Now Hiring: Executive Director of Capstone Missions

Position Summary:

Capstone Missions seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. This position will be the main point of contact for all inquiries into Capstone Missions as well as Capstone’s sole paid employee. The executive director is responsible for areas including fundraising, donor relations, scheduling board meetings, and all other duties as assigned by the board. This is a part-time position of 20 hours per week on average. Actual hours per week may vary depending on the time of year.

Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Greg Franz, Capstone Missions Board of Directors President, at [email protected]. Position open to filled; priority will be given to applications received by August 15.

Responsibilities:

Fundraising

The primary function of the executive director will be to oversee and execute fundraising, including but not limited to the yearly Crab Feast fundraiser in Jerome, ID. The ideal candidate will also look for other creative ways to fundraise throughout the year, while maintaining Capstone’s participation in Idaho Gives and other scheduled events. The executive director will organize and oversee the following functions at the Crab Feast: Silent Auction, Live Auction, Dessert Auction, open bar, coordination of food delivery, and check-in/check-out. The Crab Feast typically has as many as 40 volunteers helping out in various capacities. Because of the preparation necessary to successfully coordinate the Crab Feast, required hours per week could increase to as much as 30 hours from November to February with exceptions for the holiday weeks. Because of the increase in hours required during this time period, the average required weekly hours would be less than 20 during the rest of the year.

Donor Relations

The executive director will maintain contact with Capstone’s donors throughout the year through notes of appreciation, email communication including updates, as well as phone communication. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in our donor management database, where all communication is documented.

Scheduling Board Meetings

The executive director will schedule periodic meetings with the board and shall be present at all meetings, which take place by conference call and shall also be present at the yearly board retreat, typically occurring in the fall during a weekend.

Other duties as assigned.

Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience.

403 (b) matching retirement contribution of up to 4% after one year of employment.

Minimum Qualifications:

2 years of experience working or volunteering at a non-profit. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Basic knowledge of databases and maintaining data integrity. Must have worked on a fundraising committee in some capacity or headed a fundraiser.

Must be willing to travel to different areas of Idaho for board meetings and retreats.

Must be willing to attend one trip to Tijuana with Capstone Missions, preferably in the first year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience working or volunteering at a non-profit. 2 years of experience coordinating fundraising including overseeing live and silent auctions.

About Capstone Missions:

St. Joseph’s Home (officially Casa Hogar Ruiz Cortinez) has been the heart of Capstone Missions’ work since 1997, when two Idaho families made the first journey to assist in the remodeling of their home.

Since the first trip in 1997, hundreds of volunteers have traveled to Tijuana or offered financial assistance for the children that other orphanages could not or would not accept due to their various disabilities.  As support and interest in our mission increased, so too did the capability of the growing organization that became Capstone Missions.  St. Joseph’s remains the focus of Capstone Missions’ work, even as the building trips have branched out to remodel and improve other orphanages and the homes of the very poor in Tijuana.  In 2008, we also began supporting Hacienda de la Inmaculada Orphanage which provides housing for up to 50 children.

Capstone Missions provides monthly financial support for St. Joseph’s and Hacienda, critical to the continuing operation of these homes.  The monthly assistance provided by Capstone Missions is the only consistent, monthly funding received by St. Joseph’s and pays for utilities, nutritious meals, medical care, and sound housing.  Capstone Missions’ support also allows the children of St. Joseph’s to attend private Catholic school, giving them more individual academic instruction and building a strong foundation in the Catholic faith.  Education is central to a promising future for the children.  Without a solid education, they encounter serious barriers to living a full and productive life.  Capstone Missions has also pledged to continue assisting the children as they graduate from high school and go on to university or technical school. 

Capstone Missions is committed to supporting the children at St. Joseph’s and Hacienda.  In order to offer the monthly financial assistance, while continuing with the needed building projects for the poor in Tijuana, Capstone Missions relies on the generosity of our supporters.  Donate today and help us continue building a better future for Tijuana’s orphans and poor.

Rocio Graduates from High School

Rocio at her graduation   ceremony

Rocio at her graduation ceremony

Most of our trip participants have had the pleasure of meeting Rocio at the Hacienda. Her outgoing personality and smile means she easily makes friends, and she also leaves a lasting impression on those she meets.

Recently, Rocio completed high school and celebrated with classmates and friends at a graduation ceremony, followed by lunch with several of her friends and supporters. She is one of 10 siblings, many of whom have lived at the Hacienda, and she is the first of her siblings to graduate from high school. Rocio is an excellent student, works hard at her studies, and plans on attending university in February. Her dream right now is to be an orthodontist. Knowing her abilities and determination, she will excel at whatever she chooses to do. Congratulations, Rocio; your future is bright!