PACT Executive Director Opportunity

Santa Clara County
Competitive with Excellent benefits
May 07, 2019
Jun 23, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level


PACT Executive Director Opportunity

People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is faith-based, grassroots organization that empowers ordinary people to win extraordinary victories for the community-not by speaking for them but by teaching people how to speak up and take action in the public arena for themselves. Founded nearly 35 years ago, we are a well-respected community builder providing leadership training and experience to people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Our proven model of community organizing, awakens people to their greatest resource -- each other -- to enable them to move from a sense of isolation, frustration and even helplessness to an understanding that they have the right to dignity and opportunities for their families and the power to make positive changes.  As a result, our campaigns are led by ordinary people who have learned to successfully use the levers of power to bring resources and political attention to solutions to the most pressing problems and create a community where truly #WeALLBelong.

Over the years, PACT leaders co-founded the historic Santa Clara County Children’s Health Initiative; created high-quality new schools; expanded affordable housing, transportation, and community services; improved public safety and police-community relations, and more!    In the past two years, we have launched PACT’s Solidarity Network of 70+ congregations offering sanctuary/support to immigrants and the collaborative Rapid Response Network with a 24-7 hotline to connect immigrants under immediate threat from ICE with legal observers and services, as well as family support.

PACT’S Executive Director works in partnership with a 15-18-member Board of Directors, 8 staff, many partners, and nearly 250 volunteer faith and grassroots community leaders from 25 member congregations and organizations.

PACT’s current operating budget is approximately $1.5 Million, though with the value of volunteers, the operations exceed $2 Million. Funding for the organization comes from a variety of sources including approximately 20% from our annual leadership luncheon; 30% from foundations; 20% from government grants; and 20% from individual donors, and 10% from membership dues and misc.

We have identified the following strategic priorities for the next year to optimize what we do best, while enhancing the leadership, resources, and infrastructure needed to thrive. The specifics of a longer-term vision and strategic plan that go beyond these one-year priorities will be developed with the incoming ED at the helm.

  • Continue to attract, develop, and sustain dedicated staff, volunteer leaders, and Board team with the necessary skills that align with our vision and values
  • Evaluate and enhance our governance model, leadership development, and organizing strategies to expand our impact and visibility while being responsive to community priorities
  • Expand community support and revenue streams through effective funder engagement and collaborative partnerships
  • Deepen PACT’s capacity to be more inclusive of under-represented faith-groups and communities throughout the county

For more detailed information about our leadership, member organizations, issues, organizing model,  state and national affiliates-Faith in Action and PICO and leadership luncheon visit our website PACT

Ideal Candidate

You are a strategic social justice leader with the team building experience to inspire and organize faith leaders to create pathways to shared prosperity to end racial and economic inequality. You should be a confident fundraiser; effective manager; communicator; and decision maker; as well as draw upon your political savvy.  You should enjoy working in a volunteer-driven organization that values diversity. This is a full-time, exempt position based near Downtown San Jose and allows for flexible work schedule.

Strong candidates will possess many of the following skills and experience:

  • Experience leading a comparable nonprofit organization, preferably with faith-based focus
  • Demonstrated capacity to build alliances and sustain collaborative relationships with local community leaders from diverse faith, economic, cultural, and political perspectives
  • Track record in grass-roots organizing
  • Ability to conceptualize, communicate and lead the entire organization to prioritize our work for the greatest impact in response to evolving community issues and opportunities
  • Financial management with a budget of $1 million or greater, including budgeting, oversight, nonprofit compliance and reporting abilities
  • Ability to attract, develop, and retain staff and volunteer leaders as well as maintain a high level of performance and to effectively utilize their talents 
  • Articulate and clear communication - including speaking, writing, meeting facilitation, and consensus building
  • Fund raising experience with a proven track record in community campaigns, special events, government contracts and foundation grants
  • Experience developing, engaging, and partnering with a strong and diverse community-based Board of Directors

In addition, candidates will need to:

  • Effectively use Google Suite as well as familiarity with social media; accounting and fund development applications. Salesforce experience helpful.
  • Work some nights and weekends as needed to support Board and community events 
  • Provide own car, insurance, and valid driver’s license or other means to travel throughout the County
  • Allow a background check

Deadline for applications:  June 9th or until the position is filled

Estimated start date: July/August 2019

Compensation: PACT is prepared to offer a competitive nonprofit compensation package that includes generous PTO (including year-end closure), health and dental benefits, 5% contribution to retirement (after the first year), sabbatical leave (after 6 years of employment) and extensive training opportunities within our statewide and national networks.           

Confidential Application Process: Email your cover letter (Word or PDF document) summarizing your interest, fit with each of the qualifications listed, compensation requirements, and experience along with a current resume to: Resumes must have a cover letter in order to be considered. Inquiries from candidates are welcomed and should be directed to Margaret Donohoe, Leadership Transition Consultant at

PACT Executive Director Job Responsibilities

* Approximate percentages provided as a guideline to the incoming Executive Director given the organization’s priorities for the first 12 to 18 months of the job

Drive Organizing Strategy, Engagement, and Planning (30%*)

  • Build and retain a strong team of staff organizers with the skills to effectively support the community organizing leadership model by empowering volunteer leaders to advocate for change through listening, research, action and evaluation
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the issues and stakeholders relevant to our membership and volunteer leaders
  • Ensure PACT’s leadership and voice in community coalitions and initiatives
  • Maintain effective relationships with clergy leadership, policy leaders, partner organizations, and strategic allies
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategic organizing campaigns for systematic change
  • In partnership with the Board, explore and define strategic growth plans and priorities that are realistic and reflect our mission and values
  • Ensure that resources are aligned with strategic priorities
  • Ensure participation in state and national training and development opportunities
  • Work with Faith in Action and PICO to advance PACT’s goals and support participation in state and national campaigns

Drive Fundraising and Communications (25% *)

  • Provide a credible and informed presence for PACT in the community.
  • Develop communication strategies and content for collateral materials including campaigns, website, social media, donor and promotional materials.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of targeted fundraising strategies including campaign appeals, foundation grants, and government contracts
  • Produce compelling, accurate and timely funding proposals and reports
  • Provide leadership and planning for the Leadership Luncheon.

Manage a Fiscally Sound Organization and Positive Work Environment (25%*)

  • Work in partnership with the finance committee and outside accounting service to ensure financial sustainability through thoughtful and realistic budget planning and monitoring.
  • Oversee monthly financial reporting and payroll, approve expenses and invoices for payment.
  • Regularly evaluate internal systems, policies and procedures for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Support annual audit and tax filing.
  • Recruit, train, and retain a strong staff team with a broad range of skills.
  • Ensure compliance with personnel policies established by the Board and with all federal and state regulations.
  • Ensure that staff has realistic workplans and regular performance evaluations.

Partner with the Board of Directors and Volunteers Leaders (20%*)

  • Assist the Board in identifying, recruiting, and onboarding volunteers with the essential skills and diversity to support the mission and vision.
  • Effectively engage and motivate volunteers at all levels to ensure productive and constructive experiences.
  • Serve as an active, non-voting member of the Board and committees.
  • Provide the Board and committees with adequate information to reach strategic decisions and to formulate necessary policies and goals.
  • Ensure that Board policies are implemented.

Email your cover letter (Word or PDF document) summarizing your interest, fit with each of the qualifications listed, compensation requirements, and experience along with a current resume to: Resumes must have a cover letter in order to be considered.