Foundation Director

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Website California Fire Foundation

Description, Compensation and Benefits:

Under the direction of the Foundation Chair and CPF Managing Director, the Foundation Director works in collaboration with the senior management team and is the key person responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Works to strengthen the awareness of the organization within California’s fire service and the public at large.
  • Implements the overall goals of the Foundation with a strong emphasis on the California Firefighters’ Memorial and Firefighters Families Assistance.
  • Builds relationships with state park agency staff and legislators to advocate for the maintenance and expansion of the California Firefighters Memorial, located in California’s State Capitol Park. Plans capital campaign for the expansion of the Memorial.
  • Takes primary role in fundraising activities, donor management, and creating a fundraising plan for the year.
  • Manages existing grants and applies for new grants to support program and organizational goals. Maintains and cultivates relationships with existing and potential funders, community leaders, content experts, and other Foundation stakeholders.
  • Oversees programs and projects including: the annual Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, annual gala, Firefighter Appreciation Month, Firefighters on Your Side, SAVE Program, firefighter line of duty death support to fire departments and families, Wildfire Relief Grants, Fire Prevention Grants, and the California Firefighters Benevolent Fund.
  • Tracks program metrics, evaluates effectiveness of programs, ensures that programs stay within budget. Creates and maintains overall communications plan and strategy for the Foundation.
  • Participates in creating a connection between firefighters and their communities by helping to develop and execute public education programs regarding emergency response and disaster preparedness, including outreach to diverse and underserved populations (Spanish and other bilingual communities).  Manages related PR and development efforts.
  • Leads and supports a small staff who conduct day-to-day operations, along with contractors focused on grants and PR.
  • Oversees the activities of a member-based team of firefighters (Cal-LAST) whose purpose is to assist with all aspects of a line of duty death funeral, along with the Pipes & Drums band.
  • Manages preparation and execution of Board of Director meetings and opportunities for engagement.
  • Manages touchpoints for the Advisory Council.


Compensation Package: 
Salary is commensurate with experience.  Employee benefits are comprehensive and include: health insurance, generous 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacation, paid sick leave, employee incentive programs, and more.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated Leadership and Management -- proven track record with at least five years’ nonprofit management background.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • Collaborative Decision Maker – successful in bringing together multiple stakeholders, with diverse perspective and collaborate to reach decisions that all parties will buy into.
  • Inspiring Motivator and Relationship Builder– infectious personality with an ability to inspire and build successful relationships with the staff, board of directors, firefighter members, and donors, creating optimism that keeps everyone positive and moving toward achieving objectives.
  • Communication Skills – passionate and charismatic communicator with strong presentation and written communication skills.
  • Social Media and Marketing Acumen– understanding of marketing and social media strategies for building conversations and relationships with an audience that propel brand awareness and increase member and donor engagement.
  • Financial Knowledge – ability to work with senior accounting staff to create program budgets, financials and analysis.
  • Fundraising Skills – understanding of donation program strategies and instruments associated with planned giving, cause marketing, corporate matching gifts and grants.  Ability to create a program vision and a strategic plan that incorporates a comprehensive and diverse range of giving programs. Experience with capital campaigns preferred.
  • Ambition and Compassion – be an action-oriented leader at one moment and, in the next minute, be a supportive listener to a grieving caller who has just lost a firefighter family member or colleague.
  • Big Picture Perspective – understanding of how the Foundation’s mission relates to the mission of the sponsoring organization, California Professional Firefighters.
  • Adaptable and Agile – ability to adapt to a changing environment and unanticipated events.  When emergencies strike (fires, earthquakes, mass shootings), firefighters get busy and so does the Foundation
  • Humor and Maturity – understands the importance of a relaxed and enjoyable workplace culture that fosters an environment for innovation and happy people.

Application Instructions:

For immediate confidential consideration, please email your resume to [email protected] along with your desired salary range, and a cover letter highlighting your relevant qualifications and experiences that support your candidacy.  

About the Organization:

The California Fire Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen fighters and the communities they protect. Formed in 1987 by California Professional Firefighters, the Foundation offers an array of survivor and victim assistance programs and community initiatives.