First 5 Marin

Executive Director

San Rafael, CA

Position Description

Executive Summary

First 5 Marin seeks a strategic, forward thinking, and highly collaborative leader to serve as its next Executive Director. In close collaboration with the First 5 Marin Commission and community stakeholders, the Executive Director will co-develop and execute on a community vision that all children in Marin have the opportunity to be healthy and are ready to learn, regardless of their background or where they live. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dedicated and enthusiastic executive to leverage First 5 Marin’s extraordinary track record and reputation as a program and policy pioneer, major convener, and influential voice for all children and their families across a dynamic and diverse set of communities – inspiring others to collective action and increased resources.

Under the leadership of the First 5 Marin Commission, a diverse group of nine community stakeholders charged with guiding the investment of Proposition 10 funds, the Executive Director will build off the initiatives, relationships, and successes of First 5 Marin’s longtime current leader while championing new ideas and forging new partnerships. Four key areas of priority over the last decade have included health; school readiness and education; public policy and advocacy; and information availability for families and caregivers. Looking to the future, community members and Commissioners alike are optimistic about opportunities like the early success of the Help Me Grow Initiative, a three-phase process to help Marin families navigate the complex needs of child care and development, and in identifying potential synergies and additional resources aligned with the early childhood proposals of Governor Newsom (a Marin native). The next Executive Director will be responsible for sound financial planning, relationship management, and overall strategy development to support these continued efforts and emerging priorities.

Over the last 20 years, First 5 Marin has employed an inclusive and adaptive strategy to fulfilling its mission. While the organization continues to be one of the three largest funders in the community (in addition to the County and Marin Community Foundation), recent years has seen it play an increasingly critical convening function. Community forums hosted by First 5 Marin have been identified by partners as a key source of information for families and other stakeholders, while the Executive Director and Commission leadership are seen as important “conductors” for the broader orchestra that is child- and family-serving institutions throughout the region.

The ideal candidate is expected to have a bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of progressive experience working with community-based organizations, anchor institutions, and/or policy-setting groups to further positive social change. An advanced degree (MPA, MPP, MSW) or related certification is desirable, but not required. A proven track record of strong organizational financial management and planning is a must. A background in early childhood development, policy, education, or health is ideal, but those with a strong passion for young children and families and a commitment to social, racial and health equity are encouraged to apply. Strong verbal and written communications skills are required. A personal and professional commitment to equity and inclusiveness is absolutely vital, including the understanding of how one’s own identity and lived experiences inform their work.

First 5 Marin Commission has retained Talent Citizen to assist in this recruitment. President Tracy D. Welsh and Associate Connor Daley are leading this search. Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, the reasons why you are best suited for the position and would be a great addition to the First 5 team, and where you learned of the position. Nominations and application materials should be sent directly to, or through the application portal below.
Position Description

Search Team

Tracy Welsh  

Connor Daley