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The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) working to ensure every local senior has someone they can turn to and trust. We believe all seniors deserve access to the resources to thrive, and envision a world where the senior population of San Diego is nurtured into a healthy, dynamic way of life.

We are working to increase philanthropy to programs and projects that help seniors age in place and maintain their independence, and to create age-friendly communities where seniors are no longer vulnerable but vibrant.

If you are a relationship builder and creative thinker with a passion for healthy aging, then we want to hear from you! Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter using the form below.


The President/CEO provides leadership to the organization and is responsible for executing the strategic plan and managerial oversight of fundraising, marketing, public relations, community outreach, programs, and administration. 


Strategic Planning and Execution 

  • Understand and advance the Foundation’s Mission and Vision 
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and Senior Management Team in all areas of strategic planning, including organizational growth and change management, with the ability to plan and act ahead of potential growth and expansion 
  • Develop and execute a multi-year strategic plan inclusive of goals and strategies in the domains of Policy and Advocacy, Public Awareness, and Senior Infrastructure 
  • Provide vision and oversight for all goals, objectives, and activities, with primary focus on the following five Strategic Focus Areas: Senior loneliness/social isolation/senior orphans 
  • Equity/DEI for older adults; focus on economically disadvantaged senior populations 
  • Elder abuse/fraud 
  • Senior Infrastructure 
  • Senior Transportation/Mobility 


Fundraising / Business Development 

  • Responsible for raising $500,000 to $1,000,000 per year (includes grantmaking and operations funding) 
  • Plan and execute a comprehensive development plan, including individual and major gifts, planned giving, and grants from foundations and corporations, with a focus on building endowments, donor-advised funds, and operating funds, and providing resources for key program initiatives. 
  • Ensure that funding levels maintain operational sustainability 
  • Encourage an entrepreneurial culture that identifies new revenue opportunities 
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of top donors and prospects; solicit and close major gifts 
  • Build loyal and long-term relationships with key donors, community stakeholders, and program partners 


Brand Awareness and Advocacy 

  • Raise the organization’s public profile by serving as spokesperson and advocate. 
  • Position the organization as a leading advocate and regional thought leader on behalf of older adults throughout the San Diego region. 
  • Serve as a visible, visionary, and influential leader in the community 
  • Create community awareness of the goals and initiatives of SDSCF with an emphasis on vulnerable and isolated seniors 
  • Ensure that marketing, communications, and media strategies focus on transitioning seniors from vulnerability to vibrant health and social engagement 



  • Provide executive oversight of program strategies in the context of mission and vision. 
  • Maintain knowledge of new developments in the world of gerontology; add to the Foundation’s existing knowledge base. 
  • Maintain awareness and engagement in programs and initiatives in the San Diego region designed to serve vulnerable older adults. 



  • Ensure best practices in grant awards, including regulatory compliance and due diligence. 
  • Develop strategies to ensure grants are practical, impactful, and sustainable. 
  • Develop partnerships with foundations and corporations for community grantmaking. 


Board Development 

  • Develop a strong partnership with the Board of Directors, recognizing and activating their individual expertise and passion for the institution and building a collective vision. 
  • Leverage the Board’s time and energy to best serve and promote the mission and long-term financial health of the organization. 
  • Collaborate with the Board in recruiting and orienting new board members. 


Operational Leadership and Oversight 

  • Oversee all business operations, including developing and managing the annual budget, policies, processes and workflows. 
  • Recruit and retain qualified, dynamic, engaged, and empowered team members 
  • Ensure that fiscal discipline, financial integrity, and financial best practices are in place 
  • Ensure that the organization has a sound budget, monthly financial statements are timely and accurate, and investments are overseen by qualified outside professional advisors 
  • Achieve programmatic excellence by establishing operational benchmarks, setting timelines, and obtaining the resources needed to achieve strategic goals 



  • 10+ years’ experience in a leadership capacity in a nonprofit organization 
  • Experience working within and across the San Diego County region 
  • Understanding of the needs and issues older adults are facing 
  • Knowledge of the field of gerontology and of program interventions that serve seniors 
  • Strategic thinker with the capacity to see both the big picture and the detailed steps needed to achieve organizational goals 
  • Demonstrated success in developing and cultivating long-term relationships with donors and key community influencers 
  • A builder with a demonstrated ability to bring organizations to new levels of philanthropic success; track record of obtaining significant funding from a range of sources, including major donors, foundations, corporations, and project fundraising 
  • Familiarity with estate planning and planned giving vehicles 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities, relationships, and partnerships for new revenue generation and to bring those opportunities to fruition 
  • Experience working with a board of community leaders, including reporting, advising and board member recruitment 
  • Experience managing outside consultants 
  • Exceptionally well-developed listening and communication skills, including the ability to connect with and inspire a wide range of partners and stakeholders; comfortable at public events and public speaking 
  • Proficiency in both written and verbal presentations, as well as the ability to interact with the board of directors, senior management, donors, and key stakeholders 
  • Proficient on a computer and with Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
  • Prior experience creating work environments that are inclusive, productive, and healthy 




  • Team Members 
  • Board Members 
  • Contractors 



  • Donors and Foundation Funders 
  • Leadership and Board Members of Agencies Serving Seniors 
  • Key Community Stakeholders 
  • Key Governmental Officials 
  • Professional Advisors (estate attorneys, financial planners, CPAs, etc.) 
  • Leadership at Public, Private and Corporate Foundations 
  • Professional Affiliation Groups 
  • Council on Foundations



Bachelor’s degree in relevant major, master’s degree preferred 



Ability to read, write and speak English fluently 



  • Use of good judgment and own initiative 
  • Logical thought process 
  • Works well under pressure 



