Job Type

Full Time


Details: We will offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with East Bay Bay Area non-profit leadership.



Start Date


Application Deadline



2811 Adeline Street
United States


The Board of Directors is recruiting an Executive Director, who will succeed the existing post-holder who will retire in May 2019.

We are seeking a proven and respected community leader in Healthcare, Public Health, or Social Services. The ideal candidate will have a track record of bringing together complex national, regional and local partnerships to address serious medical, substance use and mental health illnesses, delivering significant health outcomes with measurable health and societal impact. This leadership role requires a strong external focus on mobilizing coalitions of external partners within the community, Bay Area, across the U.S., and abroad.

The Executive Director reports to the CAL-PEP Board of Directors, and is responsible for developing, fundraising and overseeing the implementation of strategies, in line with the mission of the organization.

Our mission is to provide tailored health education, disease prevention, risk reduction and support services to people at highest risk of HIV in a language that they will understand and with cultural competency. S/he is responsible for the overall management of the agency and all aspects of the agency’s operations. S/he leads a team of senior, direct and indirect reports across Administration, HIV Prevention, HIV Care and Research. The Executive Director is responsible for budget oversight and fundraising. S/he advocates for the HIV and substance use education, prevention and care needs of high-risk people of color and has a passion for engaging and enrolling external partners to deliver transformational outcomes, in providing services to the clients of CAL-PEP.

Major Responsibilities

Leads the design & execution of the agency’s strategies to deliver on ultimate aspirations - to save lives and deliver transformational & measurable health impact in underserved populations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, in particular:

  1. Maximizes impact of existing programs and grants, through ensuring flawless implementation and achievement of agreed deliverables across the organization.
  2. Develops and oversees implementation of innovative, transformative grant opportunities with existing and new funders to expand the reach of the organization and further deliver on the organization’s mission.
  3. Creates catalytic external partnerships to deliver comprehensive solutions to ensure execution and delivery of strategy in under-served and often neglected populations. This will include developing collaborations with other organizations to address structural issues affecting HIV in the local community, including, but not limited to the crisis of homelessness. 

In addition, the Executive Director

  • drives the governance process with the Board to ensure it has the information necessary across all disciplines to fulfil its governance responsibilities.
  • S/he is responsible for achieving budgetary objectives and ensures flawless compliance with federal, state, local and donor requirements for handling financial resources.
  • Oversees the development of appropriate, effective processes and procedures to ensure the highest level of operational excellence across the organization, in line with its mission and culture.
  • Serves as the CAL-PEP thought leader in the external environment,  creating and leveraging strong external relationships with technical leaders and thought leaders in the HIV field.
  • Is responsible for the Agency’s public affairs and media relations strategies.
  • Has a deep understanding of the dynamics within the local, state and federal public health systems, stakeholders, thought leaders and evolving external political and technical landscape; and can position the agency to lead and attract the right strategic collaborations and funding.

People Leadership

The Executive Director leads and inspires direct and indirect reports, leveraging talent & resources across the agency to achieve focus area goals. S/he identifies and ensures development of key internal talent, as well as identifying talent external to the company for continuous recruitment and works to ensure enterprise capabilities and competencies are built in areas of public health, social services, and community engagement. The Executive DirectorIs ultimately responsible for the hiring, promotion, discipline and termination of all staff.

Ideal Experience

As the most senior staff member of CAL-PEP, the successful candidate for Executive Director will be a proven leader with experience in local and national, multi-stakeholder organizations, having a proven passion for social change, particularly in the field of health and HIV and for people of color and transgender communities. This individual will have demonstrated the l ability to manage a complex organization. In addition, the ideal candidate will:

·      Demonstrate a track record within related healthcare field (public health, social services, healthcare innovation, public policy), and have a deep understanding of disparities across the various health environments in the U.S., particularly in communities of color and other underserved communities, notably sex workers and transgender people. S/he will have proven success in designing and implementing impactful health care strategies and interventions as well as experience in dealing with complex partner organizations, including Federal funders.

·      Have general management experience that demonstrates strategic, operational and cultural leadership, preferably leading a mission-driven unit or organization.

·      Have demonstrated leadership in building and inspiring a collaborative and cohesive team.

·      Have compassion and relatedness for and to the communities in which CAL-PEP serves.

·      Have experience building and nurturing partnerships across multiple institutions, towards transformational outcomes. S/he will negotiate with and influence a wide variety of constituent groups (members, funders, governments), and influence relationships across local, regional and national communities.

·      A minimum of five years documented experience as a successful senior manager in a nonprofit of CAL-PEP’s size.

A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Health, Social Work, or Public Administration may substitute for two years of experience.  

·      Some national and international travel will be required to ensure the leader and the team is deeply immersed in the activities that allow for engagement with enablers and or opportunities that present as barriers to the success of their strategic plans..



Critical Competencies for Success

Strategic Acumen

  • Deep Insight and Access to Trends and Opinion Leaders in Social Justice and Health Equity for Underserved Communities, particularly people of color, sex workers and transgender communities
  • Track record of building strong, collaborative relationships and partnering with external organizations to drive innovation in social justice, delivering health services for underserved communities.
  • Track record of pursuing future funding opportunities, seeking out partners, identifying and leveraging new disruptive solutions (i.e. innovative collaborations with the private sector, and sister organizations locally, to develop cross-disciplinary services to improve the well-being of clients)  
  • Experience in actively following trends through deep connections with communities, policy makers and others (to identify and drive new ideas
  • Track record of developing and translating insights into program design and innovation
  • Experience driving programs across geographic and stakeholder boundaries leveraging understanding of personal, cultural, environmental and community nuances and varying needs across global/local geographies

Results-orientation: Strong ability to execute short term & long-term goals/strategies while maintaining an innovation edge

  • Experience leveraging innovations to drive strategies through to implementation
  • Ability to quickly scale up relevant processes for fast and effective execution

Connecting & Influencing

  • Ability to lead people in different cultures and across geographies, both direct reports and through indirect leadership and influence locations
  • Sought out thought leader, with track record of taking leading expert roles in the focus area (e.g. participates on boards, keynote speaker at conferences, guest lecturer)

CAL-PEP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV, people of color, women and LGBTQI persons.


We will offer a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with East Bay Area non-profit leadership.

Level of Language Proficiency

The successful candidate must be fully fluent in English. Familiarity in Spanish and other languages spoken in the East Bay would be valuable, but not essential.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

For more information about the role of Executive Director, or to discuss further your application please send full resume and cover letter to Please do not contact the center directly by phone.