Executive Director Position • La Peña Cultural Center • March 2015

Title: Executive Director
Reports To: Board of Directors
Position Summary:
La Peña Cultural Center’s mission is to promote peace, social justice, and cultural understanding
through the arts, education and community action.

Since 1975, La Peña has been, a Home, A Hub, a Catalyst

Home for artists, activists and socially conscious people to come together around a shared table to
explore social justice issues facing our community and the world through a multi-cultural lens.
Hub at the juncture of art and social justice and local and global issues. As a hub, we incubate artists
and activists working on social justice issues, connect artists and activists to each other, and connect
our local community to the world.

Catalyst for movements working for peace and social justice. We do this through educating, building
awareness and stimulating community based action.

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of La Peña Center, reports to the Board of
Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
This position is primarily responsible for carrying out the strategic plans and policies as established
by the board of directors. The Executive Director must have knowledge of significant developments
and trends in the field of the arts, especially the arts that link artists and activists to communities
working for social justice, as well as possess thorough knowledge of non-profit management.

La Peña enters its 40th year of its history and is at a historic juncture. The organization has in the
past two years completed a transition to a new financial model that is 2/3 what it was in 2012. Having
reached a financial stable position, La Peña is ready for a new stage of growth. The ideal candidate
will be ready to manage the organization’s day to day operations and lead and support La Peña’s
goal of renewal and re-positioning its place in the community arts field as well as among local social
justice, activist, and international communities.

Minimum/essential qualifications:

• Alignment with the mission and vision of La Peña
• Minimum 3 years experience managing and supporting a team
• Non-profit expertise
• Understanding of budgets and financial reporting
• Proven success with fundraising and development
• Experience working with people of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities,
gender and sexual orientations
• Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Preferred qualifications:

• Established professional relationships and networks in the San Francisco Bay Area
• Artistic and/or activist background

This position calls for a leader who can:

• Maintain a view of the overall business situation when making decisions and setting policies
• Coordinate, prioritize, and organize a number of activities with multiple components requiring
independent follow through and attention to detail
• Thrive in a multi-task environment with frequent interruptions and short deadlines, and
sometimes a high degree of pressure
• Maintain excellent at oral and written communication skills with the ability to motivate
and direct people
• Be effective interpersonal skills necessary to interact with management, staff, and audience
members, funders, donors, and artists
• Use Excel, Word, and Power Point at an intermediate level
• Be willing and able to work long hours often outside a normal Monday through Friday
and 9am to 5 pm schedule

Duties and Responsibilities:
Fund Development (earned and contributed)
The Executive Director will be the lead fundraiser for La Peña and, in collaboration with the Fund
Developer (contract employee), will:

• Assure that the organization has long-range and diverse funding strategies in support of the   implementation
and success of La Peña’s programmatic and long-term goals
• Maintain and grow existing relationships with foundations and major donors
• Using an entrepreneurial approach, seek to develop and sustain additional earned income sources
of revenue for the organization
• Actively seek new revenue sources – government, corporate, foundation, and private – to meet
program goals
• Monitor contract compliance and grant objectives
• Work with the board’s finance committee to continue the growth and/or replacement of cash
Financial Oversight

In working with the La Peña’s Board Finance Committee and the Development Staff, ensure that the
organization is fiscally sound and that the budget supports implementation of the strategic plan.

• Prepare annual budgets with appropriate staff and board treasurer (Finance Committee) to meet
financial needs of program and general operations
• Recommend yearly budgets for Board approval and prudently manage organization’s resources
within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations
• Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work
• Supervise finance staff and coordinate management of financial and administrative procedures
in order to maintain fiscally sound programs and accounting systems to ensure compliance with
federal, state and local regulations

Community and Public Relations

• Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently     presented
in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders
• Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and
the general public
• Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work
• Participate in community and government conferences and meetings to further La Peña’s goals
and increase the awareness, visibility, influence and impact of the organization
• Pro-actively promote La Peña to key constituents: activist/arts community
• Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with compatible community
groups and organizations

Human Resource Oversight

• Provide leadership and direction for the organization and promote an organizational culture that
fosters diversity, cooperation, communication, teamwork and trust
• Hire and supervise select staff and independent contractors to ensure operational effectiveness
• Ascertain that the personnel policies of La Peña are adhered to in all hiring and employment
practices. Propose changes in policy to Board of Directors to keep pace with organizational
• Provide for and encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program
staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization
• Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and
that sound human resource practices are in place
• Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse, top quality staff
• See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place
Facilities Management
• Experience with facilities management to ensure proper operation of all aspects of the building
to create an optimal environment for the La Peña staff and the people they serve
• Renting/leasing space
• Ensure best allocation and utilization of space – environmental, health, safety compliance and
security issues, utilities and communications infrastructure

Program Oversight

• The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the Program Manager to ensure that
program objectives are clearly stated and that program activities are focused on achievement of
stated goals, while setting the overall tone for the programming
• Ensure compatibility of program decisions with La Peña’s mission
• Facilitate communication with the Board regarding current programs

Support Board Relations

• Work with Board leadership to maintain and further develop a diverse, engaged, effective and
energized Board
• Assist the board president and/or executive committee to develop board meeting agendas
• Serve ex-officio on all Board committees, as requested
• Support and provide Board with adequate information to help members reach sound decisions
and establish necessary and required policies that will promote the organization’s overall mission
• Ensure and facilitate the Board’s involvement in the formation of La Peña’s policies and programs and supervise the implementation of Board-approved policies
• Assist the Board with ongoing strategic planning that is responsive to the needs of the organization
to effectively define and achieve its vision, e.g. strategic planning and future plans for building
and the café area
• Assist in the recruitment, orientation, and training of new Board members
• Serve as the liaison between the Board and La Peña staff

Physical Demands:
The responsibilities and tasks associated with this position will require that the Executive Director
regularly sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear. Ability for extensive computer use is a must including use
of a computer keyboard and reading a computer screen. Occasionally lifting and/or moving of objects
up to 20 pounds may be required. Accommodations will be considered to enable otherwise
qualified individuals to perform these functions.

Application period OPEN.

Send cover letter and resume by April 10, 2015 or open until filled to search@lapena.org. Bicultural
and people of color encouraged to apply.
No phone calls nor faxes. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Salary range
is $50,000-$60,000 DOE, plus benefits. This is a full-time exempt position.