Chief Executive Officer

Humboldt Area Foundation

Posted: Feb. 5, 2019

This is an exempt, full time position based in Bayside, CA.  Compensation is $133k-$155k, depending on qualifications and experience, plus health benefits, retirement benefits, and paid holiday and sick time. Some evening/weekend work hours and out of town travel expected.


Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) seeks a CEO to provide engaged and forward-thinking leadership to fulfill HAF’s mission and strategic initiatives. The CEO will lead the foundation in its mission to promote and encourage generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.


The ideal candidate will collaborate with the Board of Directors and internal leadership team to establish and implement future strategies and plans to ensure successful community engagement and impact.  The ideal candidate must be able to recognize community trends, needs and opportunities, envision strategies to address them, while ensuring staff focus and financial resources are aligned and directed to the highest priority work. The CEO will model and embrace an organizational culture built on inclusive values - listening, convening, racial equity, and respect. The CEO will build and foster effective relationships and partnerships within communities and Tribal Nations served by HAF, as well as within regional, state and national philanthropic circles that partner with HAF. The CEO will be a strong, clear, and effective manager providing oversight and support to staff ensuring internal operations are, in essence, best-in-class for a community foundation.


Minimum qualifications for this position include a four-year college degree in business, public/non-profit administration, or other relevant foundation-related field; ten years of progressively responsible work experience required managing and leading a large organization; ability to think and act strategically; effective communicator with demonstrated skills including listening, and strong verbal and written communication abilities; experienced and confident public speaker who can articulate an organization’s mission, services and strategic initiatives; has background and experience to effectively communicate and work with diverse populations, establish and maintain working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and a work history demonstrating respect for cross-cultural perspectives and experiences; excels at working collaboratively, and has demonstrated experience and commitment to teamwork and partnerships; proven capability of providing strategic direction, building on the strong legacy of an organization’s past, while identifying new needs and opportunities; in a collaborative manner, ability to plan and “act ahead” of needs within an organization’s service area; demonstrated capability of identifying funding strategies and means (e.g. asset growth, grants, partnerships) to support an organization’s mission and strategic initiatives; excels in overseeing and supporting a talented staff to achieve organizational objectives; effectively communicates with, and engages staff in a collaborative manner; strong operational experience demonstrating effective leadership and oversight of internal operations including: service delivery, accounting, finance, HR, and IT; significant financial knowledge and experience, including developing and managing financial plans, forecasts, and budgets; proven ability to align and allocate resources to meet an organization’s mission and strategic initiatives within approved budget; proficiency executing intermediate functions with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.); ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations and events outside the office, which will require use of a motor vehicle for transportation; must possess a valid California driver’s license, current auto insurance, and be able to be covered under HAF’s auto insurance policy.


Please visit our website for application procedures and the complete job announcement, including all desired qualifications at For more information, contact

Deborah Downs at or (707) 442-2993.


Please submit your resume and cover letter to


Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019



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