Chief Executive Officer

Santa Fe Community Foundation | Santa Fe, New Mexico


The Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF) was established in 1981 to provide an avenue for donors to meet their charitable purposes and for nonprofit organizations to receive resources that enable them to carry out their mission-driven work. SFCF is devoted to building healthy and vital communities in the region wherein racial, cultural or economic differences do not limit access to health, education or employment; diverse audiences access and enjoy the arts and cultural heritages of the region; and all sectors in the community take responsibility for ensuring a healthy environment. SFCF commits its resources to building a robust philanthropic vehicle that focuses on the issues facing the community. 

Job Summary

The Santa Fe Community Foundation seeks an accomplished leader to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO will provide dynamic and forward-thinking leadership to promote SFCF’s goals, implement the Board-identified policy directives, and steward the role of SFCF as a key convener in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. The CEO will serve as the key spokesperson and face of SFCF to its grantees, donors, civic, community and state leaders. The CEO will support Board and staff to be visible in philanthropic activities throughout the communities in and around Santa Fe. The new CEO will have a broad-based mix of experiences to promote philanthropy throughout the region, attracting gifts to increase the size and impact of SFCF, developing and deepening lasting partnerships, and continuing to advance SFCF’s role in community leadership and advocacy. The CEO will further position the organization to listen to and lift the voices of a broad cross-section of Santa Fe’s and the surrounding area’s residents, engaging them in developing sustainable solutions for their communities

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Reports to Board of Directors


The new CEO will provide dynamic and forward-thinking leadership to promote SFCF’s goals, implement the Board-identified policy directives, and steward the role of SFCF as a key convener in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.The new CEO will have a broad-based mix of experiences to promote philanthropy throughout the region, attracting gifts to increase the size and impact of SFCF, developing and deepening lasting partnerships, and continuing to advance SFCF’s role in community leadership and advocacy. 

Specifically, the CEO’s responsibilities will include:

  • Getting to know and embracing the communities of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico intimately – the people, places and character of the various distinct communities within the region
  • Serving as a visible leader in philanthropy throughout the region, advancing SFCF’s overall purpose and specific agendas in public forums, and through building key partnerships, alliances and coalitions with leaders in business, government, the nonprofit sector and other arenas throughout the region
  • Leading by example, championing SFCF’s values of engagement, equity and justice, commitment, inclusion, and adaptability; ensuring that SFCF’s management sustains a strong performance-based culture through hiring, training, developing, motivating and retaining talented staff as well as through internal controls, budgeting and finance; in effect, facilitating and supporting highly effective teams in a “best places to work” environment
  • Developing and guiding implementation of the SFCF Board of Directors’ goals, translating their work to execution plans that engage the full SFCF team in concerted effort; consistently assessing capacity and resources to ensure that SFCF is well positioned to accomplish its objectives
  • With an emphasis on building a culture of community philanthropy, strengthening existing and cultivating new relationships with SFCF’s key community stakeholders, including other private funders, public-sector leaders, nonprofit leaders, private sector partners and other opinion and thought leaders
  • Working with the Board of Directors and staff to use SFCF’s tools – training, grants, impact investments, working with donors through advised funds, programmatic initiatives, and policy advocacy – to their highest and best use, empowering the SFCF team to enhance and deepen a body of work that responds to Santa Fe’s needs, and shapes its future
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors to provide leadership, information, and support that enhance the governance of SFCF Orienting SFCF to provide effective and clear communications, ensuring that the broader community is clear on what SFCF is and what it does – to solidify SFCF’s brand identity in the community
  • Using an array of approaches – including convening community conversations – to assess and evaluate needs; using those assessments to develop and prioritize issues and measure impact
  • Publicly highlighting opportunities in philanthropy and issues that affect Santa Fe and surrounding communities in SFCF’s areas of strategic focus, inspiring donors and genuinely collaborating with other funders to leverage additional resources for issues facing vulnerable populations
  • Increasing the assets and endowment to support the implementation of a strategic plan for the benefit of the community and the sustainability of SFCF using creative, contemporary tools and continuing to invest in a critical development function
  • Integrating technology into SFCF’s strategy and execution models, to support efficiency and excellence in key areas, including ensuring high quality consistent service to current and potential donors 
  • Deepening SFCF’s relationships with the professional advisor community, to ensure that the high net worth population is aware of SFCF and its value proposition, philanthropic services and impact, relative to other options available to donors 
  • Working with Board Committees, Vice Presidents and internal staff to ensure the effective stewardship of the organization 
  • Overseeing the annual operating budget in a pragmatic, cost-effective fashion


Profile of the Successful Candidate SFCF seeks a proven leader who can easily engage with a wide variety of people – from donors and political leaders to nonprofit and community leaders to staff members – and everyone in between. The successful candidate will truly enjoy getting to know a wide variety of Santa Fe’s and the surrounding area’s residents and will take great pleasure in advocating on their behalf – in short, being a visible, approachable, relatable leader and active member of the community. SFCF’s next CEO will have strong people and process management, organizational, analytical, communication, consensus-building, and fundraising skills. The successful candidate could come from a variety of leadership backgrounds; though they will have experience in the non-profit sector (either as staff or a board member), they may also come from other fields, such as work in the private, public, or academic sectors. More specifically, SFCF seeks a seasoned professional who has:

  • An energetic, entrepreneurial nature that combines intellectual curiosity with analytical skills and political savvy, and a strong interest in – and excitement about – the challenges and opportunities facing the communities in and around Santa Fe
  • Significant leadership and proven people management experience in the private, public, independent, or foundation sector
  • Successful experience working in a highly visible environment and serving as an ambassador for an organization
  • A track record of fundraising accomplishments, with knowledge or the ability to quickly come up to speed and acquire knowledge of philanthropic tools and vehicles
  • Successful track record in fundraising, program development, board development and management, as well as inspiring, mature staff leadership and management skills
  • Demonstrated effective work in community
  • Ability to foster a trusting work environment that results in efficient and effective organizational management and a healthy and positive workplace culture where all employees are heard and valued, embedding an equity lens in all organizational interactions as well as programs 
  •  An affinity for intellectual leadership, as evidenced by a track record of forward, anticipatory thinking and the development of strategy and vision for the future, with a bias toward innovation that brings new ideas to fruition and implementation 
  • The ability to forge pragmatic, collaborative solutions in environments characterized by ambiguity and complexity 
  • A communicative and collaborative interpersonal approach, demonstrated through strong written and oral skills as well as strong listening skills 
  • An inclusive, consensus-building leadership style both in and out of the public spotlight that simultaneously inspires Board members, staff, clients, donors, and partners in the community 
  • Strong business and financial management acumen, with a data-driven orientation in the deployment of financial resources and in making critical business decisions; a well-developed ability to distill legal, financial and business information to guide priorities; an understanding of the financial complexities and opportunities inherent in a community foundation 
  • Integrity and a commitment to professional excellence, combined with values that wear well over the long term 
  • A bachelor’s degree 

The selected candidate may also likely have: 

  • An advanced degree
  • Exposure to the community foundation model and an appreciation for its potential to empower residents to advance community issues

How to Apply

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has exclusively retained The 360 Group of San Francisco to assist with this search. Please visit  to review the complete position description, which includes detailed application instructions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; earlier applicants may receive priority consideration. To be considered, The 360 Group encourages all interested candidates to submit their applications promptly.

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