  • Leadership skills to work with and motivate board and team members 
  • Warm, charismatic, and engaging – a great storyteller with a passion for helping vulnerable seniors in the San Diego region 
  • Emotionally intelligent, with a sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations in a collaborative environment 
  • Self-motivated and can take charge, build consensus, work cross-functionally and drive change 
  • Imparts credibility, trust, integrity and enthusiasm; understands the subtleties of motivating and directing others 
  • Deeply values human relationships and can build community and gain respect 
  • Resilient with the ability to embrace shifts in priorities on a regular basis; possesses excellent change management skills 
  • Excellent listening skills 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills 
  • Professional attitude and demeanor 
  • Positive and enthusiastic 
  • Ability to be flexible and open to change 



Currently, the team is working remotely; eventually, the goal is to secure an office with a professional environment. 

Reports to: Executive Director, Date: July 2021


The Chief Marketing and Communications Officer is responsible for developing and overseeing the marketing, communications and branding strategies of the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation, directly managing activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation, and implementing a broad range of public relations and communications activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership.

Marketing and Communications Strategy and Planning

  • Cultivate a sense of shared mission with staff to jointly achieve organization-wide goals and support the success of each key initiative.
  • Develop and implement an overarching messaging architecture and integrated strategic communications plan to advance SDSCF’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its grantmaking and program impact across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Create marketing and public relations strategies that allow SDSCF leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers.
  • Ensure that SDSCF’s branding, marketing, communications and public relations strategies position SDSCF as a regional thought leader and advocate on behalf of older adults.
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Integrate marketing and communications with development strategies and program initiatives

Marketing and Communications Operations

  • Research, analyze, write, and execute content across all marketing and communications platforms to include websites, newsletters, social media, and other digital and video media.
  • Ensure consistent messaging throughout all SDSCF communications channels
  • Ensure SDSCF’s brand guidelines are followed across entire organization
  • Ensure that SDSCF’s website, online platforms, videos, graphics and collateral materials adhere to the organization’s high quality standards
  • Develop and implement SDSCF’s digital policies and procedures
  • Manage SDSCF’s social media presence, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube.
  • Develop and maintain all SDSCF’s print communications including marketing and programs collateral materials; oversee graphic design and content development.
  • Oversee any advertising activities of SDSCF
  • Measure and report on the effectiveness of marketing and public relations efforts.
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning, and staff development.
  • Maintain database of public relations and media contacts.

External and Community Engagement and Public Relations

  • Oversee all aspects of media relations/public relations. Develop and implement a public relations strategy that gains positive exposure for the organization and its programs and initiatives in the community.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
  • Develop contacts and relationships with media outlets and representatives to create opportunities for advancing the SDSCF mission, vision, and brand.
  • Actively engage, cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding SDSCF’s programs, special events, news releases, public announcements, grantmaking, and other projects.
  • Prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed.
  • Position board members, senior leadership, key staff, and initiatives for maximum media and public exposure.
  • Coordinate and develop ideas and opportunities for feature articles, op-eds, interviews, and presentations that advance SDSCF’s key initiatives and donor interests.
  • Field and direct responses to all media-related inquiries.
  • Assist and coach SDSCF staff and board with public speaking engagements, presentations, and preparation of articles for publication.
  • Manage all marketing and communications vendor relationships.
  • Work with strategic program partners ensuring their desired inclusion in marketing and communication efforts.

Business Development

  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Chief Development Officer, and senior team to develop innovative approaches for increasing revenue.
  • Integrate marketing and communication efforts with development and grant-writing strategies to enhance opportunities for revenue.
  • Collaborate in leading SDCF’s efforts to expand audiences and audience engagement through innovative strategies to increase impact and financial support.
  • Drive an increase in revenue through digital mediums.
  • Test and analyze marketing efforts and results to bring in new business and increased donations.

Team Development/Management (subject to funding for additional team members)

  • Recruit and manage a MarCom team to support the development and execution of the marketing and communications strategy.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.

INTERNAL: Team Members, Board Members
EXTERNAL: Media, Contractor


  • Preferred minimum of 7-10 years of experience in marketing, public/media relations, brand management, or journalism; experience with nonprofit organizations and/or foundations desirable
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization’s mission and goals
  • Experience working with community-based organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits
  • Experience in a senior management role either in-house or with an agency
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships and successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements
  • Extensive successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications
  • Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
  • Possess the executive presence, thought leadership, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and effect change
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office business applications
  • Effective communication skills, speaking, listening, and writing in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Strong ability to effectively resolve and cope with immediate crisis situations
  • Strong organizational, detail orientated, and time management skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and effectively as an individual and part of a team
  • Proficiency in both written and verbal presentations, as well as the ability to interact with senior management, board of directors, nonprofit managers, and community influencers
  • Proven ability to motivate and manage staff and to appropriately delegate responsibilities; to monitor, coach and develop staff, and to evaluate performance


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant major required, advanced degree preferred


  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently


  • Use of good judgment and own initiative
  • Logical thought process
  • Works well under pressure


  • Leadership skills to work with and motivate board and team members
  • An independent, confident self-starter skilled at working in a collaborative environment
  •  A willingness to learn and challenge personal paradigms
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional attitude and demeanor
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Ability to be flexible and open to change


  • Ability to lift 25 lbs
  • Able to sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Able to sit at a desk and view a computer screen for up to two hours
  • Able to speak into and use a telephone for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend and stoop


  • Non-smoking, professional office environment.