and donor opportunities. Successfully plan and execute the foundation’s signature event.

  • Community and Public Relations – Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Ensure professionalism in all published communications. Leverage all methods of social media to promote Library excellence. Seek opportunities for public speaking to promote visibility. Establish sound working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups and other nonprofit organizations. Continue to foster the excellent relationship with the City of Fort Worth.

  • Board Administration and Support Develop strong relationship with the Board Chair and Board members. Support administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members and interfacing between Board and staff. Maintain effective communication with the Board and provide timely and accurate information to allow the Board to make informed decisions. Ensure new Board members are provided with appropriate orientation training and are supported in their on-going Board service.

  • Programs and Service Delivery Oversee the design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services. Analyze, define and implement metrics for client satisfaction and program outcomes. Refine program productivity and efficiency-based on outcomes for Library excellence.

  • Financial – Oversee financial operations, manage to a balanced budget and ensure adequate cash reserves. Prudently manage the organization's resources. Ensure all financial policy and procedures are followed and in compliance.

  • Human Resource Management Recruit, develop, motivate, and retain talented and committed individuals for a high performing and professional team. Foster healthy organizational culture, teamwork and collaboration. Ensure personnel policies and procedures are implemented and monitored. Conduct a robust annual performance process that includes measurable performance goals for all employees.

  • Facilities Manage and maintain office space and office systems. Ensure facility has appropriate insurance coverage and safety features.

  • Operational Management – Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the organization and manage resources effectively. Maintain official records, ensure compliance with FWPLF’s policies and procedures, as well as federal, state and local regulations. Sign and manage official agreements on behalf of the FWPLF within the authority delegated by the Board and with the advice from the General Counsel as appropriate.

  • Other – Perform all other duties as required and requested, including attending weekend or evening fundraising and community events.

Other Considerations

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Travel: Limited

Education: Bachelor’s degree required, CFRE preferred

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