FOCUS Southern California, a ministry of FOCUS North America, is dedicated to reaching people from San Diego to Los Angeles with essential outreach of food, occupation, clothing, understanding, and shelter. This vibrant and growing FOCUS Center needs a new director who will continue growing its programs and reaching more people in need.

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Position Title:
FOCUS Southern California Center Director

Position Type:
Full time – Exempt

Salary Range:
$70,000 to $78,000 DOE

Organizational Management Reporting:

  • Reports to the Director of Operations and Community Engagement of FOCUS North America
  • Frequent collaboration with and accountability to the CFO and Development Director


  • Provides overall management and strategic direction for all of the FOCUS programs in their location
  • Assure that all programs are effective and efficient in meeting the needs of those served by FOCUS and in the furtherance of its mission to serve the poor
  • Accountable for the financial sustainability of the local center which includes:
    • Direct and indirect support of all donor development activities
    • The development and implementation of an annual fundraising plan
    • Assistance with annual operating and capital budget preparation
  • Provide direct oversight and support for the staff and volunteers who work with them
  • Ensure that local staff and volunteers are provided with the necessary administrative and technical support to discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner
  • Oversee the recruitment and training of volunteers
  • Maintain, or cause to be maintained, records on all activities conducted and services provided, including but not limited to statistical reports outlined by FOCUS Management and the local center Advisory Board
  • Assure accurate and timely tracking and reporting of all activities which generate Gift-in-Kind revenue and expenses
  • Work directly at programs sponsored by FOCUS to support volunteers and to meet and serve clients
  • Ensure safe, secure facilities for delivery of services
  • Maintain inventories of goods and supplies
  • Proactively engage with community leaders, schools and others service providers in program service delivery
  • Review and approve all center-based financial expenditures and ensure that operations are maintained within the approved budget
  • Research and develop new funding opportunities
  • Implement FOCUS NA policy decisions
  • Expand programs and ministry as need arises and funding is present
  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings with the local Advisory Board
  • Meet and communicate regularly with foundation Boards, donors and supporters to develop and maintain relationships
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local Orthodox parishes, the nonprofit community, corporate and foundation Grantors, Benefactors and any relevant community development groups
  • Speak to community groups, parishes, and the public at events sponsored by FOCUS
  • Periodically visit and attend local nonprofit, community development/advocacy and/or networking meetings
  • Periodically visit with local government and agency officials in the center’s area of operations
  • Perform other duties as required and/or assigned by FOCUS National Management

Candidate Profile:

Education and Experience:

    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree within a relevant field of study
    • Minimum of three years of experience in the oversight of operations in a service-oriented organization, preferably in the provision of social services or community development work; five years preferred
    • Familiarity with federal, state and local laws regarding the operation of not-for-profit organizations; homeless and domestic social service/entitlement programs preferred
    • Direct supervision of staff and / or volunteers
    • Responsible for an operating budget of at least $100k per year
    • Familiarity with the doctrines and traditions of the Orthodox Church
    • Ability to read and understand financial and budget management reports
    • Service and supply contract negotiations and management with vendors
    • Donor development and / or interaction a plus
    • Experience in the solicitation and management of grants a plus
    • Experience working with Boards or Board committees a plus

Core Competencies:

    • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel or equivalent products
    • Service minded
    • Cultural and local area sensitivity
    • Ability to understand and work with homeless, impoverished, and / or vulnerable communities and demographics
    • Ability to build organizational relationships between FOCUS and Orthodox churches, communities, and leaders
    • Ability to represent FOCUS to local government officials and donors both individual and corporate
    • Capacity of critical, analytical thinking to innovatively resolve program and funding issues
    • Foster a sense of teamwork among center offices and staff
    • Demonstrated advanced communication skills (written and verbal)
    • Advanced organizational skills
    • Valid driver’s license

Working Conditions:

  • Must resident in general proximity of service area
  • Frequent local travel required
  • Some interstate travel possibly required to speak on behalf of FOCUS/promote FOCUS activities
  • Nominal but present security risk working with vulnerable communities
  • Primary working environment is a combination of inside and outside of a facility typical of FOCUS operations
  • Multi-lingual communities


FOCUS offers paid time off and holidays, participation in a 401(k) Qualified Retirement Program, health insurance availability with 50/50 employee match, as well as company paid life insurance benefit. Supplemental employee paid dental and vision are also available.

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