Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) is seeking a new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This is a critical and historic moment in the field of healthcare delivery and women’s reproductive rights – primed for a dynamic leader to shape the direction of one of the most prominent health care and education organizations in the country. The incoming administration and Congress will impose unprecedented barriers to affordable access to family planning and safe abortion, creating high levels of economic, political, and social tension for PPMM clients and staff. The CEO will first and foremost provide strategic leadership and management over PPMM’s operations and political advocacy, working in partnership with the Planned Parenthood network and allied organizations on state and national issues and solutions. Reporting to a high profile and distinguished Board of Directors, the CEO will lead the development and implementation of PPMM’s strategic and operating plans.
This is truly a unique opportunity to build on a legacy of nearly three decades of organizational growth. Working with and through a diverse senior leadership team, the CEO will provide a fresh perspective on high level strategy and vision as a guidepost for resilience in an uncertain political and financial context. Recognizing and embracing that this work requires grit, determination, and personal courage, the CEO will have an unwavering focus on providing exceptional, proactive, and compassionate service that meets the holistic needs of PPMM’s clients and the communities it serves. This includes engaging in tough fights and bringing a strong business acumen fortified by a grassroots mentality and grasstops advocacy.
Building Knowledge and Relationships
The CEO will assume leadership of an established, respected Planned Parenthood affiliate with a strong mission-driven culture, solid yet ever-evolving programs, and experienced operational leaders. The initial priority will be to build relationships with the Board of the Directors and staff by listening, learning, and seeking to understand. Given the current political and social landscape around family planning and reproductive rights, and potential cuts to funding for Planned Parenthood, the CEO must possess an innate ability to inspire and motivate staff, providing broad leadership to an organization with nearly 1,000 employees.
Revenue & Operations
PPMM’s next CEO will be a driving force behind the planning and evaluation of its affiliate services, focused on high-quality delivery of the organization’s mission and commitment to the communities it serves. The CEO will provide leadership and management to the financial health of the organization and ensure sufficient revenue generation to continue the operational and programmatic success of its mission. This will entail creative and systems-based thinking about revenue streams, as well as working in partnership with senior leaders on active fundraising through new and existing relationships with individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
External Engagement & Advocacy
The CEO of PPMM is often called upon to serve as the face of the organization and its mission, and by extension, that of the reproductive health field overall. On a day-to-day basis, this entails proactive, extensive, and positive engagement at the local, state, and federal levels in order to promote and sustain understanding of and support for Planned Parenthood's services, mission, and philosophy. Critical to success will be building trust and collaboration with leaders of other California affiliates via participation in intense development of strategies and planning common business ventures. Related to this is advocacy with other affiliates, PPFA, partner organizations, and external stakeholders. The CEO will lead the organization to promote and influence targeted legislative and regulatory decisions at all levels of government. It will be essential to establish relationships with members of Congress and state legislators, as well as with key public and private funders. As the leader of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate, the CEO will also be expected to actively participate in various boards and committees across the Planned Parenthood network.
Candidates must have a minimum of ten years of experience with a proven track record of success leading a complex organization at an executive level. A background in health care is highly desirable. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills are essential since this position will be required to move seamlessly across a diverse network of constituencies and staff.
A professional background serving as the leader of a high-profile organization, with experience navigating complicated – and, at times, contentious – environments is highly desirable.
The position is based in San Jose, California and requires regular regional and domestic travel.