Palo Alto, CA

Executive Director

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting Vista Center in Palo Alto, California in the search for an Executive Director who will diversify funding, particularly increasing contributed revenue. For more information, please review the complete Position Description.

Vista Center is the Bay Area’s preeminent organization serving people who are blind and visually impaired, and believes vision loss need not be a barrier to independence. It serves clients of all ages with dignity and respect through evaluation, counseling, education and training through locations in Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and San Jose. With a culture that is to open to innovation and experimentation, Vista Center is deeply focused on meeting the changing needs and interests of its clients.

In 2020, Vista Center will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. The organization has grown over the years, beginning with a single location in Palo Alto, followed by a merger ten years ago with a like-minded organization in Santa Cruz, and most recently with the acquisition of Santa Clara Valley Blind Center in San Jose. Growth has been strategic and intentional. These initiatives, as well as the cost of providing services, is presenting financial challenges to the FY19 operating budget. With approximately one-third of the $3.1M operating budget earned through contributed revenue, the Board believes this is segment of revenue has the most potential upside and will put Vista Center on a path toward sustainability.

The new Executive Director can come from the nonprofit, for-profit or public sectors. At the chief fundraiser the ED will lead the creation of a refreshed fund development strategy with concrete plans for identifying and building a pipeline of next generation and high net worth individuals and targets for corporate and foundation support. The ED will lead a highly motivated, compassionate and self-directed team, and will strengthen Vista Center ’s systems and processes, financial position, and talent acquisition and retention while continuing to ensure excellent client service.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lisa Grossman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.