Executive Director Opportunity
The Shortino Family Foundation invests in programs and services consistent with our mission “to act as a catalyst to support at-risk youth and their families through education, healthy lifestyles, and the arts.” We focus our funding on Santa Clara County organizations that strengthen K-12 children’s educational achievement, creating pathways for underserved students to achieve their educational and career goals and contribute to our region’s vibrant economy.
We were founded in 1990 by Leo Shortino, the son of Italian immigrants. Leo grew up during the depression where he learned firsthand about poverty, hard work, and the importance of a good education. As an educator and accomplished musician, Leo also saw the arts as a critical way to enrich student’s education. Today the Foundation has assets of $50M and an operating budget of approximately $3M.
Increasingly, we focus our giving on high impact programs and services that ensure children have the skills and support to grow into self-sufficient adults. This year we will award nearly $2.6M to 70 grantees with a proven track record of improving students’ educational achievements in preparation for post-secondary education and employment. We look for programs that can serve as models for successful partnerships with education agencies and other nonprofit organizations, maximizing the impact of public and philanthropic funds.
Our funding priorities focus on K-12 youth with multiple risk factors and an emphasis on performance measures and collaborative partnerships. These include:
- Summer literacy
- Arts education
- Counseling and mentoring
- Extended learning
For more information about the Foundation, our grantees, priorities, and leadership, visit our website at http://www.shortino.org/
The Ideal Candidate
The Shortino Foundation is seeking a collaborative leader and self-directed manager to continue to guide and lead the Foundation, in partnership with an engaged Board of Directors. The incoming Executive Director will bring strategic thinking and knowledge of local education systems with evidence-based practices. This is a full-time, exempt position based in San Jose.
The ideal candidate will have senior management experience in a comparable nonprofit, education, or philanthropic organization and many of the following skills:
- Ability to conceptualize, communicate, and lead the Foundation to shared visions and new directions, in response to changing community needs and opportunities
- Experience working with or knowledge of education programs and issues in Santa Clara County targeting at risk/underserved youth
- In-depth experience with nonprofit fiscal analysis, program budgeting, and reporting. Foundation experience helpful
- Ability to effectively work with a diverse group of stakeholders – grantees, educators, and community partners
- Experience with grants management
- Demonstrated capacity to build alliances and sustain collaborative relationships with education and nonprofit partners
- Effective communication skills- including consensus building, writing and public speaking
- Experience working and partnering with a community-based Board of Directors
- Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate field, advanced degree helpful
In addition, candidates will need to:
- Effectively use Microsoft Office applications, information technology, and grant management software (Foundant)
- Work occasional nights and weekends as needed to support Board and community events.
- Provide own car, insurance, and valid driver’s license or other means to travel throughout Santa Clara Valley.
- Pass a background check
Deadline for applications: April 20th or until the position is filled
Estimated start date: Early June
Compensation: The Foundation is prepared to offer a competitive compensation package that includes 10 paid holidays and 15-18 days of PTO a year. Health and retirement benefits can be negotiated as part of a total package, if needed. Though candidates from beyond the Bay Area are encouraged to apply, funds are not available for relocation or housing assistance.
Confidential Application Process: Email your cover letter (Word or PDF document) summarizing your interest, fit with the essential qualifications listed, compensation requirements, and experience along with a current resume to: ShortinoSearch@leadershipintransition.org with “Shortino ED Search” in the subject field. Resumes must have a cover letter to be considered. Inquiries from candidates are welcomed and should be directed to Margaret Donohoe, our transition consultant at (408) 979-0572.
Executive Director Job Responsibilities
The Executive Director is central to the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Foundation as its only full-time employee. The position works in partnership with a nine-member Board of Directors and two, part-time staff – a Grants Manager and Office Assistant. The Foundation is also supported by contract accounting services, investment management and property managers.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & GRANTMAKING: (35-40% of time *)
- Leads the development of grantmaking initiatives and strategy, policies and procedures
- Oversees foundation’s grantmaking program, including proposal reviews, site visits and other related matters.
- Oversees evaluation and monitoring of funded programs and their effectiveness
- Provides technical assistance to grant-seekers
- Ensures timely payout of approved grants
- Maintains a thorough knowledge of local issues and trend impacting education and at-risk youth.
GOVERNANCE: (20-25% *)
- Provides the Board and its officers with adequate information and guidance so that they can effectively and legally oversee the Foundation and fulfill their governance duties
- Arranges for and attends all Board and committee meetings
- Reports regularly to the committees and the Board regarding the Foundation’s priorities, financial status and other issues relevant to the Board
- Ensures that Board policies are implemented
- Implements and evaluates short and long-range strategic priorities
- Ensures effective communications and linkages between Board and staff
FINANCIAL/LEGAL: (10-15% *)
- Ensures effective management of the Foundations investments and real estate assets
- Prepares the annual budget and monitors cash flow and quarterly progress
- Manages the proper reporting and filing of required financial documents such as annual reports, audit and tax filing
ADMINISTRATIVE & HUMAN RESOURCES: (10%*)
- Recruits, trains, and retains a strong staff team and provides regular performance evaluations
- Negotiates all contracts
- Ensures compliance with personnel policies established by the Board of Directors and all federal and state regulations
COMMUNITY RELATIONS: (15%*)
- Provides a credible and informed presence for the Foundation by participating in events, seminars and conferences in the local community
- Participates in collaborative opportunities with other Grantmakers and nonprofit organizations, to further our mission and leverage our investment
- Develops communication strategies and content for collateral materials including the website, annual report, and promotional materials
- Maintains effective relationships with schools, districts, grantees, and the community at large
* Percentages provided as a guideline to the incoming Executive Director for the first 12 to 18 months of the job.