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Reporting to a 40-member Board of Directors, the President & CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa
Barbara is responsible for leading and advancing the organization’s vision, strategic initiatives, and priorities.
Specifically, the President & CEO is expected to:

  • Guide the organization in the successful advancement of its mission
  • Serve as a visible public advocate for the work of the Foundation and its need for philanthropic
    support, cultivating and building relationships and collaborations
  • Provide inspirational leadership, team-building, and growth opportunities to the staff, while ensuring
    the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization’s programs and activities
  • Enhance and support the work of the Board of Directors by managing, monitoring, and executing the
    organization’s fiduciary responsibilities to the community, donors, and the students served
  • Guide the organization through the visioning and implementation of strategic initiatives


Exceptional Leader
The candidate must possess exceptional leadership and organizational development skills, with the ability to
successfully advance the Foundation’s mission and to guide all levels of the organization through a changing
educational environment. The President & CEO must be a charismatic, hands-on manager with strong
follow-through skills, who is not afraid to roll up his or her sleeves.

Extraordinary Fundraiser
Because the Foundation receives 100 percent of its support from loyal donors, the President & CEO must
play a highly visible leadership role in the organization’s fundraising efforts. Candidates should have a
demonstrated knowledge of fund development and have experience working with a variety of funding sources.
The successful candidate must be a highly skilled listener and communicator who will inspire
confidence among longtime financial partners and attract new donors.

Inspirational Communicator
The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate,
advocate, influence, and motivate external and internal constituents to support the work of the Foundation
and further its mission.

Dynamic Strategist and Critical Thinker
The candidate must be a strategic thinker, capable of guiding and building upon the Foundation’s continuing
success in a complex, evolving educational landscape. The President & CEO will be a creative and
entrepreneurial leader who tracks external change, evaluates opportunities, and skillfully guides the
organization through adaptation and innovation.

Active Community Leader
The President & CEO will serve as a respected, visible, and influential leader in the community. Extending
awareness and support for the Foundation, the President & CEO will create and promote strong
collaborations with partnering institutions and agencies in the region.


Candidates should have at least seven to ten years of senior management experience, with demonstrated
success in fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development, and nonprofit governance. While we
anticipate that many candidates will have experience leading organizations, senior-level leaders who aspire
to be CEOs will also be considered. Knowledge of the Santa Barbara community is a plus. The President &
CEO must be willing and eager to learn about higher education and financial aid trends.

A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A
comprehensive benefits package will be provided.

To Apply:
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including a resume and letter of interest, to:

Karin Berger Stellar
Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203
Telephone 818-507-1234
[email protected]
Electronic submission is encouraged.



The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara seeks a creative, energetic, and accomplished fundraising professional to serve as Director of Development. The incumbent will oversee all aspects of the organization’s fundraising operation, including annual, endowed, planned, and capital giving. The successful candidate will have significant experience managing events and personnel, and will be expected to interact with a broad array of Foundation constituencies, including donors, Board members, education officials, and community leaders, with poise, polish, and sophistication. Outstanding time management, project management, and interpersonal skills required. Demonstrated success in donor cultivation and stewardship is essential. Must have exceptional writing, speaking, and presentation skills.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Expands donor pool on all levels
  2. Collaborates with the CEO and Board of Directors in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding new donors and managing existing donor relationships, including planned gifts
  3. Develops personal knowledge and understanding of donors
  4. Identifies and pursues sources of funding from corporations, individuals, foundations, clubs, and organizations
  5. In collaboration with the CEO, encourages, motivates, and supports the Board in its cultivation of donors
  6. Builds and maintains a strong working relationship with the Board Development Committee and other volunteer committees
  7. Manages a staff of 2-3, plus an outside grant writer
  8. Coordinates and organizes a full slate of fundraising events
  9. Gives public presentations
  10. Oversees donor communication efforts, including direct mailing, the dissemination of collateral, etc.

Secondary Responsibilities

  1. Maintains membership in professional organizations for nonprofits and in business community organizations to expand donor pool
  2. Attends nonprofit education seminars to stay current on development-related activities and best practices nationwide

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Minimum 10 years of increasingly responsible experience
  2. Must be organized, detail oriented, and be able to work in a highly collaborative environment
  3. Proficient in use of office technology, including detailed knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and fundraising software
  4. Ability to exercise sound judgment regarding sensitive information
  5. Supervisory knowledge and experience
  6. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; master’s degree and/or CFRE preferred
  7. Able to lift and carry 30 lbs.


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Salary requirements


[email protected]

No telephone calls please. This is a full-time exempt position. Evening and weekend work required.