Coastside Hope – Executive Director

The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors. He or she implements policies established by the Board of Directors; establishes and executes major goals and objectives for the organization; and provides leadership, direction and guidance of the organization’s activities. He or she is responsible for the oversight of all programs and has the overall responsibility for budget and financial management; staffing; program development and implementation; and fundraising from private foundations, public agencies and individual donors. The Executive Director represents Coastside Hope to other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders, supporters, and the general public. The successful candidate will be a leader, administrator and fundraiser, and will have a passion to provide community-based services to those who are disenfranchised and in greatest need.

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Organization Overview

Coastside Hope has served the residents of the Coastside since 1976 with a mission of offering basic life necessities with dignity and hope to all of San Mateo County mid-coast residents. We offer necessities for today and opportunities for tomorrow to the homeless, low-income, working poor, immigrants, farm and nursery workers, elderly, and disabled residents of the mid-Coastside. Necessities include food, clothing, and shelter, while opportunities include social services counseling and our immigration services and citizenship classes.

Ongoing services include emergency and supplemental food; rental assistance and utility assistance; crisis intervention and case management; enrollment in CalFresh and Medi-Cal; information and referral; income tax preparation assistance; translations; forms assistance; and holiday programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the organization in support of its mission and execution of its policies, as defined by the Board of Directors

  • Implement programs to carry out the organization’s mission

  • Effectively administer and assist with the organization’s day-to-day operations

  • Manage the hiring, compensation, training, performance and retention of competent, qualified staff

  • Provide leadership to personnel through effective objective setting, delegation and communication

  • Provide sound fiscal management, including operating within the approved budget and optimizing use of resources

  • Lead fundraising efforts and develop other resources necessary to financially support the organization’s mission

  • Act as organization’s spokesperson

  • Enhance the organization’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations

  • Attend Board meetings; communicate effectively with the Board; and provide timely and accurate operational and financial data to the Board

  • Work with the Board on governance policy matters and initiate changes to policies and procedures to improve the organization

  • Oversee preparation and maintenance of office procedure manuals

  • Conduct strategic planning to ensure that the organization can successfully fulfill its mission into the future

  • College degree and 5-8 years of relevant experience in a nonprofit or Business to Consumer organization

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

  • Excellent project management skills, including managing multiple assignments with ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Experience in creative branding, marketing, blogging and storytelling

  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe or other desktop publishing tools

  • Familiarity with Squarespace website content system and website analytic tools

  • Expertise in digital media disciplines with an understanding of integrated media campaigns and social media

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team


  • Minimum of five years’ experience, including minimum two years’ management experience, with small-to-medium, community-based nonprofit organization(s)

  • Extensive experience in the development, management and evaluation of nonprofit programs

  • Proven expertise in nonprofit staff supervision, management, and training, including ability to mentor, support, and develop staff

  • Strong fundraising skills and a proven record in the diversity of fundraising: individual donor giving, public and private grant writing, funder relations, event planning, and resource development

  • Solid budget development and fiscal management experience.

  • Demonstrated aptitude for Board development and healthy Board relations

  • Proven capacity to build coalitions and develop supportive working relationships with community groups, government agencies, local businesses, the media, and nonprofit providers

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking and advocacy

  • Contract negotiation skills

  • Ability to recruit and manage volunteers

  • Solid analytical, strategic planning and organizational skills

  • Ability to foster a positive and productive organizational culture

  • Desire to grow an organization and develop creative strategies and new avenues for sustenance

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience in working with economically disenfranchised populations, including immigrants and people of color

  • Established ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, LGBTQ, gender, and generational backgrounds

  • Comfort working within small community environment

  • Familiarity with the Coastside and San Mateo County

  • Appropriate educational background

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Compensation and benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage. Coastside Hope is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering diversity in its staff.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to or mail to: Job Search, Coastside Hope PO Box 1089, El Granada, CA 94018.