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An image of Dr. Thomas Randle, Superintendent, and Mike Rockwood, Chief of Staff, of Consolidated Independent School District, smiling as they participate in a leadership program session for The Holdsworth Center.
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We thrive on collaboration

It takes a diverse team of talented individuals to do extraordinary work. The Holdsworth Center is comprised of professionals with deep expertise in educational leadership, organizational talent management, adult learning and school district administration. We're looking for experienced and versatile professionals who enjoy working within multidisciplinary teams and thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration and iteration.

All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Director of Finance

About the organization

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus and programs are being developed in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist and a lifelong champion for social justice.

We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom. At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles. We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues.

We are seeking a Director of Finance who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we strive to serve public school districts across the state of Texas.

About the position

The Director of Finance, reporting to the Vice President, will manage the organization’s financial operations, including oversight of accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, production of financial statements and reports, and advisement of the senior management team on financial decisions. The Director of Finance is responsible for monitoring and maintaining internal controls, while overseeing financial systems and related compliance requirements.

In alignment with strengths and skills, the Director of Finance will:

  • Manage the overall financial operations of the organization.
  • Directly supervise the Financial Accountant responsible for day-to-day financial maintenance responsibilities.
  • Maintain generative interactions with all members of the management team.
  • Raise issues to and participate in key decisions as a member of the management team.
  • Assist in formulating the organization’s long-term financial plan.
  • Develop and maintain a system of performance measures that support the organization’s strategic direction.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the board on all financial matters including as a member of the Finance Committee.
  • Maintain a system of policies and procedures that impose an adequate level of control over all financial activities.
  • Manage the production of the annual budget and forecasts.
  • Manage the investment of the organization’s endowment funds.
  • Manage the annual financial audit.
  • Manage the preparation of all tax returns.
  • Manage vendors and relationships with outsourced support functions (Oasis, Certify).
  • Ensure and maintain appropriate insurance coverages.
  • Manage overall financial risk profile of the organization.

Desirable candidates will have a range of prior experience and capabilities to include:

  • Master’s degree in accounting, finance or business administration.
  • Certified Public Accountant credential (required).
  • 7-10+ years of progressively responsible experience.
  • Experience partnering with an executive team and ability to cultivate relationships at all levels (internal and external).
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft NAV financial reporting software.
  • Experience in a non-profit organization is a plus, but not required.

How to apply

Interested candidates can submit a current resume and cover letter, including 5 professional references, detailing their interest in this position and how their experience will contribute to the work of The Holdsworth Center. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Position is open until filled. Applications will be screened regularly until a sufficient pool of candidates is identified. Please click here to apply.

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Director of Development

The Organization

Charles Butt, Chairman and CEO of H-E-B, founded The Holdsworth Center in 2017. He named the center for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, who taught school in the 1920s in Center Point, TX (near Kerrville). Charles has directed much of his personal and corporate giving toward education, developing initiatives such as the annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, the HEB Read 3 early literacy program and Raise Your Hand Texas, an advocacy organization focused on public policies that support and improve our public schools. The Holdsworth Center builds on those efforts by strengthening the leaders who serve educators and students.

The Holdsworth Center invests in deep, 5-year partnerships with public school districts in Texas to help them build stronger leaders and stronger organizations, which Holdsworth believes will ultimately lead to stronger results for students. That belief is backed by research showing that after teachers, school leaders and administrators are the most important influence on student outcomes. Strong, inspiring leaders build positive and caring environments where educators and students are engaged, challenged and supported to do their best work.

The Holdsworth Center currently partners with 13 school districts across Texas, with plans to scale significantly over the next five years. In Fall 2020, Holdsworth will open a 44-acre campus on the shores of Lake Austin to host its District and Campus Leadership Programs. Just six miles from downtown Austin, the campus will include 18 new buildings, a 300-person capacity event room, a library, and 186 rooms for overnight stay.

Programs and Outcomes

Holdsworth invests in leadership at both the district and campus levels throughout its 5-year partnership.

Because Holdsworth believes the most enduring work is done in teams, superintendents, central office administrators, principals and teachers go through the center’s 2-year District and Campus Leadership Programs as teams. Through learning sessions and site visits they are exposed to some of the nation’s top leadership coaches, authors and thought leaders, and travel in the U.S. and abroad to study high-performing school systems and companies in action.

The Holdsworth experience begins with a focus on personal leadership, giving leaders the inspiration, tools, and resources needed to grow. Leaders then learn to empower others, coach them to success and build high-performing teams. Finally, leaders take what they have learned and adapt it, creating the culture and systems needed to support excellent and equitable outcomes for students.

At the district level, leadership teams use what they’ve learned to build the systems and structures needed to grow their own pipeline of outstanding leaders. A cornerstone of Holdsworth’s model is the District Support Team, staff members who are embedded in partner districts over the 5-year partnership to help leaders design and implement new strategies that are built to last.

Holdsworth is working with its partner districts to identify the best way to quantify progress on measures that will help answer the following questions:

  • Are leaders who participate in its programs stronger, more skilled leaders? Have they grown, improved and deepened their capacity to lead themselves, lead others, and lead change?
  • Do the leaders who participate in its programs create stronger organizations? Do they establish strong, engaged cultures and effectively and systemically develop and cultivate talent?
  • Do the leaders who participate in its programs deliver excellent and equitable results for students?

Over time, Holdsworth’s belief is that education systems will become stronger by consistently cultivating leaders who can push student achievement levels to new heights.

