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St. Mary's Dining Hall CEO Retiring
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St. Mary's Dining Hall CEO Retiring

After 25 years of visionary leadership, Edward Figueroa, current St. Mary’s Dining Hall (SMDH) CEO has announced his retirement and given several months notice.  SMDH provided 250,000 hot meals in 2021.  This was possible with the strong community support and working closely with the Emergency Food Bank Stockton / San Joaquin for food donations.  Two main programs that Edward helped increase were providing hot meals to 3 a day 7 days a week and expanding the Hygiene Center service from 5 days to 7 days.  The Hygiene Center had available showers, clean clothes, and toiletries products.  Edward knew the importance of keeping people fed and healthy; all done with dignity.   He will be missed tremendously.

Visit SMDH agency website under Employment Opportunities

Send application, resume, cover letter and 3 references to [email protected]


Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Department: Administration
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary: $115,000 annually plus benefit package. *Salary is negotiable based on experience.
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Hours may vary based on agency’s needs.)
Position Summary: Provide leadership and inspiration to agency employees to ensure that agency goals are met. Responsible for developing a multifaceted fund development plan, provide oversight of agency resources, evaluates existing programs, and implements new programs. Ensures that agency follows all local, state, and federal laws.


Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Must 5-10 years leadership experience, with at least 3 years in a Director or Operating Officer position of a non-profit agency preferred.
Position Knowledge: CEO must have a clear understanding of all applicable laws and regulations associated with the agency’s work. Understanding agency operations including, but not limited to, liability issues, budgeting, monitoring of existing programs and accounting and tax filing requirements. Understanding of hiring practices and evaluating employee performance. Experience in implementing a multifaceted fund-raising plan i.e., donor stewardship, responding to grant applications and special event logistics.
License: Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license and current insurance that meets the agency’s requirements and/or have access to reliable transportation.


Visionary – Visualizes the agency’s future state (structure, culture, leadership, etc.) and criteria for long-term sustained success.

Passion for the mission – Demonstrates and communicates passion for the agency’s purpose; identifies with the agency’s mission and inspires others about the mission.

Credibility – Demonstrates honesty, sincerity, humility, and respect of individuals while modeling agency values. Inspires trust in and from others.

Achieves results – Improves and sustains superior business performance, develops, and follows through on priorities, delegates appropriately, holds others accountable, makes financially sound decisions, optimizes resources, and initiates efficient work processes.

Intelligence and judgement – Demonstrate capacity to analyze, synthesize and integrate information to effectively identify and solve problems. Makes informed decisions and successfully addresses complex agency challenges.

Inspirational leadership – Develops commitment in others by setting a personal example, demonstrates enthusiasm, empowers workforce, and appeals to what motivates them.

Community development – Develops strong external loyalty to the mission of agency and brings strong community and civic leader relationships to leverage good will and financial support for agency.

Financial development – Ensures innovative fund development strategies are developed, cultivated, and implemented that provide the necessary financial resources to sustain and grow the agency. Ensures generally accepted accounting principles are continually adhered to all budget and financial matters. Understands and can manage operations within budget constraints.

Talent Management – Demonstrates the ability to attract, align, develop, and retain the diverse talent pool needed to meet and exceed agency goals.

Interpersonal savvy – Builds appropriate rapport and constructive, effective relations both internally and externally. Relates well to people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits genuinely warm and approachable behavior. Listens attentively to understand the needs, intentions, and values of others.

Emotional intelligence - Be willing to accept and use constructive recommendations.

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