Kern Community Foundation Seeks President and CEO

Kern Community Foundation is committed to Growing Community, Growing Philanthropy in Kern County and seeks a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, including government, nonprofit and private sector leadership.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic relationships. His or her career should be noted by his or her ability to chart a path forward with exceptional interpersonal skills and a servant leadership style. The ability to communicate exceptionally in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position.

Career experience in a top leadership position in a community foundation or other philanthropic institution is desirable, though not required. However, an understanding of the community foundation organizational and financial model is expected. Leading, growing, and empowering the staff and a dedicated, committed board are needed skills.  Energy, natural optimism, and the ability to be a good listener and a quick learner are important personal attributes. A sense of humor and humility are also valued.

The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in understanding the cultural and historical dynamics of a community, while connecting with and understanding people of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic/racial, and cultural backgrounds and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. Integrity, critical inquiry, and sound judgment are essential to success in this role. 

Find more information about this opportunity and the full job description here.

Applicants, please submit the following to Jeff Gutierrez, Chair at

  • A cover letter with responses to the following questions/statements:
    1. What is your vision for Kern Community Foundation?
    2. Briefly describe your financial background.
    3. What is Kern Community Foundation’s role in Kern County?
  • Resume

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