Executive Director

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Envision Consulting | San Francisco, CA

Envision Consulting

Published 25 days ago


Known as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island is one of only two United States immigration entry points that were islands – one, a window to the east, the other, a window to the west. AIISF’s educational and public programs remind us of the complex history of immigration to America and ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.

It must be said here the Foundation is non-political and non-partisan. Though political and partisan views can be given to the Station's story, the Foundation exists to educate and build community. For these reasons, the Foundation is looking for a leader who can take advantage of today’s historic opportunity to help educate the nation with a more complete understanding of immigration.


Angel Island holds vital lessons of our past---some painful mistakes, others patriotic successes. Immigrants from over 80 countries came through the Angel Island just 20 minutes away from San Francisco by boat. It was the entry point from the Pacific, fueling what is now the most diverse state in the Union, California, and served as a starting point for so many immigrants across the nation.

It wasn’t an easy path to the American Dream. At the start of the 20th century Angel Island immigrant entry station functioned much the way detention centers do today. Immigrants were kept in locked barracks for months and even years. The conditions were “jail-like.” Cell wall etchings depict the hope of America, the despair of detainment, and the uncertainty of potential deportation.

Founded in 1994, the Foundation exists to promote a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration and its role in shaping America's past, present and future.


AIISF is seeking a leader to drive strategic growth in its next chapter. On the heels of a successful capital campaign, this all-volunteer organization is excited to hire an Executive Director to partner with the Board. Through strategic initiatives AIISF hopes to achieve increased awareness and growth and increased sustainability. This leader is passionate about the immigrant experience and will strive to keep history’s stories and lessons alive for future generations.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will work with the Board directly to implement a growth phase consisting of strategic focus, program expansion, and fundraising. A strong communicator, the ideal candidate is also equipped to engage the Board the and the greater community, including key leaders, partners, and public officials to help achieve AIISF’s vision of expanded reach and impact. 


Organization Strategy and Leadership: Take AIISF to National Importance

  • Oversee all programs and operations of AIISF, ensuring they align with the mission and priorities of AIISF.
  • Partner with the Board to develop and implement a strategic plan with clear goals and milestones to ensure effective operations and take AIISF to the next stage of growth.
  • Support and partner with the Board to fulfill their governance function.
  • Serve as a liaison and effectively work with volunteers and community partners to engage them in meeting AIISF’s mission.
  • Manage a small office staff and program consultants.
  • Serve as primary contact for California State Parks personnel on Angel Island and staff in Sacramento

Community Outreach / Visibility

  • Serve as the main spokesperson for the organization, developing strategic alliances with community leaders, local, and national officials to increase the visibility of AIISF and its programs.
  • Oversee marketing strategy that increases AIISF’s visibility through multiple avenues, including relationship building, targeted messaging, content creation, media releases and social media.
  • Explore contexts that will include civic, political, and economic discussions on immigration that AIISF can engage in (AIISF is non-political, non-partisan foundation)

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Oversee all financial matters of AIISF, including maintaining budgets, approving and reviewing expenditures and developing financial plans and procedures.
  • Partner with the Board in creating and implementing a fundraising strategy for the advancement of the organization.
  • Lead financial planning, forecasting, and analytical activities; ensure alignment of financial plan with vision and strategy.
  • Provide the Board with financial reports and prepare the annual budget for Board review prior to the start of each new fiscal year.
  • Ensure compliance on contractual obligations and agreements.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 3-years experience in a senior leadership role at a nonprofit agency.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with a nonprofit Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated experience expanding programming and increasing revenue.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising with individual donors and foundations.
  • Directly managed a budget of more than $500,000.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead teams to work harmoniously and openly.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience overseeing financial matters, including audits, reporting, and budgeting.
  • Highly experienced in community relations, marketing, and program development.
  • Business or political experience, a plus but not required (AIISF is a non-partisan foundation).
  • Computer literacy, especially WORD, EXCEL, and POWERPOINT. Experience with cloud-based software (ie. accounting, file folders, donor management software) a plus.
  • Some domestic travel required.


Known as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island is one of only two United States immigration entry points that were islands – one, a window to the east, the other, a window to the west. AIISF’s educational…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive


San Francisco, CA