Employment Opportunities

LACF Executive Director Job Posting

The Opportunity

The new Executive Director of Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) will have the opportunity to guide the Foundation through continued growth and investment in the Los Alamos community. We are an eight-year-old grantmaking and community-supporting foundation with endowed assets of over $1 million and sixteen endowed funds under management. The highly engaged board leadership of LACF is a talented and passionate group committed to improving the quality of life in the community. 

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation

LACF’s mission is to build enduring philanthropy to empower our community’s nonprofit organizations. The Foundation envisions a thriving Los Alamos community where philanthropy makes a lasting impact. LACF works with community members to create endowments that benefit local nonprofit organizations and causes. The Foundation invests the endowment principal, ensures prudent funds management, and directs endowment earnings to nonprofits in the community, both to designated beneficiaries and through competitive grant cycles.

Last year, LACF granted over $35,000 to local nonprofit organizations. Each year LACF conducts a nonprofit training program for regional 501c3 organizations and hosts a series of lectures and educational sessions toward developing a more philanthropic community. The organization also hosts and manages a web portal for community volunteering, an annual community-wide fundraising campaign, and website for Giving Tuesday. For more information, please see our 2023 Annual Impact Report and visit our website, www.losalamoscf.org.

The Position

The Executive Director reports to the LACF President and works closely with the Board of Directors. Currently the sole employee of the Foundation, the Executive Director has volunteer and board support for bookkeeping and accounting functions. The Executive Director is responsible for the planning, operation, administration and expansion of activities of the organization. Priorities include:

  • Working with the Board to develop and execute an ongoing strategic direction for LACF that increases its impact in the Los Alamos community through sustainable operations.
  • Serving as the outward face of LACF in working with community partners, nonprofit organizations, donors, foundations, corporations, and other constituents.
  • Increasing LACF’s assets under management including growing the Foundation’s endowments and raising operating funds each year. 
  • Inspire and increase donor support for the organization by building and maintaining positive relationships and demonstrating the Foundation’s success and impact. 
  • Ensuring prudent fund management through maintaining robust internal controls and by working with the Finance and Investment Committee and Investment Manager.
  • Increasing LACF’s organizational visibility and reach to various constituencies in the community through marketing and public relations. 
  • Development and administration of community initiatives and programs that fulfill the mission of the organization and the intentions of donors and grantors.
  • Conducting a spring grantmaking cycle and ensuring impactful and effective grantmaking.
  • Honing the nonprofit training program to ensure that it continues to meet ongoing needs of local nonprofit organizations. 
  • Applying for relevant grants and pursuing asset building opportunities for the Foundation.
  • Developing and maintaining policies and ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Upholding the highest standards of integrity and community responsibility in both professional and personal conduct


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A substantial connection with the community and a commitment to improving the quality of life in Los Alamos County.
  • A passion for the power of philanthropy and the social sector.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to lead an organization, preferably two or more years with a nonprofit organization.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to build relationships with a wide variety of people and organizations.
  • Fundraising experience, with substantial experience in donor development and relations.
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and manage a budget.
  • Core values that include integrity, humility, self-awareness, and a willingness to learn and grow.

Salary and Benefits

  • This is a full-time exempt position (32-40 hours/week); however, the Board is open to half-time employment for more experienced applicants.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience in the range of $65,000  to $85,000.
  • LACF offers a 3% SIMPLE IRA contribution.
  • Flexible schedule and generous paid time off.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials to jobs@losalamoscf.org:

  • A resume or other summary of qualifications and experience.
  • A personal statement that addresses your commitment to philanthropy and your interest in our organization. 
  • For best consideration, materials should be received by February 16, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions can be directed to jobs@losalamoscf.org

LACF does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. This announcement does not represent an exhaustive list of all skills, duties and requirements of the position. This job description is not a contract of employment.