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    The Senior Vice President of External Relations is responsible for assisting the President with implementation, measurement, completion, and effective communication of the organization’s strategic priorities, with primary focus on board management, marketing and public relations, and fund development. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that priority plans established by the President and Board of Directors are completed efficiently and effectively. This position will oversee the external relations team and serve on the executive team. This position also assists the President in managing critical relationships with external partners, and handling any matters that require immediate attention and action.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. All duties are carried out with minimal supervision.

    Strategy, Focus & Alignment
    •Ensure the organization’s goals and vision, as set forth by the President and Board of Directors, and outlined in the annually reviewed Priority Plan, are given priority and focus by all staff teams assigned.
    •Work with the executive team to create and execute the external relations plan and budget.
    •Oversee development of strategies to meet funding priorities, working with finance and programmatic leadership to determine need.
    •Oversee development of case statements and marketing materials for meeting funding priorities in the areas of early childhood, middle childhood, older youth, and general foundation operations.
    •Provide the President, Executive Team, staff and board with clear, concise communication and reporting on progress related to the organization’s strategic priorities, especially in relation to board development, marketing and public relations, and fund development.
    •Drive greater participation of staff in providing their expertise in how to best achieve strategic goals with organizational efficiencies, and ensure that expertise is communicated to the President, CFO and executive team.

    Proactive Communication
    •Provide regular updates to the President, CFO, and executive team on all activities of the organization that may or may not be on their radar and request plans of action when necessary.
    •Recommend plans of action to the President when critical issues that pose a threat to the normal operations of the organization arise, either internally or externally.
    •Write clear situation analyses, reports, strategies and recommendations to guide the work of committees and teams.
    •Maintain relationships through regular contact with foundation partners and satellite offices outside the Lincoln headquarters.
    •Provide direct communications support and guidance to the President, CFO and executive team.
    •Serve as an ambassador for the organization and be prepared to speak in public settings/meetings.
    •Ensure the relationship and communications needs of the Board of Directors are addressed proactively.
    •Ensure that key relationships are proactively developed and that concerns involving key constituents are addressed in a timely manner.
    •Set priorities for effective and timely communications with staff, board, and external partners.
    •Maintain strong relationships with board, key public/private partners, media, and staff to effectively communicate the organizations priorities, values, needs and achievements.
    •Recommend plans of action to develop relationships and establish communications with key influencers and decision makers.

    Organizational Management and Support
    •Oversee and provide leadership to the external relations team.
    •Supervise the Vice President of Philanthropy, Vice President of Marketing, and Associate Vice President of Strategic Advancement (grants).
    •Oversee operational needs related to the Board of Directors, with special focus on Executive Committee, Fund Development Workgroup, Marketing Committee, and Board Development Committee.
    •Working with the VP of Philanthropy, play a lead role in board stewardship, development, and recruitment.
    •Drive planning, goal setting, and follow-up for the executive team's meetings and related work with the President.
    •Anticipate and manage the preparation of externally facing meetings and events.
    •Serve as a key contact internally and externally as it relates to fielding questions, coordinating projects, and sharing information.
    •Support and guide staff as they interface with Board of Directors, community leaders, government officials, the media, and key constituents regarding the organization’s business, programs, mission, and goals.

    Meeting and Event Planning/Oversight
    •Organize internal teams of operations/administration, marketing, fund development, and programs to successfully execute meetings and events.
    •Oversee planning efforts related to all board meetings, including workgroup/committee meetings, ensuring that all run smoothly and to plan.
    •Oversee foundation special events, including fundraisers, press conferences, stewardship events, and legislative breakfasts/luncheons.
    •Schedule high-level appointments with government/policy/philanthropic/business leaders as needed to move forward on key strategic initiatives
    •Lead cross-sector collaborative subcommittees related to communications/PR when situation arises.

  • The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all financial matters of Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF) and its affiliate organizations. The CFO reports to and works closely with the President and directs and manages the finance, accounting, and IT functions of NCFF. The CFO is responsible for timely and accurate financial reporting, budgeting, government compliance, internal accounting controls, and managing cash flow to ensure the financial ability to successfully execute the mission of NCFF.

    In addition, under the direction of the President/CEO of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, the CFO partners with the senior leadership and the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies across the organization. The CFO will oversee all compliance and recognition for government (federal and state) contracts and private grants. The CFO must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing accounting and human resources staff.

Please submit resume and work samples (if applicable) to Wendi Schulz or apply via our CareerLink page.


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