Executive Director

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
Walnut Creek, California
This is a full-time non-exempt, salaried position. Your schedule may vary based on need and could ex
Oct 02, 2019
Nov 01, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region (MOWDR) seeks an experienced, innovative, and compassionate leader to guide MOWDR in our next stage of growth and development in serving seniors in Contra Costa County. With the growing needs of aging seniors, we need a strategic, visionary and energetic leader who is committed to understanding the current and future needs of the seniors we serve. This position must exemplify and set the tone for the professional culture needed to provide high-quality services to our geographically large and diverse community. The experienced leader will balance staying connected to the work of the staff and getting on the balcony to see the big picture. The ideal candidate will be able to inspire and engage people throughout the organization: volunteers, staff and board.

As the public face of MOWDR, the E.D. will promote the organization’s mission and educate the community about the needs of our clients. It is equally important that MOWDR’s leader be excited to learn from and collaborate with our exceptional community partners. In this role, the E.D. will also have an important role in sustaining, developing, and nurturing support from individual and institutional donors. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the ability to oversee the critical business functions for the organization, including finance, HR, legal compliance, and program oversight. With an interest in organizational development, the new leader will ensure that the organization has the infrastructure and staff support to hold the programs to a high standard of service for our clients. We hope the new E.D. will be available to start no later than early 2020.


Leadership and Management

  • Lead the Management Team including: Director of Development/Community Relations; Director of Finance; and Director of Administration; and 4 Program Leaders
  • Ensure high quality programming, including a commitment to continual improvement, using rigorous data and a focus on program outcomes
  • Nurture the unifying vision that will bring together MOWDR’s distinct programs and services, with our team of new and long-term staff and volunteers
  • Inspire and engage board, staff and volunteers by sharing the vision and nurturing the professional development and collegiality of staff
  • Encourage transparency and input from all levels of the staff
  • Oversee organizational development that adapts programming and the infrastructure that supports it, to ensure high-quality programs to address the growing community need

Development/Community Relations

  • Represent MOWDR’s mission and vision, and build support from partners, funders, and community members
  • Maintain and expand a diversified revenue stream from government, private foundations, and individual donors

Governance and Strategy

  • Support the Board’s strategic planning process, with significant input from the staff and community
  • Ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy to fulfill its mission through programs, business development, and community outreach
  • Partner effectively with the board to ensure the organization’s viability and adherence to the mission
  • Oversee the organization’s execution of the strategic plan Finance and Administrative
  • Lead the development of the organization’s annual budget and oversee the fiscal management to ensure a healthy balance of income, expenses, and operating reserve
  • Oversee the critical business functions for the organization, including finance, HR, and legal compliance www.mowdiabloregion.org



  • Senior leadership in nonprofits, or other government or social service organizations
  • Progressive management experience supervising staff in various roles throughout the organization
  • Demonstrated experience leading an organization through change
  • Success in cultivating a variety of funding streams including local and state government, foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors
  • Experience developing a strong partnership with a Board of Directors
  • Oversight responsibility for complex nonprofit budgets
  • Experience overseeing the nonprofit business functions, including finance, HR, legal compliance, and program oversight
  • Passion and commitment to MOWDR’s mission
  • Collaborative people skills including empathetic listening, honesty and transparency, clear communication and flexibility
  • Public speaking experience and skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent


  • Knowledge of Contra Costa County, including demographics and needs, as well as agencies and foundations
  • Experience working with seniors
  • Senior management experience for complex social service organizations
  • Master’s degree in business or social services
  • Experience overseeing a budget of $2 million or more


  1. Valid California Driver’s License and access to a working vehicle and current automobile insurance (or other demonstrated means of reliable transportation)
  2. Ability to clear a criminal background check upon hire

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We enthusiastically encourage all qualified applicants to apply.


How to Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter as a single PDF document, that describes your interest and qualifications to: EDSearch@MOWDR.org. Applications will be accepted through October 20. Early submissions are encouraged. Qualified candidates may be contacted before the closing date. Due to the anticipated volume of applicants, please do not contact us (by phone, email, or in person) for additional information.

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