Executive Director

Full time
Locationlacounty Calendar08/30/2019   Full time

About T.R.U.S.T. South LA

T.R.U.S.T. South LA is a community-based effort to revitalize and stabilize our neighborhoods, where increased property values and rents are pushing many long-term residents out of the northern part of South Central, close to Downtown and USC; while in contrast, decades of disinvestment have left the areas south of MLK Boulevard lacking basic services. Our vision is of South Los Angeles neighborhoods where low-income community residents have power to shape the development of housing, recreation and open space in a manner that promotes economic vitality and healthy environments.

T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s work includes: serving as a steward for community-controlled land; being a catalyst for values-driven, community-serving development; building awareness and community leadership in issues of housing, transportation and recreation; and creating programs and initiatives that encourage community building and economic opportunity. We are legally-structured as a Membership organization, and our grassroots members have majority control over the Board of Directors.


T.R.U.S.T. South LA is seeking a dynamic and experienced Executive Director, who will be responsible for advancing the organization’s mission and programs, ensuring the financial health of the organization, partnering with Board and Members to ensure strong grassroots authority, overseeing staff and consultants, and leading T.R.U.S.T.’s strategic growth. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.


Organization Strategy and Governance

  • Work collaboratively to build a democratic organization with the long-term vision of transforming the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles through community control over land.
  • Coordinate and develop a diverse and bilingual (Spanish/English) Board of Directors.
  • Convene Personnel, Finance and Audit Committees of the Board, and support the Real Estate/Land Stewardship Committee.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan for the organization.
  • Support the development of strong community leaders, a vibrant Membership, and a broad and diverse base.


Finances and Fund Development

  • Manage organizational finances in compliance with T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s Accounting Standards and Procedures and relevant laws and regulations, including overseeing work of contracted accountant and independent auditor.
  • Lead fundraising efforts in collaboration with Board of Directors, to ensure financial stability of agency.
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with funders.
  • Develop partnerships and develop/implement fundraising plans, aligned with operational budget and for land acquisitions or other capital projects.

Operations and Management

  • Oversee all day-to-day operations, including administration, human resources, finances, and fund development.
  • Foster effective teamwork with the Board of Directors and between the Board and staff, ensuring accountability of committees and individual Board members
  • Inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that might affect the organization, including agency relevance to the community and its overall effectiveness.
  • Manage staff, interns, and consultants in compliance with T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s Personnel Policies and relevant laws and regulations and create a supportive, effective work environment.
  • Negotiate ground leases, development agreements and other components of land use planning and land acquisition; and ongoing development and monitoring of land leases and relationships with consultants, developers, property managers and tenants

Community and Partner Relations

  • Serve as chief spokesperson for T.R.U.S.T. South LA.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships, leveraging resources and relationships with key community leaders, funders, investors and other supporters.
  • Establish partners for specific development projects, as well as for land stewardship initiatives.
  • Provide strategic leadership to community organizing, coalition initiatives and policy campaigns moved by T.R.U.S.T. independently or in conjunction with various coalition partners.


  • A minimum of 5 years’ progressive executive leadership experience in fundraising, operations or management of a nonprofit or community organization.
  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
  • Understanding of diverse Black and Brown community issues, as a way to build resident-led vision.
  • Understanding of South LA political, social, cultural and organizing landscape.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, overseeing and/or implementing fundraising plans.
  • Understanding of land use and development issues and work; affordable housing and/or real estate development experience strongly desired.
  • Experience with financial management, an understanding of financial statements, and an ability to use them as tools in T.R.U.S.T.’s financial development.
  • Ability to work with both grassroots leaders and public officials well.
  • Bilingual/biliterate (Spanish/English) strongly desired.
  • Social justice commitment that is consistent with the Vision, Mission, and Principles of T.R.U.S.T. South LA.

Salary  commensurate with experience and a benefits package including medical, dental, vacation and PTO.


Envision Consulting was retained by T.R.U.S.T. South LA to conduct the search for their incoming Executive Director.