Executive Director Corazon Inc.

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000
Maximum: $85,000
Details: based on qualifications and experience.



Start Date



200 E 1st Street
Suite 201
Santa Ana
United States


About Corazón

Corazón is a non-profit organization focused on building community by strengthening families, enabling service, promoting self-sufficiency and inspiring mutually beneficial relationships across borders. Founded in 1978, we currently operate through a US-based 501c(3) corporation (Corazón, Inc.) and a Mexico-based AC (Comminidad Corazón). Our offices are located in Santa Ana, California and Tijuana, Mexico.

Corazón provides services to communities in the Tijuana and Tecate areas of Baja California, through three program areas:

Construction: Our Build-A-Home in a Day and Small Construction projects ensure children and their families have a safe, secure home to live in. We’re empowering communities to build, repair and maintain their homes through training and job skill development.

Youth: Through tutoring, scholarships, sports and camps, we are helping children rise out of poverty. Our programs focus on developing character, community responsibility, and help train our leaders of tomorrow. We currently have over 400 youth receiving scholarships including over 40 at the University level.

Family and Community Development: Our Adult Education, job training, social services, classes and workshops help prepare families to raise strong, healthy, and better educated children. We’re empowering communities to gain the skills to support themselves and their families. We operate Community Centers in seven communities and are considering possible expansion of our programs in two additional areas in Tijuana.

Corazón employs 2 full time staff of Corazón, Inc. in the US and 7 full-time employees of Communidad Corazón, AC in Mexico along with contract accounting assistance in both companies. The Board of Directors consists of 11 volunteers along with the ED as a non-voting member. We provide the opportunity for over 2000 US and Mexico volunteers annually to experience a unique, hands-on, opportunity to change people’s lives on both sides of the border through mutual participation in its programs. Our 2018 budget is around $900,000. Practically all revenues represent donations from individuals, religious and service organizations, and small family foundations.


General Function

The Executive Director of Corazón Inc. and Communidad Corazón, A.C. is responsible for carrying out the plans, policies, and strategic direction of the Board of Directors and for overall management of financial operations, fundraising and grants, general event and program administration, and oversight of day-to-day operations of Corazón’s activities in both the United States and Mexico.

Supervisory Relationships

Reports to President, Board of Directors; works closely with all Board Members and Committees; supervises US staff and Mexican Director.


Specific Job Responsibilities

Strategic Planning and Execution

o  Contributes to Corazón’s long-range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. (Establishing this strategy is the responsibility of the Board)

o  Works closely with the Board to ensure that all appropriate and necessary policies and procedures are well-documented, disseminated to all concerned parties, and consistently implemented; recommends changes in policies and procedures to the Board, as mandated by federal, state, or city regulation.

Financial Management

o  Oversee financial activity: develops the annual budget in conjunction with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors; closely monitors expenses and prudently manages resources within budgetary guidelines; ensures that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work; and approve and process banking activities.

o  Works closely with external accounting and audit firms to coordinate annual federal, state, and local compliance and reporting requirements, and with legal counsel as required.

o  Maintains official records and documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as with Corazón’s Record Retention Policies.


Fund Development

o  Develops an annual fundraising plan and budget for Board approval; with the Board, establishes reasonable fundraising goals, activities, and budgets, including a reasonable quota that needs to be met; and initiates, plans, and implements all necessary activities, in a timely manner, to ensure that program goals and objectives are accomplished.

Public Relations and Marketing Management

o  Serves as lead spokesperson for Corazón in developing and coordinating public awareness, visibility, and brand-enhancing activities.

o  Assists in the preparation and distribution of public relations, marketing, and community outreach materials.

Project and Event Management

o  Oversees planning and management of special events throughout the year including annual staff and board retreats, annual fundraising events, Christmas parties etc.

Administrative Management

o  Attends and actively participates in all Corazón Board meetings and retreats and attends specific Committee meetings as required.

o  Supervises US staff and Mexican Director. Oversees MD supervision of Mexican staff. Ensures staff of Corazon, Inc and Communidad Corazon, A.C. have the resources and/or training necessary to fulfill their functions satisfactorily; directly evaluates US staff and MD performance; Reviews performance evaluations of Mexican staff and advises MD as appropriate on performance issues. Recommends personnel actions (e.g., hiring, retention, promotion) to Board; develops job descriptions; and adheres to sound human resources practices.

Infrastructure planning and management

o  Develops plans and oversees execution of enhancements of website, social media, and IT infrastructure.

o  Develops and oversees implementation of capital programs (new office or community center acquisition or development, acquisition of vehicles or other major equipment)

·        Other duties as assigned by Board of Directors


Corazón offers several health care options to its US employees and will pay up to $375/month of the costs of the plan you select. You will be eligible for 2 weeks of vacation after a year of service. Since some Corazón activities occur on weekends which may not be your regular work days, you will be eligible for reasonable time off as compensation for significant time spent outside of your regular work hours with the mutual agreement of the President. Corazón will reimburse you for the use of your personal vehicle for Corazón use (primarily trips to Mexico for Corazón business, or local trips to attend meetings with potential sponsors, donors, or partners) at the standard published IRS rate for mileage."

Level of Language Proficiency


  •  A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (e.g., business, administration, finance);
  • Bilingual; (Spanish/English)
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in non-profit, public service, and/or community relations management, with community development experience desirable.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience in fundraising with primary focus on raising private donations from individuals, corporations, religious or service groups, or small NGO foundations.

Not required, but preferred 

  • International community development experience
  • Non-profit finance reporting
  • Internet and social media based fundraising

Job Requirements

  • Valid passport and ability to travel in Mexico; ability to obtain SENTRI/ global access status
  • Must be able to work some evenings and week-ends, as needed.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle, possess a valid California driver’s license, and be able to travel locally and to Mexico on an on-going basis.
  • Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated for achieving excellence.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree