Position Description

Position Description

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House

(Pasadena, CA)

Title: Executive Director


Mission: To provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California.

Since 1980, the Southern California Ronald McDonald Houses have served as an inexpensive, and often free, “home-away-from-home” by keeping families close to their critically ill children and the nearby hospitals and medical facilities they need. Ronald McDonald House Charities© of Southern California (RMHCSC) is the largest chapter in the U.S. with total assets exceeding $70 million. Its genesis began in 1977 with the planning for the region’s first Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, mere blocks from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

Today there are six Ronald McDonald Houses including Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange, and Pasadena. In addition, they operate two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at CHOC at Orange and CHOC at Mission Hospital as well as a cost-free medically supervised camp for children with cancer and their families, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. 


When the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) opened on Valentine’s Day in 2004, the house began with only eight bedrooms for families coming into the Pasadena area to receive specialized treatment. To date, more than 23,000 families have stayed at PRMH during their time of need. Referred by medical personnel, PRMH hospital partners include Huntington Hospital, Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, City of Hope, Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UCLA Medical Center, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, and the Grossman Burn Center.

PRMH currently leases two adjacent houses from Caltrans. These classic Pasadena Arts and Crafts (Craftsman) style homes first constructed in 1910, were completely renovated in the late 1990s. Starting in the fall, PRMH will lease a third home from Caltrans. With the recently passed Senate Bill 7, PRMH will be able to purchase the three houses for their current use value, below market rates. The Bill allows PRMH to continue its mission and meet the growing need to serve children and families receiving medical care. PRMH will embark on a multimillion-dollar campaign to purchase the three houses. 

PRMH is a part of the RMHCSC local network of House programs. RMHCSC shares one 501(c)3 and is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors. PRMH currently has 14 members on its Board of Trustees as each local house has an advisory board that focuses on fundraising efforts. Although McDonald’s is the largest corporate donor, PRMH relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donors in the community. For more information, please visit www.rmhcsc.org/pasadena and www.rmhcsc.org.


The Executive Director of the PRMH will be responsible for leading and advancing the organization’s vision, strategic initiatives and priorities. Reporting to the CEO of RMHCSC, the Executive Director will provide leadership and management for PRMH and serve as a senior manager within the chapter. Working in partnership with the CEO and the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will ensure success in the capital campaign, resource development/fundraising, board development, program management, budget and fiscal oversight, supervision of employees, marketing and general nonprofit organization business operations. The Executive Director will have direct oversight of the Director of Development and the Director of Operations and will oversee 12+ employees. The successful candidate must be willing to work irregular hours, evenings, weekends and some holidays as necessary. Essential duties include, but are not limited to:  

Resource Development, Fundraising and Capital Campaign

  • Plan and direct all annual and major gifts fundraising efforts and achieve budgets, including corporate, foundation, individual and planned giving.
  • Plan and direct an upcoming capital campaign to build an expanded Ronald McDonald House.
  • Organize stellar volunteer and staff teams to begin and complete a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign.
  • Develop and lead a donor advancement plan that encourages donors to consider increased levels of giving and leads to a formal major giving program.
  • Direct and oversee special events in coordination with volunteers and/or event staff.
  • Work with the CEO and other Executive Directors to identify potential donors for chapter-wide initiatives, or in support of other chapter programs.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of an effective donor database (Raiser’s Edge) and acknowledgment program.

Board Development

  • Build and maintain a strong and effective local Board of Trustees that can help provide the necessary funding, talent, trusteeship and support for the individual program.
  • Develop and support a Board development strategy that includes identification, recruitment, orientation, training and evaluation of the local Board of Trustees.
  • Work closely with the Board Co-Chairs to build an effective committee structure that provides opportunities for active engagement by local trustees.
  • Work with the CEO to identify potential Directors for the RMHCSC Chapter Board within the Trustee group and the community at large.

Employee Management and Program Delivery

  • Provide excellent supervision, goal setting and evaluation of all staff and volunteers. 
  • Inspire them to achieve to the best of their abilities through development and education.
  • Ensure the delivery of outstanding programs and house operations that are consistent with RMHCSC and Global RMHC standards.

Leadership, Management and Administration

  • Develop and monitor a 3- to 5-year strategic plan that is consistent with the goals of RMHCSC.
  • Participate as a contributing and collaborative member of the RMHCSC Leadership Team.
  • Serve as a team leader for all employees, building a cohesive and collaborative team.
  • Prepare an annual budget that aligns with the organizations' mission, strategic plan and goals.
  • Oversee the program’s financial performance with on-going budget monitoring. Calculate figures and amounts such as annual budget needs, discounts, interests and commissions.
  • Work with the Chapter Director of Finance and Administration to ensure the establishment and maintenance of sound financial and risk management systems.

Marketing, PR, Communications and Partner Development

  • Develop and implement marketing timeline and communications plans. 
  • Manage media relations in partnership with McDonald’s public relations agency. 
  • Oversee development of event programs, brochures, flyers and all other publications.
  • Develop strong relationships with assigned McDonald’s Owner/Operators and Partner Hospitals.


The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with all RMHCSC stakeholders. The individual must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and must be an active listener. The Executive Director must be an articulate and persuasive presenter to large and small groups to effectively represent PRMH to internal and external constituents. 

The individual should be an independent thinker, but also a team builder who works collaboratively with colleagues to bring them together in order to achieve ambitious goals. Proven management experience and skills to effectively organize, direct, motivate, and evaluate other professional and support staff as well as volunteers is essential. The candidate must be a proactive problem solver and hold staff accountable to high standards. The ability to be engaging and thoughtful while being an effective leader, inspirer and fundraiser for PRMH program is essential.

An intuitive sense of the whole enterprise must be combined with a practical, project orientation. The Executive Director must be well organized, focused, and have a goal-oriented work style. A high level of integrity, initiative, creativity and energy is required. The successful candidate should have exceptional organizational and administrative skills with the ability to think strategically, plan, set goals and objectives, and then organize and provide follow-through. The ideal candidate will look forward to the challenges facing a complex organization and will be a visionary leader, while at the same time be a hands-on professional. 


Candidates should have at least seven years of senior level management experience with increasing responsibility. Candidates must have demonstrated experience with major gifts, volunteer management and board relations. Demonstrated capital campaign experience is preferred. 


A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


Annual compensation will be competitive and based upon experience. An excellent benefits package will be provided.




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Morris & Berger
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Glendale, CA 91203-1923

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