Executive Director
Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House® - Los Angeles, CA

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN CA:

Mission:
To provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California.

Vision:
A community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

Values:
Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Transparency.

History:
For more than 35 years, the programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC) have been committed to providing comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California through a variety of wellness and educational programs. Across the Southland, RMHCSC is working to create a community where children and families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

RMHCSC is the largest chapter in the U.S. with total assets exceeding $50 million. Its genesis began in 1977 with the planning for the region's first Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, mere blocks from Children's Hospital Los Angeles. That House opened in 1980 as a 16-bedroom home-away-from-home for families of children undergoing treatment for serious illnesses and injuries. When it opened its doors, the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House (LARMH) was only the third in the network (which today exceeds more than 325 internationally). In 1994 and again in 2008, LARMH expanded its services, opening new buildings adjacent to the original facility. In total, LARMH can now serve 75 families per night. In 2012, the LARMH hosted 2,148 families for 20,724 nights. These families came from the local Southern California community (52%), the rest of the state of California (8%), nationally (19%), and internationally (21%). LARMH oversees the operations of the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House (BRMH) which is a three-bedroom facility serving families who live more than 25 miles from Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. BRMH also provides day-use services to local residents whose children are receiving treatment in the hospital's pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.

LARMH is a part of the RMHCSC local network of Houses. Throughout Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, RMHCSC currently operates six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange, Pasadena, Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times, a Community Grants Board and four scholarship programs for exemplary high school students. RMHCSC share one 501(c) 3 and are governed by a 25 member Board of Directors. Each local house has an advisory board that focuses on fundraising efforts.

For over 30 years LARMH has provided families with a safe and supportive place to stay while their child undergoes treatment for critical illness or injuries at local hospitals. To date, more than 35,000 families have stayed at LARMH during their time of need. Although the House shares a brand name with McDonald's Corporation, less than 10% of their annual $2 million budget comes as a result of financial contributions from the company's local owner-operators.

For more information, please visit larmh.org and rmhcsc.org .

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:

The Executive Director of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House shall be responsible for leading and advancing the organization's vision, strategic initiatives and priorities. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of RMHCSC, the Executive Director will provide leadership and management for LARMH and serve as a senior manager within the chapter. The Executive Director will oversee a staff of 30, including the Director of Operations, Director of Development, Events Manager, IT Coordinator, Psychology Supervisor, and the House Director of the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. He/She will:
  • Serve as a leader for all employees, building a cohesive and collaborative team.
  • Provide excellent supervision, goal setting and evaluation of all staff members and volunteers.
  • Build a strong and effective Board of Trustees to help provide the necessary funding, talent, trusteeship, and support for the program.
  • Direct all annual fundraising efforts including corporate, foundation, individual and planned giving.
  • Develop and lead a donor advancement plan that encourages donors to consider increasing levels of giving and enhances the major giving program.
  • Work with the CEO and other RMHCSC Executive Directors in support of chapter-wide initiatives.
  • Develop and monitor a strategic plan that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the RMHCSC leadership team.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and efficient time management with the ability to prioritize.
  • Ensure appropriate representation as a spokesperson to all stakeholders.
  • Manage relations with media in partnership with McDonald Operations Association of Southern California public relations agency and other media partners.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS:

The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with all RMHCSC stakeholders. The individual must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and must be an active listener. He/She must be an articulate and persuasive presenter to large and small groups to effectively represent RMHCSC to internal and external constituents. Proven management experience and skills to effectively organize, direct, motivate, and evaluate other professional and support staff as well as volunteers is essential. At the same time, given the nature of RMHCSC programs and constituents, the Executive Director for LARMH must also be a friendly and compassionate individual who embraces the mission of RMHCSC and is passionate about the cause.

The Executive Director should be an independent thinker, but also a team builder who works collectively and collaboratively with colleagues to bring them together in order to achieve common goals. An intuitive sense of the whole enterprise must be combined with a practical, project orientation. The person in this position must be well organized, focused, and have a goal-oriented work style. A high level of integrity, initiative, creativity and energy is required. He/She must have leadership skills to inspire confidence as well as motivate others.

The Executive Director should have exceptional organizational and administrative skills with the the ability to think strategically, plan, set goals and objectives and then organize and provide follow-through. An excellent knowledge of operational management is critical. He/She must be a proactive problem solver and hold staff accountable to high standards.

The successful candidate will be a creative and persuasive leader who maintains excellent working relationships with people who do not necessarily report to him or her, influencing them as appropriate. He/She will be a builder of programs who sets ambitious but achievable goals for himself/herself and for staff. The ideal candidate will look forward to the challenges facing a complex organization and will be a visionary leader, while at the same time a hands-on professional.

CAREER PATH:

Candidates should have at least seven years of senior level management experience with increasing responsibility. Candidates must have demonstrated experience with budget preparation, planning and resource management, and operational oversight. Knowledge and understanding of information systems and databases that support institutional advancement is important. Experience fundraising in a nonprofit organization and demonstrated success is essential.

EDUCATION:

A Bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

COMPENSATION:

Annual compensation will be competitive and based upon experience. An excellent benefits package will be provided.