Executive Director

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The SUHI Foundation
July 7, 2021
National City, CA
Job Type
70,000 -90,000
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Melissa Kiland
Contact Email


Position title:                        Executive Director

Organization name:            The SUHI Foundation, Inc.

Office location:                    National City, California

Organization founded:       2006

Annual budget:                    $0 to $500,000

Mission:                 To promote and support the academic excellence and higher education goals of Sweetwater High School students.

Salary range:        $70,000 to $90,000; average $80,000

Benefits:                Health, dental

Summary:             Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for The SUHI Foundation programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize The SUHI Foundation volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong staff.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing and future program operations.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Develop and execute marketing strategy and work with Board of Directors to develop a one and three year business plans.

Planning & New Business:

  • Begin to build partnerships by establishing relationships with the funders, educators and political and community leaders.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to The SUHI Foundation's mission. All candidates should have leadership, coaching, and relationship management skills.  Other qualifications include:

  • Degree in business administration, communications or education with at least 3 years of work or management experience.
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Ability to coach, manage and develop volunteer teams; set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Marketing, social media, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; word processing, spreadsheet and donor database skills; knowledge of non-profit accounting and software.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Knowledge of San Diego County south bay communities.

Physical demands

  • Ability to sit and use a computer in order to prepare budgets, maintain the donor database and prepare correspondence. (30%)
  • Ability to sit and use the phone to contact board members, faculty and administrators, scholarship students and potential donors. (30%)
  • Ability to drive a vehicle to meetings in the community in order to perform the essential functions of the job. (20%)
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time at community functions and award ceremonies. (10%)
  • Ability to hear and communicate well in order to work with board members, faculty and administration, scholarship students and current and potential donors. (10%)


Contact information

Please send resumes to:

By mail:

Melissa V. Kiland

c/o Ponderosa Homes

5020 Franklin Drive, Ste 200

Pleasanton, CA  94588


By email:


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