Executive Director

The HEAL Project (www.thehealproject.org) is seeking an Executive Director who has the skills to conceptualize, communicate and direct the entire organization.  We are looking for someone who is hands-on and has experience in fundraising, budget, and staff management, is a great communicator, a respected leader and fun!  I’m attaching the job description for anyone who might be interested or know someone who may be, as well as for anyone who wouldn't mind sharing it with their personal network.  The HEAL Project is located in Half Moon Bay, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, on the beautiful San Mateo County coast.

Mission: The HEAL Project (THP) is dedicated to developing, implementing and supporting
a comprehensive, California science standards-based program with a hands-on
curriculum focused on Health, the Environment, Agriculture, and Learning for the
school children and youth of San Mateo County.
Vision: Students who have experienced The HEAL Project apply a deeper commitment to
their personal health, have a stronger connection to their local environment, and
make an enduring investment in the future of their communities. The HEAL
Project is poised for tremendous growth, and the Board of Directors is excited
about finding an individual with the passion to help the organization expand to its
full potential.
Budget: $207K
Staff Size: 5 (2 F/T, 3 P/T)
History: The HEAL Project began as a uniquely local intervention to combat the growing
national crisis of pediatric obesity. The pilot class was offered to 2nd and 3rd
graders at Hatch Elementary School in spring of 2006. Since then, The HEAL
Project has grown to serve students throughout the Cabrillo Unified School
District. With the addition of our two farm sites in 2010, the organization now has
the potential to reach every school-age child in San Mateo County.
The major objectives for The HEAL Project in its current and upcoming stages:
• Financial sustainability through continued development of the donor base
• Program Expansion and capacity building
• Communication of The HEAL Project’s powerful impact on individual students, families
and the community.
Executive Director Responsibilities
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of The HEAL Project, a non-profit
organization dedicated to developing, implementing and supporting a comprehensive, California
science standards-based program with a hands-on curriculum focused on Health, the
Environment, Agriculture and Learning for the school children and youth of San Mateo County.
The Executive Director is responsible for upholding the vision of the organization, the execution
of the organization’s policies and programs, and the overall management and performance of the
organization in accord with the policies and authorizations defined by the Board of Directors.
The Executive Director is the primary face of the organization and is responsible for maintaining
productive relationships with the Cabrillo Unified School District, supporting foundations,
individual donors, parents, other partners, and the community.
Required Skills and Experience:
• Fundraising: A successful fund development planner and fundraiser.
• Communication: A confident spokesperson with strong verbal, written, and
communication technology skills that can inspire THP stakeholders and attract new ones.
• Leadership: A hands-on leader who is able to conceptualize, communicate and direct the
entire organization; Creative with demonstrated success in organizational capacity
building; An effective and thoughtful manager with a collegial attitude towards staff that
maintains a high level of performance and good morale; Able to complete duties in a
timely manner and delegate tasks to staff, board and consultants when appropriate; An
inspiring and engaged board partner with advanced skills in board recruitment,
motivation and management.
• Finance: Experienced in financial and/or business management with budgets of $200,000
or larger, including budgeting, oversight, compliance and reporting abilities; Familiarity
with nonprofit budgeting, accounting and finance policies and procedures.
• Education: Minimum BA or BS degree.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Managed an organization that has experienced a period of significant growth and
• Experience with volunteer participation and outreach
• Gardening/environmental/health background
• Knowledge of Coastside and San Mateo County
• Experience working with diverse communities
• Database experience
• Spanish fluency a plus
Desired Qualities:
• Integrity and honesty
• Well-developed sense of humor, play and fun
• Creativity
• Flexibility/adaptability
• Passion for healthy living and environmental stewardship
• Strategic thinker and problem solver
• A leader who inspires and generates trust and loyalty and respects others
• An active listener
• Energetic with a strong work ethic
• Detail oriented
• A charismatic public speaker
• A team-builder with compassion and empathy.
• Education Manager/School Farm Director
• Bookkeeper (contractor)
• Potential Grant writer (contractor)
Special Requirements of Executive Director Position:
• Must have means to travel between sites during work day. (Reimbursement for travel
while on the job.)
• Hours: .75 to 1.0 FTE, negotiable
• Salary range: $58K to $65K, potential for growth as organization grows
• Submit resume/cover letter to EDsearch@thehealproject.org
• Submit a writing sample. Please draft an example letter to a potential funder introducing
a non-profit organization and explaining why they should support it. The letter should be
no more than one page in length.
• No calls please
• Personal interviews will begin January 15, 2013
The HEAL Project is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly
diverse pool of qualified candidates for this position. www.thehealproject.org 

Half Moon Bay, California
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
HEAL Project
Job Type: