Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create
positive outcomes for future generations. Guided by this vision and
the Statement of Founders' Intent, we foster path-breaking
scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care
improvements and preservation of the special character of the San
Francisco Bay Area.
Each day we strive to make a significant and positive impact on
the world. Together, we work tirelessly to honor the vision of our
founders and serve as stewards of the resources they entrusted to
us. We establish specific strategies based on input from experts,
identify partners who share our goals, and measure results along
the way—all while making adjustments as needed. We build
relationships and fund work in areas where we hope to make a
significant impact. We’re okay with failing, as long as we learn
from our mistakes. And we know that working together expands our
ability to drive meaningful change.
We believe there can be no truly lasting change for the good if
that change is not just and widely shared. Comprehending and
incorporating values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in
pursuing goals and refining strategies is vital to achieving our
desired outcomes. These values weave through what we do and drive
how we operate.
The foundation seeks a seasoned senior leader with excellent
financial, leadership and organizational development skills to
serve as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
The CAO will work in close strategic partnership with the
President and executive team and play a critical role in driving
the organization’s operational excellence. The CAO will lead the
foundation’s infrastructure teams—human resources, finance,
information technology, communications, and facilities—which are
essential to the success of the foundation. The CAO will provide
the organization-wide vision and leadership to ensure top-level
financial oversight, efficient and effective operational systems,
best practices in administrative and reporting procedures, a
healthy, empowered workplace, and an engaged, inspired team. The
CAO will model, integrate, and embed the Foundation’s Values and
Attributes throughout the organization and in all aspects of
day-to-day operations and play a key leadership role in driving the
foundation to excellence.
The ideal candidate has 1) relevant senior-level experience
leading operations and change management in large, complex
organizations in any sector, such as a foundation, university,
business, non-profit, or consulting firm; 2) sophisticated
financial and business and operational acumen; 3) a track record of
driving change across organizations and creating excellent, high
functioning work environments; and 4) exceptional interpersonal
skills and the ability to inspire and motivate others.
This position is based at our main office in Palo Alto, CA. Due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, foundation offices are temporarily closed
until at least July 1, 2022, and work will initially occur
remotely. Once our offices reopen, the foundation will shift to
hybrid work arrangements, and all employees will work a minimum of
eight days per month in their designated office.
- Leadership - Infrastructure. Oversee operations in the
areas of human resources, finance, information technology,
communications, and facilities within the foundation. Establish and
implement operational targets, policies, and procedures in these
functional areas. Provide strategic direction and coordination
across the several infrastructure units. Engage in ongoing research
and information gathering to ensure the foundation is making
well-informed plans about the present and future, understanding and
anticipating any necessary changes to ensure operations exemplify
best practices. Realize a best-in-class service organization to
support the foundation’s mission, programs, staff, and
- Leadership – Executive Committee. Work in partnership
with the President on a wide range of strategic, operational and
organizational development issues within the foundation. Partner
with the other members of the Executive Committee and staff to
ensure the organization reaches its strategic goals.
- Leadership - Values/Attributes. Model, integrate, and
embed the foundation’s Values and Attributes throughout the
organization and in all aspects of day-to-day operations and play a
leadership role in driving the Foundation to be a highly effective,
efficient, and healthy workplace. Inspire excellence at all levels
of the organization.
- Engaged and Inspired Staff. Oversee human resources
functions to ensure state-of-the-art policies, practices and
systems that recruit, support, and engage a highly qualified staff
to help the foundation fulfill its mission.
- Financial Oversight and Planning. Serve as the senior
financial leader in the foundation. Lead the foundation’s annual
budgeting processes working closely with the President and the
executive team in the process. Manage against the budget and ensure
adequate capacity is in place to fulfill commitments and carry out
approved plans. Monitor planning implementation to ensure it stays
within parameters of operating plan and budget. Oversee and
coordinate finance department activities to maximize quality and
efficiency of the department. Ensure that the foundation operates
in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Information Technology. Work with the information
technology team to monitor systems related to financial and general
operations, so that they meet established service and risk-level
- Communications. Oversee internal and external
communication functions of the foundation to convey information and
maintain alignment of understanding across foundation staff and
- Facilities. Manage the team responsible for the
structure, function, and design of our LEED® Platinum facilities,
to ensure staff are able to do their best work, supported by the
office as a resource and venue for in-person and hybrid work.
