Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What Does an Executive Director DO?

If You are an extraordinary leader committed to
education, perhaps this is your calling!


Job Description

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation
(SBEF) is seeking an Executive Director
with significant management, strategic
planning and fundraising experience to
help expand SBEF to its next phase of

The Executive Director will oversee all aspects of fundraising, marketing, financial management, program development and implementation, based on general direction from the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for identifying sources of funding and the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Organization Description and Priorities:

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) was established in 1985 and is a broadly based, non-profit community organization with the purpose of improving the education of students through the mobilization of private financial support for the Santa Barbara Elementary and High School Districts.

SBEF receives, administers, and dispenses funds, properties, and gifts of any kind to educational areas of need within the Santa Barbara School Districts.SBEF is focused on enhancing the educational experience for all students in our districts.SBEF seeks to secure a healthy endowment, enabling the foundation to grow in perpetuity.SBEF seeks to raise awareness of Santa Barbara Education Foundation and educational issues.
Provide the community with information regarding Santa Barbara Education Foundation purpose and activities
Provide educators with information regarding fundraising resources and opportunities


v Raise awareness about SBEF in the community
v Maintain relationships with existing donors; cultivate new donors
v Serve as liaison with staff in the Santa Barbara Elementary and High School Districts
v Oversee assessment project for local non-profit arts community
v Coordinate with local school based foundations and other education organizations (such as Partners in Education)
v Prepare grant applications; manage grant funded projects
v Oversee the foundation’s budget, accounting and audit
v Work with board members to plan and execute fundraising events


The following are requirements of the position:
A Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field (Education, Administration, Social Development, or other related discipline)
Four or more years of progressive management experience. Nonprofit experience a plus
Thorough knowledge and proven experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, finance and program management
Successful track record in writing and receiving grants
Ability to work with diverse board of directors
Effective marketing skills
Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
Exemplary interpersonal and organizational skills
Vision and creativity
Existing strong connections in the community and a strong commitment to being an active and visible participant in the community
Knowledge of local schools and/or general educational experience is a plus

The Executive Director compensation will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to SBEF Selection Committee at

If necessary, hard copy cover letters and resumes may be sent to
the SBEF, c/o Santa Barbara School Districts
720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Please direct questions to the e-mail address above.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, February 28, 2009

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know about his great opportunity for the right person Patty!