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Position Title:  

Executive Director

Facility Name:  

California Community Opportunities

Facility Location:  

San Jose, California

Contact E-Mail:  


Position Salary:  

The Executive Director position offers a wonderful working atmosphere in a dedicated team-focused atmosphere. Salary starts at $125,000 (dependent on experience). Excellent benefits package includes: health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, flexible spending account, long-term disability, paid time off, and sick leave.

Job Description:  

California Community Opportunities (CCO) is conducting a search for the position of Executive Director. CCO’s primary purpose is to support individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities to lead safe, successful, enriching lives in their local communities.  CCO’s philosophy and core values for accomplishing its purpose reflect beliefs regarding human dignity, quality of life, learning, constitutional rights, democratic ideals, hope and a spirit of energy, idealism, faith and determination.  CCO recognizes that the same core values and philosophy must be consistently applied to its employees as they assist the persons served in reaching toward and achieving their fullest human potential.  CCO has chosen to utilize the Family Teaching Model (FTM) and Extended Family Teaching Model (EFTM) as the models of service because they embody the core values the organization is based upon.

CCO’s Family Teaching Model is a highly researched program that ensures individuals served experience the following outcomes: positive relationships, choice & control, high Level of participation in daily experiences, community involvement, pleasant and safe surroundings, pleasant social environment, healthy lifestyles, observance of legal and personal rights, effective teaching and effective communication. These outcomes are delivered through unique residential opportunities that include onsite live in staff and day service opportunities including educational, recreational and vocational experiences.  All staff involved with the delivery of services complete a training curriculum in the model and are required to achieve annual certification in the model. This model places a large emphasis on quality assurance. 

This exciting, unique opportunity currently exists in the Bay Area and is seeking a forward thinking leader to continue the expansion efforts currently underway in the Sacramento area and beyond!

The Executive Director position is a full time position that is accountable to CCO’s Board of Directors and operates from CCO’s headquarters in San Jose, California.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Board Governance:
    Works with board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.

    Responsibilities include:

Leading CCO in a manner that supports, guides and implements the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

  • Communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Identifying and assisting the Board in developing policies for CCO.
  • Participating as a member on all Board committees, which include: Policy, Governance, Finance and Quality Assurance committees.
  • Reporting to and working closely with the Board to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout the state.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Financial Performance and Viability:
    Works with board to develop and maintain resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization. 

    Responsibilities include:
  • The fiscal integrity of CCO, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Collaborating with the Board to research funding resources, secure adequate funding for CCO, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals.
  • Organization Mission and Strategy:
    Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

    Responsibilities include:
  • Implementation of CCO’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Strategic planning to ensure that CCO can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Enhancement of CCO’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  • Serving as CCO’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders including the California Department of Developmental Services, San Andreas Regional Center and Family Members of Persons Served; and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance CCO’s mission.
  • Overseeing branding and marketing efforts for the organization.
  • Organization Operations:
    Oversees ongoing development and support of CCO’s human resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are effectively implemented.

    Responsibilities include:
  • Effective administration of CCO’s operations.
  • Hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Reviewing and approving all notes, agreements, contracts and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
  • Developing procedures to carry out set policies as agreed upon by the Board.
  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of CCO.
  • Supervision and development of key reports including Human Resource Generalist, Director of Operations, Accounting Manager and Quality Assurance Specialist.
  • Creating an effective and collaborative management team and including appropriate provisions for succession.
  • Encouraging staff development and education, and assisting program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
  • Developing, updating and enhancing training for staff in all positions using teaching methods consistent with the family teaching model.
  • Maintaining a collaborative climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Facilitating a family-oriented workplace environment that is a natural extension of the family teaching model.




  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Business Administration, Business Management or related field preferred
  • Five or more years of senior management experience in a complex non-profit organization and/or business operation
  • Five or more years of experience in the Teaching Family Model with strong commitment to the model
  • Ability to build relationships internally and externally to promote CCO's mission
  • Proven excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills to motivate all levels of management staff and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional capacity for empowering staff and enforcing accountability
  • Innate perception of strengths and weaknesses of staff to achieve high performing, collaborative team
  • Proven track record of successful goal achievement and evidenced history of making smart decisions
  • Ability to convey a vision of CCO’s strategic future to staff, board and donors
  • Experience in strategic planning and program development
  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • High degree of personal and professional ethics
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Effective time management skills with experience in planning, organizing and prioritizing a large workload
  • Strong multi-tasking skills in order to attend to several tasks requiring critical attention simultaneously
  • Strength in creating connections with people individually and in group settings through passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude development and self-direction
  • Ability to observe, ask questions, listen actively, and give and accept feedback effectively;

a high energy level, adaptability, assertiveness, patience and ability to work in a team environment

  • Knowledge of critical federal and state laws and regulations that apply to the operation of CCO, (i.e. HIPPA regulations, labor laws, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, listening skills and public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of computers, specifically knowledge in Word, Excel and database systems
  • Interest in applying the latest technology to enhance implementation of CCO’s Family Teaching Model and Extended Family Teaching Model

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Working on a personal computer 40 to 50 percent of the time.  Travel between office and residential facilities

Typical Working Conditions: 

  • Enclosed office in a smoke-free environment

Other Requirements:

  • Proof of a valid driver’s license, an ability to maintain automobile liability insurance as required by state law in California and an ability to qualify as a driver under CCO insurance guidelines which includes having maintained an active US driver’s license on a continuous basis over the past two years if the employee operates a motor vehicle while carrying out job responsibilities.
  • Employment shall be contingent upon the results of fingerprint clearance, a check of applicable abuse and neglect reports developed and monitored by the State of California, the Department of Developmental Disabilities and Adult Protective Service agencies as specified in Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4689.2.
  • This position requires that there be no commitments to other organizations for 1 year from start date.


The Executive Director position offers a wonderful working atmosphere in a dedicated team-focused atmosphere. Salary starts at $125,000 (dependent on experience). Excellent benefits package includes: health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, flexible spending account, long-term disability, paid time off, and sick leave.

To Apply

For immediate consideration please send your resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to EDRecruitment@CA-CCO.org

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