Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to conduct the search for a Senior Philanthropic Advisor for our client, The Marin Community Foundation. This position is for immediate hire and is based in their Novato, California office.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) was established in 1986 with the assets of a trust from long time Marin County residents Leonard and Beryl H. Buck. MCF was founded with one simple aspiration: to make a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy. MCF’s mission is to encourage and apply philanthropic contributions to help improve the human condition, embrace diversity, promote a humane and democratic society, and enhance the community’s quality of life, now and for future generations.

Over 450 individuals, families, businesses, and community groups have established funds at MCF. Grants made from these funds support a wide range of issues within Marin County, the United States and around the world. Governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees along with the President and CEO, MCF is one of the largest community foundations in the United States, managing over $1.6 billion in assets and distributing approximately $60 million annually in grants. 

THE POSITION: The Senior Philanthropic Advisor manages relationships with a portfolio of donor-advised fund holders to facilitate their grant-making and foster their engagement in philanthropy and with the Foundation.  The Senior Philanthropic Advisor also provides sector knowledge and high-quality educational programming to the Foundation’s donor community.

The Senior Philanthropic Advisor reports directly to the Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services. 


  • Manages a portfolio of donors and fund contacts with a particular focus on donor-advised funds and Supporting Organizations to encourage, inform, and support their charitable giving (and their family’s charitable giving) with a strategic lens.  Facilitates and oversees their grant-making, engagement with the Foundation, and gift cultivation (in partnership with Philanthropic Planning). 
  • Assists in establishing short and long-term donor engagement goals to increase charitable giving among donors. Tracks and measures donor engagement activities and their outcomes.
  • Leads, plans, implements, and continually refines meetings, events, services, programs, projects, and products that work to meaningfully engage donors in their philanthropy, with the Foundation, and with each other in ways that will maximize resources and expertise to meet community needs.
  • Meets and communicates with nonprofit leaders and other issue experts (internal and external) and accesses current literature and media sources to help inform staff and donors on organizations, programs, and funding needs.
  • Supports other Foundation efforts to build community knowledge that is accessible and effective for use by donors, with a particular emphasis on Marin County issues and nonprofits. 
  • Brings best practices for working with donors, their families, and their financial support systems.  Seeks to impact the sector through the creation of replicable products and programs that provide highly-valuable, cutting-edge donor services.
  • Monitors trends and policy changes affecting the philanthropic sector.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The  Senior Philanthropic Advisor will be evaluated by the Director of  Philanthropic Advisory Services on her/his ability to perform the essential functions of the position; the ability to demonstrate the skills described below; the ability to meet annual individual and departmental goals, and the ability to complete job duties in a professional, cooperative, and timely manner.  The incumbent will also be evaluated on her/his communication skills and professional interactions with staff, trustees and community members, as well as, the ability to listen carefully, think critically, and understand issues. 


  • M.A./M.S. degree preferred; B.A./B.S. degree required in a related field and 2 years of additional work experience such as described in the essential functions of the job description.
  • Seven years of proven success in working at a major institution with high net worth individuals.  Extensive experience in or with the nonprofit sector also highly desirable.
  • Significant experience as a funder or guiding funders/donors.
  • Strong knowledge of the philanthropic sector and philanthropic giving vehicles, as well as the various laws and regulations affecting them.
  • Proficient writing, editing and proofreading skills with the ability to gather and organize information appropriately.
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) and the ability to effectively utilize proprietary software.
  • Strong planning and implementation skills; research and synthesizing abilities.
  • Excellent ability to prioritize, organize, and manage multiple competing assignments and responsibilities.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills (listening, interpersonal, oral, and written).
  • A high degree of professionalism, confidence and flexibility that allows the incumbent to work collaboratively and effectively with clients and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent ability to work well in a team environment.  Ability to develop and maintain a good working relationship with the Foundation staff, members of the community, elected officials, the media, colleagues in other foundations, and members of the nonprofit sector.
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
  • Interest in philanthropy and the non-profit community.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: This position pays a competitive base salary (dependent on experience) in addition to a very robust and comprehensive benefits package that includes: a generous Foundation contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan after 9 months, 2 weeks of vacation leave in the first year (three weeks in the second year), 10 paid holidays, 4 personal days each year that can be carried over for 2 years, sick leave, medical appointment, cafeteria plan, medical insurance with 3 medical options which includes 100% employees’ cost coverage and 80% dependents’ cost coverage, dental, vision, FSA, EAP, STD/LTD, Life/AD&D, and supplemental life. 

HOW TO APPLY:  For immediate consideration please email your resume and cover letter to Samantha Weigand, Executive Recruiter & Nonprofit Strategist at  Your resume and cover letter should describe your qualifications, experience and career goals, along with your salary expectations.


ABOUT OUR FIRM:  Scion Executive Search, a division of Scion Staffing, Inc., is a retained executive search firm connecting executive nonprofit leadership to nonprofit organizations and foundations across the country. Cultivated in the nonprofit sector, we provide expert search strategies and leadership for your organization. Our executive candidates are true agents for change, and we are experts at matching their talents, motivations, and passions to your organization’s mission. Scion Executive Search has led hundreds of successful executive searches. Information about our firm and successes can be found online at

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