Senior Coastsiders – Executive Director

Senior Coastsiders is seeking an experienced hands-on Executive Director to work with board members, staff and volunteers to continue 40 years of successfully serving older adults on the San Mateo Coastside. The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership to ensure effective partnerships with key stakeholders; Support a diversified fundraising effort including individual donors; Seek government and foundation support; Maintain oversight of all programs and Serve as a strong connector between staff, board, volunteers, community and supporters. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring the organization raises sufficient funds to sustain current annual operations. Given that baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, the incoming Executive Director should anticipate a need to increase future revenue as demand for services has and will continue to grow.

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Our mission:

Senior Coastsiders provides opportunities, support and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities living on the coastside, from Montara to Pescadero and Skyline to the Sea. We strive to celebrate the value of seniors and act as a community resource for information, caregiver support and innovative approaches to successful aging.

With a staff of 11 employees and over 300 volunteers, Senior Coastsiders currently operates 7 programs: Resource / Care Planning, Daily Lunch, Meals on Wheels, Classes and Activities, Senior Home Repair, Transportation and Volunteer Management. We are challenged with a large geographic area comprised of the incorporated City of Half Moon Bay as well as unincorporated communities within the County of San Mateo. Senior Coastsiders currently operates with no city or county funding. We are therefore reliant upon the generosity and support of our local citizenry, operation of a stand-alone thrift store, a modest endowment fund, fundraising events and increasingly limited public and private grants. With funding provided from the generosity and support of our local citizenry, we offer senior services on par with the best in the nation operating from a modern facility opened in 2014 amidst the highest density of low cost housing for older adults in Half Moon Bay.


Fund Development and Marketing - Raise revenues to both sustain current operations and programs while simultaneously increasing revenues aligned with our 40-More campaign. The campaign goals target a significant rise in donations and planned-giving to increase our endowment fund as well as active engagement with city and county government to establish reliable funding for senior services traditionally provided through government services.

Executive Management – Supported by a seasoned staff and volunteers, the Executive Director will be responsible for fiscal accountability, budget preparation, oversight of income/expense cash flow, oversight of mandatory audits, regulatory filing and reporting, government and foundation grants, as well as staff and volunteer management and development. They must ensure that the organization’s long and short-term goals are aligned with the mission.

Community Relations – Given the suburban-rural nature of the San Mateo Coastside a key requirement will be ongoing community outreach and relationship building. In some respects, the Executive Director serves as a de-facto leader and voice for all seniors on the Coastside.

Therefore the role requires interaction and relationship building with everyone from elected and non-elected community leaders, to businesses, churches, service organizations, etc.

Developing deep and sustained relationships across the entire community and donor-spectrum including one-time, ongoing, estate-planned and major donors will be essential. This will include a successful transition of current relationships and very importantly cultivation of as yet undiscovered citizens, businesses and organizations to “adopt” Senior Coastsiders as a focal- point in their philanthropic planning.

Personnel / Programs – Management of our 7 programs along with the staff and volunteers supporting them requires executive oversight. Periodically the Executive Director should expect to focus attention on one or another of these programs as changes of staff, regulatory, facility or other events arise. This also includes overseeing the management team of our Thrift Store along with coordination of other local non-profits and those we directly support as fiscal sponsors. Senior Coastsiders currently hosts 4 – 6 annual events which require the hands-on participation of the Executive Director.

Board Relations – To meet the goals and objectives of the organization involves reporting to and coordination with the Board of Directors. This includes planning for and execution of board meetings, support and participation in board committees and delivery of an annual board retreat as well as continuously recruiting for new board members.


  • Experience as an Executive Director for a nonprofit or in a senior managerial position for at least 5 years

  • Live locally within reasonable commute distance / living on the coast is a plus but not a requirement

  • Passion and empathy for improving the lives of seniors and their families in accordance with our mission

  • Embrace integrating technology wherever possible to increase productivity and operational efficiency

  • Possess a proven track record in fundraising including prospecting, and cultivating individual donors

  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal / Grant writing experience a plus

  • Maintain an outgoing and approachable personality with a can-do, solution-oriented mindset coupled with a good sense of humor

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and objectives in a resource-constrained environment, be a flexible problem solver while understanding the need to effectively strike a balance between sustainability and growth, deliberation and action, independence and collaboration

  • Ability to model the highest degree of professionalism and transformational leadership style inspiring others to meet and exceed goals

  • Experience building strategic relationships with major donors, community leaders in both government and the private sector

In addition candidates will need to:

  • Effectively use information technology, social media, accounting, fund development and database applications

  • Work occasional nights and weekends to support Board meetings and community events

  • Provide own car, insurance, with a valid driver’s license

  • Pass a background check

  • Provide references upon request

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