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Cal. State Fullerton: OLLI Executive Director

Updated: Oct 25

The following information was provided by Cal. State Fullerton

SALARY: $80,000.00 - $85,000.00 Annual

JOB TYPE: Full-time


OLLI at Cal State Fullerton offers its members intellectual, social, recreational, healthy living, and cultural experiences in a stimulating environment for adults aged 50 and better.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for the well-being and contributions of older adults; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a collaborative, team-minded leadership philosophy within a volunteer-centric organizational structure; and authentic engagement with and support of older adults, volunteers, staff, and other stakeholders.

Under the general direction of the Dean of Extension and Associate Vice President for International Programs, the Executive Director leads staff in assisting the policy-making Board of Trustees of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLI) at California State University, Fullerton in the implementation and enhancement of a robust volunteer-centric curriculum and university service program. The Executive Director provides leadership and vision for the success and growth of OLLI. In this role the incumbent is responsible for OLLI administrative and financial management, university policy and directives compliance, operations, budget and finances, member enrollment, volunteer assistance, staff supervision, fundraising implementation, university outreach, grant writing, corporate and regional partnerships, and more. The Director develops and nurtures strong and mutually beneficial relationships within the Cal State Fullerton community. The Director serves as an ex-officio member of the OLLI Board of Directors.



  • Develop and communicate an inclusive and sustainable vision for OLLI that fosters intellectual curiosity and cultivates community, social connectedness, healthy living, and enthusiasm among members, the OLLI Board of Directors, the University, and staff.

  • Facilitates a successful and intellectually stimulating educational program for adults, 50+. Work with volunteers to develop and offer a broad-based curriculum responsive to member’s needs and nurturing a sense of community.

  • Collaborates with OLLI officers and Board members in strategic and operational plans that support current strengths and foresee future opportunities and challenges.

  • Increase membership through effective outreach, events, and campaigns and cultivate a supportive and engaging environment for current members.

  • Develop a strategic and operational plan for identifying current and future OLLI volunteer positions, analysis of skills pertinent to those positions, and methods to identify and engage volunteers to fill the positions.

  • Write and serve as PI for grants in support of CSUF OLLI.

  • Assist OLLI volunteers in implementing an effective and efficient communication plan for members, volunteers, donors, and the community and ensure a clear and accessible web and social media presence.

  • Research and stay current across peer institutions in creating and sustaining new programs and services.

  • Partner with University Advancement and OLLI Development and Philanthropy Committee for fundraising to support OLLI.

  • Position OLLI as a valuable partner in the mission of the University in providing access and inclusion.

  • Liaise with offices, and departments at CSUF to coordinate programs and shared engagement in concert with the mission of OLLI and CSUF.

  • Interface with external organizations to support cooperative efforts and advance OLLI’s mission, engagement opportunities, and regional identify.

  • Attend the Annual OLLI Conference and gain and share insights with OLLI staff, volunteers, members, and the EIP team.


  • Provide leadership and direction for all operational and administrative functions of OLLI.

  • Participate in the development and assume responsibility for the OLLI budget implementation, financial planning and reporting. Manage and monitor revenue and spending and ensure stewardship of funds are in alignment with the goals of OLLI.

  • Supervise and lead OLLI administrative staff, including its training and cross-training.

  • Assess and implement technology to enhance administrative and financial efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Lead customer service initiatives, develop metrics, and monitor their achievement in meeting the needs of OLLI’s diverse membership and age cohorts (age 50-100+) and digital technology skills.

  • Liaise with the OLLI President, officers, and Board of Trustees for the timeline response to their requests, including a workload planning and prioritization process during peak workload periods.

  • Provide oversight for the OLLI online registration and reporting system. Generate data needed for planning and external reporting.

  • Serve as a liaison between OLLI, the Osher Foundation and other affiliates.


  • Manage programs and policies in consultation with the OLLI Board of Trustees, the volunteer OLLI President as Chief Executive Officer of the Board, and relevant volunteer officers and committees.

  • Maintain and promote OLLI’s academic calendar and set administrative and registration guidelines.

  • Facilitate and approve curriculum development, course offerings, delivery and assessment.


  • Review, edit, and/or approve content for marketing materials that promote and build OLLI visibility through web, print, multimedia and other emerging communication modalities.

  • Oversee planning, execution and publicity for special events and programs.

  • Direct and manage community and media relations with the OLLI President and respond to inquiries from various internal and external entities.

  • Collaborate with EIP and OLLI members to plan, develop and deliver course brochures, newsletters and other promotional materials and communications, including digital publications, media, and engagement opportunities.


  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in volunteer and program management, preferably in a university setting.

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience supervising paid or volunteer staff and creating a collaborative environment.

  • Minimum five (5) years of budgeting and marketing experience.

  • Evidence of a solid commitment to lifelong learning and the advocacy of older adults and a high regard for the contributions of older adults.

  • Successful grant writing accomplishments; direct experience with budgeting and financial management.

  • Experience coordinating outreach and marketing publications and events.

  • Understanding of fundraising and development.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Leadership style that demonstrates authentic engagement with and support of older adults, volunteers, staff, and other stakeholders.

  • Clear and compelling communication and presentation skills, and a proven ability to inspire a shared vision among internal and external stakeholders.

  • Experience in curriculum design and assessment.


Minimum Master’s degree.


Lifting of up to 25lbs.; periodic bending; long-term periods of sitting; long term periods operating a computer.


Health, dental, vision, life/AD&D, health care flex plan, LTD, vacation, sick leave, holiday, credit union, tuition reimbursement and retirement plan. All benefits will be administered according to policies and/or procedures.


CSU Fullerton, Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) is committed with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practice. This means hiring diverse talent and ensuring employees understand and respect differences around us. ASC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Human Resources Representative at (657) 278-4117.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the ASC. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current ASC employees who apply for the position.

Note: CSUF/ASC follows the direction of the CSU Policy related to COVID-19 vaccination. See FAQ Vaccines for more information.


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