Organization: Pinellas Education Foundation

Location: Largo, FL

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About Pinellas Education Foundation:   

Founded in 1986 by Chairman Emeritus Dr. Gus A. Stavros, the Pinellas Education Foundation has raised more than $140M to support the students and teachers of Pinellas County Schools (PCS) and is currently ranked as the #1 education foundation nationally by dewey & associates.

The Pinellas Education Foundation is passionately committed to providing all students with the opportunity to be successful. It is our belief that we must have a superior educational system to ensure that our school children remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. Involving the private sector in our efforts to improve education is vital to our success.

Our mission is to enhance and improve educational opportunities in Pinellas County Schools.

Our vision is that every student will be prepared for life after high school, whether the choice is to attend college, to enter the workforce, or to obtain technical training.

Our core values are:

  • Teamwork
  • Involvement
  • Solutions
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Excellence

The Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders who work together to improve the quality of public education. We do this by advocating for public education reform, creating programs to improve student and teacher performance, and raising funds for scholarships, grants, and teacher recognition. Some of the most successful Foundation programs are the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, Enterprise Village, Finance Park, Future Plans, Ford Next Generation Learning efforts, and Youth Connect. The Foundation also awards numerous classroom grants and career education scholarships annually.

Key programs include:

Enterprise Village: Enterprise Village is a self-contained economic education program that provides hands-on learning experiences for 17,000+ fifth grade students who have the opportunity to run a radio station, publish a newspaper, work in a bank, or manage a utilities corporation.

Finance Park: Finance Park has hosted 13,000+ students to date and serves as a reality based hands-on simulation for students, enabling them to build important foundations for making lifelong personal finance decisions.

Future Plans®: This program is an interactive, self-administered, online program guided by engaging avatars aimed at helping individuals discover their abilities, interests, work values, and personality traits so that they can choose the educational pathway and/or field of work that will lead them to their best in-demand career choices.

Take Stock in Children: Through the support of businesses, civic groups, a myriad of organizations, and individuals who care enough to invest their resources in the future of our school children, the Pinellas Take Stock in Children Scholarship program, in partnership with the statewide Take Stock in Children program, is giving low-income students the opportunity to work toward the attainable goal of a college education.

Ford Next Generation Learning Community & Southeast Center for Innovation: Pinellas County is a Ford Generation Learning Community, one of 17 in the country. The Foundation leads this effort for the region and has helped the county to also become a Center for Innovation in the Southeast. The Foundation has partnered with Pinellas County Schools to host conferences, where they have convened hundreds of southeast-based educators and leaders to discuss best practices on advancing and promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and STEM via career preparation programs. Additionally, the district and Foundation have collaborated to launch and maintain career academies and technical courses over the last five years.

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About Pinellas County:

The name Pinellas is derived from the Spanish term Punta Pinal, which means “point of pines”, given that the area was covered with pine trees upon being discovered more than 400 years ago. Pinellas County, Florida is home to the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Largo, where the Foundation is based. Located near Tampa, this area is largely known for its 35 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and year-round sunny weather, making the region a top tourist destination both locally and nationally.

Additionally, Pinellas County Schools is the seventh largest district in Florida and the 26th largest district in the country. PCS serves more than 100,000 PK-12 grade students annually. The district has a total of 76 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 17 high schools, 22 charter schools and 4 exceptional education schools.

The Opportunity:

Pinellas Education Foundation seeks an entrepreneurial, talented, and dynamic President to lead an esteemed and innovative organization that has established a “gold standard” in the creation and deployment of programs for students that equip them to achieve post-secondary success in the 21st century. The President will bring strong organizational management skills and strategic leadership ability and will be an excellent communicator, an exceptional fundraiser, and a capable people manager, while having an unwavering commitment to public education and student success.

The President will work in partnership with an engaged Board and committed staff to steer the Foundation toward increased impact, growth, and sustainability. The President will report directly to the Board.

The President’s responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following areas:

Strategic Leadership & Vision

The President will be a strong leader who, with the Board, will develop and execute a strategic plan and set of priorities that align with the vision of the organization and continue to ensure that the Foundation continues on its path of entrepreneurial growth and impact regionally and nationally. S/he will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to assemble and execute detailed plans for growth in impact and revenue. S/he will show a true willingness to apply creative solutions to achieving goals and an excitement for innovative approaches, while also being a thoughtful risk-taker.

Operational & Financial Management

The President will be an exceptional people manager who will be able to attract, motivate, develop, and lead a capable and effective team. S/he will bring strong experience in developing and operationalizing organizational strategies. S/he will have a demonstrated understanding of how to run a financially healthy organization and manage complex budgets. S/he will be proactive in identifying the systems and resources necessary to accommodate growth.

Fundraising & External Relations

An excellent presenter and communicator, the President will have the ability to serve as a compelling spokesperson for the organization. S/he will be able to inspire funders, staff, and other stakeholders and translate the mission and work of the Foundation to a variety of audiences. S/he will actively and strategically partner with the Vice President of Development and the Board in order to successfully reach the strategic fundraising goals of the organization and grow revenue.

Board Relations

The President will bring deep experience of collaborating and working in successful partnership with a dynamic Board of Directors. S/he will understand how best to build strong rapport and relationships with Board members, in addition to an understanding of how to thoughtfully leverage Board members’ expertise and experiences to achieve strategic goals and advance the organization’s mission. S/he will work closely with a set of committees that support and provide additional capacity for key organizational initiatives.

Candidate Profile:

The President will be a talented, business-oriented, and proven leader who is passionate about advocating for and increasing access to opportunities for K-12 students. S/he will also have the following competencies and characteristics:

  • Passion and commitment to the Foundation’s mission, vision, and core values to enhance and improve educational opportunities for students, in addition to ensuring the preparation of all students for post-secondary success in PCS
  • Inspirational leader, spokesperson, and communicator who is able to move a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders together toward a common goal
  • Experience with K-12 education is preferred
  • Demonstrated track record of success in fundraising, specifically in cultivating funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Advocacy or legislative experience at federal, state, or local level strongly preferred
  • Excellent people management skills with ability to grow and develop strong teams
  • Strong business acumen and in-depth experience in operational, financial, and administrative management
  • High level of flexibility and adaptable to shifting priorities and high-growth environment
  • Experience working in close partnership and collaboration with Boards of Directors or Trustees
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and ability to drive innovation, as demonstrated by a track record of developing innovative initiatives, programs, or products
  • An ability to leverage data and establish measures of accountability around impact and resources
  • A sense of humor and a person of empathy, integrity, resiliency, and humility


Molly Brennan, Sam Simmons, and Meghan Moist of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Pinellas Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit