Job Openings

Executive Director

HBS Community Partners of Northern California

Community Partners of the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California seeks an Executive Director to champion our mission to offer Bay Area nonprofit organizations high-quality pro bono consulting and advisory services, provided by dedicated HBS alumni seeking to apply their skills to challenges in non-profit fields. Reporting to the Community Partners governing Steering Committee, the ED will lead the organization’s strategy, goal setting, and program implementation, while also being responsible for client and volunteer recruitment for programs that, each year, offer the services of 300+ alumni to over 40 nonprofits in Northern California and beyond. Important to this role is promoting the visibility of Community Partners among the Bay Area non-profit community, the local HBS Club, and the wider HBS community.

This role is intended to be a 75% of fulltime, work-from-home, Bay Area-based position. Participation in certain evening events and meetings will be required. Many of those occasions will likely require in-person attendance as Covid-19 restrictions diminish.


  • Strategic and operational leadership for Community Partners programs, including one-to-four-month consulting projects, Brainstorming Sessions on focused client priorities, Summit gatherings on nonprofit strategy and governance, and in-depth Workshops on topics of particular interest to nonprofit organizations
  • Development of our client base and our growing corps of alumni volunteers, as well as relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as HBS, foundations, community organizations, our Leadership Circle of key alumni supporters, and other affinity groups
  • Develop and lead marketing initiatives to promote the profile of Community Partners among Bay Area nonprofits and HBS alumni
  • Provide collaborative leadership in developing and overseeing Community Partners programs being managed by the Program Director
  • Work with the Steering Committee to promote a clearly aligned vision and strategy for the organization, as we explore new operating models that build upon the virtualization initiatives of 2020
  • Develop fundraising strategies, lead revenue initiatives, and cultivate donor relationships to help maintain a sustainable resource base for Community Partners
  • Working with the Steering Committee Chair, develop annual budgets and manage metrics consistent with budget plans
    Oversee the process for awarding HBS executive program scholarships to Bay Area nonprofit leaders, promoting scholarship opportunities and working with the Steering Committee to select candidates
  • Work collaboratively to ensure the continued support and commitment of a wide range of active stakeholders, including clients, volunteers, and Steering Committee members
  • Work with the local HBS Club Board and officers and serve as an ex-officio Club officer, if requested
  • Cultivate relationships with non-profits, foundations, community-based organizations, and government entities to expand the visibility and reach of Community Partners
  • Lead marketing and public relations activities, including maintenance of social media presence and the Community Partners website, as effective tools for client and alumni recruitment
    Serve as chief spokesperson for Community Partners in the community, as well as with HBS in Boston
  • Work with the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and the HBS/Harvard communities to promote the work of Community Partners groups across the country

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills to marshal the enthusiastic engagement of alumni, nonprofits, community leaders, and influencers, ensuring that all stakeholders and supporters are recognized and appreciated
  • Ability to work productively with the alumni organization as well as others in the alumni community
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships with leaders in both the non-profit and for-profit communities
  • Familiarity with the range of issues facing nonprofit and social enterprise organizations and the resources available to them in the Bay Area
  • Experience in successfully organizing and managing consulting projects preferred
    Ability to conceive, develop, and deliver marketing and public relations messages through appropriate channels
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills
  • A Harvard Business School degree is preferred but not required

Community Partners Key Values

We expect every colleague to:

  • Focus on Impact: Deliver work that matters.
  • Lead with Respectful Awareness: Listen inclusively, with humility, to first understand. Serve by leading thoughtfully, with respect and kindness in all our actions.
  • Be Always Learning: As player-coaches, improve programs, processes, and ourselves through testing and open feedback.
  • Operate with Positive Intent: Work with honesty and transparency to build positive long-term outcomes and relationships.
  • Champion Each Other: Care for each other and our joint work by encouraging and supporting each other’s growth.


HBS Community Partners is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in recruitment, employment, compensation, termination, training, promotions, or other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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The deadline for resume acceptance is June 5, 2021. A final decision is expected within 21 days of that date.