Executive Director

FLSA: Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to: Board of Directors

Salary: $170,000-$200,000

Location: Mainly remote for now. Office in downtown San Francisco. 

Are you a progressive leader who is deeply committed to racial justice and civil rights? An excellent manager and fundraiser who is eager to work with a skilled, committed team of advocates at a thriving, well-established organization? Join us!

About you

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“LCCRSF”) is looking for a proven leader and accomplished civil rights advocate to serve as the Executive Director of our dynamic organization with a strong culture of wellness and support.  The successful candidate must be energetic and innovative in driving the organization’s mission, sustaining our positive momentum in working for racial, economic, and immigrant justice, supporting the wellness and welfare of our attorneys and staff, and providing leadership in serving clients, stakeholders and our community.

About LCCRSF  

As one of the oldest civil rights institutions on the West Coast, LCCRSF works to dismantle systems of oppression and racism and to build an equitable and just society. Formed in 1968 to bridge the legal community and the Civil Rights Movement, we’re known for advancing the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals. We also invest in legal fellows and support a network of over 1,000 active pro bono attorneys who work in solidarity with us. 

We are in this work for the long haul. Our goal is to make this work sustainable, to take care of each other and our communities, and to rest so we can be fierce in the face of power through our core issue areas of Racial Justice, Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, and Educational Justice. Learn more at www.lccrsf.org

About the LCCRSF Team  

The Executive Director will report to an engaged Board of Directors that is made up of notable and committed leaders in legal, corporate, academic, and advocacy communities across the Bay Area. The ED leads a dedicated team of 31 attorneys and staff, including three senior-team level direct reports.

Your Work

Organizational Leadership and Management (~35%)

The Executive Director oversees all operations to advance LCCRSF’s mission. The ED is responsible for providing leadership in achieving the organization’s civil rights agenda, maintaining strong fiscal management and achieving financial objectives, and for cultivating and maintaining external relations with a broad range of stakeholders. The Executive Director will work with staff and the Board to meet LCCRSF’s goals and maintain a supportive and collaborative work culture. 

Development, Fundraising and External Affairs (~35%)

The Executive Director works closely with the Development team to set strategy and execute and expand our development plan. The Executive Director is frequently called upon as the senior representative of the organization, making asks and building relationships with foundations and donors, providing thought leadership in the field, and being an organizational spokesperson for media and events. 

Fiscal Management (~20%)

The Executive Director has primary responsibility for maintaining strong fiscal management and achieving financial objectives.  In collaboration with the Chief Operations Officer, the Executive Director will ensure the fiscal health of the organization by developing a yearly budget, providing oversight of the organization’s operations, approving expenditures, and monitoring investments.

Board Coordination (~10%)

The Executive Director will work with the Board to ensure the organization’s commitment to its core mission by facilitating strong Board and staff alignment around policy and strategic planning, maintaining, modifying and adapting organizational structure, and developing annual and long-range programmatic and financial goals. The ED will serve as staff liaison to most Board Committees.

Salary, Benefits, Work location

This position is full-time, exempt, with a competitive salary, and reports to the Board of Directors. Full benefits package includes 100% paid medical + 80% for dependents and more. Time off: 3 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, 12+ holidays, plus Summer Short Fridays and one week Winter Break. 

Our office is located on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco, close to many transit options. We’re currently remote with our office available for optional use. We do not yet have a target date for return to the office, but we expect to offer a hybrid model upon return. Employees must be fully vaccinated for in-person work.

General working hours are 9am-5pm M-F. LCCRSF is woman- and minority-led, with about 30 team members. We are flexible and family-friendly and value health, wellness and balance. We will encourage and support you to take care of yourself! We follow ADA guidelines – reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions. 

Essential Qualifications  

  1. Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and civil rights law. 
  2. Experience with non-profit legal services, policy advocacy, and/or impact litigation.
  3. Collaborative team building and management experience.
  4. Track record of supporting wellness and organizational health.
  5. Fundraising experience in a non-profit, mission-driven organization.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  7. Impeccable integrity, judgment, and discretion. 

To Apply

The application deadline is March 31, 2022.  We encourage applicants to submit materials as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit 1) a thoughtful cover letter; 2) a resume and 3) three professional references by email to careers@lccrsf.org (put “Executive Director” in the subject line.) Questions can also go to that email. 

In your cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, provide a detailed statement of purpose highlighting relevant qualifications in the areas outlined above, and respond to the following question:  What in your background and experience has prepared you to work for an organization dedicated to advancing racial equity and social justice in this moment? Feel free to think broadly about your response, applying professional or personal experiences. 

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area thrives as an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, LGBTQ+ candidates, people of all gender identities, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.