The Executive Director is a corporate officer of the Foundation and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Director is responsible for the administration, operation and management of the affairs of the Foundation. He/she operates under the general direction of the Board of Trustees, within the policies established by the Articles of Incorporation, By Laws, Canonical Statutes, resolutions, trust agreements, and guidelines duly adopted, and as consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws. He/she receives general policy direction and his/her authority is limited only by the Board of Trustees and legal limitations.
The Executive Director provides information and makes recommendations concerning programs to the Board of Trustees, which has the responsibility for charting the most suitable long-range course of action for the Foundation, and then determining the major steps and timing which will be involved in its accomplishment. He/she is responsible for working closely with key subordinates who translate broad objectives into specific plans for the achievement of immediate targets. He/she shall cause key subordinates to develop appropriate policies and programs within their assigned areas, monitor the exercise of delegated responsibility and regularly appraise the performance of subordinates, and that of the Foundation as a whole, against appropriate predetermined objectives. He/she oversees the growth and administration of assets entrusted to the Foundation. Responsibilities include focus on endowment and planned giving promotion and legacy planning.
1. In support of the strategic vision and mission of the Foundation, propose sound and realistic plans which will enable the Board of Trustees to appraise the future needs of the community, make prudent program decisions, and guide the Foundation effectively, consistent with expressed donor wishes, community needs and legal requirements.
2. Serve as the principal advisor to the Board of Trustees, and the various committees, in the discharge of their official duties.
3. Present and discuss with the Board Chair and Executive Committee issues, programs and activities vital to the current and long-term success of the Foundation.
4. Attract, grow and protect the assets of the Foundation.
5. Act as the spokesperson for the Foundation; represent and conduct public relations contacts.
6. Develop and enhance the reputation of the Foundation in the general community, the Catholic community and the universe of potential benefactors. Maintain excellent ongoing relationships with all benefactors.
7. Oversee the general operations of the Foundation in accomplishing the goals established by the Board of Trustees.
8. Work with the Board of Trustees, Board committees, staff and others to build and strengthen the Foundation’s advancement efforts to significantly increase private gifts to the Foundation.
9. Attract, direct, motivate and retain talented personnel to achieve the Foundation’s goals.
10. Provide leadership in the community and beyond. Initiate activities that will promote the image and increase public awareness of the work of the Foundation.
Recommend and support means and methods for improving private philanthropy and for increasing the yield of benefits to Catholic institutions.
Remain abreast of developing knowledge and trends in Catholic and Non-Catholic philanthropy and foundation leadership; keep the Board informed about current issues and trends. Attend meetings and conferences with Foundations nationally, seeking out best practices.
Participate in and support the work of other Catholic community foundations and Catholic organizations to advance common goals. Counsel, advise and collaborate with other organizations and trusts with shared interests.
11. Work with Board committees to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with parishes in the Diocese of San Diego along with Catholic schools and Catholic institutions.
BA or BS degree; Strong background in marketing; Familiarity with financial instruments such as investments, endowments, etc. desired.
Self-starter and goal oriented.
Proven track record in new business development and startup organizations.
Demonstrated success in organization leadership with the ability to manage multiple priorities.
Recognized as an experienced leader in the Catholic community.
Active member of a parish and in good standing with the Catholic Church.
Well-versed in Catholic Stewardship ministry, with a demonstrated history of practicing Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure.
Ability to clearly articulate vision and build trust with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to effectively and compassionately communicate with prospective donors through exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
Experience working with consultative bodies and related organizations.
High ethical standards in working with confidential information.
Possesses maturity, integrity and commitment to Catholic and professional ethics.
Strong organizational skills and computer skills with Microsoft Office products.
Please distribute the position description and availability as broadly as appropriate. We would like to have responses by email with an expression of interest and a resume received by December 11. Replies should be emailed to our consultant at the following:
Endowment Development Institute