Executive Director
McCormack & Associates - Palm Springs, CA

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The Client


The mission of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert ("The Center") is to enrich the lives of the LGBT community in the Coachella Valley. A thriving, community-based organization, The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy health, wellness, educational and social programs, where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. The Center advances its mission through senior programming, a clinical counseling and internship program, a weekly food bank, extensive social and recreational offerings, a free community cyber center, a growing volunteer program and periodic special events in the community. Governed by a 12-person Board of Directors, this public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has a current annual operating budget of nearly $1 million and a seven-person professional staff. In 2013, The Center will begin the planning for a capital campaign to fund a new and permanent home for this rapidly growing organization.


Founded ten years ago as the Prime Timers of the Desert, then Golden Rainbow Center, The Center is located in downtown Palm Springs and it is the only LGBT non-profit community center in Eastern Riverside County. The Center receives support from local municipalities, foundation grants, individual, couple and business memberships, special events, and gifts from our friends. Today, The Center has over 1,000 members and logs over 25,000 annual client visits.

The Center is heavily volunteer-driven, but professionally staffed. The staff and volunteers share a deep dedication to the mission of The Center and work very hard to achieve its goals, detailed in the annual work plan and budget. The highest level of professionalism is a key characteristic of the staff.


The Center - Palm Springs offers many ongoing health and wellness programs, as well as a variety of education & recreation programs and periodic, seasonal or special education and recreation events for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in the Coachella Valley. The Center is a gathering place for all members of the LGBT community and their allies, and offers a wide variety of support and social groups, including those for the transgender community -- all of which are profiled in its calendar of activities.

In 2010, The Center became affiliated with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues.

There are two key areas for growth in the partnership currently in the works:

SAGEWorks' mission is to improve the capacity of LGBT older adults to remain productive, vital and contributing members of the nation's work force. The Center offers this innovative program designed to provide employment seeking assistance for older adults with the help of AARP's WorkSearch .

The National Resource Center Training Partnership is a new curriculum and training from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. This training and information resource allows The Center to expand its Out & About program for providing LGBT older adult cultural competency curriculum and training to senior care providers in the region.

The Sustenance for Seniors Program is a weekly distribution of food for seniors (55+) and people with disabilities. Produce, meat and dairy products as well as canned and dried foods are available to LGBT Riverside County residents. The program was expanded to serve people with disabilities as well, but senior clients are served first.

The Center has an active outreach program to LGBT youth and to youth at risk with an Anti-Bullying/Suicide Prevention Speakers Program for high schools in the Palm Springs Unified School District. Women are also a vital part of the fabric of the LGBT community and The Center is dedicated to enhancing outreach to women.

The Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and supervises a seven-person staff, including the Wellness and Counseling Director, Program and Operations Manager, Wellness and Program Assistant, Executive Assistant, Communications and Marketing Associate, a contract grant writer, and other support staff as needed.

The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of all programs and services of The Center and accomplishment of The Center's mission. Some regional, statewide and national travel is required.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

Directing the raising of sufficient funds to meet budgeted goals

Working closely with the Board of Directors and contractors as needed to identify, solicit and acquire new sources of funding among corporate, foundation and individual donors, to encourage board giving and to build long-term, sustainable sources of income for the organization

Actively seeking major donor support within the community and among friends and allies, and stewarding the relationship with the many donors who have supported The Center in the past

Managing, directly and indirectly, the work of all staff and volunteers, including the planning of special fundraising events, and working to secure grants and other additional resources

Planning for and managing a capital campaign to fund a new permanent home for Center operations and community services.

Board Relations

Working with the Board of Directors in determining overarching goals and establishing policies

Strategizing with the Board on the optimum structure for the Center and creating an action plan to achieve those objectives

Engaging the Board, staff, and external stakeholders in evaluating current programs/priorities and developing strategic planning processes

Providing administrative support and regular operational and financial data to the Board

Participating in the Board's working committees, as necessary, and in the Board recruitment and training process

Working closely with the Board officers to ensure diversity in Board membership.

Program Oversight

Manages staff in delivering The Center's public affairs, education & recreational programs, and wellness courses & counseling to ensure a prudent balance of resources among social services programs, community outreach and education

Integrating education, development and social services and building an increased sense of active collaboration among departments in furthering the organization'smission

Maintaining effective relationships with the organization's broad-based supporters through the development and execution of programs relevant to their needs and interests

Overseeing the recruitment of new clients and program participants.


Developing the annual budget, ensuring proper fiscal accounting and controls, as well as legal and fiduciary compliance

Ensuring The Center has the financial and human resources necessary to implement its strategic plan and operational goals

Overseeing and strengthening the organizational infrastructure necessary to support and sustain the organization's growth

Developing and implementing consistent human resources policies regarding position descriptions, hiring, evaluations, promotions, perquisites and salaries

Managing and directing all staff, including the hiring, development, motivation, evaluation and retention of staff

Supervising Department Managers, ensuring specific measurable goals are met

Fostering a collegial work environment with strong internal communications, transparent decision-making and cross-department collaboration to ensure that staff is informed of successes, goals and challenges

Communications/Community Relations

Serving as the organization's liaison and spokesperson to the public, funders, the community, the media and other constituents and allies


Delegating the role of spokesperson when appropriate to media-trained and content-expert senior managers or board members

Leveraging technology on appropriate scale to elevate the profile of The Center

Lead robust effort of community outreach and periodic convenings, both formal and informal

Maintaining the organization's public presence, brand and identity as an essential and respected service provider for the Coachella Valley LGBT community.·

Professional Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have five to seven years of senior management experience with a $1-2 million or larger not-for-profit organization (or comparable experience in the corporate sector).

The candidate should be a strong communicator and spokesperson who can represent The Center and its program initiatives effectively to the public – before a large audience or in a 30 second sound bite.

The successful candidate must be a proven fundraiser, ideally in the area of LGBT issues and equal rights. Experience with major and capital gift fundraising is important for success, and a familiarity with planned giving would be valuable as well. Program development and management experience and the ability to delegate effectively are required.

S/he must have a solid understanding of board dynamics and governance in a growing not-for-profit organization. Solid nonprofit strategic planning and financial management skills, either as a senior manager or as a volunteer, are essential.

A Master's degree in business, nonprofit management, public administration or related area is preferred. Commensurate experience will be considered.

Personal Characteristics

We are seeking an individual with a demonstrated passion for issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities who will have the personal presence needed to share that passion effectively.

Success requires a strong, visionary leader who can inspire and motivate an eager team of workers and volunteers. The Executive Director should have a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in all aspects of management and operations. S/he will have a strong personal vision, a focus on possibilities and opportunities, while demonstrating persistence and resilience. The ability to be a dynamic liaison between The Center and its constituents to promote the mission, programs and services of The Center, while maintaining the courage of conviction, is important. Adaptability and flexibility, as well as grace under pressure are a must. A sense of humor would be a valuable asset.


The Center is prepared to offer a highly competitive compensation package, appropriate for an organization of this size, that includes a salary plus a bonus based upon mutually determined goals and objectives, paid quarterly.

Benefits include a health plan with 75% employer contribution to medical, dental and chiropractic and fully covered long-term disability.

The Opportunity

Under new and dynamic leadership since 2011, the LGBT Center has greatly increased the number

and diversity of its programs, and it's now among the fastest growing LGBT centers in the country, recognized by funders for the excellence of its programs and fiscal management. The Center ended 2012 with no debt and an operating surplus. The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to take The Center to a new level of achievement and will be the steward for its capital campaign to build a permanent home.

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