President & CEO


Compensation: $85,000 – $100,000 DOE/neg.
Location: Coronado, CA
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct Reports: 5 (Director of Development, Director of Marketing, Development Coordinator, Project Coordinator, Staff Accountant) and independent contractor hired to support CSF’s Legacy Society


Our Story:

Founded over 40 years ago, the Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) provides essential financial resources to cover critical gaps in education funding for the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD). The District serves an incredibly diverse student population, with 35% of its students from military dependent families. However, CUSD actually receives an average of $1,600 less funding per student per year, compared to the San Diego Unified School District. As such, CUSD ranks 36th out of 42 school districts in Southern California in per capita allocations, resulting in systemic underfunding of nearly $5 million annually.

CSF works hard to address this need and is the only district-wide resource supporting STEAM pathways and enrichment education for CUSD students. Thankfully, due to the community’s generosity and support, over $1 million in community donations was gifted through CSF for the 2018 – 2019 academic year, benefiting 3,100 students across CUSD’s 4 school sites. CSF is led by an 18-person Board of Directors and supported by a 7-person team of passionate and dedicated staff members. We are proud to provide our students the resources and opportunities to learn, thrive and reach their highest potential, today and into their futures. To learn more, please visit:


After 15 years of dedicated service, CSF’s President & CEO is retiring this summer, and we are excited to welcome our future leader to the organization. Responsible for 6 direct reports and an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million, the President & CEO will oversee all areas of the Foundation’s strategy and operations, including staff and board development, fundraising, relationship building, and business administration. They will be the face of our organization, actively forming and enriching partnerships with our Board of Directors, the District, the Coronado community, and the greater San Diego region.

Anticipated allocation of responsibilities is as follows:

  • 50% – Fundraising and relationship building
  • 20% – Business operations and strategy
  • 15% – Staff management
  • 10% – Board relations
  • 5% – Liaising with the Coronado Unified School District

Initial Priorities for this position include:

  • Meet and connect with the various stakeholders of our organization.
  • Drive our fundraising efforts, which include our Hive 365 Annual Campaign, our Annual Auction, our Annual Telethon, and our endowment.
  • Partner with our board to finish strategic planning for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • Foster and strengthen board member engagement.

Priorities for year 2 and beyond:

  • Grow the endowment to $10 million.
  • Develop a new, multi-year strategic plan.
  • Develop meaningful relationships beyond the immediate Coronado area.
  • Conduct a fundraising feasibility study for a large-scale campaign.
  • Develop and recruit new board members.

Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Partnering with the Board and our Director of Development, create and execute an updated, comprehensive development plan, aligning with CSF’s strategic master plan, including individual and major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, grants, events and corporate sponsorships.
  • Build loyal and long-term relationships with key donors and prospects based on mission, cultivation and stewardship, program outcomes and sound fiscal management.
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of top donors and prospects; solicit and close major gifts.
  • Working with staff, ensure CSF produces quality events that not only meet budget and fundraising objectives, but also elevate the organization’s brand and profile.

Staff and Board Development:

  • Foster open and effective communication with the Board, inviting Board members’ opinions and suggestions.
  • Engage the Board to fully leverage each member’s strengths and connections, thereby increasing Board giving potential.
  • Partner with the Board in the strategic planning process and work closely to ensure goals and milestones are met or exceeded.
  • Foster a collaborative work environment where all staff is engaged, informed, and empowered to participate.
  • Promote a supportive workplace culture and create opportunities for professional development.
  • Assist staff with prioritizing tasks and objectives.
  • Enhance and administer an effective performance management system for all employees that includes annual goal setting and periodic evaluations.

Relationship Building:

  • Raise the organization’s public profile by 1) serving as the agency’s spokesperson and advocate and 2) serving as a high-profile visionary and influential leader in the community.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for CSF, frequently attending events and speaking in public. Use charisma and enthusiasm to recruit supporters, volunteers and funders.
  • Maintain an exceptional relationship with the Coronado Unified School District.
  • Build relationships with key individuals and organizations throughout Coronado and the greater San Diego region and utilize these relationships to strategically enhance CSF’s mission.
  • Engage with community and civic leadership groups like Rotary, the local Chamber of Commerce, the Optimist Club, etc.

Business Operations:

  • Provide vision and oversight for goals, objectives, and activities as outlined in the operational and strategic plan.
  • Assess and then work to methodically improve business operations and workflow.
  • Implement best practices in nonprofit management.
  • In conjunction with our accountant, oversee all fiscal operations of CSF, including budgeting, accounting, auditing, contract management, and compliance.
  • Ensure existing and potential new programs and events advance CSF’s mission, are financially sustainable, and adequately staffed.
  • Working with the Director of Marketing, oversee marketing and community outreach for CSF across a range of platforms and media.

Required Experience, Skills & Abilities:

  • Education – bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Leadership experience – hands-on experience as a leader, manager or key team member of a small-to-medium sized nonprofit organization.
  • Board relations – experience working with a board of community leaders, including reporting, advising and board member recruitment; experience partnering with the board on strategic planning, and working closely with the board to ensure goals and milestones are met or exceeded.
  • Fundraising – proven ability to grow existing funding sources and add new revenue sources through individual giving, events, grants, contracts and other partnerships.
  • Strategy – ability to balance strategy and execution; skilled at crafting strategy and then implementing.
  • Business acumen – strong skills with regards to budgeting, reporting, operations, and marketing; strategic and innovative, giving attention to both short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Communication skills – written and oral, including strong listening skills and the ability to connect with and inspire a range of partners and stakeholders. Transparent and open to feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Sector knowledge – familiarity with the K-12 education system and issues around state and local funding.

Leadership Attributes:

  • Leads with humility, empathy, and self-awareness.
  • Promotes a family-friendly work environment.
  • Charismatic and engaging – a natural relationship builder.
  • Utilizes a collaborative leadership style, bringing staff and stakeholders into the strategic vision, and promoting transparency to the highest degree possible.
  • A servant-leader who truly cares about the well-being of each team member and takes an active role in their development.
  • Skilled at receiving and giving feedback and performance critiques.
  • A natural connector who can bring the right people and resources together to effect change.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence; practices discretion and behaves with integrity.
  • Patient, and willing/able to have the difficult conversations as required.
  • Perseverant – sees things through to completion, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Unabashed optimist who can see through or around obstacles.
  • Growth mindset with a strong tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Comfortable with taking and managing risks.


Liliane Lendvai, Director

Blair Search Partners
550 West B Street, 4th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101