Executive Director, District Foundation

  • Director
  • San Jose, CA
  • July 7, 2024

Website San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

Posting Number S2422
Close/First Review Date 05/19/2024
Department Foundation
Work Location District Office
Position Status Full Time
Salary Range $177,165 – $215,346 Annual Salary (Range M34: Management 2023-2024 Salary Schedule). Starting salary placement is generally at Step 1.
Benefits Summary
Excellent fringe benefit package includes District paid medical, dental, vision, EAP (employee assistance plan) and life insurance for employee and eligible dependents, and income protection. Voluntary plans include supplemental life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403b and 457 Deferred Compensation Accounts. Manager, Supervisor and Confidential positions also include 22 vacation days, 20 holidays, 12 sick leave days and 6 administrative leave days per year.
Position Description

The Executive Director of District Foundation reports to the Chancellor at the District Office. This is a full time, 12 months per year, management position.


Under the general direction of the Chancellor, the Executive Director plans, directs, and administers the business functions of a 501©3 Foundation, including fundraising, grant development, financial management, investing, and public relations. The position serves as a member of, and advisor to, the Foundation Board; manages a comprehensive fundraising program which may include conducting capital campaigns and seeking donations from alumni, employees and individuals and groups in the community; directs and oversees Foundation marketing and communications; and performs other related duties as assigned.


The Executive Director, District Foundation provides senior leadership of institutional advancement for the District and its affiliated foundations. Incumbent in this position is responsible for all activities related to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual, major, and planned gifts from the alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations. The position develops vision for, and oversees the implementation of a comprehensive District-wide fundraising program designed to meet fundraising goals of the District and to promote education excellence and student equity.


1. Plan, direct, and administer the business functions of a 501©3 Foundation, including fundraising, grant development, financial management, investing, and public relations.

2. Serve as an ex-officio member of, and advisor to, the Foundation Board; provide administrative and leadership support in all related activities and work to carry out the objectives and activities of the Foundation.

3. Manages a comprehensive fundraising program which may include conducting capital campaigns and seeking donations from alumni, employees and individuals and groups in the community; communicate funding needs and goals to the Foundation members, business community, media, public and prospective donors; identify, cultivate, and solicit donors from among community members, businesses, foundations, alumni, employees, and students; oversee fundraising special events.

4. Direct and oversee marketing and communications, including the preparation of written materials to donors and donor prospects, gift recognition/acknowledgment material, appeal letters, and any other communication to support Foundation activities.

5. Develop investment policies, determine asset allocation, research investments, and supervise investments; track and distribute endowment funds in coordination with The Foundation Board.

6. Provide leadership and support to the Foundation Board; coordinate the training of the Foundation Board, volunteers, and employees, as needed; in consultation with the nominating committee, identify and recruit new Foundation board members and provide for their orientation and growing involvement in the work of the Foundation.

7. Develop, implement, establish, and maintain policies, processes, and procedures for the Foundation; monitor and evaluate operational, department, and service quality; may recommend, develop, and implement quality-improvement assessment tools and/or methods with administration and/or regulatory agencies.

8. Develop and implement short- and long-term strategies and plans for the Foundation.

9. Lead and coordinate district-wide grant applications, development and submission of proposals, and submit follow up reports with student outcome analysis and evaluation when necessary.

10. Recommend, monitor, and/or administer budgets for assigned areas; oversee and administer budget allocations and procurements for all assigned funds as appropriate; analyze and review budgetary and financial data.

11. Monitor, analyze and report on overall fundraising results versus goals to internal and external constituencies.

12. Monitor and review programs and/or operations for legal compliance.

13. Analyze and interpret data; prepare, review, and/or approve documents and reports.

14. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competency, and a positive work and academic environment.

15. Supervise department employees; assign and monitor employee’s work and evaluate employee performance; train employees; participate in employee selection; direct and oversee Foundation volunteers, committees, and other internal functions of the Foundation.

16. Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

1. Operations, processes, and services of a 501©3 foundation.

2. Financial administrative operations regarding auditing and investment risk management.

3. Principles of institutional advancement, development and philanthropy.

4. Techniques of donor cultivation and solicitation
5. Compliance with CASE Reporting Standards & Management Guidelines for non-profit organizations.

