Executive Director

Hideo Sasaki Foundation | Watertown, Massachusetts


The Foundation was established in 2000, funded by a trust established by Sasaki Associates, Inc. and family, friends, and colleagues of Hideo Sasaki. The primary charitable purpose of the Foundation is to support continuing education and research and writing in the planning and design professions. To this end, it has sponsored a variety of activities: college and high school student scholarships; design studio courses; symposia and gallery exhibitions; university lectures; and the Perry Chapman Prize, a research grant administered through the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

In 2015, having reached an endowment goal, the Foundation began a process of shifting the focus of its activities, increasing the Foundation’s visibility, rebranding its identity and materials, and is now well-positioned to fulfill its greater ambitions of pursuing new funding sources and expanding collaboration with various research and philanthropic institutions. The Executive Director’s work space will be in Sasaki Associates’ new Incubator Space within our Chase Mills office in Watertown, MA, and will be able to utilize this resource by offering collaborative workspace to research partners and project teams. Administrative staff and assistance will be provided by Sasaki Associates, or potentially hired by the Foundation, at a level appropriate for the Foundation’s activities. The Executive Director is expected to work closely with the board in order to maximize and leverage the resource that is Sasaki Associates, an internationally recognized planning and design firm.

The Board of Directors seeks to expand Board membership beyond Sasaki Associates employees, and shift from a working board or a governing board, facilitated by the creation of the new Executive Director position.

Vision: "A future in which the power of integrated planning and design is fully realized for the benefit of the public good."

Mission: "The mission of the Hideo Sasaki Foundation is to advance society’s capacity to plan and design the physical world by supporting individuals, organizations, and institutions transforming educational and professional practices."

Job Summary

The Hideo Sasaki Foundation (Foundation) is seeking to hire an Executive Director (ED) who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Foundation's management, fundraising, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission, reporting to the Foundation's Board of Directors.


Clarify Vision: The Executive Director leads in developing and communicating a compelling vision for the future of the Foundation that reflects its mission and core values.

Optimize Operations: The Executive Director is responsible for shaping, managing, and delivery of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives and the Foundation’s fundraising efforts in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic efforts.

Facilitate Innovation: The Executive Director, with the Board of Directors, defines and stewards a clear strategic and operational vision to the Foundation’s personnel, volunteers, and partners.

Foster Community: The Executive Director creates approaches that enable and sustain the Foundation’s desired community.

Leadership & Management

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage Foundation volunteers, board members, and partnering organizations.
  • Provide recommendations and solicit tenants of the Incubator (provided and managed by Sasaki).
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations as well as for future strategic initiatives.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure success that can be effectively communicated to the board, donors and other constituents.

Fundraising & Development

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
  • Broaden and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Represent the Foundation at community activities to enhance the Foundation’s community profile. Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

Planning & New Business

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.
  • Ensure the programs and strategic initiatives pursued by the Foundation contribute to the Foundation’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  • Begin to build partnerships, establishing relationships with donors, founders, and political and community leaders.
  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the program. 2 Financial Oversight and Management
  • Work with the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the Foundation
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development and fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the Foundation.
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
  • Administer the funds of the Foundation according to approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the Foundation
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenue and expenditures of the Foundation.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to the Hideo Sasaki Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Advanced degree with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance and outcomes based organization and staff
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Strong commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff and volunteers, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed

How to Apply

All inquiries and applications, with resume or CV, should be submitted by March 31st, 2017, and directed to Colin Booth, Chair of the Board of Directors, Hideo Sasaki Foundation at:

Colin Booth

Sasaki Associates

4 Pleasant Street

Watertown, MA 02472


Hideo Sasaki Foundation