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Jobs - Deputy Director

About the Position

The Transgender District seeks a dynamic, dedicated individual as a Deputy Director (DD). Reporting to - and working closely as a partner with - the Executive Director (ED), the DD will be a seasoned leader and coach, with the ability to operate on strategic, managerial and hands-on levels and to help guide the organization across programmatic and administrative functions. This role is being created at The Transgender District as part of the transition to support the organization’s new incoming Executive Director. The DD will bring proven nonprofit management expertise and experience in community-based programs, trans-led empowerment programs, advocacy/organizing, finance, operations, and/or other relevant disciplines. The DD must have a keen attention to detail, the ability to delegate effectively, a proven track record in motivating and unifying teams, and have solid organizational, problem-solving, and clear decision-making skills. The DD will be comfortable with and committed to fostering the development of staff. The DD identifies opportunities and challenges and works across departments and teams to come up with highly innovative solutions. Two core teams will roll up to the DD’s supervision: Operations, including HR, facilities, IT, finance, and compliance; and Programs, ranging from community organizing to transgender empowerment events and programs. The DD’s work will serve to increase the effectiveness and impact of The Transgender District’s services in Tenderloin neighborhood. The DD must demonstrate a highly focused social justice lens, excellent communications and relationship building skills, a deep belief in the power and potential of engaged communities, and the ability to promote a clear, inspirational vision for The Transgender District’s next chapter. 

Ideal candidates will bring some connection to or knowledge of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhoods and/or similarly marginalized communities. The position is 100% in-person, in our headquarters in Mid Market/ Tenderloin.

Reports to: Interim Executive Director and/or Executive Director 

Supervises: Program Associate, Operations Associate(s), Executive Associate, Development Associate, Special Projects Associate; Custodian; Graphic Designer & Webmaster & Long-term contractors 

About the Transgender District

Founded in 2017 by Black transgender women, The Transgender District is the first legally recognized transgender district in the world. Named after the first documented uprising of transgender and queer people in United States History- the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots of 1966- the district encompasses 6 blocks in the southeastern Tenderloin and crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th street. In 2016, the City of San Francisco renamed portions of Turk and Taylor- to commemorate the historic contributions of transgender people- renaming them “Compton’s Cafeteria Way” and “Vikki Mar Lane” respectively. This urban region of the city’s Tenderloin District has held a documented ongoing presence of transgender residents as early noted as the 1920’s- with the Tenderloin having been known as a “gay ghetto” during the 1930’s to the 1960’s- prior to the birth of the internationally renowned Castro District in San Francisco. This area is home to the city of San Francisco’s first LGBT bar, and various community spaces, gathering sites, and hotels with cultural significance for the broader transgender and queer community in the Tenderloin. 

The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. The transgender district aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.



Together with the ED, the DD will develop a plan to share and allocate responsibility for key leadership tasks, including:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Proactively identify internal opportunities and challenges and work with the ED to address them

  • Manage key projects and special initiatives that relate to organizational growth Operational

  • Provide oversight of internal operations, including Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Governance, IT and Facilities Management

  • HR priorities include development and implementation of effective recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and professional development policies; sustaining an internal culture that promotes initiative, appropriate risk taking, learning, cooperation, equity, and mutual respect

  • Financial priorities include budgeting, reporting, audits and compliance, especially around government grants and accounting related to restricted funds

  • Provide high-level input to inform decisions the organization makes around both legal and financial risks, such as contracts and insurance policies

  • Provide high-level input to inform staffing decisions related to growth, performance and accountability 




  • Support two senior leaders in overseeing the day to day operations and programs of The Transgender District

  • Lead staff in long-term program planning, establishing outcomes and clear project plans

  • Work with the senior leadership team to develop and evaluate program strategies and goals

  • Assist in developing strategies to engage trans, nonbinary & queer community and community partner organizations from Tenderloin neighborhood in the programs and services offered by The Transgender District

  • Work with external partners to harness resources for The Transgender District and the larger Tenderloin community, including but not limited to opportunities for employment, enrichment opportunities and enhanced educational opportunities Fundraising and External Relations

  • Contribute to grant writing and reporting processes

  • Represent The Transgender District as appropriate with stakeholders, partners, and funders

  • Support and sometimes lead fund development efforts Supervision and Staff Management

  • Provide coaching and training to push staff members to reach long-term professional goals

  • Run Leadership team meetings 


$120- $125k annual salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Generous PTO Program + Semi-Annual Performance Bonus Pay Program. 

We are pleased to offer 100% employer sponsored, premium PPO healthcare (medical, dental, vision, chiropractor, acupuncture, mental health + flexible spending/commuter benefits, etc). 

In addition, Paid Holiday, Vacation, and Sick Time.  


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Approachable, collaborative, and willing to learn as well as teach

  • Team player capable of working both collaboratively and independently

  • Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions

  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and solving complex operational problems

  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills, and the ability to translate data into clear and simple messages for a wide range of audiences

  • Superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to generate respect and trust from colleagues, direct reports, and external constituents

  • Ability to maintain calm and steadiness during times of crisis or stress

  • Ability to provide long-term, inspirational vision while simultaneously creating pragmatic solutions to day-to-day problems

  • An understanding of how trauma impacts traditionally marginalized individuals and communities and how this influences the design and delivery of programs serving them

  • Deep passion for The Transgender District’s mission and values; commitment to building and maintaining a workplace that reflects the population served by the organization, as demonstrated through The Transgender District’s commitment to hiring from the community

Physical Qualifications: 

Regularly sit, talk, run, move equipment, hear, and visually interact with students/staff 

Work at a desk and computer screen 

Regularly use close and distance vision 

Be able to occasionally lift up to 15 lbs. 

Work in a traditional climate-controlled office environment

Experience and Qualifications

  • Extensive senior management experience in a dynamic, responsive environment

  • Proven track record of strategic financial management, business strategy, strategic planning

  • Experience creating and managing budgets

  • Ability to manage complex projects and departments

  • Highly skilled at staff management, coaching, and development

  • Experience managing cross-functional teams to develop and implement systems and processes to increase effectiveness and efficiency

  • Experience navigating complex issues and making difficult decisions, often in high-pressure situations

  • Ability to work in a highly visible capacity and organization and navigating community politics with regularity and diplomacy 

Resumes and Cover Letters can be sent to the Board
of Directors:

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