Executive Director

Pacific Pride Foundation
Santa Barbara
Mission Statement: 

 The mission of Pacific Pride Foundation is to advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer community; care for people living with HIV; and prevent the transmission of HIV.  Through LGBTQ advocacy, outreach and education, mental health services and events, Pacific Pride Foundation strives to address LGBTQ social justice issues and to create a climate where people feel safe, are supported with help and advocacy when needed, and have an opportunity to create community with other LGBTQ people.  Pacific Pride Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Service programs include case management and HIV prevention efforts.  The aims of these programs are to reduce the spread of HIV and to make sure that no person with HIV goes without treatment, food, housing, emotional support or education about HIV.  Pacific Pride Foundation serves thousands of people in Santa Barbara County with one clear goal – to build a community where everyone is treated with respect and full equality regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.  The organization’s $2.1 million operating budget supports a full-time and part-time staff of 20 plus 100 volunteers.  Pacific Pride’s offices are located in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc. 

Position Description: 

 Pacific Pride Foundation seeks a visionary leader to sustain and grow the organization’s valued advocacy efforts and programs.  The preferred candidate will provide strategic leadership, build community and expand donor resources in support of the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities of Santa Barbara County. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has direct responsibility for strategic leadership and overall management of Pacific Pride Foundation, including fundraising; development and refinement of its service and advocacy programs; control over budgeting and financial planning; contract and grant compliance; accounting and fiscal management; and recruitment, employment and release of all personnel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Core Responsibilities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Strategic Leadership

  • Lead long range visioning and planning in partnership with Board of Directors and staff
  • Ensure that staff develop and implement annual work plans to advance the strategic plan

Resource Development 

  • Assume primary responsibility for meeting and exceeding fundraising goals 
  • Develop, expand and maintain strong relationships with individual donors, government agencies, foundations and businesses that support the work of Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Maintain strong relationships in support of PPF’s government contracts; negotiate with other entities to prioritize allocations; identify and prepare for shifts in funding trends  

Community Building and Outreach 

  • Serve as a public leader, representing the organization and maintaining and building PPF’s community presence
  • Nurture and develop relationships with community leaders including funders, government agencies, partner organizations and elected officials
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations, with attention to creating a strong brand and raising the organization’s profile
  • Maintain and develop strong collaborations with partner organizations 

Financial Management

  • Ensure sound financial practices and stewardship of the organization’s resources
  • Ensure effective budget development and management 

Staff Management 

  • Maintain a clear structure that supports staff in setting and achieving goals  
  • Provide staff development activities that upgrade skills and motivate performance
  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of all personnel
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a top-quality staff

Program Management

  • Oversee program development, working collaboratively with the board and program directors to encourage innovation and ensure effectiveness
  • Implement systems for program evaluation, monitoring and continuous improvement
  • Ensure compliance with all government contracts and grant requirements  

Board Relations

  • Motivate and guide the board in fulfilling its governance role, support the board in developing strong recruitment, retention, training and accountability procedures
  • Ensure that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it


  • Five or more years of professional experience serving as a leader of an organization or unit including strategic planning and management of internal operations and external relations
  • Enthusiastic fundraiser with demonstrated success in raising money from public and private sources to support nonprofit organizations  
  • Understanding of nonprofit organizations, finances and role of Boards of Directors
  • Experience building and managing a budget and driving financial decision making
  • Superior capabilities at managing people and resources
  • Excellent written, oral and electronic communications skills
  • Passionate commitment to LGBTQ advocacy and HIV/AIDS service provision

Other Desired Qualities

  • History of having led organizational growth, facilitating greater mission achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership within the LGBTQ community
  • Extensive experience in a civil rights advocacy or multi-faceted social services environment
  • Significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status and ages
  • Demonstrated abilities at organizing volunteers in a social setting   
  • Sensitivity to and direct experience with the HIV/AIDS community 
  • Has or can develop strong connections with regional donor, nonprofit, political, private foundation and LGBTQ communities 

Desired Interpersonal and Personal Characteristics

  • The ability to build bridges when working with diverse constituents and to create a sense of common purpose that transcends individual interests and identities
  • Personal qualities such as warmth, integrity, transparency, decisiveness;  the willingness to genuinely encourage dialogue around difficult issues; strong advocacy skills
  • Superior relationship building skills  
  • A strong presence including the ability to interact effectively with a variety of audiences and motivate and inspire others to support and participate in meeting the mission of PPF
A competitive compensation package will be offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 16, 2015
Application Instructions: 

 Please email cover letter, resume, salary history and references by March 16, 2015 to EDSearch [at] pacificpridefoundation.org ().  All applications will be kept confidential by the search committee.  Pacific Pride Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Position is open until filled.

Position Level: 
Transition & Search Committee
Country/US Territory: 
United States