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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senior Living Communities

CEO Position: Requirements include significant non-profit experience at the executive level and demonstrated grant writing and fundraising skills. Highly desirable: located in Southern California with a network of connections there


EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior, family, and intergenerational housing communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness, and creativity. We serve thousands of older adults and families living in more than 50 housing communities in California and Oregon, providing programs in well-being, the arts, lifelong learning, intergenerational connectivity, community building, and civic engagement.


The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for leadership, innovation, strategic planning, affordable housing developer relationships, fundraising, financial performance, the viability of the organization, and management oversight to effectively carry out EngAGE’s mission.


The CEO oversees the administration of EngAGE’s budget, programs, and activities, manages the staff, and ensures that EngAGE has the appropriate organizational structures and resources to accomplish its annual goals.


The CEO is a passionate advocate of intentionally designed affordable housing and articulates a compelling strategic vision that galvanizes stakeholders to turn that vision into a reality. The CEO works with our developer partners and funders to sustain lasting relationships that support the EngAGE mission.


Essential Duties


Board Relations

  • Collaborate with the leadership team and Board of Directors to shape the vision for EngAGE’s future.
  • Communicate transparently with and guide the leadership team and Board of Directors in affairs of EngAGE and in issues that require policy decisions.
  • Work with the board to identify and recruit potential new developer partners, funders, collaborative organizations, board members, etc. to expand the footprint of EngAGE and to establish governance expertise in identified areas.
Organizational Leadership

  • Guide a talented management team to provide effective leadership for staff.
  • Manage collaborative relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Oversee all aspects of organizational health: finance, partnerships, funding, audit/tax returns, budget, planning, governance, etc.
  • In conjunction with the board, establish employment policies for staff and contractors.

Strategic Planning

  • Create and communicate clear strategies for achieving the organization’s mission and expanding its impact.
  • Develop and implement long- and short-term strategic objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the outcomes and impact of EngAGE’s programs and initiatives to ensure quality, mission alignment, and good use of EngAGE’s resources.
  • Build out the organization’s strategy for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Contract Negotiations

  • Work with the leadership team to secure housing developer partner contracts for program delivery.
  • Oversee and manage relationships with developer partners to meet annual goals for program fee-earned revenue.

  • Oversee staff and lead the process of setting and reaching annual fundraising goals.
  • Initiate and nurture close, productive relationships and collaborations with key donors, colleagues, and supporters of EngAGE and personally solicit major gifts.
  • Provide organizational leadership for all fundraising efforts including special campaigns, annual gifts, sponsorships, government grants, and other needs as they may arise.
Community Advocacy and Public Relations

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization to the community, constituents, and stakeholders.
  • Facilitate effective relationships with all external stakeholders including visitors, community partners, the press, funders, and public officials.
  • Build collaborative strategic alliances to further advance EngAGE’s mission.
  • Promote EngAGE’s mission and leadership role in the field while also fostering a supportive collegial atmosphere among partner organizations.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Develop appropriate annual and long-term financial objectives; lead EngAGE in consistently achieving these objectives, including a balanced operating budget.
  • Assure legal compliance.
  • Execute contracts, agreements, or any other documents which legally commit the organization.
  • Manage the budget to strategically grow earned and contributed revenue for the organization and implement growth plans.

Job Qualifications


  • Significant nonprofit leadership experience with a track record of success (a plus to have worked in Southern California and have relationships with local funders, and highly desirable to have worked with affordable housing developers).
  • Strategic planning and implementation experience.
  • Fundraising experience with success in soliciting major gifts from individuals and all contributed income sources.
  • Experience with institutional funding sources including government grants, foundations, and sponsorships.
  • Track record of being an inspiring and service-oriented leader who can set a long-term vision and effect change; is capable of imparting credibility, trust, integrity, and enthusiasm; and is able to motivate and inspire others.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Solid relationship-building skills and success managing people, projects, and budgets.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit governance policies.
  • Skilled fundraiser.
  • Ability to multitask and work calmly under pressure.
  • Diplomatic skills and the ability to make and communicate hard decisions.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Professional experience in the aging and arts community.
  • A demonstrated passion for aging services, arts, and affordable housing and an understanding of their ability to effect change.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to delegate.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and varied personalities including an understanding of best practices for inclusivity.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to create a supportive community.
  • Collaborative worker with mission-driven motivation.
  • Creative, innovative thinker.
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EngAGE is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants regardless of gender identification, race, ethnicity, or religion.




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