Pro Bono Posting: Major Gifts Officer with The One Love Foundation, an Outstanding Nonprofit!

The One Love Foundation is committed to philanthropically funding the development and distribution of its educational tools and initiatives in the interest of sparking a movement to end relationship violence. As such, fundraising is a critical element of their work. They are hoping to hire an experienced fundraiser to identify and engage donors in their mission.  The One Love Foundation’s ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic fundraising professional who believes wholeheartedly in their mission and is eager to identify, cultivate, and solicit individuals capable of making major gifts.


This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated, results-oriented, relationship builder to make a significant impact at an innovative nonprofit. One Love is in a phase of rapid growth. The position requires strong entrepreneurial skills to leverage their small donor base and to build new relationships in their focused regions. This is not a traditional major gift officer position, but rather an opportunity to help a relatively new nonprofit grow and deepen in regions across the country.


Responsibilities of the job include:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and corporate donors at the major gift level ($2,500 – $100,000+).
  • Develop customized strategies to cultivate and solicit donors.
  • Identify new fundraising opportunities that match One Love’s mission and priorities.
  • Work with the Managing Director, Partnerships to establish, develop and implement fundraising goals.
  • Create and develop compelling proposals to donors that effectively make the case for support.
  • Assist in the development of Regional Leadership Councils (Boston, Dallas, New York & San Francisco) and lead efforts to engage and empower these important stakeholders and donors.


To Apply:

Send the following to

  • Put: “I’m your next Major Gift Officer” in the subject line
  • Include an attached resume in PDF format



Another Successful Executive Search from Pillar for WildAid!

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Pillar Search is proud to have successfully partnered with WildAid on the search for their Managing Director of U.S. Operations and the placement of Rebekah Owen.


Founded in 1999, WildAid is an environmental organization based in San Fransisco, CA focused on reducing the demand for wildlife products. WildAid works with media, governments, celebrities and local partners and communities worldwide to make wildlife conservation a global priority.


As Managing Director of U.S. Operations, Rebekah will be responsible for recruiting and hiring all U.S. staff and managing their well-being. She will bring her experience and talent to bear on improving the global organization infrastructure to accommodate continued growth and geographic expansion. Rebekah will plan and lead the organization’s non-programmatic fundraising and non-programmatic organizational communications strategy. Additionally, she will serve as counsel on short- and long-term fundraising, financial, staffing, and administrative decisions.


Rebekah joins WildAid from Asante Africa, where she held the role of Chief Operating Officer. Prior roles include Executive Director, Business Management Operations and Strategy at Kaiser Permanente and Manager, Capital Planning and Analysis with Mervyn’s. Rebekah holds a MBA from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


With personalized service and proven results, Pillar is your partner in executive search and human resources consulting. With over 20 years of experience, Pillar provides retained search services for exceptional non-profits and foundations and early-stage or rapid growth for-profit firms. A woman-owned business, Pillar is based in Boston, MA, and works on both a local and national level. To learn more about how Pillar can assist with your search needs, please contact Cindy Joyce at

Another Successful Search from Pillar Executive Search & HR Consulting for The Landing School in Maine!

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Pillar Search is proud to have successfully partnered with The Landing School on the search for their new Director of Admissions and to announce the placement of Matt Barry.

Headquartered in Arundel, Maine, The Landing School is a full-time, accredited post-secondary school that blends education in modern yacht design, boat building and marine systems technology under one roof.

As Director of Admissions, Matt will drive the development and implementation of innovative strategies to recruit and attract students to the school, develop effective communication plans around recruitment, and improve efficiency in academic admissions operations.

Matt joins The Landing School from Saint Joseph’s College, where he held the role of Assistant Director of Admissions. Prior roles include Undergraduate Admissions Counselor and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, both at Thomas College. Matt holds a MBA from Thomas and an undergraduate degree in Communication and Media Studies from Saint Joseph’s College.

