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Executive Director

Peninsula Family Service | San Mateo CA 94401 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/06/2012

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Peninsula Family Service is seeking an exceptional, visionary and compassionate leader to guide the organization as it continues to provide vital services to children, families and older adults.

For over 60 years, Peninsula Family Service (formerly Family Service Agency of San Mateo County) has been transforming lives by offering innovative and effective programs designed to empower those in need to realize their full potential and become self-sufficient members of the community. Peninsula Family Service provides a comprehensive array of multi-generational programs to children, families and older adults who need a hand up regardless of their ability to pay. Enhancing dignity and self-sufficiency are natural outcomes for those the organization serves, while offering effective resources and solutions to reach their respective goals. This lasting impact on the individual, families and the community is the foundation of Peninsula Family Service’s mission.

With the support of the community, highly trained staff, dedicated auxiliaries and the Board of Directors, Peninsula Family Service has grown to assist nearly 20,000 people annually. Programs are offered in four languages to serve the diverse and changing demographics of the community. Headquartered in San Mateo, California with numerous sites throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, Peninsula Family Service is an invaluable resource to people needing quality affordable childcare, to older adults needing tools and services to lead healthy, independent lives, and to adults who wish to improve their financial situation and establish stability for themselves and their families.

Peninsula Family Service has an annual operating budget of $11.2M. About 70% of its funding comes from local, state and federal sources. Support from foundations and individual giving account for 20% of the organization’s funds. Client fees make up most of the remainder of the operating fund. The organization’s endowment fund is currently valued at approximately $1.4M.

At present, Peninsula Family Service is managed by an Interim Executive Director who is providing focus and direction to the organization during this transitional period. The Board of Directors’ recruitment schedule anticipates that a new Executive Director will be named in the first quarter of 2013.

Reporting to the Board of Directors through the Chair of the Board, the Executive Director will provide the executive leadership, operational strategy and vision for the organization. Assisted by the management team and staff, he/she will manage the organization’s programs, fundraising, operations and finances. The Executive Director will cultivate and nurture an internal culture that values diverse viewpoints, participative decision-making, and recognition of individual contributions.

The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities are to:
* Ensure that programs continue to be of the highest quality and meet the changing needs of the community;
* Lead Peninsula Family Service with a long-range vision and strategy; increase awareness of the mission, programs, services and activities;
* Build a strong organizational culture and establish management practices which value transparency, collaboration, and quality communication; create a positive environment that promotes respect for all individuals;
* Strengthen Peninsula Family Service financially by driving fundraising support and public revenue.

The Executive Director will be the chief advocate for Peninsula Family Service programs and operations. The Executive Director is expected to speak knowledgeably, articulately and passionately about the organization and the people it serves.

The Executive Director will ensure that Peninsula Family Service builds and sustains solid relationships with government entities within its service area and maintains and cultivates new key partnerships throughout the region.

He or she is responsible for reaching fundraising goals established by the Board of Directors. Increases in funding, especially among major donors, will be important to future growth and critical to the success of the Executive Director.

Additionally, the Executive Director will keep the board chair informed of the organization’s operations, coordinate efforts of various Board committees, develop and recommend policies and procedures as requested by the Board, and assist in identifying and recruiting new Board members.

The Executive Director will be an experienced leader with the following experiences and qualifications:
* Strong leadership and management skills including knowledge of non-profit best practices;
* Senior-level operational experience; financial and budgeting experience as an executive in the not-for-profit, public or private sectors; successful record of implementing strategic plans;
* Track record or interest in attracting financial support from foundations, businesses, individuals and government sources; willingness to cultivate and sustain donors; experience managing funds from local, state and federal agencies would be beneficial;
* Deep-seated values in working with a culturally diverse staff, clientele and community; recruiting, developing and retaining a balanced workforce whose skills, cultures and languages spoken reflect the communities Peninsula Family Service serves;
* Outstanding oral and written communication skills; visible confidence as a public speaker and presenter; ability to work effectively with representatives, advocates and professionals from diverse backgrounds;
* Thoughtful and strategic approach to building organizations and programs to address community needs;
* Experience with Bay Area-based agencies and non-profit networks is desirable but not required;
* An advanced degree in a related field is preferred.

* A high level of emotional intelligence; committed to developing staff and treating them with respect and kindness;
* A social entrepreneur and risk-taker; a visionary who can see the possibilities of serving people more effectively through innovative programs and services; ambitious in identifying ways to grow the organization within its mission without jeopardizing operational stability;
* Results-oriented, adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing and following through; a team player who values and models working collaboratively but is not afraid to make difficult decisions and knows where the buck stops;
* An individual possessing patience and a sense of humor, to maintain balance and perspective.

Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

For more information please go to or contact:

Lisa Grossman

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Location San Mateo, CA, 94401, United States
Categories Children's Services, Community Improvement/Capacity Building/Economic Development, Education, Employment/Job-related, Human Services, Seniors, Social Work/ Services, Women/Girls, Youth Services
Function Senior/Executive Management

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Contact Name Lisa Grossman
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Job Code PFS-ED