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The Program Advisor is responsible for conducting outreach and advising activities as directed by the Chief Program Officer. Based in Santa Barbara, the incumbent will implement the practices and policies regarding Student Programs as established by the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the Chief Program Officer to follow Board philosophy and policies regarding student aid outreach and advising.
  • Learn and remain current on all federal, state, institutional, and local financial aid issues, including programs, forms, processes, and initiatives. This includes but is not limited to FAFSA, Pell Grants, Stafford and Direct loans, PLUS Loans, Cal Grants, ScholarShare, Santa Barbara County community groups, and all programs administered by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.
  • Travel to school and community locations throughout Santa Barbara County and other locations as needed. Respond in a timely manner to inquiries by email, phone, or in-person regarding financial aid issues and the student aid outreach and advising program. Set up and attend day, night, and weekend events as needed.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with school and community contacts, such as counselors, principals, faculty, and administrative staff in the designated geographic areas. Under the direction of the Chief Programs Officer, make regular contact with key personnel as a Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara representative.
  • Develop, schedule, design, and coordinate speaking events and presentations to schools and other community groups. Give dynamic and comprehensive presentations on the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s student aid programs, Santa Barbara Foundation student aid programs, and general financial aid programs. Conduct office counseling sessions as needed.
  • Develop, schedule, design, and lead individualized Advising Days sessions for financial aid at high school and community sites. Conduct follow-up as needed.
  • Coordinate the distribution of student aid applications and all supporting materials to appropriate locations. Coordinate the distribution of informational handouts regarding the Scholarship Foundation and financial aid in general.
  • Maintain detailed records in both computer and hard-copy files of all outreach contacts and activities. Prepare reports as directed by the Chief Program Officer.
  • Attend internal and external meetings as directed.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • As needed, participate in materials processing, data entry, and analysis of applications and supporting materials from January to June each year.
  • Help to coordinate and train interview volunteers, and schedule as needed.
  • Assist with any student program duties at any time, including filing, data entry, and special projects. Maintain accurate student records in computer and hard-copy files.
  • Assist with Foundation events and mailings as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Skills should include: excellence in public speaking, organization, planning/strategy, detailed record-keeping, report design, and executing program work that involves a high level of collaboration.
  2. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications.
  3. Ability to exercise sound judgment regarding organizational relationships and access to sensitive information.
  4. Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
  5. Own a car and legally able to drive said car.
  6. Able to lift and carry 30 lbs.
  7. Bachelor’s degree
  8. Bilingual/biliterate preferred

Forward résumé and cover letter to [email protected]. No calls please.



The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is responsible for managing and evaluating the programmatic activities that further the Foundation’s mission. The CPO is responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating the Foundation’s programs, including but not limited to our scholarship and financial aid advising programs. Reporting to the CEO, the CPO works with other department leads to ensure that the strategic goals of the organization are achieved.

Primary Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Develop, manage, and evaluate the Foundation’s programs in an effort to achieve the organization’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Work with the CEO and Student Programs Committee to interpret and adhere to strategic plans and policies.
  • Maintain policies and develop procedures for the successful management of the student scholarship programs, countywide student outreach and financial aid advising, and any programmatic activities required to meet organizational mission and goals.
  • Oversee the training of 200-plus board members and community volunteers to interview over 1,400 scholarship candidates annually.

Capacity and Leadership

  • Maintain a high level of knowledge about local, regional, and national trends and efforts in college access, financial aid, and completion.
  • Identify, engage, and collaborate with community leaders and peer organizations in order to expand impact and ensure the use of strategic and best practices.
  • Represent SFSB at meetings, workshops, and conferences in the community.
  • Deliver presentations to the board, staff, community partners, and other stakeholders regarding Foundation information and partnership opportunities.

Evaluation, Reporting, and Training

  • Develop and implement evaluation and outreach plans to measure organizational impact and student outcomes; manage data collection, analysis, and reporting as needed for donor and organizational reporting, quarterly Student Program Committee meetings, and program evaluation.
  • Identify the ongoing training and professional development needs of program staff.

