Envisioned, created and supported by local leaders, Three
Valleys Community Foundation (3VCF) is a new,
geographically-based philanthropic organization in California’s
greater East Bay/ San Francisco region. This area, consisting of
the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon Valleys, is rich in innovation,
the arts, scientific and technical achievements and fosters a
strong commitment to inclusion, humanity and the greater
good. It also supports an annual GDP of more than $42
billion, with more than 360 dedicated local nonprofits. With
our expedited 501c3 IRS nonprofit status recently obtained, we now
seek a visionary, experienced executive leader who can demonstrates
collaboration with all levels in the community and inspire
confidence and trust to launch the Foundation and set the stage for
growth over the next few years.
The mission of Three Valleys Community Foundation is to connect
local donors and philanthropic entities to community needs via the
power of informed giving. We are committed to ensuring our
grantmaking, community impact work and funds/endowments serve as a
conduit for the collective well-being of all. We seek a leader who
will live our values, understand the importance of place,
thoughtful philanthropy and collaborative action.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the
organization's consistent achievement of its mission through
relevant initiatives and strategic planning - with the
financial and business acumen to provide oversight for the
operational and financial management of a complex organization.
He/she/they will serve as an ambassador and advocate for the
organization, demonstrate a strong ability to raise community
awareness and be eager and willing to create and build a community
foundation from the ground up. An understanding of
investments and knowledge of portfolio management, and skills
working with investment consultants and advisors is desired. A
track record of management skills and of successfully partnering
with an active and participative governing board will be essential.
The successful candidate will also have a sense of shared purpose
in the success of others and the talent to inspire individuals to
engage with the Foundation.
The Executive Director position is the key management leader for
Three Valleys Community Foundation. This position is hired by
and reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the
Chair/President of the Board and the other directors to achieve
3VCF’s vision and mission. The position is a full-time role
and serves on an at-will basis, subject to Board review.
Integrity and Transparency
We operate with high ethical standards, honor our
commitments and communicate openly and effectively.
Equity and Inclusiveness
We celebrate the diversity in our region and are committed to
representing, communicating with, and advocating for all community
members who share our vision to improve the quality of life in the
Collaboration and Innovation
We actively engage with communities to develop creative
solutions that address complex issues in our region.
Salary, Benefits and Work Environment
Three Valleys Community Foundation embraces diversity and
seeks to provide an environment characterized by respect and
inclusion. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment
will be determined based on job related qualifications and ability,
without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identification, marital status, national
origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic
protected by law. This policy of equal employment opportunity
applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and
hiring, working conditions, compensation, placement or promotion,
benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of
This position offers a competitive salary (range = $100,000
- $150,000 annually, depending on experience). Benefits
are currently available via our fiscal partner, Community
Foundation of San Joaquin. Position and salary may be
re-evaluated next year as Chief Executive Officer/President, with
additional responsibilities assigned. Three Valleys Community
Foundation is based in Pleasanton, California, however a
hybrid/remote working arrangement is possible and encouraged. An
early 2022 start date is desired, with interviews held in late
November, early December 2021.
For immediate consideration, please send a letter of
introduction and current resume to:
Board of Directors
Three Valleys Community Foundation
by November 5, 2021
Questions about this position may be directed to
Susan Houghton, 3VCF Board Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Three Valleys Community Foundation website will launch on
Board Relations and Organizational Visioning, Planning,
- Work as an effective partner with the Board in providing
vision, strategy, and leadership, as well as developing goals and
planning and impact metrics. Work as a team member with the
Board Chair/President, officers, and various committee chairs to
facilitate recommendations and implement Board decisions. Support
Board committees and initiatives as directed by the Board.
- Attend Board and standing committee meetings as needed. Assists
the President in planning and preparation of Board agendas.
Responsible for communicating effectively with the board and
providing the Board and Executive Committee with complete, accurate
and timely reports.
- Responsible for working with Board leadership to support
ongoing Board education and development.
