Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Details: Salary Negotiable & Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications



Start Date


Application Deadline



San Diego
United States


Think Dignity is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, empower, and organize our community to advance basic dignity for those living on the streets. Formerly known as Girls Think Tank, Think Dignity was started in 2006 by a group of young professional women who wanted to find real solutions to the issue of homelessness in their community. Think Dignity takes pride in the fact that it is a small, grassroots organization with strong ties to the community it serves.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (“ED”) is responsible for implementing Think Dignity’s strategic plan through fundraising, advocacy efforts, development, and day-to-day management of Think Dignity’s programs and staff.

The Executive Director should have excellent oral and written communication skills, time management skills, organizational skills, and be able to work independently with little or no supervision or guidance. This position requires creative problem-solving skills and the ability to work well under pressure. Flexibility is a key aspect of the Executive Director’s position; working nights and/or weekends will be required.

Qualifications include prior work with or a desire to work with homeless/indigent populations, two years of related non-profit management, Juris Doctorate degree or license to practice law in the State of California (latter strongly desired).

Job Responsibilities:

Leadership & Management:

-      Maintain programmatic excellence through strategic planning; oversight of Think Dignity’s staff, committees, and volunteers; administration; fundraising; and communications.

-      Engage and inspire staff, volunteers, board members, advisory committee, board and event committees, partnering organizations, and funders.

-      Design and implement systems for tracking our programmatic results and successes for accountability to our board, funders, and other constituents.

-      Supervise employees and volunteers

Fundraising & Communications:

-      Develop and maintain diverse, sustainable funding sources to support and expand our programs.

-      Identify grant opportunities, submit applications, fulfill reporting requirements.

-      Oversee and craft effective communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand and increased visibility.

Planning & New Business:

-      Build and maintain partnerships and establish relationships with funders and political and community leaders.

-      Grow our community presence in San Diego with a reputation of integrity, progressive values, and a track record of measurable success.


-      Represent Think Dignity at community events and meetings

-      Participate in collaboration with community partners from different agencies and populations

-      Promote Think Dignity’s interests with elected officials

-      Engage and lead advocacy efforts in conjunction with other agencies/partners


-      Oversee and manage all of Think Dignity’s programs, such as: monthly Basic Dignity Coalition, legal clinic sites, direct representation programs, the Transitional Storage Center, and the MOD Squad (Mobile Operations of Dignity).

-      Coordinate and supervise volunteers for all programs.

-      Create measurable outcomes and data collection for programs.


-      Assist in coordination of board meetings

-      Communicate with executive board members on all essential organizational issues, and on monthly basis regarding major updates


Must Have:

The ED must be thoroughly committed to Think Dignity’s mission and social justice. Qualified candidates will have proven leadership, fundraising, development, programmatic growth, and management experience in a non-profit, advocacy, organizing, or social entrepreneurial organization. Concrete experience and other qualifications include:

-      Past positions as an executive director, development director, or other director-level position in a non-profit organization or other social justice organization.

-      Demonstrated ability to develop and/or successfully implement a strategic plan.

-      Demonstrated success in fundraising and development.

-      Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

-      Demonstrated ability to build and support a strong board. 

-      Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

-      Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.

-      Ability to work effectively and respectfully in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

-      Inspire others and embody integrity, determination, a positive attitude, and self-initiative.

-      Detail oriented and organized.


-      Juris Doctorate or license to practice law in California (strongly desired)

-      Experience directing a nonprofit.

-      Advanced degree in non-profit management or related field.

-      Experience in grassroots organizing campaigns.

Think Dignity is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on age, race, disability, or otherwise and encourage a diverse applicant pool.  


Medical benefit stipend and vacation

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in Think Dignity along with a resume to Anne Rios at anne@thinkdignity.org.