The California Wellness Foundation is seeking a Board Liaison to work closely with the Board of Directors ("Board"), Board Committees, Advisory Bodies and the President/CEO (to whom it directly reports), ensuring that all governance matters are handled smoothly and effectively. This role offers an excellent opportunity to participate in the operations and governance of a major private foundation. The Board Liaison serves as the primary point of contact for the eleven-member Board and will support Board and the Executive Management Committee (EMC) as a strategic thinker and project manager. Will be responsible for design and implementation of four annual Board meetings, at least eleven Committee meetings annually and other events as needed, ensuring that objectives are clear and the Board and President are well prepared. As a corporate officer, the Board Liaison has high visibility to the President/CEO, the Board, the EMC, Board Secretary, and Legal Counsel. Will attend to sensitive matters, decision-making processes, and documentation of outcomes in support of Board activities. The role has a strategic focus and regularly exercises considerable discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties. Additionally, this position will spend about one-third of its time supporting the CEO as back-up to her Executive Assistant.
Maintains a cooperative working relationship with Board, President/CEO, Foundation staff, Grantees, and members of the public.
Highly developed personal interaction/communications skills (written and verbal).
Results/action-oriented work style; strong strategic, analytical, planning and problem-solving skills; able to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment.
Highly proficient with office technology and a variety of business applications.
Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, and trust; ability to handle highly confidential information.
Intuitive mindset, creative aptitude, and effective use of discretion and independent judgment; able to look beyond the assigned task and consider tangential and collateral connections, problems, opportunities and possibilities.
Ability to travel periodically throughout the year to our Oakland office, to visit sites for the annual Board retreat, and to convenings. Travel is typically within the state of California.
The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1992 with a mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California. As one of the largest health-focused foundations in California, with over $900 million in assets, Cal Wellness is a nationally recognized leader for its strategic core operating support for grantees; public policy grantmaking; and a focus on violence as a public health issue. It is Cal Wellness’ desire to promote equity and level the playing field so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, healthy and safe neighborhoods, and quality health care services. The Foundation’s current Advancing Wellness grantmaking strategy includes three interrelated portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care, Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded nearly 9,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion.
In 2017, Cal Wellness celebrated its 25th anniversary. As the Foundation looks to the future, it is pursuing new and innovative strategies beyond its core grantmaking to advance its mission, including implementation of new technology systems, development of its public affairs capacity and establishing mission- and program-related investment portfolios.
Cal Wellness has a diverse staff and Board and continues to enhance its deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, both internally and externally. The Foundation’s work underscores a belief that wellness requires social justice, a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and sustained efforts to eliminate systemic barriers that prevent access to health care, education, employment and safety.
Please visit calwellness.org for more information.
For this position, the selected candidates starting salary may range from $85K to $102K, commensurate with skills and experience. Highlights from our benefit package include: a variety of health plans, a generous 401(k) retirement savings plan, paid time off, professional development and educational opportunities, matching gifts, and the opportunity to work at a mission and values driven organization.
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The California Wellness Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.