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Mountain View Educational Foundation is Hiring a Lead Executive Director

We are seeking a passionate and collaborative leader to serve as our Lead Executive Director (30 hrs/week).The candidate should be a strong team-player who thrives in connecting with the community, enjoys working in a volunteer-driven organization and is energized with the diversity of all volunteers and partners to weave a vibrant community, making this role more than “just a job”. The glue that will coordinate and lead the efforts of the Executive Director of Operations, the Board Members and be instrumental to grow our impact and donor base. 

You will be responsible for all aspects of the organization, including:

  • Strategic Leadership (35%):

    • Serve as a spokesperson and thought leader, implementing strategic initiatives as set with the Board and deepening our impact.

    • Foster a supportive and engaging internal culture for our diverse volunteers.

    • Motivate and inspire the team, modeling accountability and teamwork.

    • Equip the Board with the necessary information and tools so that they are effectively engaged in advancing our mission.

  • External Relations and Fundraising (50%)

    • Cultivate and acquire new partnerships with major donors, foundations, and businesses.

    • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to drive revenue across diverse income streams.

    • Lead communication efforts to ensure consistent messaging across platforms and build a strong external identity.

  • Organization Development (15%)

    • Partner with the Executive Director of Operations to ensure all Executive Director goals are being met.

    • Support volunteer & board recruitment and development.



  • Lead fundraising: Develop and execute strategies to secure major gifts, grants, corporate partnerships, and event revenue (Winter Gala). Manage donor cultivation, reporting, and relationships.

  • Drive community engagement: Cultivate strong ties with schools, district staff, parents, and community leaders. Foster public understanding and support for MVEF's mission through outreach and education initiatives.

  • Implement strategic plans: manage volunteers, provide board guidance on progress

  • Oversee organizational operations in conjunction with Executive Director of Operations: Ensure fiscal responsibility through budgeting, forecasting, and reporting.

  • Champion communication: Develop and execute communication strategies across website, social media, newsletters, and promotional materials. Craft compelling messaging to mobilize donors and advance MVEF's mission.

  • Stay informed and adaptable: Track trends in philanthropy and education foundations, identify  innovative practices, and recommend adjustments to optimize MVEF's effectiveness.


Required Qualifications:

  • Proven track record of success building and sustaining impactful relationships with diverse stakeholders (donors, community leaders, board members).

  • Demonstrated expertise in fundraising, including campaign development, donor cultivation, and grant acquisition.

  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills, with the ability to motivate teams, build consensus, and articulate the organization's mission effectively.

  • Organizational adeptness and attention to detail, managing multiple projects efficiently and meeting deadlines consistently.

  • Proficiency in Google G Suite and strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong financial management skills with experience budgeting, forecasting, and grant reporting in a non-profit setting a plus.


Preferred Skills & Knowledge:

  • Experience working with non-profit boards and adhering to best governance practices.

  • Knowledge of direct marketing principles and social media fundraising strategies.

  • Experience with donor databases and fundraising software.

  • Familiarity with Mountain View culture and community (a plus).



$65,000 to $80,000 per year for 30 hours/week, commensurate with experience. Flexible work schedule, with the expectation of attending meetings and activities outside regular business hours (currently hybrid). Two weeks paid vacation. This position reports to the Board President. This position manages volunteers and partners with The Executive Director of Operations.

The candidate 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 and be energized with the diversity of all staff, volunteers and partners to weave a vibrant community, making this role more than “just a job”.


Application Process:

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing qualifications, experience, and interest in the position to Dwight Rodgers at  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.

About MVEF:

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that partners with the community to provide essential programs to all eleven K-8 schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD). MVEF's fundraising plays a crucial role in the district's budget, supporting art, music, athletics, class size reduction, and more. We work in collaboration with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, administrators, and donors to raise over $1.2 million annually.

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