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President/CEO, Cardea Services


For more than 40 years, Cardea Services has strived to improve organizations’ abilities to deliver accessible, high quality, culturally proficient, and compassionate services to their clients. Cardea’s vision states:  We envision communities where all people, especially those who have been most underserved, have equitable access to quality health and human services.

Cardea Services is a national organization based in Oakland, California, with offices in Seattle, Washington and Austin, Texas. Cardea has a 38-person staff and a budget approaching $5 million.  Cardea is funded primarily by public grants, including federal funds distributed by the states. Funding sources are about 65% federal dollars and about 25% fee for service and 10% from foundation or private sector grants. 

Cardea’s key service areas are Training, Organizational Development and Program Evaluation. The organization is committed to public health and health and human services.  Its areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health, emerging public health issues, cultural proficiency, HIV testing and linkage to care, homeless youth, access to care and health disparities.

Cardea has a national reputation for excellence and unsurpassed client service.  One of its core strengths is cultural proficiency, reflected in the diversity of its staff and in its commitment to social justice and culturally proficient approaches.


The President/CEO reports to the six-person Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board.  S/he supervises the following direct reports: two Vice Presidents, each in charge of one of the organization’s additional offices, and, through them, four Project Directors. In Oakland s/he will supervise three Project Directors and the Controller with whom s/he will collaborate to ensure the continuing financial integrity of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Board Relations

  • Working with the Board of Directors in determining overarching goals as part of the 2017-2020 strategic plan. From this the President/CEO creates an Annual Operating Plan with appropriate resource allocations based on these agreed upon milestones.
  • Leading planning processes, evaluation and development of new business; engaging Board, staff, and external stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Serving as a resource, catalyst and coach to the Board to enable them to achieve their full potential as a governing body.

Fund Development 

  • Leading the overall fund development strategy to maximize current opportunities, proactively sustain development efforts, and developing a strategy to address opportunities.
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors and Vice Presidents to identify, solicit and acquire new sources of funding from government sources and private foundations and to build long-term, sustainable sources of income for the organization, including fee for service revenue.
  • Cultivating relationships in the grant-making community, including foundations, corporations and government agencies.

Program Oversight

  • Overseeing the development and identification of new business opportunities and leading teams through the application/proposal processes
  • Integrating education, development, and new program initiatives and building an increased sense of active collaboration among teams in furthering Cardea’s mission.
  • Providing inspirational leadership and support to Cardea staff.


  • Developing the annual budget, ensuring proper fiscal accounting and controls, as well as legal and fiduciary compliance.
  • Ensuring that Cardea has the financial and human resources necessary to implement its strategic plan and operational goals.
  • Providing oversight of all human resources functions, including the hiring, development, motivation, evaluation and retention of senior staff.
  • Overseeing, strengthening and updating the organizational infrastructure as necessary to support and sustain Cardea’s growth.

Communications/Community Relations

  • Serving as Cardea’s liaison and spokesperson to the public, funders, constituents and allies , the media and other partners and key stakeholders
  • Building and nurturing collaborative initiatives with key organizations and stakeholders
  • Continuing to promote Cardea’s public presence, premier brand and identity as a leader in public health and in health and human services.


Cardea is seeking an experienced health and human services executive with at least 7-10 years of experience as a leader of a $5-10 million service provider or substantial consulting practice and a national reputation for exceptional leadership.  The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in a key area for Cardea, including public health, sexual and reproductive health, or health and human services for those who are underserved.  The successful candidate will also have strong credentials in one of the following functional areas:  training, organizational development, or program evaluation.

The President/CEO must have a demonstrated track record of securing public grant funding, fee for service revenue and support from the private sector.  The candidate must have shown an aptitude for managing the finances and bottom line of an organization of comparable size, including budgeting, financial analysis and fiscal integrity.  Experience working effectively with a Board of Directors is essential, and the support and supervision of staff are important management abilities.

A strong marketing focus with experience and skill in cultivating and maintaining robust relationships with funders, community partners and key stakeholders is critical for success. A willingness and ability to travel and work during the evenings and on weekends, as needed, is expected.

Strong communications and public speaking skills are expected of the new leader. An aptitude for producing, organizing, presenting and communicating information in a clear and concise manner is important.

An advanced degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Health Services Administration, Public Administration or a relevant field or the equivalent work experience is required.


The ideal candidate will have a vision for Cardea’s future, solid professional networks and strong interpersonal skills. Cardea’s leader must demonstrate well developed decision-making and problem-solving abilities and a leadership style that embraces the collegial environment of the organization, which has many long-tenured and loyal employees.  The President/CEO must be able to think on her/his feet, resolve conflicts, foster a motivating and nurturing work environment and maintain an attitude of optimism and empathy.  A commitment to healthy work-life balance is a core cultural value of the organization.

Integrity and a personal and professional commitment to social justice and advancing human rights are essential for the successful leader. Equilibrium under pressure and a sense of humor are important.


Our client is offering a competitive compensation package for this position with a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, short and long term disability, 401K, and generous paid time off (PTO).  Basic relocation expenses may be considered for the exceptional individual Cardea is seeking.


The internal culture of this organization is one of respect, transparency and teamwork. All of the elements are in place for the right leader to take this long-established and respected organization to a new level of growth and development.  Increases in responsibility and compensation will be directly related to this success.


Please submit a brief cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:

Joseph McCormack, Managing Partner
Michelle Kristel, Partner
1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 110-202
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Tel: 323.549.9200
Fax : 323.549.9222

All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.

Please note that your education, dates of employment, compensation and other information provided will be verified prior to employment.

McCormack+Kristel works only with equal opportunity employers.  People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.