Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Foundation Board through Board President
The SBCC Foundation is seeking a Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) to lead California’s top
community college foundation, with assets of approximately $85
million and a full-time staff of fourteen. The new CEO will build
on the SBCC Foundation’s longstanding success in ensuring that
Santa Barbara City College remains accessible to all who seek to
take advantage of its life-changing educational opportunities. The
CEO will be a strategic, visionary thinker who values building
partnerships and relationships to support mutual goals. They will
value interacting with people and will thrive in a collaborative
working environment while also being able to set clear directions.
A resourceful leader, they will be intentional in seeking practical
results that maximize the return on the SBCC Foundation’s fiscal
and human resources. This individual will be versatile and able to
anticipate and solve problems and deliver results. The CEO will be
resilient and people-oriented, committed to racial equity and
inclusion, and able to embrace the perspectives and experiences of
others, both inside the organization and in the external
WHO WE ARE:
Foundation is a national leader in community college
philanthropy. Since 1976 it has provided Santa Barbara City College
with private support, serving as the vehicle through which
individuals and organizations may invest in the college and its
students. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the
SBCC Foundation distributes approximately $5 million annually for
student success programs (such as the SBCC Promise), scholarships,
book grants, emergency grants, capital projects, and other critical
needs of the college.
OUR MISSION: “The SBCC Foundation fuels the
excellence of Santa Barbara City College by engaging the community,
building relationships, and inviting the generosity of donors. The
resources raised and managed by the Foundation enrich college
programs, remove barriers, and empower students to succeed as they
prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities, and pursue
lifelong learning goals.”
THE CEO ROLE:
The Chief Executive
Officer works collaboratively with the Foundation Board of
Directors and directs the senior staff team to operationalize the
mission of the SBCC Foundation. The Foundation provides a net
benefit to Santa Barbara City College of between $7 and $8 million
annually by funding its own operating budget while also providing
more than $5 million in direct benefits to students and college
programs. The sustainability of the SBCC Foundation and financial
support of college priorities are of utmost importance.
The CEO must develop a deep knowledge of Santa Barbara City
College, understand the many roles of community colleges, and know
how to navigate the higher education landscape. They must
understand SBCC’s core programs, including student needs and
college priorities, SBCC Foundation operations, and all business
strategies. The CEO ensures that the budget, staff, and priorities
are aligned with the core mission of the SBCC Foundation, and that
both the Foundation board and staff are engaged in meeting the SBCC
Foundation goals and objectives.
The CEO is responsible for providing inspirational leadership
and direction to all key employees. Of primary importance are
the internal relationships with SBCC leadership (Superintendent /
President, trustees, SBCC administration, and management) as well
as external relationships with SBCC constituents (including alumni,
faculty, staff, students, local and regional foundations, business
community, and donors). The CEO ensures that the strategic
direction of the SBCC Foundation is reflective of college
objectives and priorities.
In partnership with the Foundation board, the CEO works to build
and expand the financial capacity of the organization through
strategic marketing and donor/prospect outreach. The CEO must be
seen as a leader in the community and regularly engage with
The CEO will ensure that the SBCC Foundation’s fiscal,
operations, fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology,
and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all
segments of the organization.
WHAT YOU WILL
- Leadership –
- Collaborate with the Foundation board to ensure that the SBCC
Foundation’s work is aligned with its mission and reflective of
college priorities and goals.
- Create an effective partnership with the SBCC Superintendent /
President to ensure alignment of the SBCC Foundation focus and work
with college priorities and goals.
- Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all key
- Ensure stated milestones and goals are met.
- Engage and assist in recruiting Foundation board members and
SBCC Foundation volunteer leadership.
Marketing & Communications –
- Manage and grow an efficient and effective development program
through the establishment of annual and long-term fundraising
- Work with Chief Development Officer and staff to plan, direct,
manage, and implement all fundraising activities to successfully
achieve these goals, which includes the planning and execution of
various fundraising events.
- Manage a portfolio of priority prospects and major gift
- With the Chief Development Officer, identify and cultivate
planned giving prospects.
Fiscal Sustainability –
- Be a highly visible leader in the community, representing the
SBCC Foundation in a variety of spaces.
- Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to
establish the strategic marketing direction for the SBCC Foundation
to engage the community in the mission of the SBCC Foundation and
generate donor support.
- Ensure that the SBCC Foundation continues to build a marketing
and communications infrastructure that allows its message and
presence to be prominent across multiple media platforms.
- Represent the SBCC Foundation to internal and external
organizations and constituencies.
Personnel Management –
- Take overall responsibility for development and management of
the SBCC Foundation’s annual budget.
