Circulate San Diego Executive Director Search - 2017

Circulate San Diego, whose mission is to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant healthy neighborhoods is currently recruiting for a permanent Executive Director. See below for information about our organization, who we want to hire, and how to apply.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Circulate San Diego (CSD) has a mission to create excellent mobility choices and to promote vibrant, healthy neighborhoods. Our work focuses on creating great public transportation, more walkable and bikeable streets, and land uses that promote sustainable and affordable growth.

Circulate San Diego was created in 2014 by the joining of the nonprofit organizations WalkSanDiego and Move San Diego. We have a 15 year history in the San Diego region. We are widely known in San Diego as the non-partisan, go-to organization for policy solutions to land use and transportation issues.

  1. We produce policy solutions through direct advocacy, detailed research, and ongoing earned media campaigns. We are cited several times each week in news articles and on local television.
  2. We execute transportation improvement design projects - such as Walk To School programs, pedestrian master plans, and other planning efforts - for various governments and private contracts.
  3. We hold an annual awards ceremony honoring people, projects, and organizations that make the region a more healthy, vibrant, and equitable place.
  4. We have a diverse board of community leaders with a mix of expertise in land use, technology, philanthropy and government.

CSD operate on a budget of roughly $1M per year. Approximately $800K of the $1M currently comes from contracted projects and the remaining $200K from donations and grants.

Our staff consists of 9 staff members and our board is composed of community members and business owners from around the region.

Our goal for the incoming Executive Director is to grow the organization’s ability to produce policy changes in our region that align with the organization’s mission and to develop business opportunities to ensure the organization’s long term financial stability.

JOB DESCRIPTION: TASKS REQUIRED

The Executive Director of Circulate San Diego has overall responsibility for identifying and securing funding sources to meet ~ $1M annual operating budget and running the organization. Furthermore, we are interested in meeting candidates who have an appetite not only for maintaining an influential organization, but also growing its capacity to impact the San Diego region’s transportation and land use policies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Determine and execute a feasible fundraising plan to sustain a roughly $1M annual budget
  • Determine how to increase donor gifts and philanthropic grants from current levels
  • Allocate and assign personnel to accomplish several concurrent programs, from outreach to policy to technical studies to education
  • Be the public face of the organization, including interviews with print, broadcast, and online media, and occasional public testimony at political bodies
  • Work privately with political and technical leaders to propose policy decisions that would be best for our region
  • Successfully navigate the tensions between an organization that advocates for public policy changes, and also works productively as a sometimes-client of public agencies
  • Recommend strategic and tactical directions for the organization in a complex, multifaceted environment
  • Build relationships with top donors and clients
  • Build and maintain alliances with related non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations
  • Create and manage the budget
  • Hire, train, supervise, and manage personnel, including around 8 staff members and numerous part-time volunteers

The ideal candidate will have most or all of these qualifications:

  • Experience securing $15K-$50K gifts from individuals or corporations for a non-profit in the San Diego area.
  • Experience securing $10K-$100K grants for a non-profit organization, from sources in the San Diego area, and from state and national sources.
  • Experience managing, motivating, and retaining staff who are responsible for delivering on client contracts.
  • Experience managing at least one layer of management within a small organization.
  • On-the-record experience with the media and relationships with members of the San Diego press.
  • Writing experience, and the ability to conceptualize, draft, edit, and publish detailed research that results in changes to public policy.
  • Relationships, or the capacity to quickly build relationships, with businesses, government staff members, elected officials, and other key stakeholders in the San Diego area.
  • A demonstrated commitment to a vision of urbanism, smart growth, multi-modal transportation, and a growth-oriented vision for a San Diego non-profit and proof of successful execution.
  • Experience developing strategies to ensure long-term financial stability for a non-profit organization.

QUESTIONNAIRE (Please limit the length of the combined responses to 3,000 words or less)

  1. What makes you most excited about this position?
  2. Tell us about your experience securing $15K-$50K gifts from individuals or corporations for a non-profit in the San Diego area.
  3. Tell us about your experience securing $10K-$100K grants for a non-profit organization, from sources in the San Diego area, and from state and national sources.
  4. Tell us about your experience managing, motivating, and retaining staff who are responsible for delivering on client contracts.
  5. Tell us about your experience managing at least one layer of management within a small organization.
  6. Tell us about your on-the-record experience with the media and relationships with members of the San Diego press.
  7. Tell us about your writing experience, and the ability to conceptualize, draft, edit, and publish detailed research that results in changes to public policy.
  8. Tell us about your relationships, or the capacity to quickly build relationships, with businesses, government staff members, elected officials, and other key stakeholders in the San Diego area.
  9. Tell us about your experience conceptualizing a growth-oriented vision for a San Diego non-profit and proof of successful execution.
  10. Tell us about your experience developing strategies to ensure long-term financial stability for your organization.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Compensation and Benefits Salary Range based on background and experience, and it is very competitive with similar sized nonprofits in the region. CSD offers competitive employer-paid benefits. Only those applicants selected for the interview process will receive a response. Offer of employment is contingent upon successful background check. Circulate San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking a diverse applicant pool. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, or religious affiliation.

HOW TO APPLY:

Email a cover letter, resume, and responses to the questionnaire to apply@circulatesd.org. No telephone calls or faxes. Hiring decisions for the Executive Director position will be made by the CSD Board. Questions should be directed to the above email address, not to CSD staff. 


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