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Chief Executive Officer

Please note: To assume this leadership role, we are looking for an individual with these required qualifications:

  • 1. a minimum of three years top level leadership experience
  • 2. a minimum of five years grant writing experience and demonstrated fundraising skills
  • 3. willingness to travel in California and Oregon to visit our communities and meet with developers
  • 4. a comprehensive understanding of our mission

It is highly desirable for the candidate to have professional nonprofit contacts in the Southern California and/or Oregon areas.

If interested, please read the job description below and include a cover letter explaining how your previous work experience aligns with our mission.
Applications due by April 30, 2024.

EngAGE's mission is to transform affordable senior, family, and intergenerational housing communities into vibrant centers of lifelong learning, creativity, and wellness through arts-based programming, civic engagement, and a culture that promotes community and connection. We serve thousands of older adults and families living in more than 50 housing communities in California and Oregon based on a model that promotes artistic creativity and fosters a sense of purpose and belonging.

Residents of EngAGE communities report improvements in mood, reduced loneliness, and better health and well-being through:

● Professionally delivered, free, on-site programs in the arts, wellness, and community building.

● Creating interpersonal connections across generations.

● Encouraging and providing ways for residents to meaningfully contribute to their communities.

● Building strong collaborations with local community partners to expand our impact in

each neighborhood.

Our programs operate on a semester basis ending in a ‘culminating event’ such as an art show at a local gallery, a theatrical or musical stage performance, or a community event designed to showcase residents’ talents and skills. Our programming is tailored to reflect the culturally diverse communities and residents whom we serve. EngAGE is committed to housing equity for low-income renters. The communities and residents we serve are diverse in race/ethnicity and age.

Position Purpose: The CEO of EngAGE works closely with and reports to the EngAGE Board of Directors and is responsible for leadership, innovation, strategic planning, ensuring proper board governance practices, developing and maintaining affordable housing developer relationships, fundraising, and safeguarding the physical and financial well-being of the organization. The CEO also works closely with the organization’s Leadership Team to represent EngAGE’s interests to its constituencies while overseeing the administration of the budget, programs, and staff and ensuring the organization has the appropriate structures and resources to meet its annual goals.

Position Vision: The CEO must be a passionate advocate and spokesperson for intentionally designed affordable housing, arts-based programming, the challenges and opportunities of aging, and intergenerational community building. They must be able to articulate and promote a compelling strategic vision that unites the organization and galvanizes stakeholders, developer partners, and funders in support of EngAGE’s mission and values. The CEO must have the following strong skill set:

● Able to make critical decisions under pressure.

● Excellent fundraiser.

● Excellent project management skills.

● Clear, charismatic, effective communicator, able to lead and inspire others with EngAGE’s mission, values, and vision.

The following represents some but not all of the essential duties required to perform this role:

● Collaborate effectively and professionally with the Board and leadership team to identify and recruit potential new developer partners, funders, and others to expand the footprint of EngAGE.

● Create a culture that promotes initiative, ensures a healthy and happy workplace, and, when appropriate, provides individual growth opportunities.

● Manage collaborative relationships with all stakeholders including staff and teachers/teaching artists in service of the vision of the organization.

● Oversee all aspects of organizational health: finance, partnerships, funding, audit/tax returns, budget, planning, governance, etc.

● In conjunction with the board, establish employment policies and procedures related to hiring, retention, succession, and the supervision of staff and contractors.

● Clearly define the goals that advance EngAGE’s mission and core values, and develop and implement long and short-term strategies to meet those goals.

● Monitor and evaluate the outcomes and impact of EngAGE’s programs and initiatives to ensure quality, mission alignment, and good use of organizational resources.

● Ensure that the organization’s policies concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are appropriately maintained and enforced in compliance with all relevant laws.

● Oversee and manage relationships with developer partners to meet annual goals for

program fee-earned revenue.

● Ensure that annual fundraising goals are met and personally solicit major gifts.

● Provide organizational leadership for all fundraising including special campaigns, annual gifts, sponsorships, and government grants.

● Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization to the community, constituents,

media, stakeholders, and public officials.

● Build collaborative strategic alliances to further advance EngAGE’s mission.

● Assure legal compliance.

● Execute contracts, agreements, or any other documents which legally commit the

● organization.

Job Qualifications and Experience:

● Significant nonprofit leadership experience with a track record of success (it would be

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 successfully managing people, projects, and budgets.

● Knowledge of nonprofit governance policies.

● 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.

Compensation Range: $145,000-$160,000 per year, plus a full package of benefits.

EngAGE is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants

regardless of gender identification, race, ethnicity, or religion.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $145,000.00 - $160,000.00 per year



  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance




  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed



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