The Westerville Education Foundation is looking for someone to be the face and voice of the organization by serving as its first executive director.

Foundation president Erick Carter said the role is one the group's board has been considering over the past few years as it laid out a strategic plan.

"There has been a strong desire of our all-volunteer board to increase the outreach and impact of the WEF for quite some time," Carter said. "The executive director will be our 'face and voice' to the Westerville community."

Carter said the executive director would help cultivate greater relationships across the community, expand the base of contributors and coordinate fundraising events, all of which would ultimately allow the foundation help more district teachers, students and staff.

Since its inception in 1993, the foundation has funded almost $200,000 in teacher grants across the Westerville City School District.

"Over the years we have been fortunate to be able to remove the financial caps from the grants we award and provide even more dollars to the teachers and staff across the district through our traditional grants process and our new online funding tool 'Adopt-A-Classroom' and 'Fund-A-Project,' " Carter said. "As we considered the progress we've made, we wanted to continue the momentum do even more."

A sub-committee of the foundation's board was asked to research other successful Education Foundations and nonprofits to identify their keys to success, according to Carter.

Among other things, they found that those organizations with an executive director position were truly able to advance their cause within the community and inevitably reach more people.

"This position will allow us to do just that," Carter said.

The salary for the part-time position will range between $20,000 and $30,000 annually, depending on the successful applicant's qualifications and experience.

A complete job description can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WEFExecDirectorSearch.

Scott Ebbrecht, the foundation's board liaison and the district's director of assessment and alternative education, said the deadline to apply is Sept. 22.

He said candidate interviews are expected in October and the new director would start in November.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Dr. Scott Ebbrecht, WEF Board Liaison and Westerville City Schools Director of Assessment and Alternative Education, 336 S. Otterbein Ave, Westerville, OH, 43081 or email ebbrechs@wcsoh.org.

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