Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area

Palo Alto, CA   |   December 20, 2019

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area

Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area (RMHCBA) provides communities of support, access to medical care, and the healing power of family and home for critically ill children. RHMCBA’s vision is to create communities where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, courage, and joy.

The goal is to keep families with critically ill children together near the care and resources they need. RMHCBA creates communities of support through a network of programs, including Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, in-hospital programs at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.

Each year, RMHCBA programs provide more than 35,000 room nights, 140,000 meals, and 28,000 respite visits, allowing families to focus their time and energy on their sick child. With an engaged team of staff, Board members, volunteers, and supporters, the organization is well-positioned to move forward with plans to expand its reach to more families throughout the Bay Area.
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The Opportunity

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the next CEO of RMHCBA will provide strategic and innovative leadership to guide the organization on its continued journey of growth and impact. In doing so, this leader will be instrumental in helping RMHCBA achieve its goals and scale the organization.

Inspired by a genuine passion for providing care and resources to critically ill children and their families, the CEO will be a strategic leader who, with the Board, will set and articulate a clear vision for the organization.

This leader will be a highly visible face of the organization, both externally as well as internally, and will represent RMHCBA in the donor, partner and hospital communities as well as the Ronald McDonald House Charities system. The CEO will embrace RMHCBA’s desire to maintain and grow its partnerships and regional impact.

Internally, the CEO will provide refreshed strategic leadership to RMHCBA while maintaining excellence in the content and delivery of RMHCBA’s programming and services, ensuring the organization continues to adapt and innovate to best meet the needs of its families.
With an annual budget of $5.9M, the CEO will have operational responsibility for RMHCBA’s programs, fundraising, finances, and staff of over 70.

Key metrics for success include:

  • Articulating a clear, inspiring vision for RMHCBA and translating strategies into effectively executed plans;
  • Identifying innovative solutions to providing support for families of critically ill children at dedicated children’s hospitals in the Bay Area;
  • Serving as a thought partner to the Board of Directors, collaborating with them to solidify the organizational vision, and positioning and maintaining effective lines of communication;
  • Driving fundraising efforts and cultivating relationships and with current and prospective donors by deepening relationships in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Oakland/East Bay, and the North Bay;
  • Promoting RMHCBA as one of the top philanthropic opportunities for individuals, family offices, and corporations.
  • Ensuring program and fundraising effectiveness through evaluating quantitative and qualitative analytics;
  • Championing a spirit of collaboration to advance organizational goals and building a shared sense of purpose among the staff; and
  • Establishing working relationships with a broad base of constituents including staff, donors, Board members, volunteers, and the public.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

A Strategic and Visionary Leader
The CEO will be a strategic, visionary, and results-oriented leader who is experienced at articulating and implementing a plan for increased impact in an organization’s next chapter. They will provide focus, long-term direction, and offer creative ideas to amplify RMHCBA. The CEO will demonstrate capacity to analyze, synthesize, and integrate information to effectively identify and solve problems and will continuously challenge the status quo. They will be effective at using RMHCBA’s brand and platform to deepen impact across the Bay Area and will be dedicated to RMHCBA’s desire for growth.

A Proven Ambassador and Fundraiser
The CEO will be an inspirational and charismatic leader who will serve as the chief ‘Ambassador’ for RMHCBA. An articulate, informed, and passionate public speaker, they will represent RMHCBA in the local community and beyond and will be considered a leader in the nonprofit arena. The CEO will be effective at conveying RMHCBA’s mission and vision and generating additional support for the organization. They will be an energetic fundraiser and asset developer who will fully embrace this aspect of the role. The CEO will bring a creative and entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation. They will enable RMHCBA to access previously untapped support and will bring their existing network into the RMHCBA community.

Leading Through Influence & A Relationship Builder
The CEO will be able to effectively articulate and convey RMHCBA’s mission and priorities to a range of constituents including donors, partners, the Board of Directors, and staff. They will build brand equity and awareness, establish partnerships, and seek opportunities to promote RMHCBA. The CEO will have a high level of emotional intelligence and be able to build trust to develop productive and fulfilling relationships. The CEO will be a strong leader, communicator, and collaborator who is skilled at listening to, and learning from, constituents. They will have the ability to develop a powerful sense of shared purpose in others and motivate them to engage the opportunities and challenges ahead. The CEO will possess a strong sense of confidence and a leadership style that will resonate within the RMHCBA community and beyond.

An Experienced Organizational Manager and Leader of People
The CEO will have a track record of success in organizational management. They will be experienced with operations and finance and will be a proven leader in staff development and Board relations. The CEO will engender trust in the staff through a collaborative management style, focused on developing capacity and accountability. The CEO will maintain a level of appropriate transparency and leverage cross-departmental strengths. They will demonstrate honesty, sincerity, humility, and respect for individuals while modeling organizational values.

A Passion for the Mission
The CEO will be a champion for families and providing services to those most in need. They will demonstrate and communicate passion for RMHCBA’s core mission and will inspire others. The CEO will be an authentic, committed, empathetic, and dedicated leader, whose first priority is the well-being of those who seek solace within RMHCBA. They will embody the values embedded within RMHCBA’s mission, programs, and work in the broader community. The CEO will be a leader of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.


Koya Leadership Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. Alex Corvin and Ally Johnson are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please reach out directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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