Executive Director

Posted by
Corazón, Inc.
Santa Ana, CA
Published 24 days ago

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 Civil Association (Comunidad Corazón A.C.). Our offices are located in Santa Ana, California and Tijuana, Mexico.

Currently, Corazón employs 2 staff with Corazón, Inc. and 4 full-time employees with Comunidad Corazón, along with contract assistance in both companies. We anticipate Mexican staffing levels to increase to 6 and US staff by at least one part-time employee after we return to post-Covid levels of activity and funding.  The Board of Directors consists of 10 volunteers along with the Executive Director 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 our programs.

General Function

This position serves as Executive Director for Corazón Inc. and Comunidad Corazón, A.C. They are responsible for carrying out the plans, policies, and strategic direction of the Board of Directors in the US and Mexico; and for overall management of financial operations, fundraising, 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; and supervises US and Mexico staff.

Specific Job Responsibilities

·      Fundraising and Financial Management (~35% of weekly time expenditures)

o  In partnership with Board Committee, develops and implements a comprehensive fund development strategy, leveraging existing revenue streams for growth, and creating new opportunities for funding.

o  Cultivates fiscally sustainable relationships with foundations, corporations, sponsors, major donors, and prospects, taking a leadership role in developing donor engagement strategies.

o  Oversee financial activity:

o  develops the annual budget in conjunction with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors;

o  closely monitors expenses and prudently manages resources within budgetary guidelines;

o  ensures that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work;

o  and approves and processes banking activities.

o  Works closely with Board Committee and external accounting and audit firm to coordinate annual federal, state, and local compliance and reporting requirements, and with legal counsel as required in the US and Mexico.

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

·      Program and Operations (~ 30% of weekly time)

o  Implements, evaluates and audits all necessary activities, in a timely manner, to ensure that program goals and objectives are accomplished.

o  Supervises all staff and programs until a time when a Mexican Director is hired. Occasional travel to Mexico, and frequent teleconferencing with Mexico staff is expected.

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

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

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

·      Strategic Planning and Execution (~20% of weekly time)

o  Implements the strategic direction in a way that is consistent with our vision, mission and culture.

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; and recommends changes in policies and procedures to the Board, as mandated by federal, state and/or city regulation.

o  Supports Board of Directors and Board Committees by advising and informing members of the ongoing status of operations, needs and challenges.

·      Administrative Management (~15% of weekly time)

o  Maintains QuickBooks, CRM, and other information technology applications.

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

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

o  Responsible for hiring, firing, onboarding, supervising and evaluating all staff and adheres to sound human resources practices based on local and federal law.

o  Ensures all staff has the resources and/or training necessary to fulfill their functions satisfactorily.

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

·      Other duties as assigned by Board of Directors.


·      Bilingual (Spanish/English) required.

·      5 years’ experience in non-profit, public service, and/or community relations management, with community development experience.

·      Three or more years senior nonprofit management and supervisory experience.

·      A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (e.g., business, administration, finance).

·      Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

·      Experience in fundraising with primary focus on raising private donations from individuals, corporations, religious or service groups, and small NGO foundations.

·      Computer literate with capability in Microsoft, CRM, and Google products.

·      QuickBooks experience desirable.

·      Working knowledge of Mexican Civil Associations and familiarity with or ability to quickly learn labor, legal, regulatory, and accounting requirements, is beneficial.

·      High-level strategic thinking and planning.

·      Strong leadership skills.

·      Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

·      Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.

·      Not required, but preferred

o  International community development experience.

o  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 weekends, as needed. Compensatory time policy is available when weekend work in Mexico is required. 

·      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.

Salary: $70,000 - $80,000 depending on experience and qualifications, along with Medical benefits up to $1000/mo. through a group plan of the employees choosing.

Partial remote work possible

Please email cover letter and resume to

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


$70,000 - $80,000Stipend available for Health insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency required

Spanish fluency required


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
2001 E. 1st. St., Santa Ana, CA 92705, United States
Suite 201

How to Apply

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