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Executive Director

  • First 5 Association of California
  • California, CA/Location Flexible

This position has been filled.

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About First 5 Association of California

As the statewide membership organization for the 58 First 5 county commissions (First 5s), the First 5 Association of California (the Association) is uniquely situated to provide leadership through engagement with policymakers, decision-makers, stakeholders and the media on the best strategies to address persistent inequities and a historic lack of investment in children and families. As a leader in this moment, the Association builds on the more than 20 years of experience and learning from First 5s efforts to inform and drive local and state policy change focused on creating a vibrant and equitable future for children 0-5. The vision of the First 5 Association of California is “One day, California’s success will be measured by the wellbeing of its youngest children.”

The Opportunity

The Executive Director (ED) leads the vision, overall strategy, and direction of the Association, Foundation, and the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy in close collaboration with the EC. The ED is a visible statewide Early Childhood Development (ECD) leader and champion, representing First 5s across a diversity of policy and systems change efforts. They are the primary advocate for the Association and its 58 county commission members, advancing First 5 strategic goals including financial sustainability initiatives, and the Association’s policy agenda in the State Capitol and at the federal level. The ED will create and grow the organizational infrastructure necessary to execute on the strategic direction and priorities approved by the EC as well as serve as a strategic advisor to county Executive Directors.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alex Corvin, Maleka Pensky, and Casey Shea of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Alex, Maleka, and Casey directly at  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read and download the Position Profile here.

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