Organization: Healing California

Location: Greater Los Angeles, CA

Express Interest


Healing California is a newly-formed nonprofit with a mission to deliver free dental, vision and health care services to the needy at portable “pop up” clinics staffed by volunteer dental, vision and medical professionals.

With logistical help from general volunteers, Healing California’s clinics will be conducted throughout the state initially at Veteran Stand Downs – independent local community events that provide a common venue for a variety of services for homeless veterans, from free haircuts and clothing to housing assistance and emergency courtrooms.

Healing California seeks an Executive Director to drive the organization’s planned growth to reliably provide free health care services to 2,000 patients per year by 2020 and establish Healing California as a “model” charity. This is an opportunity for the Executive Director to help translate the founder’s vision and the early supporters’ prior experience with pop-up clinics into action – building a platform and program that can scale to change the lives of California’s neediest people.

This is a full-time position located in the greater Los Angeles area, in Southern California.

Candidate Profile:

This is a dynamic opportunity for the right nonprofit leader to make a significant impact on the region’s access to quality, affordable healthcare options. Specifically targeting areas of the state that have limited access to dental, vision and general physician services, Healing California – led by the Founding Executive Director – will positively impact communities that are in the greatest need.

In collaboration with the organization’s benefactor and a network of strategic advisors, this leader will be charged with building and leading the infrastructure of a new nonprofit organization and implementing a plan for sustainable growth. The ideal candidate is strategic, entrepreneurial, with experience leading a team, working with volunteers, establishing and maintaining partnerships, and building and interacting with a Board of Directors.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director include but are not limited to:

Strategic Planning and Operational Oversight

  • Ensure ongoing excellence in operations and programs, with the highest priority given to the safety, health and dignity of the patients.
  • Assume oversight of Healing California’s long-term strategic planning process in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, oversee the financial health of the organization and the evolution of Healing California’s business model.
  • Ensure the organization continually meets or exceeds all commonly recognized “best practices” in its governance, finance, administration, fundraising, communications, operations and record-keeping.

Leadership and Management

  • Develop and support a Board of Directors; Collaborate with Board to develop and implement overall organizational goals.
  • Lead, coach, and develop staff. Ensure that the organization continually meets or exceeds commonly recognized Human Resources best practices so staff at all levels feel respected, empowered, and treated fairly.
  • Develop and maintain the highest levels of volunteer engagement and ensure a mutually satisfying, productive relationship between volunteers and staff.
  • Actively engage and facilitate productive cooperation between volunteers, staff, board members, event committees, partnering organizations and funders.

Program Strategy and Management

  • Ensure consistent high-quality standards and safety measures throughout all Healing California’s operations and programs.
  • Drive programmatic decision-making—using research, best practices, and staff/partner organization input—to implement and iterate on the vision for delivering free dental, vision and health care services to California’s neediest populations.
  • Develop and maintain systems for ongoing, rigorous evaluation of programs and operations to continually improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Develop systems to communicate operations and program evaluations, and to track the progress of the growth plan and strategic objectives, to help the Board, funders, and other constituents make accurate and effective decisions.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement new business models for program expansion.

Fundraising and Communications

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to expand fundraising infrastructure; lead revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
  • Cultivate relationships with current and prospective donors and board members, and actively engage and energize Healing California’s external stakeholders to garner new opportunities for generating revenue.
  • Vigorously develop and maintain fundraising activities to create a diverse, robust and engaged donor base that can support existing operations, strategic goals and growth plan.
  • Develop and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to public events to press relations, with the goal of creating a strong public “brand” of unquestioned trustworthiness, program effectiveness, and general excellence.

Note: Healing California’s founder has committed sufficient funds to meet the organization’s foreseeable needs for 2+ years, making it possible for fundraising plans to be developed and initial clinics to be delivered without third-party support. This is intended to permit fundraising efforts to be built around actual program results, implementing a well-crafted strategy supported by effective communications materials.


Healing California is seeking an entrepreneurial leader who has the vision, creativity, energy and passion to successfully develop and execute a plan to launch an exceptional nonprofit organization. S/he will have the ability to clearly develop, articulate and promote a vision, outline and detail a project plan and execute that plan. With a polished and professional manner, capable of presenting to high-level executives, s/he will have excellent communication skills, including public speaking, and strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines while maintaining careful attention to detail.

In addition, ideal candidates will have the following core competencies, personal qualities and qualifications:

Passion for the Mission: The Executive Director will have a passion and commitment for the mission and vision for this organization and the communities of Californians that will be served. S/he will have the clarity of vision and on-the-ground experience to build an organization that will serve the greater community. Successful candidates will bring an unwavering commitment to patient health, safety and dignity.

Expertise in Launching Nonprofit Organizations: The Executive Director will have had firsthand experience and a track record of success navigating the many discrete operational and financial pieces of launching and/or leading a startup enterprise. S/he will also have experience in managing and balancing budgets, program management, including measurement and evaluation of programs, and a track record of effectively leading a “performance-and-outcomes” based organization and staff. Past success working with a Board of Directors required.

Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership: In partnership with the founding partners, the Executive Director will have the ability to develop and implement clear, action-oriented, innovative strategies aimed towards successfully launching and growing the organization. S/he will be inspirational, motivating quality performance with the leadership capacity to build, nurture and retain a strong team. Critical to success in this role, the Executive Director will be flexible in adjusting as priorities emerge and change; s/he will be a nimble problem-solver, able to balance multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.

Relationship Builder and Collaborator: The Executive Director will have demonstrated success in developing, managing, cultivating and leveraging major relationships. With strong facilitation and negotiation skills, the Executive Director will possess the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies in order to further the mission, vision and plan of the organization.

Expertise in Marketing & External Relations: S/he will have a high level of public relations insight and be prepared to be the outward-facing voice of the organization, helping to guide messaging, communicate about new initiatives or developments to all stakeholders and build the organization’s reputation. S/he will be experienced in branding and marketing strategy, capable of conceiving, developing and executing materials, collateral and communications in collaboration with the founding partners.

A Bachelor’s degree is required as well as five years of management and leadership experience, preferably within non-profit organization. Fluency in Spanish desired.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Healing California has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

Healing California is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit