Executive Director, LAFC Foundation

  • Los Angeles Football Club
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 09 Jun, 2021
Full time Leadership & Management

Job Description

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is an MLS soccer club serving the greater Los Angeles area. LAFC is dedicated to building a world-class soccer club that represents the diversity of Los Angeles and is committed to delivering an unrivaled experience for fans. LAFC’s ownership group is comprised of local leaders and innovators of industry with intellectual capital, financial prowess, operations expertise and success in the fields of entertainment, sports, technology and media. LAFC is invested in the world’s game and Los Angeles, constructing and developing the 22,000 seat Banc of California Stadium and a top-flight training center on the campus of Cal-State Los Angeles.
The Foundation is seeking an Executive Director to lead the day-to-day operations and develop future strategy. This role is responsible for enhancing the mission, vision, and values of the Foundation. 
  • Serve as a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team recommending grants and projects for Board approval and ensure all operations are carried out in accordance with applicable laws governing private foundations.
  • Strategically grow Foundation’s giving portfolio, prioritizing quality and alignment, and maximizing benefit to the community.  
    • Lead annual strategic business planning process. 
    • Develop programs with proper research and rigorous evaluations with proper impact metrics. 
    • Execute portfolio successfully with proper program/project management. 
  • Ensure all related programmatic and communications strategies bolster LAFC’s mission.
  • Create and execute Board engagement strategy that includes board material development, review, approval, and data sharing process.
  • Implement methods and processes to support grantmaking, including but not limited to: 
    • Maintain an up-to-date tracking platform that follows all giving, in kind support, social impact efforts, cause-related brand partnerships, volunteerism, etc.   
    • Develop and implement metrics to track and report progress. 
    • Provide program analysis to all key underwriting partners. 
  • Implement methods and processes to support fundraising, including but not limited to: 
    • Maintain all reporting and communication related to donor solicitation. 
    • Provide current donors with clear and organized data on the efficacy and quality of the work. 
    • Build strategic partnerships with key potential funders, including community foundations and other relevant granting entities. 
  • Motivate and lead a high-performance team by retaining staff and providing clear performance objectives and regular feedback.
  • Develop the budget and oversee the prudent financial management of the funds. 
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities and can explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year College or University required, with a related advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 year’s experience in philanthropic advising, corporate or family foundation, and/or related experience within government or the nonprofit sector required;  professional sports team experience a plus.
  • Experience successfully engaging with C-Suite leadership and Board members.
  • Expertise in successful and impactful grant making, including a fluency in grants management platforms (i.e. CyberGrants, Benevity, etc.).  
  • Must have equal parts passion and pragmatism, with a belief in the power of philanthropy to make meaningful, measurable impact guided by LAFC’s vision and commitment to the community.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, managing multiple projects and priorities with keen attention to detail.
  • Must be a team player who functions well in both a leadership and supporting role as needed.
  • Ability to “roll up your sleeves” with a proven ability to get the job done.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external clients.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, with particular emphasis on: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Flexible work schedule with the ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required.

LAFC participates in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. Your answers will be kept confidential and will not impact your employment opportunity. The questionnaire takes less than three minutes to complete. You will receive a code at the end and will be asked to enter your questionnaire code during the application process. 

LAFC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
LAFC recruitment policies are designed to place the most highly qualified persons available in a timely and efficient manner. LAFC may pursue all avenues available, including promotion from within, employee referrals, outside advertising, employment agencies, Internet recruiting, job fairs, college recruiting and search firms.
Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization, which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.