Executive Director


POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director (ED) provides the leadership, vision, and operational expertise necessary to realize the mission of the Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council to prevent, mitigate, and educate the public about wildfires in Santa Clara County. The ED is responsible for: 

  • Developing and maintaining external community relations and operational activities. 
  • Developing successful funding sources. 
  • Oversight of administrative/fiscal management. 
  • Building and sustaining an internal team in support of the mission.
  • Communications and consensus building both internally and externally; and among all stakeholders. 

Through the SCCFSC programs and services, the ED will provide the leadership in its efforts to encourage grassroots local efforts, sustain and/or increase funding for strategic initiatives, educate citizens about direct mitigation efforts for wildfires, develop local grant programs to enable the SCCFSC mission, and build relationships between federal, state, and local governmental entities, other non-profit and quasi-public bodies, environmental communities, and private corporations that are impacted by wildfire occurrences and losses. 

Essential functions: 

40% Communications and Relations Management 

  • Community development through Outreach, Firewise Communities, and Sponsor events. (15%) 
  • Agency/governmental agency relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials. (15%) 
  • Communications management – website, events, social media, broadcast and/or print media. (10%) 


30% Organizational Management

  • Program/project development, strategic goals, objectives planning and implementation. (10%) 
  • Managerial/supervisory responsibilities of the day-to-day operations. (10%) 
  • Fiscal management, budget development, cost analysis/tracking, and audit reports. (5%) 
  • Overall management, new hiring, skills development and training, and team building of the organization. (5%)


20% Development Outreach and Fund Raising

  • Development outreach – sustainable funding and/or fund raising from all types of funding sources; public and private donors. (20%) 


10% SCCSFC Chair and Board of Directors Support 

  • Scheduling, planning, agenda development, policy preparations, minutes and reports. (10%) 


Demonstrated abilities, knowledge, experience and/or training in these areas: 

  • Previous non-profit or executive level management experience. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to communicate in a clear/concise manner on complex topics and to a wide-range of audiences. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability and success working productively with diverse groups of varying interests; business communities, non-profit organizations, governmental entities and the public. 
  • Develop, manage, and report monthly variance reports for program and organizational budgets. 
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience managing/leading a small staff. Proficiency in a variety of workplace software programs, including Gsuite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Quick Books. 
  • A strong personal connection and commitment to the mission and goals of the SCCFSC. 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or related field, or equivalent work experience. 


Desirable additional qualifications: 

  • Master of Business Administration, Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or other graduate level degree. 
  • Experience and success soliciting funding to sustain or increase funds from individuals, federal and state agencies, philanthropic organizations, and corporations. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with forest health and wildfire issues in California. 
  • Financial accounting experience with private, state, and federal grant regulations, and environmental laws that apply to large wildfire management projects within CA. 


Salary range:  Commensurate with education and relevant experience 

Appointment status and hours of work: All employee appointments with the SCCFSC are considered “employment-at-will” which means employees may resign or be terminated at any time. 

Work location: 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA  95070-5953 

Travel: Travel outside of SF Bay Area is typically not required. 

Supervision received: The ED reports directly to the Chair of the Board of Directors and the SCCFSC Executive Committee. 

Supervision given: The ED directly supervises the COE (Communications, Outreach and Education), CFO, Grant Manager, HFR (Hazardous Fuel Reduction) Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and other staff positions as required.  May supervise directly or indirectly various contract services personnel (e.g. information technology, Registered Professional Forester, human resources and/or fiscal consultants). 

To Apply: Please submit your resume along with three references by close of business on the posted final file date of July 31, 2020 to info@sccfiresafe.org

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