With personalized service and proven results, Pillar is your partner in executive search and human resources consulting. With over 20 years of experience, Pillar provides retained search services for exceptional non-profits and foundations and early-stage or rapid growth for-profit firms. A woman-owned business, Pillar is based in Boston, MA, and works on both a local and national level. To learn more about how Pillar can assist with your search needs, please contact Cindy Joyce at

What Nobody Ever Tells You about Working from Home

When I started Pillar Search & HR Consulting, I went from working in the office 5 days a week to 4 days a week. I have an in-office day on Wednesdays with a consulting client, or as I like to call it, dress like a grown-up day! I have loved every minute of working from home. It has been a total game changer. There have been some surprises though. If you are considering a role that allows you to work from home almost exclusively, here were a few of my “aha” moments:

  • Be prepared to redecorate. Believe me, this was my biggest surprise. Spending hours on end in your abode will make you realize that cannot stand the paint color in your immediate work area. It started to feel too dark, so I painted it. And then the bedroom looked too dark. And then the guestroom. If the dog stands still long enough she may get a coat of paint.
  • I miss coworkers. Sometimes. Granted, I no longer have to listen to Bob from Accounting complain about the quality of coffee or Suzie from Client Service go on and on about her cats, but I miss the comradery and the ability to bounce ideas off of people. I try to do client or candidate lunches once or twice a week. Some days I will sneak out to the gym just to see another person during the day. Human interaction is essential.
  • My dry cleaner misses me. We used to be on a first-name basis. Now I am just some person who brings in her “fancy” clothes every few weeks since the days of suits and dresses are few and far between (thank heavens).
  • My boyfriend misses me wearing the suits and dresses. 9 times out of 10 I am in my yoga pants when he comes home, and you know it is bad when I justify it by telling myself that I am wearing my “dressy” Lululemon.
  • I now regret the money spent on shoes (okay, not really…) It’s just a wee bit challenging to justify what I spent on my friends Louboutin, Blahnik and Choo when I now spend most days in Old Navy gym socks.
  • Those appointments that I used to schedule way in advance are a breeze. Those annoying four hour windows from the cable company? No problem! I’ll be here!
  • Toilet paper. Not to be indelicate, but you never think about that when in an office. Ditto for water, post-its, and coffee/tea. In an office, those things somehow magically appear. You will be amazed at how quickly you run through them. Be sure to stock up.
  • Time Management. Without the normal office cues to indicate time, it is so easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole of a project, look up, and realize the day is gone. You do not see people coming and going, or have the same number of meetings to break up the day – it is great because it keeps me focused, but sometimes I need to set a timer so that I remind myself to take a breather.
  • Family and friends think I am free to play. Set boundaries if you start to work from home. People assume that it means that you can chat on the phone at any time or meet them for downtime when they have a day off. That is not the case. I am working from home, with a big emphasis on the w-o-r-k.
  • I have become Schneider from One Day at a Time. Telling my building manager I work from home may have been a mistake, as he asks me to cover for him and check on work being done in our brownstone.  If you are too young to know the Schneider reference, I am sorry that you missed on one of the best sitcoms ever. Fear not, it’s available on Netflix and I highly recommend it.
  • MOVE! Living in the city (Boston), I often walked a mile to and from the office, and clocked thousands of steps while there going to meetings. Now I need to remind myself to move. One thing that helped my waistline is the lack of the office candy bowl and endless birthday cake/leftover catered lunches. Best part? If you end a conference call and start doing pushups in the office, you would be looked at funny. At home, the dog assumes it is an invitation to play!

There are a million perks to working from home. Quality of life, laundry does not pile up, fewer distractions, and let’s face it, the commute cannot be beat. If you work from home, what have been your surprises?

