Located in Tacoma, WA, Oasis Youth Center seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director to advance Oasis’s mission and vision. Recognized as a national model, Oasis Youth Center delivers innovative programs, services, and resources in support of LGBTQ youth and young adults.
Background, Mission & Vision: Founded in 1985, Oasis Youth Center transforms the lives of queer and questioning youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive. Oasis envisions a world in which queer youth are valued in the community as strong, creative leaders. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning, and action. Learn more online at www.oasisyouthcenter.org.
Oasis Youth Center is governed by the PCAF Board of Directors, its fiscal sponsor. A standing committee of the PCAF Board, the Oasis Advisory Committee, oversees Oasis operations. The Oasis Advisory Committee recommends, and the PCAF Board hires, the Executive Director of Oasis. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Oasis Advisory Committee and hires all Oasis staff and manages its programs.
The Role: The Executive Director leads the organization and provides overall management, planning, execution, and leadership for all aspects of the organization. This includes stewardship of high-quality programs and services, advancing a diversified revenue and fundraising portfolio, growing and sustaining donor relationships, board/staff development, and finance and budget management. He/ She/They reports directly to the PCAF Board of Directors and the board-level Oasis Advisory Committee. The Executive Director collaborates with youth, staff, governing bodies, and community partners to lead Oasis and deliver on its long-term vision.
The Executive Director is responsible for promoting and positioning Oasis as a leading LGBTQ youth organization locally and regionally. He/ She/They will establish and sustain effective partnerships and collaborations with corporations, foundations, community/corporate leaders, government officials, other community organizations/nonprofits, and supporters.
● Engage and energize Oasis’s Advisory Committee, Bridge-Builders (community action council), volunteers, alumni, partnering organizations, and contributors.
● Maintain and grow a strong Advisory Committee. Seek and build Committee involvement and, in collaboration with the Committee, develop and revise strategic plan and organizational direction.
● Advance a shared organizational vision and sense of ownership and accountability among youth, volunteers and staff.
● Inspire and model visionary leadership for the Board, Advisory Committee, staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners.
● Advocate on behalf of Oasis to build and grow partnerships with funders, businesses, the community, and service organizations.
● Lead external functions and serve as organizational spokesperson when engaging with the media.
● Pursue opportunities to elevate Oasis’s participation in local, regional, and national pilot projects and evaluation efforts that in turn guide program developments.
● In partnership with senior leadership, PCAF departments, and Oasis Advisory Committee Chair, prepare Advisory Committee packets including agenda, financials, director report, minutes, and any corresponding materials.
● Conceive, develop, and execute annual and ongoing fundraising plan to meet the needs of a growing organization and allows for new opportunities and sustainability.
● Develop a suite of fundraising tools to support and enhance event coordination, donor stewardship, and contract management.
● Oversee all fundraising goals including implementation of a comprehensive capital campaign (as needed), annual brunch event (250+ attendees), reserve funds campaign (as needed).
● Source and write applications for: private and public grant foundation funding; reimbursable local, state, and federal government contracts; and event and program sponsorship requests.
● Cultivate and sustain a strong network of donors at all levels so that there is broad financial investment in Oasis.
● Build and maintain positive contract/ funder relationships.
● Using an intersectional framework, offer expert guidance and technical assistance on issues that impact LGBTQ youth and young adults including homelessness, HIV prevention and care, sexual assault prevention and advocacy, and crime prevention and advocacy.
● Initiate and grow formal relationships and organizational partnerships with schools, law enforcement, medical institutions, mental health providers, faith organizations, and other entities. Develop partnership guidelines and support connections to increase youth safety and ensure culturally appropriate responses to LGBTQ youth and young adults.
● Represent Oasis by serving on area committees and boards such as the Pierce County Continuum of Care and WA Legislative Anti-Trafficking Task Force.
● Seek, initiate, and sustain opportunities for research and implementation of best practices that elevate and affirm LGBTQ youth voices.
Youth Programs & Services:
● Be available to offer or support high-level individual advocacy services to victims of crime and sexual violence.
● Model a youth-adult partnership by maintaining a safe and respectful environment and ensuring that Oasis members, volunteers, and visitors follow established and agreed upon community guidelines.
● Support staff in delivering trauma-informed, culturally relevant advocacy services, crisis intervention, information, and referrals, including through a 24-hour crisis hotline.
● Attend and participate monthly in Oasis programs to establish trust with youth and volunteers and understand emerging needs and trends.
● Oversee and guide ongoing excellence and continuity through programmatic development, implementation, delivery, evaluation and improvement. Programs span the prevention - advocacy - leadership development continuum.
● Supervise, monitor, and evaluate Oasis staff, support ongoing professional development, and ensure best practices in service delivery.
● Support staff in monitoring and maintaining program budgets and reporting requirements involving client data, services, evaluation, and other contract deliverables.
● In partnership with Board and staff, develop, implement, assess, and update policies and procedures as needed.
● Monitor and evaluate staff performance. Supervise and support staff in meeting their individual and organizational goals. Ensure staff meet annual required training and data benchmarks.
● Negotiate federal, state, and city contracts; guarantee compliance; and oversee reporting.
● Meet regularly with PCAF leadership to ensure financial, donor, HR, bookkeeping, and other supported systems are working optimally for both entities.
● Oversee and ensure accuracy and timeliness of financial and administrative documents.
● Negotiate changes in the MOU as needed by either party.
● Meet, maintain, and negotiate MOU expectations, deadlines, and working agreements established by PCAF and Oasis.
● Oversee and direct work performed by contracted consultants (janitorial, grant-writing, database management, etc.).
● Enter services into a statewide crime victim service center database. Ensure program reporting is complete and accurate.