The Sister Thea Bowman Foundation seeks an Executive Director who is an experienced fundraiser-administrator to direct its Chicago office and oversee Pittsburgh operations. Must be a person of vision with non-profit experience and a knowledge of Catholic higher education, the Catholic intellectual tradition and the African American intellectual tradition. Individual must be faith-filled and one who exhibits an ability to work with, advise and mentor African American college students. If interested, please find a complete job description at theabowmanfoundation.org
An ability and proven track record to fundraise $350,000 - $500,000 annually based on annual budgets
An ability to identify, cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts, and relationships with foundations, corporations, individuals and community organizations
An ability to research and write compelling high-quality grant proposals
An ability to plan, coordinate, and execute fundraising events
An unwavering passion for underserved African American youth to succeed through Catholic Higher Education
An ability to connect with African American students to create supports that strengthen the relationships with school staff to increase students’ sense of belonging to the school that lead to increased academic achievement
An ability to engage with partner college and university presidents, key faculty and staff in the mission of the Foundation
An approach to leveraging the assets of the Board to enrich the talent pool and to expand networking opportunities for reaching new donors and schools
An ability to travel frequently to serve as an advocate and mentor for current Sr. Thea Bowman scholars and to sustain relationships with donors and decision-makers at partner institutions of higher education
An ability to articulate and share, succinctly and persuasively in oral and written communication, the message of the Foundation as a public speaker, who can interact with diverse audiences, and in one-on-one meetings with key influencers
A working experience with a nonprofit organization
About Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Education Foundation
Named for Sister Thea Bowman FSPA, the Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 1989, dedicated to providing access to Catholic institutions of higher education for underserved African-American students, Catholic or non-Catholic, whose families are at or below the poverty line.
In the years since its founding in 1989, the Foundation has provided partial scholarships to more than 250 students. Currently the Foundation is supporting 20 students. The scholarships contribute to funding up to four years of academic studies at one of the partnering Catholic colleges or universities who match the funds provided by the Foundation. Our current partners are DePaul University, Dominican University, Loyola University Chicago, Duquesne University, The Catholic University, Assumption College, University of Saint Mary Leavenworth, and St. Francis University Loretto.
The Foundation does not merely provide financial support for its students, but also engages in mentorship of the recipients, provides spiritual formation as an essential component of the program, and guidance for internships and post-graduation opportunities.