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Executive Director

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TahDah Foundation | San Mateo, CA

TahDah Foundation

Published 6 days ago

September 14, 2020
July 31, 2020
$40,000 - $40,000

Founded in 2016, the TahDah Foundation believes that every young person deserves to have access to resources and opportunities that support their learning, growth and development with holistic arts education and wellness programs. Our efforts focus on impacting K-12 and young adults who are differently-abled, special needs and/or at-risk youth in schools, after-school programs, summer camps, homeless shelters, and community-based organizations.

As a young and growing foundation, we have supported access to effective holistic arts education and empowerment programs to over 9,000 children and families throughout California, New York and Virginia. After three years of operating, we are looking for our next Executive Director to help us grow and establish a key Foundation for holistic arts education. We know that as funding and access to holistic arts and education continues to decrease for children, our work is critical and increasingly more important -- it is an exciting time to engage with us. We intend to attract and engage with more partners and funders to build our grantmaking ability, share more stories about what works and why, and deepen the collective understanding of how holistic arts and education can facilitate children’s abilities to reach their highest potential. This is the work to be led by the Executive Director.

Contract Overview

The Board is excited to contract with a visionary, strategic, and highly collaborative part-time Executive Director to work as a partner to grow the Foundation’s assets by fundraising and strengthening capacity. Bringing their experience as an exceptional nonprofit director, strategist, and arts and education practitioner and advocate, the ED will lead the TahDah Foundation in charting a course towards expanded grantmaking, deeper partnerships, and eventually an enhanced role in articulating and advocating for holistic arts and education as a fundamental need and right towards children’s empowerment.

Key areas of focus: 

The Executive Director will guide and lead the TahDah Foundation toward increased assets, capacity, visibility and impact, while also holding the operational and financial oversight responsibilities inherent in executive positions in small nonprofits.

Specifically, they will:

Provide institutional leadership ensuring ongoing alignment with our founding values and vision; guiding strategy; and developing strong, reflective, collaborative relationships with, funders, board, grantees, and philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. As a visible external leader, they will build TahDah’s profile by representing the Foundation at arts and education conferences and convenings, and by developing compelling materials, reports, and presentations.

Research, develop, and implement strategic fundraising plans and determine priorities to help build the institutional capacities that will enable more grantmaking to occur. The ED will create relationships and opportunities needed to support our mission.

Donor management, cultivation, and engagement through ongoing communication with existing donors and identifying and outreaching to potential new individual, private, and corporate donors. The ED will maintain relationships with current donors and build new relationships with potential and appropriate donors.

Partner with the board to recommend strategic opportunities and in developing and setting strategy. The ED will work with the existing Board to refine board structure, recruit board members, and evaluate board composition to best support growth, moving forward, and sustainability.

Plan, design, and oversee impactful holistic arts programs including assessing and adapting grantmaking priorities in keeping with evolving strategies and will oversee the refinement of guidelines and procedures—ensuring that the application, review, and approval processes balance rigor and thoroughness on one hand, with respect for the grantee relationship, time, and trust on the other.

Ensure excellence in operational, administrative, and financial management through hands-on implementation, as well as, through supervision and management with the Foundation’s professional advisors and consultantsThe ED will also oversee and assess the financial, administrative, and grantmaking systems, refining them as needed to promote efficiency, information sharing, and data collection. They will draft, manage, and monitor annual budgets, ensuring that the board receives timely, clear, and accurate financial data.


Experience, Qualifications, and Attributes: 

 TahDah is looking for an exceptional self-directed leader and arts manager with the following “must-haves:”

·      Hold at minimum a Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s Degree in Arts Management, Non-Profit Management, or Education preferred.

·      At least five (5) years of senior level leadership experience, preferably as an executive director in an arts/education organization /or foundation or five (5) - seven (7) years of experience working within arts education or arts management.

·      A proven track record of success in fundraising/grantwriting, board management, program development, and operational oversight including stewardship of resources, budget development, and fiscal oversight.

·      A compelling, compassionate, and inclusive leadership style with exceptional personal awareness, strong interpersonal relationship skills, and the ability to direct, inspire, and collaborate with others.

·      Outstanding analytical skills; a strategic thinker and problem solver, able to make decisions using sound process; project design and management excellence; a strong, clear compelling writer and communicator; a stickler for detail and timelines with appreciation for streamlining, rigor and high standards; and

·      Emotional intelligence and capacity for professional intimacy; ease and fluidity working with a diverse group of stakeholders; grounded and flexible with a high degree of integrity, transparency, and humility; able to maintain an atmosphere of kindness, trust, and respect internally and with all foundation partners.

Candidates must be able to use Excel, Word, and other technology and programs necessary to perform in the role.

Salary ($40,000 annually); 20 hours weekly.

The Executive Director position will have the flexibility to work remotely but must be willing to travel as necessary and will work virtually with Board.

Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to by JULY 31, 2020.

Founded in 2016, the TahDah Foundation believes that every young person deserves to have access to resources and opportunities that support their learning, growth and development with holistic arts education and wellness programs. Our…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Part Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive

How to Apply

Please submit Cover Letter and Resume in PDF format.

Please submit Cover Letter and Resume in PDF format.


San Mateo, CA

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