Executive Director

  • California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Jul 12, 2018
Full time Executive

Job Description

The California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) is seeking a passionate, collaborative, and visionary leader to build upon years of successful efforts to put health care where children are-in schools for the position of Executive Director.

About CSHA

CSHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and academic success of children and youth by advancing school-based health care.

We are working toward a future when all students have access to the health services they need to be successful in school. School-based health care includes programs such as school-based health centers (SBHCs), mental health services, dental programs, school nursing, and mobile programs.

In California, more than 270,000 children grades K-12 attend a school that has a SBHC, and many more have access to other types of school-based health care. This is an important start, but many more children and families, particularly in underserved communities, could benefit from having health services in their schools.

Our work includes:
  • Advocating for public policies that make school-based health care an integral part of the health and education systems.
  • Helping schools and communities start school-based health care programs.
  • Ensuring high-quality school-based health care through conferences, trainings, and technical assistance.
  • Raising the visibility of school-based health care so it is valued by policymakers, educators, community leaders, parents, and students.
To learn more about CSHA visit .

The Opportunity

In collaboration with Board and staff, this leader will play a pivotal role in building partnerships, securing funding, and advocating for innovative approaches to sustain and expand school-based health centers (SBHCs) and school-based health programs throughout the state. The Executive Director will manage a staff of 12 experts in the ongoing creation and delivery of programs, trainings, and technical assistance in support of 260 existing SBHCs, as well as dozens of emerging new SBHCs throughout the state. This individual will promote the value of school-based health care to funders, educators, administrators, policymakers, and the general public.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be an innovative leader responsible for CSHA's consistent achievement of its mission, programs, outcomes, administration, and financial objectives. With a recently completed two-year strategic plan, CSHA is positioned to embark towards a new era of growth. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to elevate and amplify the impact of the organization by overseeing the development and implementation of the next strategic plan in order to further the mission of the organization and capitalize on emerging opportunities and strengths. The current plan includes four goals:
  • Strengthen the impact of SBHCs on health and educational equity
  • Expand school-based health by engaging youth, parents, communities, school districts, and health providers as partners and advocates
  • Develop and enhance school mental health services
  • Improve financing systems to sustain school-based health services
In close collaboration with the Board of Directors, this new Executive Director will lead CSHA to its next level of impact, exploring opportunities to leverage and enhance the organization's current model, programs, and resources.

Key Responsibilities
The Executive Director is directly responsible for the overall management of CSHA, including development and refinement of its service programs; control over budget and financial planning; contract and grant compliance; fundraising; accounting and fiscal management; recruitment, selection, professional development, and evaluation of staff; political advocacy; and execution of Board-established priorities and policies.

The Executive Director will oversee business operations and enhance the internal processes and infrastructure that will allow CSHA to continue to grow in support of its mission with a dedicated staff that thrives in a dynamic, self-motivated environment.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Strategic & Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Board Relations
  • Operations & Administrative Functions
  • Fundraising & Resource Development
  • Talent Management
  • Work Output & Quality
  • External Communication

Core Competencies
The successful candidate will have worked in or will have strong ties to the school-based health field and experience grounded in youth engagement and development, as well as familiarity with the role of SBHCs and challenges, in order to be an effective advocate for school-based health. This individual will have experience leading organizations and bringing stability, transformation, and growth. Coming to the role with a proven track record of effective financial resource management, this individual will have strong strategic planning and operational implementation experience with impressive analytical and problem-solving skills.

The ideal candidate will have significant collaborative experience working with diverse groups and organizations to build working partnerships and launch new initiatives. This individual will also have experience working with policymakers and government agencies to educate and influence policy.

A minimum of seven years of experience in a senior leadership position with a nonprofit or community-based agency is required. A Master's degree is required; a focus in health, education, or nonprofit management is preferred.

This individual will be willing and able to travel within the state and nationally, as the Executive Director will need to play a meaningful role in CSHA's work at the national level.


California School-Based Health Alliance has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Medelene at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan

Managing Director

Medelene Beasley


The California School-Based Health Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for this position.