Position Title:
Chief Executive Officer

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm

Exempt Position

Job Summary:

The new CEO will be an engaged and empathetic leader who enjoys both leadership and management. S/he will assume responsibility for all functional areas of the organization and will lead a team of three direct reports: the COO, Finance Director, and Development Director. S/he will have overall accountability for the effective operations and management of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford ("House"), and will be the primary public representative. Central to success in the role will be the innate desire to serve the families who are guests at the House.

Strategic Vision & Leadership
Partner with the Board, senior staff, and key influencers to chart an innovative and sustainable course for the House, especially regarding program development and House expansion. Key to this process will be the creation of and adherence to a cogent, crisp business plan for this transitional time for the House that will drive clarity and visibility of programs, resource allocation and the measurement of results.
Provide ongoing professional development for the staff
Carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board and provide continual communication about trends, successes, and challenges
Assume accountability for long term financial stability of the House
Resource Development/Fundraising
In conjunction with the Development Director, create and implement a diversified and comprehensive development/fundraising plan including completion of the capital campaign
Devise innovative ways to supplement current activities and build a sound financial platfrom to secure the House's future including:

* Identifying philanthropic resources and proactively helping secure major gifts as needed

* Bringing foresight, creativity, and commitment necessary to identify and implement donor/solicitation strategies that maximize fundraising opportunities

* Making ‘the ask’ and closing the deal

* Actively promoting the House’s mission and communicating program successes to achieve greater familiarity, especially to those donors searching for their best philanthropic investment option

Community Building/External Relations
Serve as primary spokesperson and representative for the organization, building bridges to key community, government, and business leaders and enhancing community awareness of the House’s name and program offerings
Nurture and expand the relationship between the House and LPCH
Lead the expansion project, effectively communicating status and plans internally as well as to the public
Ensure mission, programs, and services of the House are consistently communicated with professionalism and compassion to all internal and external stakeholders
Manage relationships with local McDonald’s owner operators, and maintain effective communication and collaboration with local and national Ronald McDonald House Charities
Maintain official records, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations
Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree highly preferred
Proven track record of strong executive leadership, growing revenues, and building brand recognition in a nonprofit or for profit organization
Demonstrable success at securing major gifts
Understanding of the political, business, and fundraising climate in the Bay Area and ability to leverage existing philanthropic resources
Experience establishing working relationships with a broad base of constituents including co-workers, donors, volunteers, Board members, and the public
Ability to understand the emotional state and needs of the resident families, and the issues unique to staff and volunteers working with this population
Strong presentation, engagement, and relationship building skills
Ability to lead by influence and earn the respect of all levels of an organization
Experience in healthcare related industry and Spanish language proficiency highly desirable
Personal Characteristics
An authentic, service oriented, and inspirational leader who can deliver strong operating results with compassion, kindness, and accountability  
Ability to listen to and learn from the existing organization and culture, while bringing his/her personal experience to further advance the organization, culture, and mission
Leadership style that is accessible, visible, and flexible, that inspires trust, respect, and confidence from others, and that fits into this collaborative, team-oriented organization
Intelligence and emotional honesty, displaying humility and self-awareness
A role model of ethics, positive values, transparency, and mentoring

Job description is for informational purposes only. Additional duties that are consistent with the responsibility level may be assigned.

To apply: Please email your cover letter and resume as attachments in MS Word or PDF format ONLY to In the subject line of the email, please list your first and last name.

Organization Overview: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

Built in 1979, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford was the fifth such House in the country. Since then, the House has grown from 13 to 47 bedrooms, 12 full time employees, and more than 100 volunteers.

Over the years the House has welcomed many families—about a thousand a year—who have come to the area to provide their seriously ill child with the exceptional care offered at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital or Stanford Hospital and Clinics. As pediatric medicine and surgery have evolved and advanced, so too have the services available at the House. Since its founding, the House has been able to maintain a low $10 per night fee to the families. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford has an approximate $3 million budget and is not dependent on any government monies.