The Spahr Center was created in 2014 through the merger of two existing organizations, the Marin AIDS Project (est. in 1982) and Spectrum LGBTQ Center (est. in 1984), by local community leader Jamie Spahr. Spahr Center is the premier non-profit, community-based agency serving, supporting, and empowering the LGBTQ+ community and people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS in Marin County. Spahr Center Board and staff are working every day to build a healthy and inclusive Marin where every person lives with freedom and equality.
Serving more than 350 active clients from youth to seniors, Spahr Center provides programs, support, and services that include HepC/HIV testing and PrEP navigation; discussion groups, counseling, and therapy; case management, and benefits advocacy; and emergency financial assistance for people living with HIV. In addition to community events and social activities (as allowed by COVID-19 restrictions), Spahr Center conducts LGBTQ+ competency trainings for schools, businesses, and other nonprofits. It also operates a Food Pantry for clients and runs the only needle exchange program in Marin County.
The Executive Director will assume day-to-day operating and oversight responsibility for Spahr Center, including Organizational Leadership, Fundraising & Communications, Staff Supervision & Development, Financial Management (including contract and grant compliance), Community Building and Outreach, and Board Relations.
In partnership with the Board of Directors, the E.D. will oversee the implementation of the recently completed 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and lead the organization’s exploration of a new or reimagined physical space to better accommodate the needs of a growing and diverse LGBTQ+ community. The E.D. will also function as a primary representative of Spahr Center and the clients and communities it serves at public events, in the media, and in coalition with other allied community organizations and leaders.
Current organizational priorities as identified recently by internal and external stakeholders include:
- Ensuring financial sustainability through growth and diversification of fundraising programs, capacity, and results
- Broadening outreach and engagement with traditionally underserved populations; in particular, BIPOC and trans/nonbinary individuals
- Improving, expanding, and bringing innovation to both HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ programs and services
- Strengthening operational systems and structures that support people, programs, and organizational growth, prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization
- Further establishing Spahr Center’s position as a leader in LGBTQ+ and HIV services and a valued community partner Marin County.
The Executive Director of Spahr Center will be an experienced, visionary, and principled nonprofit leader capable of operationalizing the agency’s strategic plan and priorities. Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate personal passion for Spahr Center’s mission and the communities it serves, as well as personal familiarity with the issues currently facing the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS. They should be empathetic, warm, and people-centered, while at the same time bringing professional skills and knowledge of systems, processes, and policies to lead the organization to new levels of growth and success. Regardless of professional background, the ability to lead effectively across differences in age, sexual orientation, gender identity, racial and ethnic background, ability, and socioeconomic status is essential.
Required Skills and Experience (Must Have):
- Minimum of seven years of successful senior leadership and management experience (CEO, Executive Director, Deputy Director or similar), ideally in a nonprofit environment;
- Successful track record of nonprofit revenue development including government contracts, individual donors, corporate and foundation giving, and special event fundraising;
- Experience identifying and developing new and innovative revenue streams;
- Excellent people and team management skills with proven ability to positively coach and mentor staff while also ensuring accountability for results and outcomes;
- Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting in an organization of comparable (or larger) size and complexity;
- Ability to cultivate strategic relationships with clients, volunteers, funders, elected officials and policy makers, community partners, LGBTQ+/HIV/AIDS movement leaders, and allies;
- Exceptional written and verbal communication, presentation, and facilitation skills;
- Intersectional understanding of LGBTQ social, political, and equity issues and ability to connect authentically with diverse people, populations, and audiences;
- Demonstrated capacity to lead all aspects of a non-profit agency, including board governance; program development, implementation, and evaluation; community relations and marketing; HR/employee relations; oversight of operations, administration, and facilities.
Desired Skills and Experience (Nice to Have):
- Leadership experience in another HIV/AIDS agency, Community Center, or other LGBTQ+ organization;
- Previous experience in the HIV/AIDS movement and/or in a related health and wellness environment health;
- Knowledge of the current HIV/AIDS policy at the state and national level;
- Training, education, or practical experience in marketing and/or public relations;
- Program design, development, and/or evaluation expertise;
- Previous DEI/anti-racism/anti-bias training (as an individual or as part of an organization);
- Knowledge and/or experience overseeing human resources policies and practices;
- Knowledge of Marin County political and philanthropic landscape.
Desired Personal Qualities and Characteristics:
- Strong interpersonal skills and high level of self-awareness;
- Authentic commitment to equity and inclusion as core values;
- Bridge builder, collaborator, and reliable partner – internally and externally;
- Fair, balanced, and transparent leadership style;
- Authentic, engaging, and dynamic public speaker;
- Well-developed and inclusive vision of who and what the LGBTQ community is;
- Accessible, relatable, personable, and warm personal style;
- Empathy and compassion;
- Sense of humor.