The Opportunity

As the Holdsworth Center anticipates the opening of its 44-acre campus in the Fall 2020, leadership recognized that the opening offers a unique opportunity to launch a comprehensive development department to supplement over time the funds provided by the organization’s founder. Specifically, the opening will be a highly publicized event in the state, and the campus offers many naming possibilities, so Holdsworth has a singular opportunity in terms of timing, donor engagement and visibility brought to the state of public education in Texas. The Director of Development’s primary objective is to create, launch and execute a comprehensive plan to maximize the potential for attracting private support, and to lead the newly created development department in these endeavors to propel the Center and sustain it in the coming years.


Reporting to the President, and as a member of the leadership team, the Director of Development will be responsible for all aspects of planning, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive, strategic fundraising and grant writing program. He/she will collaborate with the President, the leadership team, the Board of Directors, and the Founder to create and execute strategic fundraising initiatives and will focus personally on efforts to further raise the visibility of the Center to attract private support. Specific duties include the following:

  • Participating in the overall leadership and management of the Holdsworth Center and, in his or her role as a member of the senior leadership team, assisting in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plans;
  • In collaboration with the President, key members of the Board of the Directors, Founder, and staff, developing and implementing an integrated, comprehensive fundraising program designed to achieve the organization’s future financial and fundraising goals;
  • In conjunction with the President, establishing and maintaining close relationships with major donors and corporate and private foundations as a means of generating revenue and to fund programs;
  • Identifying prospects for major gifts and, both personally and with the President, cultivating meaningful relationships with them in order to secure significant contributions;
  • Writing and submitting effective proposals to major foundations, trusts, corporations and government departments while managing relationships with institutional funders;
  • Representing the Holdsworth Center in the philanthropic community and building credibility with funders by virtue of her/his knowledge of the Holdsworth Center’s organizational goals, and programmatic and financial needs;
  • Researching local and national funder communities, including the public domain and networks of current stakeholders and following up with individuals, foundations, or corporations as appropriate to secure funding;
  • Developing and implementing a twelve-month development plan, including short-term and long-term goals; and
  • Playing a key role in compiling the annual report.

Candidate Qualities


  • Strategic thinker and self-starter with the ability to translate a concept into action that achieves organizational goals.
  • Innovative leader with a hands-on and involved style marked by cooperation and a willingness to think creatively.
  • A service-oriented person who inspires colleagues, staff, and the community through her/his knowledge, experience, creativity, vision, and dedication to the Holdsworth Center mission.
  • A tenacious leader who measures her/his success against standards of excellence, who consistently sets challenging but attainable goals, and who brings a track record of meeting and/or exceeding those expectations and goals.
  • Hardworking individual who fully dedicates her/his energy to a cause and is willing to “go beyond the job description,” including extending extra effort when necessary, to see projects to successful conclusions.


  • At least 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred, including at least seven (7) years of experience leading and developing a high-performing fundraising program.
  • Track record of success raising funds from diverse sources, particularly annual appeals, major individual donors, corporate and foundation donors, planned gifts, and special events.
  • Proven ability to build and lead a team to success and foster a culture of accountability, inclusiveness, teamwork, and collaboration with others; experience implementing and managing performance measurements to achieve success.
  • Proven ability to work with volunteers, community leaders, organizations, and businesses to advocate for and promote the value and mission of the Holdsworth Center.
  • Proven ability and two-year track record of securing grants, including researching prospective foundations, making pitch presentations, attending site visits, and maintaining relationships once grants are funded, especially in collaboration with the staff and President.
  • Experience collaborating with, leading, and managing a Board of Directors comprised of prominent members of the community.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, analysis, and vision casting, particularly when devising multi-year revenue generation strategies.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Broad and deep knowledge of fundraising principles to be applied in the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising strategy, incorporating the acquisition of new major gifts and grants, annual appeals, donor cultivation, planned giving, and securing ongoing annual operating funds.
  • Broad and deep knowledge of the full range of grant acquisition, including researching potential grant opportunities, writing proposals, responding to prospective funder feedback, grant implementation, and final reports.
  • Skilled at reading people and forging cooperative efforts between and among staff and other departments of the organization, thereby leading teams to success and fostering a culture of accountability, inclusiveness, teamwork, and collaboration.
  • Successful experience in and enthusiasm for donor cultivation and major gift solicitation.
  • Experience overseeing the smooth and effective day-to-day functioning of a fund development department.
  • Persuasive and articulate communicator with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills who can represent the Holdsworth Center to diverse constituencies.
  • Highly organized with the ability to take direction and handle multiple tasks in a rapid-paced environment and to work under pressure and meet deadlines and fundraising goals.
  • Ability to move comfortably in a wide variety of social settings, including among people of substantial influence and wealth, and the ability to forge solid personal relationships.
  • Knowledge of development software.

Personal Characteristics

  • An accessible and approachable “people person” who enjoys teaming with others and is comfortable in both large social venues and one-on-one relationship building.
  • A warm and engaging individual who, while genuinely interested in others, can exercise discipline and accountability in a professional manner.
  • A high-energy and positive individual possessing high levels of initiative and comfort working with teams or as an independent practitioner.
  • Intuitive, perceptive, and skilled at reading both people and situations as well as flexible and willing to adapt to people and situations when perceived necessary.
  • An individual who balances a sense of urgency in addressing needs with the patience required of a team-oriented environment.
  • Outstanding attention to detail in written communication, especially in complex grant proposals and with individual donors.
  • A constant learner who is willing to participate in training and development opportunities to improve and maintain job knowledge.
  • A leader who displays resolve and resourcefulness when facing challenges or opposition.

Other Considerations

  • Compensation: Competitive with comparable organizations, and commensurate with capability, experience, and prevailing market trends
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Travel: Moderate across the state of Texas
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required

For more information, contact: Carlos González Peña at (214-736-8891) or Travis Hillier at (214-736-8890).

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Apply now