- Ensure accountability and achievement of revenue/expense goals
- Ensure the highest ethical standards and fiduciary oversight of
the SBCC Foundation assets and donor intentions.
- Be fully versed in investment management and policies of the
- Ensure appropriate property management of the SBCC Foundation
real estate, and management of the LLC subsidiary.
- Ensure appropriate fiduciary oversight, along with the
Foundation board, of the SBCC Foundation retirement
- Be responsible for the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of
senior staff (Chief Development Officer, Chief Finance Officer,
Chief Program Officer, Director of Marketing and Communications,
and Confidential Executive Assistant).
- Create professional and leadership training opportunities for
staff to assist in their personal development and skill level.
- Mentor staff on all aspects of personnel management.
Board of Directors –
- Identify and enable the implementation of technologies to
support the mission, objectives, and strategies of the SBCC
- Deploy and maintain up-to-date software and system solutions to
ensure data and organizational security and integrity.
- Provide accurate and timely materials and information that the
Foundation board needs in order to govern, including for board and
- Collaborate with the Foundation board to ensure fiduciary
- Attend all Foundation board and committee meetings and work in
partnership with Foundation board members toward the achievement of
annual goals and objectives.
- Offer appropriate training and support to the Foundation board
members to enable them to perform their duties effectively.
- Ensure appropriate staffing and operations of the Foundation
board and committee meetings.
HOW YOU WILL
- Collaboration and inclusivity – Work with employees and
volunteers from across the college, foundation, and community, and
gain their trust, cooperation, and support; be an excellent team
player who models collaborative work behaviors.
- Communication – Effectively convey thoughts and express ideas
orally or verbally in individual and group situations; share
information openly and frequently and keep others well informed;
keep the team well informed of work progress in meeting objectives;
use effective listening skills to gain understanding from others;
possess highly developed written and public speaking skills.
- Drive for results – Demonstrate commitment to achieving results
against internal and external standards of excellence; show a
passion for continuous improvement.
- Initiative – Do more than what is required or expected in the
job; do things that no one has requested that will improve or
enhance the operation, avoid problems, or develop opportunities;
plan, anticipate challenges, and take appropriate action; do what
it takes despite resistance.
- Problem solving – Build a logical approach to address problems
or manage the situation at hand by drawing on your knowledge and
experience base and calling on other resources as necessary.
- Highest ethical standards – Demonstrate commitment to the
highest ethical standards as articulated in the Association of
Fundraising Professional’s Code of Ethics.
- Passion – Demonstrate commitment to the organization’s mission
and passion for the unique role that community colleges play in
creating equitable access to higher education in the United
- Flexibility – Be flexible and adaptable to changing needs and
priorities as expressed by Santa Barbara City College.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS &
- Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year
college or university in nonprofit management, education, public
administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- At least five years (more preferred) of senior-level management
experience and a proven record in comprehensive fundraising and
resource development, financial management, and strategic
- Strong interest in and commitment to the role of higher
education in advancing personal success, community strength,
economic advancement, and social equity.
- Deep understanding of the principles and practices of
foundation development and administration related to planned
giving, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, budgeting, public
relations and marketing, contractual agreements, employee
supervision and evaluation, and database management.
- Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to lead a vibrant
- Highest standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical
decision-making with the ability to engender the trust of
- Aptitude for building a strong staff team, delegating and
fostering responsibility and accountability in others.
- Excellent written, verbal communication, and public speaking
- Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and
major gift donors to develop relationships between them and the
- Excellent diplomatic skills and ability to manage and integrate
divergent or conflicting views of stakeholders.
- Adept at creative problem-solving.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK
Work Location: 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
- The CEO will perform most of the work in an office environment,
with regular travel to meet donors and partners in other
- Full-time, exempt position, with some work required in evenings
and on weekends.
This job description is representative of the expectations of
the position described. Additional duties, reporting relationships,
and/or position criteria may be assigned as deemed necessary by the
Foundation board. No changes to this job description shall be made
without authorization from the Foundation board.
The Foundation board reserves the right to revise this job
description at any time. The job description does not constitute a
contract for employment and does not guarantee employment for any
specified period. The job description does not in any way alter the
at-will employment relationship.
The SBCC Foundation is committed to offering competitive
compensation. The starting cash compensation range for this
position is $235,000 to $275,000, depending on experience. A
generous benefits package includes a comprehensive health plan,
retirement plan, and professional development support.
Send a cover letter and resume to CEOSearch@sbccfoundation.org.
Please save and upload your documents in one combined pdf
No phone calls, please. Confidential inquiries are welcome to
the above email.
Priority review will begin by December 1, 2023; however, the
position will remain open until filled.
References and other materials may be requested at a later