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Executive Director at Head Start California

Category: Management

Posted: March 9, 2023

Job Title: Executive Director

Organization: Head Start California

Salary: $145,000-$175,000 annually

Location: Sacramento, CA


Job Description: Head Start California is looking for a mission-driven leader who is motivated to make a difference in the world. This is a wonderful opportunity for a professional who wants to scale her/his experience to have broad, sustainable impact. The position has training opportunities and collaborative relationships with other like-minded leaders and organizations. This opportunity marries the national reputation of a proven poverty-fighting program with the nimbleness of a small- to medium-size nonprofit organization.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Head Start California’s (HSC) staff, operations, programs, and execution of its mission and strategic goals. The ED will develop deep knowledge of the Head Start field and the needs of its members and member agencies, and align HSC’s programs, operations, and activities to strengthen the value of the association to its members.

  • Governance

  • Advocacy/Public Policy

  • Financial stewardship

  • Fundraising

  • Operational Effectiveness / Organizational Leadership

  • Communication and Public Affairs


There is no singular career path to this role. Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Read the Position Announcement more a list of skills and experiences an ideal candidate will possess.

Position Announcement - Executive Director - Head Start California FINAL
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Detailed Job Description:

Job Description - Executive Director - Head Start California
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How to Apply: Applications are due Monday, April 24, 2023 at 8:00 AM or until a successful candidate is hired.

Lester Consulting Group, Inc. (LCG) of Sacramento has been hired to facilitate the search

process. Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be directed to:

Lorcan Barnes, President/Executive Leadership Consultant

Courtney Kassakhian, Executive Leadership Consultant

(877) 569-2890

Please submit, as one pdf:

  1. Cover letter,

  2. Resume, and

  3. One-page essay responding to ONE of the following prompts:

  • Describe an experience where you were involved in public policy development and/or advocacy that resulted in improving the lives of others.

  • Describe a situation where you have led a team to embrace a shared vision and take action. What did you learn about yourself in this experience?

  • Describe a life experience (personal or professional) that compels you to be a champion for California’s most vulnerable children and families.

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