Executive Director

Mountain View Educational Foundation
Mountain View

Executive Director Position Summary 

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead all aspects of the organization including varied fundraising campaigns and events, financial development, volunteer and resource management, public relations and marketing, budgeting and planning. MVEF is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3) non-profit that works in collaboration with the community to bring essential programs to all eleven Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD) schools.​ MVEF funding provides a crucial component of the District budget, helping to bring art, music, athletics and science to every school. MVEF’s Executive Director works in partnership with the MVEF Board of Directors, volunteers, district staff and administrators, and most importantly, donors, to raise over $800,000 annually.

The ideal candidate

The Foundation is seeking a collaborative leader and self- directed manager who will continue to grow our impact and donor base. The incoming Executive Director will bring enthusiasm, experience as a relationship builder, volunteer leadership, and strategic thinking to their work. He/she should have a proven track record of successful management in a fundraising environment, the ability to attract and sustain a broad base of volunteer and financial support, as well as effective communication skills. He/She should be a strong team-player who thrives at being visible in the community and embraces the diversity and culture of our school district. Candidates should enjoy working in a volunteer-driven organization that values a diverse cultural and economic base of support. This is a part-time, (30 hrs/wk) exempt position based in Mountain View and allows for a flexible work schedule. 


  • Create a credible and informed presence for MVEF in the community.

  • Maintain effective relationships with schools, district staff, parents and the community at large to build a strong awareness of MVEF’s commitment to ensuring an excellent education for all students.

  • Oversee the planning and execution of targeted fundraising strategies including direct appeals, corporate donors, and Winter Gala event.

  • Work in partnership with the Executive Committee and Board to develop a sustainable program through organizational and financial plans.

  • Advise and support advisory committees of the Board.

  • Develop communication strategies and content for collateral material including the website, social media, newsletters, and promotional/outreach materials.

  • Update and maintain foundation website

  • In partnership with the Board, develop and implement short and long-range priorities, budgets, and growth plans that are realistic and reflect the mission of the organization.

  • Use historical info and data analysis as needed to fine-tune organizational processes, create targeted fundraising campaigns, effectively coordinate staff and volunteer deployments, and compile reports.

  • Direct fundraising and donor relations including: managing fundraising appeals,  identifying and securing new funding sources including major gift solicitation, local businesses and community support, grants, and spearheading special events.

  • Manage all aspects of the daily operations of the organization, including financial and legal accountability, data analysis, donor tracking and management, event coordination, marketing messaging through a variety of channels, and communication within the organization.

  • Support, develop, and identify volunteers and potential board candidates.

  • Take an active interest in developing trends in philanthropy and education foundations and building relationships with surrounding education foundations.

  • Attend monthly Board meetings, communicating organizational objectives, the Foundation’s financial status, and other relevant issues. 

  • Manage part-time bookkeeper, working with her to track and reconcile all revenues and expenses monthly.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated capacity to build alliances and sustain collaborative relationships with community members and leaders. 

  • Knowledge of direct marketing principles and social media channels, as they apply to fundraising. 

  • Passionate about education and takes strong personal satisfaction from achieving fundraising goals, supporting the education of K-8 students in the community.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies, including donor cultivation.

  • Demonstrated ability to implement a program or strategy in a non-profit environment, including fiscal management.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with the Board and other volunteers in a non-profit organization.

  • Exceptional organizational ability, able to manage multiple ongoing projects at once and strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills including meeting facilitation, relationship building, and consensus-building. 

  • Computer skills including Google G Suite, Word, Excel, and experience with donor database management.  

Preferred Skills & Knowledge

  • Graphic design skills a plus, including knowledge of Adobe Suite.

  • Comfortable with Quickbooks and financial statements. 

  • Website building and management experience; knowledge of WIX a plus.

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the unique culture and community in Mountain View a plus.

  • Knowledge of school district funding mechanisms and the history of educational foundations in California.


While transitioning into the Executive Director role, candidates will be trained by the out-going Executive Director. During this transitional period, the job will be a part-time hourly position at $25/hour. Salary range is $47,500 - $55,000 per year for 30 hrs/week, commensurate with experience and final job structure; two weeks paid vacation. The candidate will be involved in the hiring of a second part-time development assistant and will be involved in defining that new position. The incoming Executive Director reports to the outgoing MVEF Executive Director during the transition and board president thereafter.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing qualifications, experience, and interest. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. References upon request.

MVEF’s Mission: The Mountain View Educational Foundation works collaboratively with the community to raise funds for programs essential to a well-rounded education for all Mountain View Whisman School District students.