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Foundation Executive Director Search

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR [The application deadline has passed and applications are currently being reviewed.]


The University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. was officially established in 1970 to attract private financial support to aid in the achievement of institutional goals, and to manage assets for the maximum benefit of the University of Idaho.   It is the largest university foundation in Idaho.  The Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that is a 501 (c)(3).

Executive Director:

The mission of the University of Idaho Foundation is to secure, manage and distribute private support to enhance the growth and development of the University of Idaho.

The executive director, as the Foundation’s CEO, is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management for the organization, including board relations, financial operations, investment management and administrative oversight. This position oversees the management of more than $250 million in assets and a $2 million annual operating budget.

The executive director reports to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, works in close collaboration with UI’s president and their senior leadership team, and represents the Foundation and UI as an ambassador at appropriate events and activities. The executive director will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic plan, while sustaining and enhancing the current organizational culture of collaboration, integrity, respect and success.

Candidates should have significant experience leading a dynamic organization built on partnerships and shared goals. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree, plus at least eight years of professional experience in a senior management role with a proven record of ethical, strategic and collaborative leadership. Applicants should have experience working with and motivating volunteers and volunteer boards, as well as proven financial skills, excellent communication skills and fluency with financial and management system software.

The preferred candidate should demonstrate progressive success in a senior management role, preferably in higher education at a public university or another institutionally-related foundation; an advanced degree in a field related to the position’s responsibilities; significant experience in investment and asset management; experience managing and implementing multi-department budgets; an understanding of nonprofit financial management and investment practices; and familiarity with Idaho’s communities and culture. The candidate shall have willingness to travel and work odd hours and weekends. This position is located in Moscow, Idaho, a community ranked by multiple publications as one of the best places in the nation to live.

Submit a letter of interest and qualifications relative to those described in the position along with a current resume through the electronic online application system.

Nominations are welcome and questions regarding the position may be directed to search coordinator, Brenda Helbling (  Closing date for applications is April 20, 2014. [The deadline has passed and applications are currently being reviewed.]

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant, national research university.  Founded in 1889, the UI Idaho serves more than 12,000 students at its main campus in Moscow and three campus centers around the state. The UI offers a distinctive combination of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, accomplished faculty, world-class facilities, renowned research and a residential campus in a spectacular natural setting. In addition, UI’s extension services reach every corner of the state, with offices in 42 of 44 counties.

UI is consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in America by The Princeton Review. In addition, Kiplinger’s, US News and World Report and Forbes magazine have all ranked Idaho as a best Value nationally for its academic strength and affordability.

About the Foundation

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