- Legal Compliance. Partner with the General Counsel to
support compliance efforts across the Foundation.
- Continuous Improvement. Improve the quality of the
foundation’s internal systems, making the foundation a model of
excellence for philanthropic operations.
- Staff Management. Hire, coach, and develop a
high-performing team of professionals to achieve operational and
strategic excellence. Lead by example, maintaining a climate that
attracts, retains, and motivates top quality people.
- Advanced degree in business, finance, or related
- Education, training or experience in change management or
organization development. Track record of success facilitating
progressive organizational change and development within a large,
- A minimum of ten years’ experience in senior-level management
experience in complex relevant organizations (e.g., a foundation,
university, consulting or law firm, think tank etc.), preferably
across multiple sectors.
- Prior senior level operations experience leading the following
or related functions: finance, information technology, human
resources, communications, facilities, or related functions.
- Proven ability to work as a key business, financial and
administrative partner to the President and to execute across the
organization and with various stakeholders.
- Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit
organization; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and
accounting regulations and other relevant legal, and compliance
- Passionate and experienced in driving change across
organizations and creating excellent, high functioning work
environments. Strong leader who inspires and positively motivates
- Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage
staff at all levels throughout the organization.
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
- Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse
levels of expertise.
- Creative results-oriented problem solver.
- Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation
skills and the ability to effectively partner with the executive
team, board of directors, staff and other stakeholders.
- Open-minded, collegial, and able to develop relationships based
on trust, confidence, and respect. Open to considering a diverse
range of viewpoints. Builds effective coalitions to move the agenda
forward and proactively solicits others’ views before making key
- Unquestionable ethics and integrity.
- Passion for the Foundation’s mission values and
- Willingness to support and promote the foundation and
colleagues through a commitment to enhancing the foundation’s
considerations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the
following attributes that describe how we at the foundation strive
to do our work with each other and our partners.
- Committed to Excellence - We bring our best to all we do.
- Passionate - Inspired by the vision of our founders, we are
passionate about our work.
- Collegial - We are part of a team striving toward common
- Open and Honest - We act with integrity, putting the good of
the foundation first.
- Humble and Self-Aware - Emulating our founders, we bring a
sense of humility to our work.
Compensation and Benefits
The Moore Foundation provides a generous total compensation
package that includes a competitive base salary and comprehensive
benefits to support your life, health, and well-being.
The salary range for this position starts at $318,970 per year.
Offers are based on the candidate's years of experience and our
practice of upholding salary equity within the foundation.
Health benefits include employer-paid options for medical
insurance and employer-paid dental and vision insurance for
employees and dependents; an employee assistance program;
employer-paid disability, business travel, and life insurance
benefits; paid parental leave; and pre-tax flexible spending
accounts for medical and childcare expenses.
Other benefits include 6 weeks of paid time off per year of
employment and 10 paid holidays; 401(k) retirement savings plan
with a foundation contribution of up to 10% and a Roth 401(k)
option; matching gifts program for qualifying charitable
contributions; hybrid work arrangement; commuter benefits program;
tuition assistance; and professional development opportunities.
The Moore Foundation requires that all employees be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19, except as required by law. Any
employment offer will be contingent upon satisfactory proof that
you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable
accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as
otherwise required by applicable law.
Martha Montag Brown
& Associates, LLC has been retained for this search.
Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by
sending a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by email
The Moore Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and
welcomes a diverse pool of applicants. We depend on individuals who
possess varied skills, perspectives and expertise. We seek to
recognize many forms of excellence in candidates, attract
individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, and enable all
employees to feel they belong and can contribute to the mission of
the Moore Foundation.
We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed,
sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical
conditions), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical
disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic
information, military or veteran status, marital status, registered
domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
gender expression, or on any other basis protected by applicable
federal, state or local law. We also do not discriminate based on
the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics or is
associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of
The foundation is committed to providing access, equal
opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with
disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part
of this commitment, the foundation will ensure that persons with
disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.
If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the
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an accommodation will be responded to within three business days.
However, non-disability related requests, such as following up on
an application, will not receive a response.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will
consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal
histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the
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