6. Budget preparation and control.

7. Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

8. Community leadership dynamics and volunteer development.

9. Forms of fund development including annual, capital, and planned giving, and event fund raising.

Skills and Abilities to:

1. Plan, direct, administer, and evaluate the fiscal and business operations of a 501©3 foundation.

2. Oversee and manage major events, fund raising campaigns, public relations programs, and investments.

3. Develop and implement tested methods of fundraising and attracting donors.

4. Identify and implement appropriate technology and resources in assigned area.

5. Reconcile competing interests and build support from competing constituencies.

6. Prepare and review reports, correspondence, and other documents using multiple business formats.

7. Supervise, train and evaluate the work of assigned employees.

8. Analyze data, compile narrative and statistical reports, prepare and deliver presentations.

9. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

10. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with all employees and others encountered in the course of work.

11. Utilize standard office software and equipment.
Required Qualifications

1.Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution.

2. Five years of fund development experience for a foundation including at least two years in a management capacity.

District’s Diversity Requirements
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, and ethnic background of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.
  • Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District’s hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.
Desired Qualifications
1. Experience working on a Board or Foundation.
Foreign Degree
Degree(s) must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.

All degrees and credits earned outside of the United States must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course) of the transcripts and must be submitted with the application.

Degrees earned outside of the U.S. without a U.S. credential evaluation attached, will not be considered.

Working Environment
1. Mobility: frequent walking and sitting for long periods; occasional kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling, and standing; occasional reaching above and below desk level.

2. Dexterity frequent fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard; frequent grasping to handle individual papers, write and take notes, and feel individual objects.

3. Lifting/Carrying: frequent lifting/carrying of papers, files, equipment, and material weighing up to 10 pounds; occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

4. Visual Requirements: frequent use of vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work.

5. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and speaking in person and on the telephone.

6. Emotional/Psychological Factors: frequent contact with others including extensive public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.


1. Typical indoor office environment.

About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

As of Fall 2023, with enrollment of approximately 18,200 students per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Latinx 47.3%, Black/African-American 4%,
Asian/Pacific Islander 30.5%, American Indian/Native American 0.4%, White/Caucasian 11%) attaining educational goals reflecting 51% – Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the District’s emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.

The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse group of managers, supervisors and confidential staff consisting of 30% Hispanic/Latino, 24% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% Black/African American, 18% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.

Important Information

San José-Evergreen Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.


Employment Services,
Human Resources, SJECCD
40 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 270-6414
Email: hremploymentservices@sjeccd.edu
Employment Website: https://sjeccd.peopleadmin.com
District Website: www.sjeccd.edu


Interested applicants MUST SUBMIT ONLINE ALL of the following materials by the First Review Date/Closing Date as listed on the job announcement. Applications received after the First Review Date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

1. A completed online San José-Evergreen Community College District APPLICATION.

2. A COVER LETTER (Stating how you feel you meet the qualifications as outline in the job announcement).


4. TRANSCRIPT – (If Required) If a degree is listed as a requirement, transcripts (Not Diplomas) MUST INCLUDE confer or award date of stated degree. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted; however if the position is offered, official transcripts will be required prior to employment. If the transcripts or degrees are from outside of the United States, an official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a certified U.S. credential review service (course by course of the transcripts) MUST also be submitted. (*See below for a list of suggested services that provide foreign degree equivalency evaluation to U.S. degrees).

Note: Some positions may require additional documents and/or certificates, in addition to the items listed above. Please refer to the job announcement.

1. Only complete application materials will be considered. No exceptions.

2. Letters of Recommendation are NOT required and will not be forwarded to the hiring committee.

3. Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.

4. Application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned or duplicated.

5. Travel expenses to attend the interview are the responsibility of the candidate.

6. Meeting the minimum qualifications does NOT assure an interview.

7. The District may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.

*Suggested services that provide foreign degree equivalency evaluation to U.S. degrees:

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
Website: http://www.acei-global.org/
Education Records Evaluation Services
Website: www.eres.com
International Education Research Foundation
Website: http://www.ierf.org/
World Education Services
Website: www.wes.org

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