We're hiring!

Thank you for your interest in working with Mika CDC. We are currently hiring for the following position:

Executive Director (Full-time, Salary)

Position Description:  

Mika is looking for an Executive Director to help ensure the continued viability and relevancy of Mike while remaining grounded in the vision and goals of the community through the everyday work to grow the staff, organization, and partner base.  

Mika is in a unique position - we have been at  the leading edge of community development practice since our founding and now have the opportunity to move forward from a place of stability and community-rootedness. We are committed to being a generative organization. The Executive Director should be someone who can lead a team of committed staff and volunteers in such a way that the organization is able to readily re-generate staff, volunteers and leaders as necessary.  The Executive Director will be someone who can dream with the community, while developing the roadmap towards that vision. The Executive Director will embody the mission of Mika - to build whole relationships with, not for, our neighbors.

The Executive Director is responsible to oversee the overall direction and work of Mika particularly as it relates to carrying out the directives of the Board of Directors in the areas of fiscal and organizational management, strategy, and mission alignment.  The Executive Director is the guardian of Mika’s values and responsible to lead the organization toward fulfilling its mission. The Executive Director leads the executive team and reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Has a growing walk with Christ, exemplified by a life of obedience and example

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish

  • Has worked in cross-cultural contexts

  • Has experience in developing and managing strategic partnerships, donor and fund development

  • Displays trustworthiness, humility and discernment

  • Is able to cast a vision and move a team toward seeing that vision realized

  • Has a hands-on, team leadership approach

  • Experience in cultivating donors and funding

  • Executive level management experience (at least 3-5 years)

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • Has previously worked with a Board of Directors

  • Financial Management experience

  • Team management experience (direct supervision of a team)

  • Previous experience with Mika and/or the community is preferred (e.g., has a pre-established level of knowledge and trust)


Leadership and Management

  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

  • Develop relationships with neighbors and neighborhood leaders within the Westside Costa Mesa community

  • Provide spiritual leadership (instruction, formation, wisdom) to staff, volunteers and management

Strategic Planning

  • Partner with board directors to develop strategic plans that work toward fulfillment of Mika’s vision and mission

  • Align organizational activities and partnerships with the strategic plan

  • Ensure that qualified staff are hired to carry out strategic and operational goals

Fund and Resource Development

  • Develop and manage organizational budget alongside the Board of Directors

  • Use strengths of board and staff to develop and implement appropriate fund-raising and financial development strategies

  • Nurture relationships with individual donors, foundations, and partner organizations to reach budget and mission goals

  • Oversee and manage budget development and implementation

Team and Community Development

  • Develop a strong team with the goal of growing the organization

  • Collaborate with board chairperson to provide training and development for board of directors

  • Train, equip, and encourage staff team in pertinent areas including community development skills, leadership development, spiritual direction, and area specific trainings

  • Ensure ongoing development of volunteers and neighborhood leaders

  • Represent Mika with strategic local and national networks

  • Champion, uphold, and guard the values and foundational principles of Mika including the commitments to Christ-centered ministry, partnership with local churches, and listening to neighbors

Operational Responsibilities

  • Work with operational staff to develop and ensure solid planning, communication, and operational systems are in place and functioning
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and best practices to make adjustments as needed in areas of systems and operations


  • Competitive salary
  • Opportunity to request a sabbatical after 7 years of service
  • 15 days paid vacation annually which increases over time plus the week  between Christmas and New Years off and paid


Email resume and cover letter to sarah@mikacdc.org