Zionsville Education Foundation splits executive director role into 2 positions



By Heather Lusk

It’s a job that requires wearing so many hats, the Zionsville Education Foundation board decided to split the role in two.

The role of executive director, a part-time position recently vacated by Tracy Phillips, will be divided into two separate part-time roles when the job is posted later this week.

“The executive director position is a job that requires a lot of talent because you’re doing a lot of different things,” said Missy Copher, ZEF board president.

“The thought was if we divide it and divide the responsibility, it would allow two individuals to really focus on their specific tasks and hopefully be able to accomplish more than one just one person,” she said.

One position, chief operating officer, will focus on administrative tasks, marketing, communications, finance and grant support. The other position, chief development officer, will focus on fundraising, including the annual event, donor stewardship and corporate sponsorship.

“Of course we want it to be collaborative, and we want them working together, and supporting one another in those roles,” Copher said.

Copher said many other educational foundations in the area have similar models.

The previous position was a part-time 30-hour position, but Phillips was working beyond that amount, so the board decided to make the new roles 20-hour positions.

“We realize that we may be retooling six to twelve months into the job,” she said. “We acknowledge that we need to be flexible and open in the process.”

Applications will be accepted through the end of January, and Copher hopes to have the positions filled in time for the spring grant cycle. In 2016 ZEF donated $102,000 in grants to Zionsville schools.

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