Financial Management

  • Develop and monitor the annual program budget.
  • Determine priorities and corresponding budgetary allocations and staffing plans for the program department; supervise program staff in executing priorities and assigned duties.
  • Review and understand the Foundation’s $8 million-plus annual scholarship budget and ensure the accurate recording of donor funds in appropriate databases.
  • Provide accurate and timely reports and financial worksheets to the finance department in order to schedule distribution of award payments.
  • Ensure the monitoring of 2,500-plus scholarships throughout the academic year, including award adjustments and tracking un-negotiated scholarship checks.

Process Management

  • Establish protocols and staff training to safeguard the privacy of student records, electronic and hard copy, from the point of receipt to the final disposition.
  • Supervise the design and production of student scholarship applications, supplemental online materials, and internal database(s).
  • Manage vendor relationships to ensure systems are functional, accurate, and timely regarding annual updates.
  • Oversee the processing of 3,000-plus student applications, selection of students in accordance with donor criteria, and the auditing of the awarded and applicant pools.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Experience in program management, including developing and managing program budgets and staffing plans.
2. Strong supervisory skills and the ability to work collaboratively with senior staff, board members, donors, and community partners.
3. Five years of experience in nonprofit program management serving youth, or managerial experience in a postsecondary education environment.
4. Demonstrated skills in strategic thinking, program development, and program evaluation, with an ability to exercise sound judgment regarding organizational relationships and sensitive information.
5. Knowledge of local, regional, and national trends and efforts in financial aid, college access, and completion.
6. Strong oral and written communication skills.
7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, data visualization tools, and relational databases.
8. Bilingual (written and spoken) in Spanish preferred.
9. Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

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The Director of Finance is responsible for managing the financial resources of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and safeguards assets through the maintenance of proper controls. The Director of Finance supervises the Senior Accountant and Administrative Assistant for Accounting.

Primary Responsibilities


  • All accounting information for the management of financial resources.
  • Preparation of all standard financial statements (statement of financial position and activity), in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Compilation of all fiscal information for the audit and Form 990.
  • Supervision of the daily recording of checks and bank deposits.
  • Expedites all fiscal transactions in accordance with Board direction (transfer of funds, transfer of investments, opening and closing of accounts).
  • Supervision of all check preparation, after appropriate approvals (i.e. general expenses, scholarships, and loans).
  • Maintenance and reconciliation of all asset accounts, including bank and investment accounts.
  • Preparation and maintenance of all payroll functions.
  • Administration of employee benefits plans, including cafeteria plan and 403(b) and 457 plans.
  • Preparation of annual budget in conjunction with CEO, management team, and Treasurer.
  • Preparation of scholarship budget.
  • Supervision of loan process, including check preparation, repayment, and reporting to the Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Support to the CEO as required.
  • Development of systems regarding internal controls, fiduciary responsibility, and job management.
  • Upkeep of Accounting and Controller’s Manual.

Finance Committee

  • Prepare all reports for the Finance Committee as required (financial statements, cash flow, and portfolio).
  • Attend meetings.
  • Assist Treasurer with any fiscal issues and prepare any reports, analysis required.
  • Ensure compliance with fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Ensure compliance with Foundation guidelines.

Investment Committee

  • Prepare monthly portfolio reports.
  • Attend meetings.
  • Document and carry out all instructions.
  • Assist Investment Committee Chair with any investment reports, analysis required.
  • Ensure compliance with all Foundation investment guidelines.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Assist with Foundation events as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Skills should include organizational development, personnel management, and planning work involving high levels of collaboration.
  2. Proficient in use of office technology. Detailed knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and accounting software (M-I-P or Financial Edge preferred).
  3. Ability to exercise sound judgment regarding access to sensitive information.
  4. Supervisory knowledge and experience.
  5. Bachelor degree or equivalent experience. CPA preferred.
  6. Able to lift and carry 30 pounds.

Forward résumé and cover letter to [email protected]. No calls please.