The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California is the non-profit organization providing programs and services for the 140,000 people in Northern California with epilepsy and those that care for and about them. Founded in 1953, based in San Francisco, and an affiliate of the national Epilepsy Foundation (www.efa.org), the organization’s mission is to lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. The EFNC (www.epilepsynorcal.org) is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising business leaders, health care professionals and client representatives, with the advice and counsel of a Professional Advisory Board whose members are among Northern California’s leading epilepsy specialists and health experts.
The Executive Director Position
The EFNC seeks a dynamic executive director to advance the organization’s mission and forge its vision for the future. Responsibilities include improving development and fundraising, optimizing programs and services, devising strategic organizational and financial plans, and then managing execution of all initiatives authorized by the board. Paramount to the success of the EFNC is accelerating existing development efforts, including new fundraising activities, and encouraging broad participation in those by the board, volunteers and staff. The successful candidate will also provide leadership for the development and execution of a long-range strategy to intelligently manage our programs and services to meet the needs of an increasing number of people with epilepsy and those that care for them. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing multiple EFNC personnel and relations with the national organization, other state affiliates, medical professionals, and a network of complementary organizations.
• Continue expansion of current fundraising efforts and craft new development initiatives that will increase organizational funds and thus programs, services and research for epilepsy patients and their families.
• Expand fundraising and development by identifying and targeting new contingents that will increase and diversify the EFNC's funding base.
• Oversee the development, management, and execution of numerous programs and services that staff implement to serve the multiple and varied needs of epilepsy patients and their families in the Bay area and Northern California.
• Evangelize and communicate the EFNC's mission, initiatives, and needs to external groups including donors, potential donors, corporate partners, new patients, legislators, media and other organizations.
• Proactively communicate with and enlist the support of internal groups from the board of trustees to other Epilepsy Foundation representatives, medical personnel, and patients and their families.
• Manage personnel, including employees, contractors, and volunteers, with practices such as annual objectives, constructive feedback, personnel development, performance evaluations and sound human resource practices.
• Develop expanding annual financial plans and manage communication to the board, budget implementation, and sound financial practices. Maintain the EFNC's exemplary expense ratios and efficiency.
• Maintain a knowledge of non-profit best practices, develop relationships with professional advisors, and change or adapt programs and fundraising initiatives as necessary to meet our clients' needs and foundation objectives.
Qualifications and Experience
• Five years of non-profit management experience, including fundraising and program management, or three years of non-profit combined with three years of relevant private-sector experience.
• Undergraduate degree in business, non-profit management or a related field.
• Measurable track record for expanding development and fundraising efforts and results, as well as forging new relationships and alliances.
• Compassionate leader with a deep empathy for epilepsy patients, their families, and their multiple needs. Association with epilepsy is beneficial but not required.
• Demonstrated ability to lead outcome-based service programs.
• Compelling spokesperson and evangelist that can garner respect, build relationships and solicit support from diverse audiences at all levels.
• Confident and self assured while professional and compassionate.
• Ability to effectively manage a multitude of people, programs and activities while maintaining a positive attitude and nurturing a friendly work environment.
Downtown San Francisco (Financial District), blocks from Union Square and BART.