Executive Director

  • Berkeley Herbal Center
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Aug 24, 2020
Healthcare Organizations Executive

Job Description

Employment Status: Regular Full-time/Exempt


Located in Berkeley, California, the Berkeley Herbal Center (BHC) is a Western herbal medicine school that operates as an independent, nonprofit organization. Dynamic training includes lectures, small group sessions, 1-on-1 case reviews with faculty, and maintenance of an on-site dispensary in support of an Herbal Clinic that sees hundreds of patients annually.

The school is looking for an Executive Director to direct BHC’s commitment to educate and prepare healers for successful careers as practicing clinical herbalists and herbal educators.

The mission of Berkeley Herbal Center is to develop a legion of healers to rebuild a healthcare system that is earth/plant based, affordable, and empowering to our communities. Our program is in traditional Western Herbalism. We recognize people descend from many rich herbal cultures and encourage students to explore these roots and integrate them into their practices. We have a multicultural face to our organization.



  • Articulates BHC’s mission, inspires and engages the Board, staff, students, and the community.
  • Directs BHC’s mission to educate healers in traditional Western Herbalism.
  • Collaborates and builds positive relationships and teams effectively.


  • Manages all operations of the organization.
  • Manages the approved budget.
  • Develops new avenues of income.
    • Fundraising
    • Adding programs and departments
    • On-line program
    • Garden apprenticeship, plant sales
    • Small business incubator program
  • Responsible for entering into and maintaining all rentals and leases for the organization.

Relationship with Board/Board Support

  • Directs the organization in fulfillment of our mission statement and the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Works with the organization’s Treasurer/Bookkeeper to prepare the annual budget for board approval.
  • Works with the board to find qualified new board members.
  • Compiles and submits quarterly and annual reports to the Board of Directors on:
    • Financial standing of the organization:
      • Income
      • Expenses
      • Projections for the next quarter
      • Budget target corrections
    • What is occurring in the organization:
      • New classes
      • Enrollments
      • Scholarship applications
      • Problems involving policy changes
    • What was accomplished in fulfilling the mission of the organization and its work in the greater community.
    • Incident Reports: Manages follow through of Confidential Incident Reports: Responding to the situation, forwarding all documents to BHC’s Legal for advice, and advising the Board as warranted.


  • Hires, manages, evaluates, and sets pay level for the Head of each of the following departments:
    • Academics
    • Clinic
    • Medicine making
    • Other department heads as added in the future.
  • Maintains and manages all legal paperwork for the organization: employment records, leases, etc:
    • Timesheets
      • Sends out employee timesheet reminders.
      • Approves timesheets. Checks for accuracy and confronts inaccuracies quickly with transparency.
    • Hires and evaluates an executive support team.
      • Executive Assistant
      • Professional consultants (as needed to do the job)
        • Professional coaches
        • Consultants
        • Housekeeping services
        • Student services coordinator
        • Tax consultant
      • Use of our organizational lawyer
      • Works with the board to hire and evaluate the organizational bookkeeper/treasurer.

Public Relations

  • The ED is the public face of the company, controls all media contact, and interfaces with the public.
  • The ED cultivates the image of the organization.
  • The ED manages all PR, including advertising, newsletters and the website.
  • The ED must have knowledge of multiple computer programs such as QuickBooks, G suite intranet, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Zoom, and LillySoft.


  • Undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Excellent leadership, management, and supervisory skills, including the ability to effectively manage staff and provide vision for the goals and direction of BHC’s programs.
  • Outstanding verbal communication and presentation skills, including the ability to engage effectively 1-on-1 and to serve as a spokesperson to a wide range of audiences.
  • Budget development and oversight experience.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of computer programs: Quickbooks, G suite intranet, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Zoom, and LilySoft.
  • The ability to excel working in a small organization environment.
  • A track record with excellent judgment; open to feedback and the opinions and ideas of others.
  • Experience working with non-profits as an employee, board member, or volunteer is desirable.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the four agreements in the book: “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz.


  • Role is based in BHC’s physical location in Berkeley, CA
  • Work from the office/desk.
  • Activity level: Sedentary most work days.


The Berkeley Herbal Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all students and employees.