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The Stuart Foundation team is composed of compassionate, committed individuals working to make meaningful impact. The Stuart Foundation as an employer is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We value differences among individuals across multiple dimensions and we work to build an organizational culture where each staff person feels they belong. The Stuart Foundation believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against nor favor any applicant because of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, religion and socioeconomic status. Stuart Foundation welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and abilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our application process, please let us know.

About the Application Process 

About The Position

About The Stuart Foundation

The Stuart Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to transforming life outcomes for young people through public education. For nearly four decades, the Foundation has cultivated the conditions for adolescents to thrive in California and Washington state. Established as an independent family foundation in 1985, the Foundation has been committed to transforming systems to realize sustained change from its beginning.

Young people thrive when they can bring their full selves into the world and are engaged and supported as learners and change makers. Three interconnected commitments guide our work: supporting adolescent thriving, advancing equity, and reaffirming the purpose of public education. 

We believe that well-resourced and inclusive public education systems underpin vibrant communities, inclusive economies, and a functioning democracy. Public schools should be joyful places where young people are seen, safe, and supported as learners and leaders across all types of difference, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, language, and ability. The conditions of young people’s lives – immigration status, zip code, income, or system involvement – should not determine their trajectory or define how they experience school. 

To achieve this vision, we must transform our current system to equitably provide engaging and empowering learning opportunities and school environments that center belonging and respect. This kind of public education system is only realized with the shared leadership and authentic engagement of everyone in our education systems and communities, especially young people themselves.

The Stuart Foundation engages with people, programs, systems, and ideas. We leverage our financial resources and social capital to advance a vibrant and just public education system in California that supports all young people to thrive. In addition to grantmaking, we engage in knowledge sharing, narrative change, and relationship building. The Foundation has an asset base of approximately $554 million and annual charitable expenditures of approximately $27 million.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and list of three references (references will not be contacted without your advance notice) to by Friday, May 10, 2024 at 5:00 pm PT. Use the subject line: VPFA Application. Please submit PDF or Microsoft Word files only, preferably with all materials in one combined file. Resume review begins immediately.

Questions or Nominations? Contact Jeannine N. Walker at

The Stuart Foundation - a family foundation dedicated to transforming life outcomes for young people through public education - seeks a strategic, effective, and knowledgeable multidisciplinary leader as Vice President, Finance and Administration to sit on the Senior Leadership Team and oversee and enhance finance, operations, and board relations. 


The Vice President, Finance and Administration (VPFA) is responsible for aligning finance and administrative functions to program strategy and strengthening internal operations so that the Foundation has the internal infrastructure and culture in place to achieve its goals. The VPFA reports to the President and is equal parts strategist and operator, helping the programmatic vision come to life through sound internal systems and practices. Serving as a strategic thought partner to the President, the Board, and staff across the organization, the VPFA will be a key member of the Senior Leadership Team. The VPFA will provide leadership beyond the Foundation’s finances to include overall organizational operations, design, risk management, and effectiveness as well as board management, learning, and efficacy. The VPFA will proactively design internal operations that are aligned with and in support of the Foundation’s programmatic strategies, creating impact on the external work. This is an exciting opportunity to co-create a vision of success for running the organization that inspires the Board and staff and creates holistic, adaptive systems to support the organization’s mission and values. 


  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Team Building
  • Finance and Investment Management
  • Office Management
  • Legal-Risk Management


​The ideal VPFA will bring many of the following experiences, characteristics, and abilities - among other related/transferable skills - to the Foundation:

  • Commitment to the mission and values with a passion for transforming life outcomes for young people; lived or professional experience related to the Foundation’s work is a plus.
  • Progressively responsible senior leadership experience in financial and administrative organizational leadership ideally inclusive of overseeing finance, operations, human resources, and/or legal/risk management functions.
  • Experience leading budgeting, financial forecasting, and reporting along with a record of success implementing strategic goals and priorities across an organization.
  • Demonstrated experience managing high-performing teams and supporting healthy organizational culture, smooth operations, and complex budgets with competence and ease.
  • A connector who builds strong, trust-based relationships with others and demonstrates a high degree of emotional intelligence, accountability, and discretion in handling sensitive personnel or other matters.
  • Experience and comfort building relationships with, presenting to, and helping to develop and support the efficacy and development of a Board of Directors. 
  • Working knowledge of philanthropy, or nonprofit management, is strongly preferred, including knowledge of related best practices in the field.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a thoughtful approach to culture development and supervision that creates a sense of welcoming and belonging for all staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively translating complex technical information in creative, easily digestible ways to a diverse set of audiences leveraging numbers and data to support strategic storytelling and recommendations leading to effective decision-making.
  • Experience operationalizing and implementing bold vision and ideas supported creatively leveraging systems, policies, and/or procedures to meet organizational goals.
  • Highly organized and methodical with great attention to detail and the ability to multitask and manage complex projects, both independently and collaboratively.
  • Extensive experience in Microsoft Office applications (particularly Excel) with a familiarity with or comfort learning how to identify and/or better leverage key CRM, accounting, HR, and other systems such as Salesforce, ADP, Quickbooks, Paylocity, and/or Sage Intacct.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related business discipline with an MBA and/or CPA preferred or equivalent degree or experience.

The Stuart Foundation provides a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. The annual salary range for Vice President, Finance and Administration is $260,000 to $312,000 with an anticipated starting salary of $290,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits offered include health, dental, and vision plans with full coverage for domestic partners and dependents; a 403(b) retirement savings plan (15% of salary contribution with no match required); tuition/student loan reimbursement; generous vacation and sick time; and more. ​

For more information, read the full Position Announcement.​​