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Executive Director, Hand in Hand Parenting

Position: Executive Director

Functional Area: General Management

Organization: Hand in Hand Parenting

Location: Palo Alto

Metro Region: San Francisco o


Hand in Hand Parenting is addressing the root cause of many societal issues.  Imagine what systems like the justice system, government, education, and economics could look like if led by individuals who were self-assured, confident, with high degrees of emotional intelligence and an orientation to the greater good?  Hand in Hand Parenting is dedicated to transforming parenting through providing support, resources, and training to parents from all backgrounds and economic circumstances. For 25 years, our cutting edge yet adaptable approach, Parenting by Connection, has given parents practical tools to resolve universal family challenges. Unlike other parenting methods, which rely on systems of rewards and punishment, our philosophy is centered on children’s strong, innate desire to love and be loved. Our fresh and effective framework, which includes an emphasis on parent support, is consistent with the latest research and results in long-term family success.  Hand in Hand Parenting transforms families and in turn, transforms the young people leading our most important systems, such that expanding the reach of this program will fundamentally change the world as we know it.

Located in Palo Alto, CA, Hand in Hand (HIH) serves families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and is poised for continued growth, to bring Parenting by Connection to parents globally. We have a staff of six highly committed, talented individuals, over 70 contract teachers, and more than 20 active volunteers. For more information about the organization and its programs, please visit our website at .


Hand in Hand Parenting is currently seeking a visionary leader to serve as Executive Director (ED). We are looking for an energetic, passionate and dedicated leader, someone who embodies and communicates the importance of parenting well and has the experience to grow Hand in Hand’s reach, including significantly strengthening our donor base, by approximately 100% over the next 2 – 3 years. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Hand in Hand Parenting’s programs, growth, and execution of its mission. We offer a dedicated and talented staff, an active and committed Board of Directors, and the opportunity to make a transformative difference in the lives of millions of families.


The Executive Director will have primary responsibility for all aspects of organizational leadership, fund development, management, and growth.  Specifically, the Executive Director will lead the following areas:

Strategic Leadership
1. In collaboration with the Board, facilitate a strategic planning process to develop ambitious goals for the organization.
2. Support the execution of the strategic plan by creating an annual work plan and corresponding budget for Board review and adoption.
3. Work closely with the Program Director to build strategic partnerships and strengthen existing programs in line with the strategic plan.
4. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in various fields affecting the work of HIH.

1. Create a broad and diversified fundraising vision by developing an annual strategic fundraising plan.
2. Take an entrepreneurial approach to securing financial resources from public and private sources, including securing funding from alternative sources such as fee-for-service, contracts, and events.
3. Identify and increase the number of high net worth individual donors, and develop and implement strategies for their cultivation and solicitation.
4. Provide strategy, oversight, and content to funding proposals and reports.

Financial Management
1. Ensure overall financial sustainability and short and long term fiscal health.
2. Ensure internal accounting controls and financial practices to ensure fiscally sound and accurate accounting, record keeping and reporting systems.
3. Prepare annual budget and ensure that operations are within budget guidelines.

External Relations & Community Building
1. Serve as the chief spokesperson for HIH and advocate for its mission and goals.
2. Communicate HIH’s vision of positive social change through supported and informed parenting to the public, and to prospective donors and HIH supporters and community.
3. Explore and build relationships with public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to realize new partnerships.

Organizational Management
1. Oversee all human resource functions, including recruiting, hiring, performance management and professional development, and compliance.
2. Ensure that the agency makes effective use of technology to support internal and external information sharing and program work.
3. Ensure that the organization operates in compliance with all statutes governing a 501(c)3 organization, including appropriate insurance coverage.

Organizational Development
1. Create and foster a team-oriented work environment with the goal of generating a creative, energized and mission-driven staff.
2. Clearly define measurable goals and results-orientated performance expectations, in cooperation with employees.
3. Work well within a cooperative, respectful, non-hierarchical work culture and demonstrate a flexible, non-defensive approach to the work.
4. Models professionalism, decisive leadership, effective communication and creative problem solving.

Board Development
1. Serve as the primary liaison with the Board of Directors and facilitate the Board’s involvement in fundraising, policy setting, strategic planning, and financial management.
2. Communicate effectively with the Board about all aspects of the organization, including financial status.
3. Assist the Board of Directors in ongoing identification and recruitment of new members and ongoing Board development.


  • Demonstrated commitment to HIH organizational philosophy and practices, with strong emotional intelligence, belief in the potential of children and families, and commitment to continuous learning and growth.
  • Significant professional experience, with at least 7 years of senior leadership experience in a business or nonprofit, including strategic planning and implementation in a growth-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated success serving as an energetic, collaborative, and persuasive external face of the organization and increasing the visibility of an organization. 
  • Success raising money ($1M+ on an annual basis) from a variety of donors to build a strong and diversified donor base.
  • Strong financial and operational management experience, including budgeting, forecasting, facilities, and HR management.
  • Proven communication skills, including speaking, writing, meeting facilitation, and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated success building strong partnerships externally and internally.
  • Ability to balance the desire for collaboration with the need for efficient and effective business practices.
  • Ability to maximize the effective use of technology and experience with a variety of software programs such as Microsoft Office suite, accounting software (QuickBooks), and data base programs. Macintosh work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required; Master’s degree preferred.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to Search Committee at: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Hand in Hand offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.


Hand in Hand is an equal opportunity employer.