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Executive Director (Leadership Long Beach)

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Leadership Long Beach is the premier community catalyst for developing and connecting principled leaders to strengthen the community. It provides educational and social programs to individuals who live or work in the community to develop and cultivate leadership skills for the benefit of the nonprofit, private, and public sectors of Long Beach. Over the past 30 years, more than 1800 graduates have greatly benefited from participation in the program while making significant contributions to the betterment of the Greater Long Beach community.

Position Summary

Leadership Long Beach is in search of a dynamic and passionate individual to serve as Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for leadership Long Beach (LLB) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director (ED) acts as a spokesperson for LLB and is a key interface with financial supporters including corporations, foundations, and individual donors. The responsibilities and duties of the ED are varied and may change at any time based upon the needs of the community and directive of the Board of Directors. This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, with occasional evenings and weekends as required.

Examples of Duties

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

              Fund Development and Networking

  • Establishes relationships with community leaders and policy makers, foundation and corporate funders, major donors and governmental officials to ensure satisfaction with LLB programs and a consistent funding stream
  • Develops and implements an annual development plan including corporate, government, major donor, special events and foundation support
  • Manages government and foundation funding proposals and reports
  • Works with Board of Directors, volunteers and staff to identify and secure necessary financial resources from public and private sources
  • Involves Board of Directors and staff in fundraising activities
  • Implements new and creative funding strategies to address challenges in the economy

Program Delivery and Evaluation

  • Oversees, manages and develops evaluations of all aspects of programs including hiring, training, and reviewing program manager
  • Manages programs and services consistent with the mission, values and goals of the organization
  • Administers overall operation of LLB, including reviewing and evaluating the results of program activities; ensuring that continuing contractual obligations are fulfilled; allocating resources for greater program effectiveness and efficiency; developing organizational administrative policies and program objectives for Board review

Community Engagement

  • Serves as a visible and credible representative of LLB and its members in community events to further the organizations mission and goals
  • Develops a process for planning, implementing, and evaluating short and long-range strategies and goals for the organization
  • Manages a strategic planning process that includes all organizational stakeholders and community leaders
  • Develops positive relationships with outside groups and organizations to promote cooperation and good working relationships


  • Ensures fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management, and financial accountability for all contributions, income and organization’s assets
  • Develops and executes a Board approved strategic plan, and reports progress to the Board of Directors on a regular basis
  • Recruits, builds, and retains a strong staff team with a broad range of skills and ethnic diversity consistent with community members served. Ensures that job descriptions are current and performance appraisals are completed on a regular basis
  • Promotes a positive work environment that attracts, motivates, and retains the best talent available
  • Ensures compliance with personnel policies established by the Board of Directors and with all federal and state regulations
  • Oversees a volunteer program that promotes active and broad participation in all areas of the organization’s work
  • Negotiates contracts and grants and keeps the Board President informed of all negotiations
  • Develops and implements the annual work plan
  • Manages all program staff and volunteers to carry out the responsibilities of the organization
  • Applies and demonstrates computer skills, including knowledge of nonprofit information management software solutions and business software operation and implementation

Management and Professional Development

  • Hires and trains talented staff to manage each aspect of LLB’s activities
  • Works with staff to develop performance objectives, review performance, and evaluate enhancements to their skills and abilities
  • Develops and implements an annual professional development curriculum that strengthens essential staff skills critical to the success of the organization

Partnership with Board of Directors

  • Is an active participant in Board and committee meetings
  • Reports regularly to the Board of Directors regarding organizational objectives, financial status of the organization, and other issues relevant to the Board of Directors
  • Provides the Board of Directors with sufficient information to assist members in reaching decisions and in formulating necessary policies and procedures
  • Assists the Board of Directors in their roles and responsibilities by providing support, education and leadership
  • Supervises the implementation of the Board of Directors policies and procedures
  • Works with the Board President to develop and implement strategy for increasing Board member involvement in programs
  • Supports all activities associated with the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board committees, meeting schedules, agenda, and meeting materials

Requirements to File

The ideal candidate will:

  • Maintain an awareness of LLB’s mission and strive to promote the individual and social change goals it embodies
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner
  • Demonstrate respect for all individuals, including clients, staff, the Board, and community members, and comply with high ethical standards and LLB policies at all times
  • Maintain a creative, team-building approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem solving orientation to all tasks
  • Actively seek opportunities to develop skills and create opportunities to teach colleagues
  • Exercise professional judgment and discretion at all times

Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of managing a nonprofit; duties and responsibilities of the position; and development, policy and outreach goals of the organization
  • Familiarity with the basic principles of managing people and organizations
  • Knowledge of systems for internal controls and to account for expenditures of funds; ability to read standard financial reports
  • Internal and external leadership skills, including strategic thinking and planning; and demonstrated initiative to develop action plans and resolve issues as they occur; ability to organize and deploy resources to effectively achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and abilities
  • Familiarity with fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with audiences diverse in backgrounds and interests; ability to clearly and succinctly present and analyze issues and potential actions orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirements

The ED must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities described above as a result of formal education and at least five years management experience with a nonprofit or for profit organization.

Salary & Benefits

The Executive Director has a salary range of $70,000 to $75,000. Placement is commensurate with work experience; a competitive benefits package is also offered.

Selection Procedure

Interested applicants should visit and submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, as well as the answer to the supplemental questions listed below. The deadline for submission of applications is September 17, 2019. at 11:59pm.

Leadership Long Beach is an equal opportunity employer. Special assistance with the application and selection process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities by calling 562-746-9591.

Leadership Long Beach is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public benefit corporation and an equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Questions

1. What makes LLB important to you? What are your thoughts about the future of the organization and your role in it?

2.  Why does the Executive Director role interest you?

3.  Please describe a role you inhabited where you were responsible for leading, coaching or otherwise facilitating a varied group of individuals. What were you trying to accomplish, and what lessons did you learn that are applicable to the future?

4.  Please describe any experience you have raising funds* for a nonprofit organization. (include monetary, in-kind, grants and any other applicable forms) 

5. Please tell us about any experience you may have managing a series of stakeholders (ie, a Board and/or volunteers)  How do you communicate and facilitate activity to ensure that all parties are aligning their activity with the goals of the organization?

6. What unique skill set do you possess that would make you successful in this role? 

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