Pro Bono Nonprofit Job Posting: Chief Program Officer with Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to join a dynamic organization making an unprecedented impact in afterschool and out-of-school time services? Prime Time Palm Beach County is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of Chief Program Officer (CPO). Prime Time is a leading organization in the state of Florida that fosters high quality resources and promotes coaching and development in out-of-school time programs.  The Chief Program Officer’s (CPO) primary responsibility is to develop and foster synergy among the agency’s programmatic departments with a strong focus on creative communications and fund development.
Responsible for the day-to-day management of the programmatic staff, the CPO will work with multiple stakeholders to ensure that Prime Time’s programs and initiatives are in line with its vision and mission and responsive to the needs of the out-of-school time field.  The incumbent will be responsible for shaping Prime Time’s messaging and branding strategies and developing and managing the annual communications and resource development plans.   Prime Time is seeking candidates with demonstrated experience in marketing, design and/or public relations, have strong supervisory skills and experience, are big thinkers with an eye for detail, are exceptional writers and copy editors and intuitively employ the latest technology to develop and deliver a creative story.  No relocation is available. Excellent benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements: B.A.,B.S., M.A. preferred in a related discipline, with a minimum of five years of diverse management experience with a proven track record in communications, public relations and grant writing. Knowledge of the out-of-school time field or youth development is a plus.


Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: 
Emily Nell Lagerquist, Human Resources Generalist, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. 2300 High Ridge Road, Suite 330 Boynton Beach, FL 33426. Fax: 561-732-8094. Email: (No phone calls please)

Pro Bono Nonprofit Job Posting: Reading Partners’s Executive Director, Silicon Valley

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Learn more about us at


The High Level

Reading Partners was founded in 1999 at the Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park. Now, Reading Partners operates in multiple states across the U.S. serving more than 8,000 students annually. The Silicon Valley is our flagship region currently serving in 26 schools across three counties: Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda.


Reading Partners is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to provide leadership, management, and strategic oversight of the Silicon Valley region. The Executive Director will build and lead a program, development, and administrative team, which include employees, AmeriCorps members, and community volunteers. The Executive Director will also drive expanding fundraising partnerships, and have full bottom line fiscal responsibility for the entire region.


The ideal candidate is a social entrepreneur who has deep connections with the K-5 educational and/or nonprofit sector(s) with state/local officials and philanthropic leaders who can accelerate Reading Partners’ regional program expansion. This person will roll-up their sleeves to lead the region, acting as the primary contact to both internal and external stakeholders.


What you’ll do:

Lead and manage a team of 46 staff and AmeriCorps/VISTA members toward highly successful program implementation, community engagement, and fundraising targets. Oversee growth strategy and all regional business operations.

  • Set and achieve programmatic, fundraising, and other goals aligned with the regional and national strategic plans.
  • Build fundraising and organizational infrastructure and capacity to support future growth.
  • Provide executive oversight of all program operations: compliance, quality assurance, and program efficacy.
  • Oversee all business functions (accounting, HR, IT, legal, etc.), with significant support from the national accounting, HR, and IT departments.
  • Partner with the program director to recommit current schools and recruit new schools to ensure Reading Partners will meet its schools served and wait list targets the following school year.
  • Partner with development and community engagement teams to drive resources to the region.
  • Collaborate with other executive directors and members of the National team to develop and implement a system for sharing resources and best practices across all Reading Partners locations.
  • Participate on one or more task forces or working groups with other executive directors and/or members of national departments.


Strategize and lead all fundraising to exceed regional revenue goal of $2M+.

  • Set, meet, and exceed annual fund development goals in future years to support ongoing expansion in the local area.
  • Cultivate and manage donor relationships across the region to secure monies from government, corporate, foundation, and individual funding sources.
  • Develop and manage the regional board to provide effective local leadership and ambassadorship.
  • Collaborate with development staff and board members to identify, cultivate, and steward potential funders.
  • Work closely with the national grants team to ensure proper implementation of the state or national AmeriCorps grants, and to steward the relationship effectively to continue our strong relationship with all state and national AmeriCorps agencies.


Drive all external relations activities in the region to grow and scale the region.

  • Create and lead a broad coalition of nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental entities to affect students’ reading success.
  • Engage and manage relationships with elected officials and public sector partners (municipal, school board, state, and district staff for Congressional offices) to support the advancement of Reading Partners as a key partner in the educational system in the region.
  • Build and grow relationships with district-level leaders to ensure Reading Partners’ success as a best in class literacy program.
  • Support Reading Partners’ role in the policy dialogue around literacy, education, and national service.
  • Increase organizational visibility and profile in local media markets through the successful creation and implementation of a regional communications plan.
  • Serve as the primary local public spokesperson for Reading Partners, acting as the public face of the organization within the region.
  • Develop strategic partnerships to support Reading Partners’ community engagement and volunteer recruitment efforts.


