Bay Area Global Health Alliance

Job Description – Executive Director

Posted May 24, 2019


The greater San Francisco Bay Area is home to an array of organizations that are engaged and invested in global health. Its constituents, including academia, private sector companies, non-profits, foundations, and government entities, all make significant individual contributions to global health, but remain largely fragmented.  As a result, opportunities have been missed to harness the full potential of the Bay Area to solve challenging global health problems and help organizations achieve their goals.

The Bay Area Global Health Alliance (the ‘Alliance’) is a newly-formed membership organization that aims to connect, inform, and empower its members to drive their individual organization goals, foster catalytic partnerships, and strengthen the Bay Area as a hub for global health innovation. The Alliance was initiated with input from 100+ Bay Area organizational stakeholders, and other regional global health alliances. With initial seed funding and advisory support from a number of key founding organizations (i.e., PATH, Gilead Sciences, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF, Facebook, Merck for Mothers, UC Davis, Chevron), the Alliance is poised to hire its first Executive Director.

Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for leading the development, administration, and management of the Alliance during its inaugural year and beyond.  

The ED will have the opportunity to work with Alliance members and partners alongside passionate board representatives and advisors to leverage the power of collaboration for investments and greater impact in global health.  Building on an existing strategic roadmap and leveraging previous efforts by the Alliance planning team and advisors, s/he will bring to the role passion for leading an organization in a period of significant growth and opportunity.  

Primary Responsibilities

Partner Development 

  • Lead outreach to identify and develop partnership opportunities for the Alliance and member organizations 

  • Establish relationships with funders, and government and community leaders and facilitate connections for members both within and outside the greater SF Bay Area

  • Engage partners in meaningful dialogue and events to deliver value for Alliance membership

  • Serve as Alliance external representative, leading all communications with media and multi-sector stakeholders at a regional, national and international level

  • Oversee communications and outreach strategy, including audience and channels for engagement

Resource Mobilization

  • Actively engage and energize Alliance volunteers, Board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders around Alliance mission and objectives

  • Build and manage a high-performing team of Alliance and Secretariat staff 

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support program operations and expansion

  • Secure new funding for the Alliance, meeting internal targets by Year 2   

Organizational and Program Development

  • Liaise with Board to select programmatic priorities and complete strategic planning process, building upon previous research efforts and feedback from stakeholder outreach

  • Work effectively in committees across members, ensuring active involvement by partners and engagement in programmatic direction and execution

  • Develop, maintain, and support Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for organizational operations 

  • Ensure programmatic and operational excellence, strong program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals

  • Ensure effective systems/dashboards to track progress in key organizational metrics, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

  • Manage and control all aspects of annual budget, working with Secretariat accounting team.  Lead annual budget planning process


The Executive Director will be dedicated to health equity/human rights, with a passion to improve human health worldwide. All candidates should have proven leadership, relationship management, partnership development and programmatic experience.   Specific requirements include:

  • 10+ years senior management experience

  • Track record of success in building partnerships, working collaboratively across teams and networks, building consensus, and influencing outcomes through strong engagement of, and collaboration with, internal and external partners

  • Experience effectively leading and scaling a regional and/or national organization; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

  • Experience in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts, producing events, and writing grants to major agencies, foundations, and corporations

  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

  • Strong knowledge of global health issues. Ability to communicate and interact effectively with a broad constituency about a diverse array of global health issues/perspectives

  • Excellence in organizational management, with the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a staff and budget

  • Mission-driven and self-directed, with a high level of integrity and positive attitude

The position is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and requires some travel.

Salary range is $150-$180K plus benefits.  

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to


About the Bay Area Global Health Alliance

Announced in October 2018, the Bay Area Global Health Alliance is a newly-formed membership organization that aims to connect, inform and empower its members to drive their individual organizational goals, foster new and innovative partnerships and strengthen the Bay Area as a hub for global health.  The formation of a regional alliance was informed by input from 100+ Bay Area organization stakeholders. With seed funding from Gilead Sciences, Chevron, PATH, and the university global health institutions, the Bay Area Global Health Alliance opened membership in December 2018.  

The Bay Area Global Health Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and nothing in the job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.