Foundation Executive Director and Chief Development Officer

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number 20141747S
Position Title Foundation Executive Director and Chief Development Officer
Location District Office
Department SMCCCD Foundation DIST (DEPT)
Position Number 1A0029
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year 12
Max Salary Anticipated hiring salary range: $196,236 – $216,204; Full salary range: $196,236 – $249,948
Position Type Administrative/Supervisory Positions
Who We Are
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District
The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 20,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College District’s Educational Services & Planning website.
Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position
About San Mateo County Community College District Foundation:
The San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501©(3) nonprofit auxiliary organization with the sole purpose to provide philanthropic support to the District, including helping students take full advantage of the programs and services at the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College (collectively, “the Colleges”). The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual ready to collaborate with SMCCCD staff, faculty and administrators, to develop an aggressive and comprehensive fundraising strategy to benefit the students and programs of the District.
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About the role:

The Executive Director of the Foundation is a Classified Administrator position reporting to the Chancellor. Serving as the Chief Development Officer, the incumbent develops the vision for and oversees the implementation of the District’s institutional advancement strategies with the Chancellor, Presidents, and volunteer members of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual ready to collaborate with SMCCCD staff, faculty, and administrators, to develop an aggressive and comprehensive fundraising strategy to benefit the students and programs of the District.

The Executive Director of the Foundation is responsible for the planning, development, quality, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all Foundation programs and activities including but not limited to general fundraising, major capital campaigns, planned giving programs, establishing and maintaining relationships with major donors and business and industry leaders for purposes of supporting the colleges, and the hosting various events designed to raise funds or advance the image of the District and colleges in the community.

Duties and Responsibilities
    • Reporting to the Chancellor, and at the direction of the Chancellor, works in partnership with the Chancellor, Chancellor’s Cabinet, executive management, and board leadership to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan to expand philanthropic support and to advance the culture of philanthropy for the District.
    • Develops and directs a comprehensive fundraising program for the colleges, including the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors and a comprehensive strategy for corporate and foundation donors.
    • Provide leadership and work collaboratively with colleges to engage the Presidents, administrators, faculty, and staff in prioritizing their fundraising needs and collaborating in creative fund development strategies.
    • Represent the Foundation in the community, including as a regular presence with community groups and at various public events.
    • Increase the visibility of the Foundation in the regional corporate, philanthropic, educational, and governmental communities to support Foundation fundraising goals.
    • Develop and implement a variety of fundraising strategies for soliciting major gifts, planning giving, corporate and foundation donations, and annual fundraising efforts.
    • Ensure cohesion of Foundation publicity with the colleges’ marketing and communications departments.
    • Ensure cohesion of fundraising across the District and three campuses and develop a strategy for coordination of all fundraising for programs at the campuses.
    • Oversees preparation of the Foundation’s Annual Report and all Foundation correspondence.
    • Support, implement, and promote compliance with the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and community relations; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, programs, and services.
Fiscal Management
  • Provides fiscal management of the Foundation’s assets and disbursements and works to develop strategic funding programs, including the development of unrestricted programs.
  • Ensures major fundraising events are fiscally sound, produce planned revenue after expenses, are profitable, and benchmarked with industry return on investment ratios.
  • Administers the Foundation’s annual budget and works with each College’s administration to coordinate the distribution of scholarship funds and other grants.
  • Budgets for fund development activities and maintains financial records for grant and donor tracking.
  • Oversees the preparation and filing of IRS 990 and meets all IRS non-profit reporting requirements and annual audit activities.
  • Ensures that gifts are administered to honor donor intent and adhere to investment policies, scholarship criteria, and Foundation policies.
  • Plans and coordinates bi-monthly Board and committee meetings; coordinates Board of Director’s Investment Advisory Committee activities and serves as liaison to the Foundation’s financial advisors.
Donor Cultivation
  • In consultation with the Chancellor and the campus Presidents, oversees all alumni initiatives including database development, quarterly e-newsletter publication, and Alumni Council recruitment.
  • Provides direction to create and design marketing materials and social media campaigns that will generate awareness of the Foundation, attract donors, and increase awareness of giving opportunities.
  • Attends events at the Colleges as necessary to further the Foundation’s fundraising, collaboration, and visibility goals.
  • Manage the Foundation’s communication with potential donors regarding the District’s history, achievements, goals and needs.
  • Encourages individuals, corporations, and foundations to establish or contribute to special funds through endowments, trusts, and donations or bequests.
Management of Foundation Staff
  • Hires, supervises, directs, and regularly evaluates the performance of the Foundation’s staff in accordance with District policy; serves as a mentor to further develop Foundation staff’s career goals, and holds staff accountable.
  • Develop, implement, and administer policies and procedures for the operation of the Foundation Office consistent with District policy.
  • Oversees Foundation staff in planning and coordinating all Foundation events including, major fundraising events such as the annual Golf Tournament and Chancellor’s Circle donor recognition reception, cultivation events, and other donor-centered activities.
Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or the equivalent experience
    • Five years of increasing responsibility in fundraising, capital development and/or campaigns with major gifts solicitation from individuals, corporations or foundations, including management and supervisory experience
    • Experience in working with community, corporate, government, and educational leaders
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
    • Best practices for executive leadership of a nonprofit organization.
    • Strategic planning, resource allocation, staffing, and supervision.
    • Procedures to be used when planning, directing, and coordinating Foundation activities.
    • Awareness of relevant federal, state, and local statutes governing the California Community Colleges and Foundation activities and nonprofit status.
    • Awareness of District policies and procedures and ensures staff compliance.
    • Volunteer recruitment and management techniques and strategies.
    • Budget development and administrative procedures.
    • Principles and practices of higher education organization and structures.
    • Principles of accessing and assessing a local community and its fundraising potential.
    • Principles of management and supervision.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.
  • Direct the development of a community college foundation by working with the colleges, Chancellor’s Cabinet, and the Foundation Board in establishing fundraising goals and plans.
  • Recruit, support, and create a highly engaged volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Develop short-term and long-term organizational goals with a Board and executive staff.
  • Manage multiple projects and solicitations simultaneously with highly developed organizational management and attention to detail.
  • Gather and present general, statistical, and technical data.
  • Effectively present and promote the Foundation internally and externally.
  • Function independently and effectively in a complex organization.
  • Ability to make the “ask” of donors and corporate leaders.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with donors, corporate representatives, District officials, faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • Motivate and engage others to work constructively and cooperatively to achieve and sustain a student-centered environment; coordinate the work of others.
  • Work a flexible schedule and travel to accommodate the needs of the District, business and industry leaders and related community partners.
Preferred Qualifications
A Master’s degree in a relevant field; a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFE) credential.
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

First Review Date 02/29/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary
Qualified candidates, please apply by visiting our website at:

For more information, please contact Lindsay Brown at or (562) 822-7258.

Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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