How you’ll do it:

  • Mission and Culture Catalyst: In order to thrive as a culture leader at Reading Partners, you are highly motivated by Reading Partners’ work and authentically represent this mission externally. You demonstrate a sincere passion for enriching the lives of high need students through literacy development and embody Reading Partners’ mission, core values and approach. You are energized by working amid ambiguity and will bring a patient and solutions oriented outlook to their work. You are a dedicated leader who is strategic and dynamic, with a track record of establishing meaningful and trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Finally, you bring an understanding of how to partner with schools and serving at-risk youth, ideally within the context of K-5 education.
  • People & Operations Management: Lead, motivate and manage a team of 46 to results, while coaching and developing the capacity of the people on the team. Oversee and deliver professional development and management training for regional staff including the following direct reports: Program Director, Development Manager and 2 Community Engagement Managers. Demonstrate advanced ability to plan and implement efficient internal operations to support future growth. Demonstrate experience serving as an inspiring mentor to staff members, either in a formal management structure, or informally through influence. You also have the ability to develop a strategic vision and motivate teams to achieve measurable goals, while maintaining a results oriented, collaborative and healthy organizational culture. You bring strong track record of establishing the metrics, processes, and protocols needed to effectively move from vision to implementation. Finally, you have experience juggling multiple work streams concurrently, managing complex and competing priorities, and executing on ambitious goals effectively.
  • Relationship Development & Communications: You establish deep relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, community constituents, elected officials, media outlets, non-profit and for-profit leaders, as well as board members. You are able to open doors, make connections, tell a compelling story, build consensus and create opportunities to both generate revenue and support advancement in literacy education, across the region and within a very competitive market. You have experience identifying, building, and maintaining strong relationships with a diverse array of non-profit, government, community, private sector, and high-net-worth stakeholders. You are someone who is an effective communicator, natural “connector”, and you have a track record of successfully increasing revenue and cultivating donors and community support.
  • Strategic Leadership and Execution: You develop and design new strategies and approaches to meeting programmatic growth goals and then lead implementation of those strategies. You bring a systems perspective to organizational challenges, with the ability to effectively move from vision to strategy to plan to execution while managing multiple work streams and demonstrating exceptional project management instincts. You are creative, a thoughtful decision maker, and are comfortable partnering with others to problem-solve, and use clear and strategic processes in making decisions. In addition, you have professional experience both developing and executing strategy to optimize organizational processes and achieve ambitious goals.


About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you have:

  • Robust experience working with nonprofits, school districts, government officials, and philanthropic organizations in the Silicon Valley area
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing fundraising strategies
  • Proven accomplishments in front-line fundraising, including demonstrated success of fundraising $1M+
  • Strong staff management skills, including recruitment, leadership development, day-to-day oversight, team building and retention
  • Ability to develop and manage large and complex operating budgets
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated creativity when addressing challenging situations with limited resources
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, highly adaptive environment
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent computer skills
  • A deep belief in our mission
  • The innate ability and desire to root your work in our core values
  • Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status


Bonus Points if you:

  • Hold an MBA or advanced degree
  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna
  • Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations


What we offer

Reading Partners offers the full package – great benefits, a great place to work and the opportunity to have a glowing and growing career.

  • We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. This is a full time, exempt salaried position.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flex spending accounts, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, 403(b) option, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities, including an annual staff retreat in Oakland, CA.


The other stuff you need to know

  • Travel: This position travels regularly throughout the local area. This position may also involve occasional travel to Reading Partners’ National Headquarters in Oakland, CA.
  • Typical Physical & Mental Demands: Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching, and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment.  Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers and staff. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.


What’s Next?

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role, along with your salary history for your past three roles.
  • Resume


Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please.