Executive Director

Our Story

We empower people to renew their lives. Established in 1970, Crisis House is a community-based nonprofit organization serving individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and homelessness throughout San Diego County. With an emphasis on providing critical services in East County, team members respond immediately to stop the cycle of domestic violence, child abuse, and homelessness by connecting families, children, and individuals to crucial resources. Crisis House serves over 5,400 individuals annually through its domestic violence and homelessness programs. Domestic violence programs include rapid re-housing support for survivors and their minor children, financial assistance, emergency shelter, and case management. Homelessness programs support individuals and families experiencing homelessness, through outreach and case management services. Another one of our signature programs is Camp HOPE, which serves youth exposed to trauma and domestic violence, assisting them to find pathways to hope and healing through an innovative camping and year-round mentoring program. For more information, please visit: crisishouse.org.

Leadership & Culture

Crisis House is led by a passionate and engaged Board of Directors, many of whom have been involved with the organization for years. They are involved with maintaining the history of the organization while encouraging the Executive Director and staff to embark on a journey of innovative growth and development. The Executive Director is a high-profile position within the community and leads a dynamic team of 16 staff working collaboratively to support the success of the organization and the individuals and families we serve. The Executive Director exemplifies and further develops the positive culture of the organization, while embracing diversity and promoting an environment where team members are encouraged and supported to do their absolute best work.  They combine the richness and relevance of our programs with the efficacy of best practices, fiscal accountability, and organizational impact.

Benefits & Features

  • Salary Range – $120,000 to $145,000
  • 100% employee paid health and life insurance. Dependent coverage available.
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • 401(k)
  • 15 days paid vacation leave; 7 days paid sick leave; 12 days paid holiday leave
  • Professional organization membership fees
  • Mobile phone allowance


This role will be onsite, with some flexibility for remote work. The office is located at 9550 Cuyamaca St., Suite 101, Santee, CA 92071.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will assume overall responsibility for the success of Crisis House, with oversight of a $3.1M budget. They will be involved in all aspects of the organization with an instrumental role in shaping the future growth and expansion of services and diversifying revenue. This is a highly collaborative and tremendously visible role. The Executive Director will serve as chief spokesperson for Crisis House, while advocating and serving as a high-profile visionary and influential leader in the community. They will explore innovative opportunities for strengthening connections within the community and further develop new long-term relationships that enhance and support Crisis House’s programs and strategies.  The Executive Director should have an aptitude for building relationships with key donors, sponsors, program partners, elected officials, and public agencies, as well as the individuals and families we serve. In addition to operational, financial, and administrative oversight, the scope of responsibility includes fundraising, marketing, community relations, strategic planning, and program oversight. This role offers candidates a unique, exciting, and rare opportunity to build their own legacy, and take Crisis House to the next stage of growth.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic and Collaborative Leadership

  • Partner with the Board to develop and implement a comprehensive and innovative strategic plan.
  • Keep the Board up-to-date on key developments affecting the organization and our stakeholders.
  • Support the Board with effective governance practices, including Board development efforts, recruitment, onboarding, oversight, and continuous engagement.
  • Build internal relationships at all levels, including a genuine understanding and appreciation for each team member’s position and the individuals and families served.
  • Develop and maintain a positive work culture and work environment where staff, board members, volunteers, and community stakeholders are engaged, informed, and empowered.

Fundraising and Business Development

  • Create and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan to diversify revenue to include individual and major gifts, grants, corporate sponsors, events, and other partnerships.
  • Ensure existing and potential new programs and events advance Crisis House’s mission, are financially sustainable, and adequately staffed.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive marketing and strategic outreach plan to increase the visibility of Crisis House to current and future stakeholders.


  • Oversee finances, including budget and payroll; partner with the Board Finance Committee to ensure fiscal discipline, financial integrity, and internal controls are maintained.
  • Maintain official records and documents in accordance with federal, state, and local government requirements, as well as that of other grants and funding sources.
  • Develop, monitor, and control performance management and reporting systems to measure programmatic outcomes on both a quantitative and qualitative basis.
  • Manage human resource components for all agency staff and volunteers, ensuring effective management systems are employed for annual goal setting and evaluations.
  • Manage staff, board, and volunteer recruitment and retention strategies and efforts.

Background Profile

  • Prior experience at the leadership/management level within an organization, including strategic planning, setting goals and milestones, and leveraging data to scale programs and operations.
  • Prior or relevant experience with human services, including programming for survivors of domestic violence and those experiencing homelessness.
  • A proven track record of success developing, growing, and diversifying revenue streams that include but are not limited to individual giving, events, grants, sponsorships, contracts, programs, and other partnerships.
  • A natural relationship builder with exceptionally well-developed listening and communication skills including the ability to connect with and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A thorough understanding of fiscal management for a business and a proven track record of success in developing and managing budgets; experience with federal, state, and local grant management is preferred.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

While vaccination is not required, it is desired and strongly recommended for the safety of all staff and the people we serve.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Shira Jacobs, Director, Blair Search Partners
1855 1st Ave., Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101