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Director - Central and Coastal Virginia

Reports To:         Vice President of Fund Development

FLSA Status:       Full Time Exempt


I. Position Overview


The Director – Central and Coastal Virginia will represent MCEC in the Central and Coastal Virginia region and will perform activities to support the goals of MCEC.


II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Primary Objectives:

  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Data Collection
  • Coordination of efforts

Marketing & Outreach

  • Maintain an excellent level of technical knowledge regarding all areas of the MCEC products and services.
  • Represent MCEC at local business, civic, educational, and social events (military & civilian based)
  • Solicits speaking engagements and speaks on behalf of MCEC at all levels of events and to diverse groups of individuals 1-2 times/week
  • During CFC/United Way campaign events
  • To local PTAs and Military Spouse organizations
  • To Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Odd Fellows, Shriner’s, Knights of Columbus, Retirement communities, etc.
  • Seek opportunities to advocate for military connected children by spreading the word about MCEC


  • Increase paid individual, organization, and corporate memberships from the Central and Coastal Virginia region.
  • Develop and maintain effective prospective donor and existing MCEC donor relationships.
  • Represent MCEC at regional fundraising events as requested
  • Participate in local fund raising efforts with assistance from home office fund raising team
  • Raise funds in support of MCEC programs and services.
  • Can be raised through donations or grant funding or a combination of the two.

Grant writing

  • Identify local or national corporations and foundations whose funding history or philosophy aligns with the goals of MCEC.    
  • Work with the Director of Foundation Relations to develop and submit at least one grant/quarter in support of MCEC programs and services.  May be 100% in support of MCEC activities in the Central and Coastal Virginia region or may also include funds for National designation.

Data Collection

  • Identify the needs of the local population of military-connected children.
  • Working with military contacts, parents, and schools, know of and notify MCEC HQ of upcoming deployments, reunion activities, hospital or rehab related events/issues, etc.
  • Identify potential survey participants for broader MCEC data collection efforts

Coordinate MCEC activities

  • Develop relationships with point of contacts for local Student2Student (S2S) groups, Junior Student2Student (JS2S) groups, Parent to Parent (PtoP) cadres, Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC) and any other MCEC activities/programs in the Central and Coastal Virginia region.
  • Coordinate/encourage synergy between various MCEC programs


  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Fund Development.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


III. Position Qualifications


As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must be committed to the core values of the MCEC mission.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited College or University preferred (may be waived to Bachelor’s degree based on experience)
  • Advanced credentials or licensure in the education field desired. For example, administrator, counselor, associate school psychologist, special education, school social worker, or other advanced certifications from accredited institutions. 
  • Military spouse/military parent or have military experience preferred - service branch immaterial
  • References and documented successful leadership experience and presentation skills are required.

Additional Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Skills in database management and record keeping.
  • Able to exhibit a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Must be able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to gather and analyze information skillfully.

IV. Selection Process

Our selection process will be conducted in phases

Phase One: In addition to submitting a cover letter and resume, please prepare response no longer than two-pages to the questions listed below. Selected applicants are invited to an interview with the selection committee.

  • Detail briefly why your experiences make you a highly qualified candidate for this position.
  • Describe any previous experience with community cultivation/fundraising.
  • List any experience you may have with grant or proposal writing.
  • Would you be willing to provide a writing sample if given a prompt?

Phase Two: Qualified candidates may be invited to the next round of interview which may include members of the selection team and the MCEC Senior VP/Chief Operating Officer. These candidates will also be expected to submit the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for three professional references.


Round Three: Based on the interview results, a select number of candidates will be invited to an interview with members of the selection team and the MCEC President/CEO.


In addition to providing resumes, references and proof of academic credentials, applicants must also submit to extensive background checks, possible fingerprinting, and must be an acceptable candidate based on the criteria of the local school system in which they will serve.


V. Selection timeline 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The desired start date is 15 July 2020 or sooner.


VI. Contact information

Letters of interest, applications, resumes, and questionnaire answers will be held in the strictest confidence. Please email your application packet to Director-Human Resources at or via fax at 254-953-1925.