President & CEO
Neda Eaton is a visionary leader with a passion for serving the community. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), one of the leading educational foundations in the nation, she is entrusted with ensuring that high-quality enrichment programs in critical areas such as the arts, music, sciences, health and wellness and math are sustained in public schools. In her role, she is responsible for guiding the strategic visioning and direction of the foundation, program and social enterprise development, day-to-day operations and implementation of various fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
Under Neda’s leadership, IPSF has achieved tremendous success by strategically uniting the business, parent and resident community to earn the reputation of the premier educational foundation in California. Since she joined the foundation, IPSF’s total annual amount raised has increased by 183%, raising over $6.5 million annually and an operating budget of over $8 million.
Neda’s career began soon after earning her Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University, graduating summa cum laude. It was during this time that she began to work in the social service area. From 1996-2000, Neda served as a senior manager in a comprehensive residential treatment facility for high-level acute clients at Olive Crest Homes and Services for Abused Children. In 2000, she joined Boys Town USA where she moved up the ranks to run the California program and became Boys Town USA Senior Operations Officer managing an $8.9 million operating budget and serving at risk youth in both short term and long term residential treatment programs.
IPSF is relentless in fulfilling its vision of a world class education for every child and ensuring that public schools have the resources needed to nurture and grow the potential of its students. The organization is poised to continue to expand its funding for essential programs such as music instruction for every child, STEAM initiatives, robust after school and summer programs, grants to teachers for innovative teaching methods, and funding for athletic trainers and school nurses. IPSF serves as a resource to other communities and school districts in support of educational excellence.
Board Of Trustees
Our committed, talented, resourceful and knowledgeable board of trustees is the driving force behind the success for IPSF. Their leadership has enabled our organization to grow and succeed for the benefit of all Irvine students.
Cresa Global, Inc.
Beacon Pointe Advisors
University of California, Irvine
Geena Merrill Dougherty
Rutan & Tucker
OC Korean Cultural Center
Chinese American Mutual Association
UPS West Region
Mostofi Law Group
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
Steve Churm, FivePoint
Connie Colao, Community Leader
Bill Habermehl, Retired County Superintendent, OC Department of Education
Mike Hamel, Irvine Police Department
Anne Hultgren, PhD, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Dennis Kuhl, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Jeff Larsen, HKS, Inc.
Karl Tokita, KSK Medical
Shareen Young, JCM Engineering Corporation
Join Our Team
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) currently has an immediate opening for a high-energy and creative Director of Development (DOD) to join our team. The successful candidate is a strong relationship builder who enjoys cultivating and soliciting new external partnerships and will execute a comprehensive, strategic fundraising program to achieve annual and long-term contributed revenue goals. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Vice President (EVP), the DOD serves as a member of IPSF’s Leadership Team and oversees all fundraising activities of the organization. The DOD supervises the work of the Development Assistant and staffs volunteer committees to build and deepen organization’s existing and new fundraising opportunities among corporate, individual and foundation partners.
- Evolve and implement a comprehensive, strategic fundraising program with goals and objectives to grow and diversify the donor base and increasing individual (community and major gifts) and institutional (corporate and foundation) support.
- Foster a culture of philanthropy organization-wide: execute all fundraising strategies, plans, events, and activities to meet and exceed fundraising goals in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
- Develop strong relationships with Leadership Team, Board of Trustees (BOT), staff, and key volunteers involved in fundraising efforts. Advise and guide to strengthen and leverage team’s fundraising and solicitation efforts.
- Develop and maintain donor-centric prospect development pipeline and moves management processes to leverage and coordinate organization’s outreach efforts.
- Actively represent IPSF in the community and identify opportunities for networking to attract top businesses and community leaders as supporters.
- Establish a Development infrastructure and documented procedures to support fundraising goals and to pursue organization’s long-term funding needs.
- Assist EVP with the planning and implementation of endowment growth plan and planned/deferred giving strategies.
- Provide leadership, mentoring and evaluation of Development Assistant and advise on future development staffing structure to achieve long-term goals.
- Work with Chief Program Officer and Director of Communications & Marketing to support cross-department projects, events, and activities.
- Work with the Chief Financial Officer to incorporate fundraising projections into the budget; manage the Development budget effectively.
- Advise on fundraising best practices and strategies as part of consulting projects for outside school districts.
- Manage donor stewardship program including recognition, cultivation, and stewardship events.
Experience & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years related experience and a proven track record in fundraising, including securing major gifts; MBA or similar advanced degree, or fundraising certification (CFRE) highly desired.
- Five to seven years of progressive non-profit fundraising experience and a proven track record of obtaining support from diverse sources – corporations, foundations, and individuals.
- Proven track record of creating problem-solving and change management processes.
- Leadership experience in managing staff and volunteers with diverse levels of expertise and backgrounds.
Typical hours would be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with attendance at evening and weekend events required. This is a full-time, exempt position with annual compensation commensurate with experience.
If you are interested in being considered for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to Michelle LeVasseur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IPSF SUMMER TEAM
We are looking for engaging and talented new and returning educators and support staff to join our IPSF Summer team. Please feel free to forward this information to friends or colleagues (we hire staff outside of IUSD as well), who you feel might be a good fit for our program. We will be planning for both on-site and online summer classes this year.
To apply for a Teaching position, CLICK HERE
To apply for a Support staff position, CLICK HERE
Due to current guidelines for an on-site program, as well as feedback from our online program last summer, our schedules will look a bit different for 2021, and we will likely not be hiring general instructional assistants. To review a list of sites, dates, and new times for our program, CLICK HERE
To view our Pay Schedule and Job Descriptions, CLICK HERE
Irvine Public Schools Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.