Job Opportunity

Executive Director
Los Angeles County

Date Posted:

August 9, 2022


Competitive public agency salary & benefits package


First 5 LA is seeking a new Executive Director to lead our independent public agency focused on systems change to improve the lives of children prenatal to age 5, their families and communities in Los Angeles County, particularly those facing the greatest inequities. We are one of the largest investors in early childhood wellbeing nationally. We are grounded in the values of Collaboration, Integrity, Learning, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; governed by a Board confident in First 5 LA’s strategic direction; and led by a racially and ethnically diverse team of mission-driven professionals. First 5 LA’s next ED will be an experienced, people-centric, results-focused, collegial champion of our mission. Supervises 7-member Senior Leadership Team, and collaborates with Board and First 5 LA team. Oversees organizational leadership; vision and strategic planning, implementation & refinement; culture-building & advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI); and external relations.


The ideal ED will exhibit strategic, inclusive and adaptive leadership; systems thinking; emotional intelligence; strong communications, systems change and people management skills; and strong fiscal stewardship. Qualifications include Bachelor’s Degree (advanced degree desirable); advocacy, public policy and systems change experience in California and LA County; 15+ years of progressively more responsible leadership or management in complex environments; and deep humility and respect for the lived experience of families with young children. We also seek experience managing complex programs or organizational budgets (knowledge of public systems and budget processes highly desirable); understanding of child development, early learning, community health, social determinants of health and the unique dynamics of work in and alongside parents, residents and local government; success in coalition-building and working effectively with diverse groups of people, including the acumen and humility to work in a cross-cultural manner; and a sense of humor.

How to Apply:

Full Position Announcement available at Attractive public sector executive salary and benefits package, eligibility for an annual performance bonus at Board’s discretion, car allowance. Salary offer dependent on experience. Hybrid organization. Ability to work in LA office, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and CA residency required. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to

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