Downtown Los Angeles

Vice President - Operations, The California Wellness Foundation

The Organization

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. One of the largest health-focused foundations in California, with nearly $1 billion in assets, Cal Wellness is a nationally recognized leader for its strategic core operating support for grantees, public policy grantmaking and 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 work to advance its mission, including implementation of 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.

Position Overview

The California Wellness Foundation seeks an innovative senior leader with excellent leadership, operational and organizational development skills for its newly created vice president of operations role. This position reports to the president and CEO and serves as a member of the executive management committee.

The vice president of operations will lead the Foundation’s Operations Department, which is responsible for grants management, information technology, facilities management and risk assessment. These functional areas are critical to the success of the Foundation’s grantmaking and its ultimate impact. The vice president of operations will partner closely with the Human Resources Department to help the Foundation successfully meet strategic goals and objectives.

The person in this position will play an important role in driving the organization’s innovation and operational excellence, identifying and implementing information technology systems and creating a best-in-class service team to support the Foundation’s work. As a statewide organization, Cal Wellness maintains offices in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with staff traveling throughout California to connect with leaders and communities. The vice president of operations will provide organization-wide vision, leadership and management with regard to operational systems, and he or she will help integrate and embed the Foundation’s core values into all aspects of day-to-day operations.

The position is based at the Foundation’s new headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, California.

How To Apply

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 to:

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