Job ID:



Frankfort, KY 


Associate Director / Vice President, Executive Director / CEO


per year

Employment Type:

Full time



Job Description:

About GSPF and GSP: The Governor's Scholars
Program (GSP), a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, strives to
enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders
through its core summer programs and year-round training. GSP has
more than 30,000 alumni and is one of the top Governor's Schools in
the nation. The Governor's Scholars Program Foundation (GSPF) is a
501-c-3 charitable organization founded in 2001 that operates
fiscally independent from GSP and allows friends of GSP to ensure
its continued success through financial contributions to support
GSP and also gifts to build the endowment of GSPF. In the past
year, more than 2,500 donors gave $750,000 to GSPF to support GSP
in order to help exceptional students: achieve their academic and
personal potential; cultivate their leadership capabilities; expand
their horizons; and develop the students' flexibility, creativity
and critical thinking. In 2018, the Program accepted more than
1,000 students from 119 counties of Kentucky. The Program seeks to
do this while heightening the students' sensitivity to future
possibilities for themselves, Kentucky, and society by striving to
stimulate, encourage, and reward excellence in Kentucky schools.
The Program is a public/private partnership that operates on an
annual budget of $2.3 million and depends on the Foundation
for approximately 20 to 25% of its annual revenue.
(Link for GSPF: )
Position Summary: In anticipation of the GSPF
President's announced retirement, the GSPF Board of Directors
currently seeks candidates for the position of President, to begin
service in Winter 2019. Reporting to the Board of Directors of
GSPF, the President serves as the staff leader of this fundraising
support organization. Working closely with the Executive Director
of the GSP, the President of GSPF is charged with developing,
communicating, and executing all strategic philanthropic
fundraising initiatives to raise funds in support of GSP. The
President also supports the work of GSPF's ten-member statewide
Board of Directors, works closely with the larger GSP Board,
oversees the management of the GSPF's assets (an investment account
of more than $2 million generates annual income to support the
programs of GSP), and guides GSPF's daily operations. GSPF's
current development program includes an annual campaign including
major gift solicitations; program and project
sponsorship/underwriting; corporate/foundation grant requests;
planned giving; and donor cultivation and acquisition programs.
Working with the boards of the GSP and GSPF, the President raises
$750,000 annually and the leadership hopes to grow that to $1
million in the near future. The President is currently a contracted
part-time position without benefits and receives administrative and
programmatic support from staff members employed by GSP. However,
the position could be expanded to full-time with benefits,
depending upon the qualifications of the finalist for this search.
The offices for both GSP and GSPF are based in Frankfort,
Candidate Qualifications
The successful candidate for President will demonstrate:

Prior experience in raising charitable gifts is required,
either as paid staff or as a volunteer leader, with specific
experience in securing major gifts and estate commitments from
individuals, grants and sponsorships from corporations and
foundations, preferably with direct experience in raising funds for
Kentucky nonprofits. We prefer at least ten years experience in
progressively more responsible positions that directly relate to
the duties stated above.

Proven management experience is required, demonstrated by
overseeing staff, budget and volunteers, setting and achieving
ambitious fundraising goals, and adhering to budgets. We prefer
candidates who have experience in working closely with a volunteer
board of directors and supporting their efforts to cultivate and
solicit charitable gifts.
Demonstrated commitment to the mission of secondary and
post-secondary education is preferred, as evidenced by paid or
volunteer experiences with high schools and colleges.
A completed bachelors' degree is required, additional
post-graduate coursework in a related field is preferred.
Candidate Competencies
When we interview candidates and speak with their references, we
are looking for demonstrated proof that the next President can:

Inspire, engage and influence others to embrace the mission of
the Governor's Scholars Program, to give generously of their time
and financial resources, and to ask others to do the same;
Demonstrate excitement about and passion for support of the
Foundation and the GSP among all audiences;
Strengthen relationships and build trust and respect with key
Drive execution by translating strategic goals into operational
reality and holding all accountable to agreed-upon timelines and
Demonstrate collegiality, thoughtfulness and passion for the
mission in interactions with the staff, board, donors, volunteers,
school partners and community; and
Communicate and articulate the mission in ways that will foster
wider participation and respect for the Foundation and for the

Resumes will be reviewed through December 31, 2018 or until such
time as the Search Committee determines satisfactory finalists are
found. PLEASE CONTACT our Search Counsel by mail or email
Mark W. Rountree, VP and Partner
Ashley|Rountree and Associates
2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 106 Louisville, KY
Organization Info
Governor's Scholars Program Foundation (GSPF)

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