Executive Director

Oasis Youth Center
Mission Statement: 

​Oasis transforms the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive. 

Position Description: 

The Role: The Executive Director leads the organization and provides overall management, planning, execution, and leadership for all aspects of the organization.  This includes stewardship of high-quality programs and services, advancing a diversified revenue and fundraising portfolio, growing and sustaining donor relationships, board/staff development, and finance and budget management. He/ She/They reports directly to the PCAF Board of Directors and the board-level Oasis Advisory Committee. The Executive Director collaborates with youth, staff, governing bodies, and community partners to lead Oasis and deliver on its long-term vision. The Executive Director is responsible for promoting and positioning Oasis as a leading LGBTQ youth organization locally and regionally. He/ She/They will establish and sustain effective partnerships and collaborations with corporations, foundations, community/corporate leaders, government officials, other community organizations/nonprofits, and supporters. Leadership:

  • Engage and energize Oasis’s Advisory Committee, Bridge-Builders (community action council), volunteers, alumni, partnering organizations, and contributors.
  • Maintain and grow a strong Advisory Committee. Seek and build Committee involvement and, in collaboration with the Committee, develop and revise strategic plan and organizational direction.
  • Advance a shared organizational vision and sense of ownership and accountability among youth, volunteers and staff.
  • Inspire and model visionary leadership for the Board, Advisory Committee, staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners.
  • Advocate on behalf of Oasis to build and grow partnerships with funders, businesses, the community, and service organizations.
  • Lead external functions and serve as organizational spokesperson when engaging with the media.
  • Pursue opportunities to elevate Oasis’s participation in local, regional, and national pilot projects and evaluation efforts that in turn guide program developments.
  • In partnership with senior leadership, PCAF departments, and Oasis Advisory Committee Chair, prepare Advisory Committee packets including agenda, financials, director report, minutes, and any corresponding materials.


  • Conceive, develop, and execute annual and ongoing fundraising plan to meet the needs of a growing organization and allows for new opportunities and sustainability.
  • Develop a suite of fundraising tools to support and enhance event coordination, donor stewardship, and contract management.
  • Oversee all fundraising goals including implementation of a comprehensive capital campaign (as needed), annual brunch event (250+ attendees), reserve funds campaign (as needed).
  • Source and write applications for: private and public grant foundation funding; reimbursable local, state, and federal government contracts; and event and program sponsorship requests.
  • Cultivate and sustain a strong network of donors at all levels so that there is broad financial investment in Oasis.
  • Build and maintain positive contract/ funder relationships.

 External Partnerships: 

  • Using an intersectional framework, offer expert guidance and technical assistance on issues that impact LGBTQ youth and young adults including homelessness, HIV prevention and care, sexual assault prevention and advocacy, and crime prevention and advocacy.
  • Initiate and grow formal relationships and organizational partnerships with schools, law enforcement, medical institutions, mental health providers, faith organizations, and other entities. Develop partnership guidelines and support connections to increase youth safety and ensure culturally appropriate responses to LGBTQ youth and young adults.
  • Represent Oasis by serving on area committees and boards such as the Pierce County Continuum of Care and WA Legislative Anti-Trafficking Task Force.
  • Seek, initiate, and sustain opportunities for research and implementation of best practices that elevate and affirm LGBTQ youth voices.

 Youth Programs & Services:

  • Be available to offer or support high-level individual advocacy services to victims of crime and sexual violence.
  • Model a youth-adult partnership by maintaining a safe and respectful environment and ensuring that Oasis members, volunteers, and visitors follow established and agreed upon community guidelines.
  • Support staff in delivering trauma-informed, culturally relevant advocacy services, crisis intervention, information, and referrals, including through a 24-hour crisis hotline.
  • Attend and participate monthly in Oasis programs to establish trust with youth and volunteers and understand emerging needs and trends.


  • Oversee and guide ongoing excellence and continuity through programmatic development, implementation, delivery, evaluation and improvement. Programs span the prevention - advocacy - leadership development continuum.
  • Supervise, monitor, and evaluate Oasis staff, support ongoing professional development, and ensure best practices in service delivery.
  • Support staff in monitoring and maintaining program budgets and reporting requirements involving client data, services, evaluation, and other contract deliverables.
  • In partnership with Board and staff, develop, implement, assess, and update policies and procedures as needed.
  • Monitor and evaluate staff performance. Supervise and support staff in meeting their individual and organizational goals. Ensure staff meet annual required training and data benchmarks.
  • Negotiate federal, state, and city contracts; guarantee compliance; and oversee reporting.

 Fiscal Sponsorship/Consultants:

  • Meet regularly with PCAF leadership to ensure financial, donor, HR, bookkeeping, and other supported systems are working optimally for both entities.
  • Oversee and ensure accuracy and timeliness of financial and administrative documents.
  • Negotiate changes in the MOU as needed by either party.
  • Meet, maintain, and negotiate MOU expectations, deadlines, and working agreements established by PCAF and Oasis.
  • Oversee and direct work performed by contracted consultants (janitorial, grant-writing, database management, etc.).
  • Enter services into a statewide crime victim service center database. Ensure program reporting is complete and accurate.

In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Attainment of an MPA, MSW, MBA, or other equivalent advanced degree is a plus.
  • Five or more years of professional experience, including a minimum of three years’ experience in nonprofit administration with significant experience in leadership and supervisory positions – prior experience in an Executive Director position is preferred.

 Skills and Experience: 

  • Degree and demonstrated experience in nonprofit executive or similar leadership position with the ability to influence and drive organizational evolution as aligned with mission, strategic goals, and capacity.
  • Proven public policy experience specifically related to advancing LGBTQ equality and racial equity.
  • Experience in building, managing, leveraging, collaborating with and motivating staff and volunteers including a nonprofit board of directors.
  • Experience developing and implementing a fundraising strategy/plan through major donor cultivation, event management, grant writing, and planned giving.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a keen ability to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with diverse stakeholders, such as contributors, community organizations, elected officials, youth, and community members.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with media a plus.
  • Successful track record of grant writing, government contract management, and development and execution of fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to manage and inspire staff, and engage in a youth-adult partnership ranging from youth members to Board of Directors.
  • Experience working with community-based and grassroots organizations, governmental entities, and business to build meaningful and lasting partnerships.
  • Enthusiasm and desire to build relationships with a broad array of people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the 40 Developmental Assets, Youth Program Quality, and Principles of Prevention models.
  • Experience with developing and executing operating and capital budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience, ability, and desire to work and identify with LGBTQ youth of varying socioeconomic classes, identities, and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
  • Required Washington State Patrol background check.
  • Current Driver’s License, insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Must be willing to reside in Pierce County, WA.

  Additional Information:

  • Position requires a high level of physical activity, including: moving throughout center during drop-in shifts; lifting items that weigh up to 30 lbs; moving throughout spaces at events; and routine rearranging and moving objects and furniture.
  • This is a salaried full-time position (1 FTE).
  • The Executive Director reports to the Oasis Advisory Committee and PCAF Board of Directors.
  • The Executive Director frequently works evenings and weekends due to the nature of Oasis’s operation and role in the community.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation for this position ranges from $70,000 to $80,000, depending on experience.
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Application Instructions: 

Submit a cover letter and resume to careers [at] LGBTCenters.org. To be considered in the priority application review, submit materials by March 28, 2020.

Position Level: 
Country/US Territory: 
United States