CEO/President/Executive Director/Head of School, Foundations and Philanthropy, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Executive Director

  • Mount Baker Foundation
  • Bellingham, WA
About Mount Baker Foundation 

A Legacy of Caring:  Mount Baker Foundation’s funds come from the legacy of Mount Baker Kidney Center (MBKC) which provided high quality outpatient dialysis services to Whatcom County for almost 40 years. The Board of MBKC engaged in an 18-month visioning process to determine what to do with its funds, before identifying the three areas of focus. Mount Baker Foundation was created in December 2017, with its first operational year in 2018. Its first grant was to provide critical dental services for individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease.    

Mount Baker Foundation (MBF) focuses on three areas: MBKC Legacy, Children and Families, and Equity and Health Determinants.  These three areas are organized under board committees responsible for engaging, researching, and understanding issues and potential solutions. While each committee has a specific focus, there is a shared theme of working upstream from each issue to work towards transformational and sustainable change. MBF’s commitment to the community is to keep listening, learning, and growing to make a difference now and in the future.  

With an asset base of about $35 million, MBF disburses around $2 million annually.   

Unlike most foundations, MBF does not have an annual grant cycle and does not accept incoming requests or applications.   The work of the organization is done through its Board committees, which investigate and research key issues in the areas of focus, engage constituents, and listen carefully to all those involved.   MBF actively seek experts in these areas, whether locally, across the state, or nationally.  The goal is to learn from what other communities are doing – even on a global basis.    

For more information on MBF, please visit here

The Opportunity 

Mount Baker Foundation is seeking an engaging and energetic Executive Director (ED) who will work closely with the Board and community in realizing its mission and values.  With a deep commitment to community, the ED will be responsible for developing trusting partnerships with individuals, neighborhoods, and organizations, especially those who work and serve historically underrepresented communities.  In carrying out the MBF’s vision and mission, the ED will develop a trusting and transparent relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees. The ED also will help to ensure best Board practices and development. In addition, the ED manages the programs and operations of the organization, ensures governance practices, policies, financial controls, and oversite.  

The ED will be an exceptional communicator, collaborator, and results-driven individual.  With a commitment to continuous learning and curiosity, the ED will continue to lead and push the organization forward on its antiracism journey and build an inclusive culture.  As a younger organization, the ED will be comfortable leading through change as MBF looks to the future while also being mindful of the legacy and work that has come before. 

Candidate Profile 

The ED will be a caring and engaged leader with the ability to manage well-executed and highly impactful programs.   

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, we encourage you to express an interest and consider speaking with us even if you are not an exact match: 

Passion for Mission and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  

  • Embodiment of the mission and values of MBF and inspire and motivate others to action 
  • Embraces the work of diversity, equity and inclusion and an eagerness to engage in continual learning and growth  
  • Strong commitment to advancing health equity and understanding of the social determinants of health preferred  
  • Dedicated experience in nonprofit organizations, with a preference for health, philanthropy, and/or a related field 

Community Ambassador  

  • Engages with individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities, and organizations to develop a trusted relationship based on an understanding of lived experiences  
  • Identify collaborative efforts to create transformational change in the community across different groups like business, government, philanthropic and educational organizations 
  • An ability to serve as a thought leader and ambassador, comfortable representing MBF in the community to enhance its impact and advance its mission priorities 
  • Create and develop in partnership with community organizations streamlined community action plans and build constituent coalitions where appropriate to move progress forward 

Nonprofit Operations and Finance 

  • Ability to successfully administer and manage projects, budgets, and grants with exceptional quality and project follow-through 
  • Oversee governance through drafting of governance structure, policies, and procedures 
  • Possess efficient operational and financial administration skills and the ability to set strategy, prioritize, and manage grants and initiatives 
  • Manage the relationship with MBF’s portfolio manager, banks, accounting, and bookkeeping firms, and third-party vendors 
  • Create and promotes a positive work environment for staff grounded in equity and inclusion  

Partnership Orientation with the Board 

  • Support the Board in evolving its grantmaking processes and develop community models of engagement that can be easily communicated to the community 
  • Works with the Board President and Committee Chairs to develop agendas and work plans based on MBF’s focus areas  
  • Organize, prioritize, and execute on action items from Board and committee meetings 

In addition, strong candidates will offer: 

  • Experience building partnerships and engaging with diverse communities and constituent groups 
  • Passion for seeking and understanding lived experiences of the communities served  
  • Willingness to learn from experience, admit mistakes, and embrace humility 
  • Strategic thinker with entrepreneurial and innovative spirit  
  • Understanding of relationship between educational pathways, community health and economic vitality 
  • Openness to public/private partnerships, for profit/nonprofit partnerships and the role of business in advancing overall community health 
  • Highly organized, proactive, outcomes focused, responsive and timely leader 
Compensation & Benefits 

This position is targeting a salary of $150,000 – $160,000 commensurate with experience. Mount Baker Foundation offers a health stipend and paid time off and will look to the ED to research and recommend a benefits package.  Mount Baker Foundation is committed to pay equity and is open to hearing from the market.   


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Alicia Salerno and Tatyana James here

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. 

Mount Baker Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from People of Color, Persons with Disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. 

About Koya Partners 

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.  

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