Director of Programs SF LGBT Center

San Francisco, California, United States | Community Programs | Full-time


The SF LGBT Center is not just the bright purple building that catches your eye at 1800 Market Street, it is a focal point for the LGBT community of San Francisco, where individuals who need resources, support, or a safe space to gather can find comfort and celebration. 

The Director of Programs is a key leadership position on the Center’s staff, with core responsibility for sustaining and expanding the Center’s programs in alignment with the agency’s mission, long-term vision, and commitment to racial justice and equity.  The Director of Programs oversees and leads the Center’s programs including economic development (employment and financial services), youth services, and community development programs (resource navigation, arts & culture, community building). The Director of Programs plays a key role in aligning diverse programs to create common standards and systems, managing government and private foundation contracts, program evaluation, and program impact.

The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and oversees a program team of 23 with four direct reports, including the Director of Financial Services, Director of Employment Services, Director of Youth Services, and Director of Community Programs. This is a leadership position and the Director of Programs programs support the SF LGBT Center’s organizational values that include a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, commitment to serve the most vulnerable, and accountability and transparency.



  • Overall responsibility for developing and administering the Center’s programs (as defined above), including program development, planning, execution, and evaluation. Support program directors in developing and tracking annual program plans and budgets, including alignment of programs with agency mission and values and grant and external commitments.
  • Hire, train, supervise, coach, and evaluate program directors each program area (community development, employment, financial, and youth).
  • Work with program directors to ensure that programs are effective, sustainable, achieve the desired impact, and are aligned with the Center’s overall mission and priorities.
  • Model and cultivate a strong and healthy workplace culture with a whole-person approach to management and supervision.
  • Support program directors in building strong and healthy teams and incorporate organizational values and priorities in team functions and management.
  • Build, empower, and foster program teams to achieve desired programmatic and community impact.
  • Oversee evaluation and data management practices to ensure that program activities and impact are documented, that effective evaluation processes are implemented, and that programs perform against anticipated outcomes.
  • Build and nurture effective and strong relationships with external stakeholders, including public and private funders, coalitions, collaborative partners, and community representatives. Represent the Center externally in a variety of settings including meetings, hearings, and conferences with collaborative partners, policymakers, and funders.
  • Support capacity-building efforts by identifying new or expanded opportunities for support of the Center’s programs, maintaining relationships with key funders, and supporting grant writing and other program funding initiatives.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic leadership, management, and direction of the Center. Partner with the executive director to achieve program strategies and goals, and interface with the Center’s board of directors on appropriate issues.
  • Coordinate department activities with other agency teams including development, data management, communications, and finance teams.
  • Serve as a member of the Center’s leadership team, including engaging program teams in agency initiatives and projects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Understanding of the needs of vulnerable LGBT communities, strategies to meet their needs, and ability to work with a broad range of constituents, program participants, and stakeholders representing the full diversity of the LGBTQ and allied communities.
  • Proven skills related to program development, planning, budgeting, execution, and evaluation.
  • At least five years of experience with a budget, contract, and program management.
  • Professional experience in one or more of the Center’s program areas, including economic development (employment services, small business support, financial capacity building, economic development) youth services, arts & culture, community development.
  • At least three years of experience of providing leadership and supervision to a diverse staff, with demonstrated ability to build strong teams and support professional development for program staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to build strategic relationships and partnerships with individuals and organizations.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and within a team-oriented organizational structure.
  • Ability to think critically, analyze problems, and contribute to agency leadership.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial approach, including solution-oriented approaches to complex issues. Commitment to alternative organizational structures and leadership models that share power and decision making with team members effectively.


$120,000/year, including paid medical insurance as well as paid time off (vacation, health, & holidays)


The mission of the Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources, and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. The Center’s strategies inspire and strengthen our community by: 

  • Fostering greater opportunities for people to thrive.
  • Organizing for our future.
  • Celebrating our history and culture.
  • Building resources to create a legacy for future generations.



The Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are encouraged to apply.  The Center maintains a policy of non-discrimination with respect to employees and applicants for employment.  No aspect of employment will be influenced in any matter by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition, perceived physical disability or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute. 


Pursuant to the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, we consider qualified applicants with arrest/conviction records.