(This is an interim position while we undertake an in-depth recruitment process.  The successful candidate will be considered for the full-time role)

Organizational History, Vision and Mission

El/La Para TransLatinas fights for the rights of transgender Latinas. We work to build a world where translatinas feel they deserve to protect, love and develop ourselves. We started in 2006, building on 20 years of experience working in HIV prevention efforts with translatinas in the Mission District. We support translatinas in protecting themselves against violence, abuse and illness, and in fully realizing their dreams. We provide safe space, health and rights education, group and individual support, case management for violence prevention, health, immigration and transgender care issues, and leadership development for translatinas.

Position Summary

The Advisory Board of El/La will supervisor the Interim Executive Director. The El/La Interim Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration, direction, management, fund development and consistent achievement of El/La’s vision, mission, goals and objectives, in accordance with the policies and guidelines of Community Initiatives (CI) as El/La’s fiscal sponsor.


The El/La Interim Executive Director works with Advisory Board members, staff and participants to ensure that El/La fulfills its mission and vision while accomplishing grant requirements and program plans. Specific duties are as outlined below.

Program Development & Administration

  1. Assure that the agency progresses consistently on a long-range strategy that achieves El/La’s vision, mission and contractual requirements.
  2. Facilitate decision-making, provide leadership and support in program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation with the advisory board, staff, and participants; and carry out program plans and policies.
  3. Execute and maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations with the authorization of CI as El/La’s fiscal sponsor.
  4. Supervise and delegate responsibilities in an appropriate and efficient manner.
  5. Implement a translatina-centered, inclusive and democratic organizational development process engaging Advisory Board members and participants in agency decisions in ways that build translatina leadership.
  6. Develop, support, and maintain as appropriate collaborative relationships with external organizations.

Communications and Public Relations

  1. Ensure that the Advisory Board and staff are kept fully informed about the work and health of the organization. Facilitate good communication and ensure exchange of information among Advisory Board, staff, and participants.
  2. Act as the spokesperson and representative of El/La to the public at large, at meetings with the city government agencies and other community meetings relevant to the translatina community in San Francisco. 
  3. Establish sound working relationships with, and act as a liaison to, community groups, the press, organizations and the community at large.
  4. Publicly represent and build a strong awareness of the needs of the translatina community, the programs, and mission of El/La to all outside agencies, organizations, funders and the general public.

Staff Development & Human Resources

  1. Recruit, hire and supervise El/La staff team, including Program Director, Office Coordinator, Virtual Assistant, Mental Health Specialist and Case Manager positions in collaboration with CI.
  2. Provide leadership, direction, support, and ensure staff development and education.
  3. Develop and support leadership by translatinas in the organization.
  4. Assure compliance with the policies and guidelines of CI as El/La’s fiscal sponsor.
  5. Solicit active participation in decision-making processes from staff using a teamwork and strengths-based approach to supervision.
  6. Investigate grievances and achieve resolution.

Finance & Administration

  1. Responsible for developing and maintaining sound finance practices in collaboration with CI.
  2. Ensure financial planning, management, and compliance with CI’s policies and procedures.
  3. Ensure organizational accountability.
  4. Negotiate and ensures accountability for all agency contracts and grants, in consultation with CI’s.

Fund Development

  1. Ensures agency has adequate resources to fulfill mission and goals.
  2. Fulfil all deadlines for grant reports of existing government and foundation funding.


  • Strong commitment to El/La’s mission, vision and strategic direction.
  • At least five years of nonprofit agency administration experience, particularly in the areas of executive management, contracts management, compliance and reporting, fiscal management and planning, and supervision of a multicultural and diverse staff.
  • Strong demonstrated track record in fundraising, funder and donor relations, and/or grant writing.
  • Familiarity with LGBT giving culture and working contacts in the philanthropic community.
  • Experience developing leadership by women and/or transgender women of color.
  • Understanding of program development, and knowledge of translatina issues
  • Commitment to teamwork style of leadership and to staff support structures.
  • Commitment to working in a multicultural environment.
  • Commitment to progressive employment policies and ensuring diversity at all levels of the organization.
  • Experience developing effective collaborations with other agencies and communities.
  • Experience developing and working with advisory boards.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative, manage, and complete multiple projects within deadlines.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English for reporting, supervision and organizational communications.

This is a full-time position that includes excellent benefits and the salary for this position is dependent upon experience.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to interim@ellaparatransalatinas.org.

El/La ParaTranslatinas is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives (CI).  As such, we are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.