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Jackson County Library Services - Foundation Executive Director

Posted: 1/29/2021
Salary: $57,890 - $72,507; Hourly: $27.83 - $34.86
Location: Medford, OR

We are an independent, nonprofit organization and the philanthropic partner of Jackson County libraries. We secure and responsibly manage contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations to help build community support for the Jackson County Library System in its efforts to learn, grow, and connect with the entire community.

Administers all aspects of the Jackson County Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, including fundraising, donor cultivation, and community outreach. Works closely with the Library Director and the Foundation Board of Trustees to raise funds to further the mission of the Jackson County Library District. Responsible for strategic leadership and overall management of JCLF.


  • Leads all fundraising and special projects (e.g. capital campaigns, annual giving campaigns, planned giving, endowment building, flagship programs, service growth, etc.) that are an essential part of modern libraries, but that may be outside the scope of regular Library operations.
  • Under the supervision of the Library Director, works closely with the Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as with the Library Trustees, and Library staff to develop strategic fundraising goals.
  • Plans and implements fundraising campaigns to obtain donations from individuals and corporations for library initiatives.
  • Oversees major capital campaigns for renovation of and new library facilities.
  • Create new, imaginative, and innovative fundraising strategies and events for the community in support of the Library.
  • Writes grants and solicits community sponsorships and corporate giving.
  • Builds relationships and partnerships within the community and beyond.
  • Creates, monitors, and adheres to an annual budget.
  • Serves as a community ambassador for the Library and Foundation by promoting and marketing Library and Foundation programs, events, and fundraising efforts.
  • Raises awareness for the Library and the Foundation, and the role each plays in the community and beyond.
  • Works with the Library’s management team in the planning of programs, services, and capital improvements throughout the District in order to determine funding needs.
  • Maintains (professional external and internal communications.
  • Maintains fundraising database and financial transactions.
  • Reports activities and results to the JCLF Board of Trustees.
  • Regular attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to think long-range to implement long-term plans to meet the Library’s and Library Foundation’s stated visions.
  • Extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, including experience designing and implementing fundraising strategies, knowledge of modern public libraries (or other equivalent institutions) and their changing roles in communities.
  • Marketing experience related to planning, development, and promotion of fundraising events and programs.
  • Ability to give presentations to community partners or at Board Meetings.
  • Nonprofit experience, including working with boards, volunteers, and other staff.
  • Basic computer and Microsoft Office skills, as well as trouble-shooting abilities.
  • A wide degree of creativity and flexibility is expected, including ability to work flexible hours, some weekends, evenings, and work from home, as needed to accomplish the established goals.
  • Proven skills working with the public and demonstrated ability to multi-task, work within a varied schedule, and maintain a positive attitude under stressful and/or high-pressure circumstances.
  • Proven successful experience with grant-writing, grant report requirements, and program evaluation specifically for grants.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration, Public Relations, Communications, Business, Public Administration, or a related field. 
  • Three year's experience in fundraising.


  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
  • Experience working in a library setting or in the Jackson County/Southern Oregon region.
  • Experience working in a 501(c)3 non-profit.
  • Experience communicating and working with Board Members.


  • Criminal background check required.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and required mandatory insurance when operating a privately owned vehicle for business purposes.
  • Must be able to travel to other locations to perform work, and/or attend work-related meetings, workshops or conferences.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is continuously required to communicate by talking and listening, use of fingers and hands, repetitive motion and sitting. Frequently required to stand, walk, reach, sit and feel. Occasionally bend, stoop, grasp and rarely to feel, kneel or crawl. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to 5 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc., may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over [75%] of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment. Travel to other district locations and/or to workshops/professional meetings/conferences. This level has a work environment that is well protected, with virtually no hazards or obstacles. There is very little element of personal risk or hazard. Job conditions are stable, usually well managed, and very comfortable. Conditions may consist of the following:

  • Reading for comprehension and direction (policies & procedures)
  • Speaking to share, respond and maintain relationships or to convey instructions and/or direction
  • Presenting to a wide range of ages and audiences to inspire lifelong learning
  • Considerable cognitive process to make effective decisions for non-routine work
  • Various equipment includes computers with a keyboard and mouse, telephone, and other electronic devices to share documents, information and discussion
  • Deadlines and changing priorities with multiple demands on time
  • Attendance at evening and weekend meetings and/or social/business events
  • Available for emergencies and off-schedule contacts

This position is placed at range Q on the JCLS salary schedule, and has a starting salary range of $27.83 to $29.57 per hour and $57,890 to $61,498 per year. The full salary range is $27.83 to $34.86 per hour and $57,890 to $72,507 per year. Placement on the salary schedule is based upon education and experience.

JCLS offers a competitive benefits package including 401(a), medical, dental and vision coverage to employees and qualified dependents. In addition, JCLS provides vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.

After the preliminary screening, selected candidates will be invited for an initial interview. Videoconference interviews (in lieu of an in-person initial interview) will be offered. Candidates to be interviewed will be selected from applicants who most closely meet the minimum and desired qualifications. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. JCLS reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely filling of the position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available.

Employees must satisfy all of the pre-employment requirements prior to appointment that include, but are not limited to; verification of their legal right to work in the United States, and a background check.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations in completing the application or the interview process must notify the Human Resources Department in advance.

JCLS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibits discrimination and harassment, of any type, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. The organization employs affirmative personnel measures to ensure the achievement of equal employment opportunities in all aspects of employment, and the work environment. These policies of nondiscrimination will prevail throughout every aspect of the employment relationship, including recruitment, selection, compensation, promotion, transfer, layoff, termination, training, and conflict resolution.

With more than 200 days of sunshine each year, Jackson County, Oregon is located midway between Portland and San Francisco. The region boasts beautiful valleys and mountain lakes, wineries, wild rivers, easy access to the Redwoods and coast, and cultural entertainment to rival big cities. Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) serves the 220,000 residents of Jackson County with 15 branch libraries. The mission of the Jackson County Library District is to connect everyone to information, ideas, and each other. We provide a wide range of children’s, teen, and adult physical and electronic resources and collections as well as outreach services, including booktalks for elementary and middle school students, services for homebound patrons, and outreach to childcare centers. Our ever-changing calendar of programs and events is diverse, including musical performances, lectures, art exhibits, classes, book groups, storytimes, and more.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a JCLS Application, Cover Letter and Resume. The JCLS Application can be found at These items must be turned in to the Human Resources Department no later than February 19, 2021 at Midnight PST. Materials can be submitted by emailing to Only candidates with complete materials and who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be considered.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2021 – Open Until Filled.