The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2001. SCCLFF strengthens the Santa Clara Libraries, a pillar of Santa Clara’s diverse and thriving community, through philanthropic funding and active partnership. The organization has grown significantly in the past decade in its scope and impact and is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead and steer the organization to its next phase of growth and maturity.
What It’s Like to Be an ED at SCCLFF
You will lead a team of staff and volunteers and work with an engaged, skilled and diverse board that love the library and believe in its potential to change lives. The primary function of this role is fund development and management, which will be used to maximize the impact to the community through events and programs like Summer Reading, Comic-Con, ESL Conversation Club and Girls Who Code.
SCCLFF is a highly visible organization and you will get to interact, develop, influence, and grow relationships with public sector leaders, corporate and individual donors, library staff and community leaders. You will actively collaborate with library staff to create solutions that meet the changing needs of the library and the community.
You will have the opportunity to continually stretch yourself to develop professionally and personally. At SCCLFF, attending lively events and engaging with high-spirited individuals from different walks of life is not a perk, it’s our way of life. If you are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and interested in leading and shaping a successful organization to its next level, you will find yourself at home.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate has high energy and passion with the ability to think strategically. They will need to simultaneously work with the big picture and the details in mind. They will have the ability to develop and maintain relationships and influence across a wide spectrum – public sector leadership, donors, library leadership and staff, foundation staff, board members, and volunteers. They have experience, expertise, and a proven track record in fund development in other corporate and / or non-corporate settings as well as the leadership skills to lead the organization to its next phase of growth and maturity.
Working with the Board, the ED will work systematically and strategically to meet the organization’s goals. The ED will secure and manage funds, execute strategy and vision, build the culture, lead the staff and forge partnerships with various stakeholders.
The ED will raise private funds to support programs, enhancements, and improvements that are otherwise not provided through the annual city-funded budget. They will engage with the city and library management at all levels as well as civic, philanthropic, business and community leaders to facilitate strong, collaborative working relationships.
The ED reports to the Board of Directors. All members of staff and volunteers report directly or indirectly to the ED.
Fund development and management1 (elements broken down further below)
Represent SCCLFF to internal and external constituencies
Operationalize strategic and financial priorities
Financial, operational, nonprofit management and budgeting
Community engagement to include the Foundation board, donors and city leadership
Engage city leadership to foster strong relationships and align goals for effective planning and funds management
Digital marketing and media to increase the visibility of the Foundation within the community using print, electronic and web-based sources
Provide oversight and support to a large and diverse volunteer base
Support board recruitment, orientation and development
Grant writing and reporting
Compliance with reporting requirements for federal, state and local entities
1Fund Development and Management Responsibilities
Design and direct activities to increase revenue
Build an extensive, profitable donor base of corporate, private, and individual supporters
Foster continued giving with formal and timely acknowledgment of all gifts and donor stewardship
Support and manage the used book selling operation - a key source of revenue
Develop and implement the Foundation’s comprehensive short- and long-term fundraising strategies
Continue existing special events and initiate new events
Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree or above
Five or more years of senior nonprofit management experience
Knowledge and demonstrated accomplishment of fundraising principles, practices, and strategies and the operations of a nonprofit organization
Experience in budgeting, program development, marketing development, project management, task facilitation, and grant/technical writing experience
Ability to engage, motivate, and collaborate with diverse groups including volunteers, donors, and board members
Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking ability
Knowledge and understanding of the cultural, political, business and philanthropic history of the Santa Clara, CA area or the willingness and ability to quickly acquire it
The position is part time (30 hours a week) with the possibility in the future to move to full time based on mutual need. Occasional evening, weekend and holiday work may occur in accordance with Foundation meetings and events. Attendance at Foundation meetings and events with occasional commute among the library branches is required.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining the relevancy of their skills and experience to this role and how it will help them be successful
Equal Opportunity and Employer Policy
SCCLFF is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.