Associate Director of the Santa Monica College Foundation

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $102,420.00
Maximum: $124,488.00



Application Deadline:



1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica
United States



Santa Monica Community College District is seeking an Associate Director of the Santa Monica College Foundation to serve as the Foundation's Chief Financial Officer responsible for overseeing and participating in all areas of financial management, including accounting, budgeting, accounts payable/receivable and payroll. This position also supports the Dean, Institutional Advancement/Santa Monica College Foundation in fundraising efforts to further expand the Foundation's financial resources. 

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned Chief Financial Officer and possess extensive finance and accounting operations experience for a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization. This individual will have financial oversight experience at a non-profit organization with a $5 million annual budget and a $10 million endowment. This candidate will participate in carrying out day-to-day activities such as financial management, accounting, budgeting, accounts payable/receivable and payroll.  In addition, the candidate will have a commitment to upholding the mission of the Santa Monica College Foundation and growing its resources to further enhance its impact. The individual will be internally motivated and possess excellent communication, fiscal acumen, and have experience in process development and improvement. The candidate will have honed presentation skills, be comfortable presenting to the Board of Directors and be dedicated to developing and nurturing relationships with donors. 

Formulates the Foundation's funding policies and procedures with the Foundation Board of Directors and coordinates implementation of policies and procedures with faculty and department managers establishing funding priorities and grants.

Serves on the selection committee for grants and scholarships. Communicates regularly with donors to and sponsors of scholarships to make sure distribution criteria for academic and financial need is fully communicated to the Scholarship Office for recipient selection and is reviewed to assure conditions are met.

Authorizes payment of awards and tracks usage.

Directs the Foundation's planned giving program, including development of annuities and making public presentations.

Assists the Dean, Institutional Advancement in designing and conducting fundraising campaigns for both restricted and unrestricted gifts to the College through the Foundation.

May represent the Dean, Institutional Advancement at various functions to speak on behalf of the Foundation and its funding goals to external and internal audiences. Actively participates on program committees and is present to work and implement donor relations skills at events throughout the year.

Works with the investment management company and the Board of Directors to develop and maintain solid investment policies and strategies involving more than $15 million in assets to assure continued growth and safety.

Plans and directs the Foundation's activities in general accounting, special funds accounting, cash and investment management, accounting system development and analysis; accounts payable and payroll for Foundation employees working in the Foundation office.

Plans, organizes, and directs the Foundation's accounting and budgeting systems, prepares detailed income and expenditure budgets, and develops and implements accounting controls to regulate financial stability;

Directs fund establishment (more than 400) and distributions from those directed funds for endowments, scholarships, programs, and capital campaigns.

Establishes practices and controls for safe and efficient handling of funds, establishes reporting procedures of financial transactions and directs the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records, and files; reviews related financial and statistical reports;

Supervises the Foundation's accounting office and data management staff including upkeep, design and oversight of the Foundation's website used for information, marketing and on-line contributions.

Trains and oversees the use of Raisers Edge software in both fund management and fund-raising activities of the Foundation making sure the separate functions mesh and share data.

Maintains current knowledge of changes, methods, concepts, requirements, regulations and policies for assigned programs, including computer programs and software.

Coordinates and administers the year-end closing process and compilation of fiscal year financial statements.

Delegates responsibility and authority to subordinate staff and students.

Develops, recommends, and implements staff training and development programs to provide opportunities for individual employee growth, continuity of work flow and long range development of employees.

Directs the development of performance evaluation standards for subordinate staff; formally evaluates the work of direct subordinate staff.

Interviews and selects staff reporting directly to this position and assists with other interviews as necessary.

Authorizes response to employee grievance and disciplinary actions and contributes to the establishment of organization policy regarding discipline.

Performs other related duties as requested or assigned.

Examples of essential duties are descriptive and not restrictive in nature, and are generally listed in descending order of importance.

Minimum Qualifications

Education Requirement:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field.

Experience Requirement:

Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience using computerized on-line program applications to perform fund accounting, budget control, auditing and/or financial systems design, which included at least two (2) years experience in a supervisory capacity in a non-profit organization. Fundraising and marketing experience is highly desirable.

Please note: All qualifying experience as indicated above must have been gained at a non-profit organization.

Education/Experience Equivalency:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying



New full-time classified supervisors at Santa Monica College are offered a number of benefits, including:

  • 16 paid holidays
  • 24 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid illness days
  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision-care coverage
  • CALPERS Retirement System
  • 5% increase in base pay for every 5 years worked with SMC, up to 35 years of service.
  • Waived tuition fees for classes taken at SMC
  • FREE Big Blue Bus access and monthly incentives for eligible employees through the Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program,

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested applicants may submit an application online through our website at, no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2018.