Executive Director The Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) (a non-profit agency) Claremont, California

Executive Director The Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) (a non-profit agency) Claremont, California

Executive Director       The Claremont Community Foundation (CCF)    (a non-profit agency)     Claremont, California
Posted: September 29, 2014

The Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) seeks a half-time Executive Director (ED) to provide dynamic leadership and to build upon the successes of CCF's first 25 years. Our next leader will have experience in the nonprofit sector and a demonstrable ability to increase the philanthropic support of the organization. This ED will raise CCF’s visibility, increase community impact, and build close relationships with donors.
Job Summary
The ED is responsible for overall management and administration of CCF. The ED develops CCF’s strategic direction, in consultation with the Board; establishes policies, procedures and initiatives to fulfill its mission; safeguards its financial health; ensures its compliance with applicable laws and regulations and with best
practices of community foundations; and increases the organization’s visibility and  prominence.

This position will start out as a half-time position. Assuming satisfactory growth and financial management, CCF anticipates additional hours in the future.

The ED is specifically responsible for planning and executing the following priorities as established by the Board:
• Advancement of CCF’s position as focal point for philanthropic activity in the Claremont community. This will require strengthening the Foundation’s relationships with donors, founders, prospects, professional advisers, community leaders and nonprofit organizations throughout the Claremont community.
• Building CCF’s capacity to carry out its primary activities including asset development, community engagement and leadership, revenue-generating events, and administering an impactful grants program.
• Effective and prudent management of CCF's assets, operations, and finances.

Reports to

Board of Directors

• Leads and manages fundraising initiatives that include developing and managing donor relationships, soliciting outright gifts from individuals and businesses, cultivating bequests, attracting donor-advised funds, and developing grant proposals to other foundations.
• Expands and manages CCF’s relationships with donors, Board members, professional advisers, community leaders and nonprofit organizations throughout the Claremont Community, with the goal of increasing CCF’s philanthropic assets.
• Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for CCF. Enhances CCF’s public image to expand interest and support. Participates in appropriate local, regional and national organizations.
• Establishes strong partnerships in the community with individuals and with Claremont’s many nonprofit organizations.
• Guides CCF’s relationship with its constituents and represents the organization to critical donor, civic and governmental contacts.
• Directs CCF’s major events and annual fund drive, all of which yield income for grants to community nonprofit organizations.
• Provides community leadership in determining the needs of nonprofit organizations, identifying community problems/opportunities, and employing the resources of CCF to address them.
• Provides guidance and control over all CCF programs and activities, overseeing the administration of CCF's asset development and grant-making processes, integrating donor interests and assuring donor satisfaction.
• Directs public relations and marketing activities. In concert with the Marketing Committee of the Board, develops an effective multi-faceted communications plan that features consistent messaging and that raises the profile of CCF.
• Manages CCF’s finances.
• Supervises a part-time administrative assistant as well as community volunteers.
• Ensures that CCF’s information technology infrastructure effectively supports the needs of the Foundation.
• Leads a strategic planning process, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, to develop short and long term goals and objectives. Manages implementation of the strategic plan.
• Keeps Board advised of overall operations and serves as staff adviser to all Board committees;
• Assures the safeguarding and full utilization of CCF’s human, financial and physical assets;
• Assures that the Foundation conforms to all related local, state and federal laws and regulations;
• Serves as the primary liaison with The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which currently provides administrative support and investment services to CCF.

Desired Qualifications

This is a highly visible position and the successful candidate will have strong personal attributes and professional skills. The ideal candidate has an entrepreneurial spirit and experience building a strong and sustainable organization. CCF seeks someone with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a strong sense of personal integrity and ethics. The candidate must be a productive, creative leader who has a deep personal commitment to community philanthropy, ideally with prior community foundation experience.

Specifically, we seek an ED with the following skills and attributes:
• The ability to build relationships with, and understand the needs of, staff, donors, nonprofit leaders and community leaders
• A proven and demonstrated track record in identifying, cultivating and developing significant permanent assets, including a broad array of planned and major gifts
• The community leadership skills needed to identify issues and think strategically about how to convene and collaborate with others to design new partnerships, programs and grant-making strategies
• Written and verbal communication skills to be the highly visible public face of CCF to all of its external constituencies, but with particular attention to its donors and the community’s professional advisors
• A demonstrated service orientation, with the ability to work with diverse groups of people, and the motivation to exceed donor expectations
• Strong marketing and public relations experience and the ability to work with local media
• A motivated leader with excellent team building and management skills, focused on advancing CCF through the rare combination of professional drive and personal humility
Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum five years of experience in a nonprofit organization. At least three to five years at a managerial level. Strong preference will be given to individuals with community, family or private foundation experience
• Strong record of success in fundraising and membership development
• Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction. Experience developing and implementing strategic plans
• Excellent writing and public speaking abilities
• Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities
• Evidence of success in developing and managing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills
• Experience with current technology, including a familiarity with social media
• Excellent planning, time management and decision-making skills
• Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, Web and word processing software
• A passion for philanthropy and community

Compensation will be dependent on experience, education and qualifications. A complete benefits package and relocation assistance, if needed, will also be included.
How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume, in confidence, to CCFSearchComm@gmail.com


Resumes are currently being accepted. Interviews will begin in November 2014.

Any questions about the position should be directed to:

Don Pattison, 909-621-8646

Claremont Community Foundation