- Adhere to and fully represent the organizational mission,
vision and values, including integrity and transparency; equity and
inclusiveness and collaboration and innovation.
- Drive asset development consistent with Strategic Plan. Works
in concert with Board to develop and implement a comprehensive,
multi-faceted fund development (operations, DAF’s, special
funds, grants) program that meets established strategic plan
- Represent 3VCF with donors, prospects, businesses and other key
stakeholders to cultivate relationships that foster giving to and
through the Foundation.
- Work with donors to ensure secure management of their assets
- Develop relationships and regularly communicate with donors so
they understand the positive impact they are making in the
community. Provide timely and accurate reporting and positive
- Develop relationships and regularly communicate with local
nonprofit agencies sharing the vision, mission and values of 3VCF
as well as the strategic plan. Work collaboratively with community
partners on both transactional and transformational philanthropy
- Understand and assess community needs, using data and
information about the philanthropic sector to recommend appropriate
- Oversee the design, implementation and evaluation of
competitive grantmaking. Ensure grant making is timely, fair and
effective and that it strives to meet the intended purpose of the
donor as well as supports the vision, mission and values of 3VCF
and fully complies with appropriate IRS standards and Council on
Foundations best practices.
Marketing, Public Relations, Community Partnerships
& Community Leadership
- Represent the Foundation in the community to increase awareness
of the value of giving and to help showcase nonprofit organizations
making a positive difference. Partner with other community leaders
to help develop and implement region-wide and special interest
initiatives that enhance the greater community.
- Responsible for the promotion of 3VCF by being active and
visible in the community and with local governments, and by working
closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
Serves as the principal point of contact and spokesperson for 3VCF
for the media and the general public, utilizing board members as
needed. Build community partnerships with nonprofit organizations,
donors and community leaders that result in identifying and
clarifying vital community needs.
- Maintain professional partnerships through affiliation with
other community foundations and state, regional and national
professional philanthropy networks.
- Plan, execute and evaluate organizational events and community
Finance, Operations, and Organizational
- Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial integrity
of the organization while working to ensure 3VCF is on track to
meet Council on Foundations accreditation standards.
- Develop the annual operating budget; monitor and report
regularly to the Board with regular financial statements, incoming
revenue estimates, asset growth, and performance.
- Provide oversight for proper administration of the fiscal
policies and procedures as developed by the Executive and Finance
Committees. Supervise the operations of the accounting system and
all fiscal, fund and donor records.
- Manage and administer the day-to-day operations. Responsible
for hiring, management, and retention of qualified staff.
- Ensure that policies and procedures are in place to ensure 3VCF
functions in an ethical, legal, cost-effective, and efficient
manner. Ensure that the 3VCF follows Board adopted Bylaws, Articles
of Incorporation, Resolutions, Fund Agreements, and any other
contracts or agreements.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND DESIRED ATTRIBUTES
- Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s degree, Certified
Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and/or advanced philanthropic
experience preferred. A proven record of public service and job
advancement in leadership positions is expected.
- Five or more years non-profit leadership, showing experience as
a paid or volunteer community leader. Experience with diverse array
of issues that a community foundation may address.
- Transparent and high integrity leadership. Authenticity,
persistence, sensitivity, flexibility and attention to detail.
- A passion for the greater Three Valleys community, companies
and all residents.
- Demonstrated solid, hands-on budgeting and forecasting skills,
including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and
- Strong organizational abilities, including planning,
delegating, program development and task facilitation.
- Strong oral and written communications skills, including
ability to convey and communicate a vision of strategic future to
staff, board, volunteers and donors. Strong experience in public
speaking and public relations.
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique
to the non-profit sector. Ability to interface and engage diverse
volunteer and donor groups.
- Ability to work closely, with a diverse board and staff in a
style of respect and collaboration. Skills to collaborate
with and motivate board members, advisors and volunteers.
Demonstrated ability to oversee, coach, mentor and collaborate with