Vice President of Operations

Learn. Play. Grow.

We empower kids to lead healthy, productive lives through our focus in three key areas: 1) Providing safe and fun places for kids to grow and thrive, 2) Delivering engaging programs focused on academics, health, and leadership and 3) Offering trained staff who guide, coach, and motivate kids to be successful. Established in 1979, the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos (the Club) is part of a nationwide movement of independent community-based organizations working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. We are committed to serving the needs of youth, ages 6 to 18, during the critical hours when they are out of school and away from parental supervision, ensuring they receive what they need most: a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves, adult role models who respect and listen to them, and interesting, constructive educational and recreational activities that channel youthful energy into challenging and productive pursuits. With a $5M operating budget and 110 dedicated staff members, the Club proudly serves over 4,000 San Marcos youth across 12 sites, including two standalone branches, each year.   

Leadership & Culture

The Club is led by an exceptional executive team, dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusivity, transparency, and growth, both personally and professionally. Their focus is to create a safe and supportive environment for both the staff and the students and families they serve. As a member of the executive team, the VP of Operations will report to CEO, Cathy Baur, who brings deep experience and connectivity to the local community. Prior to joining the Club in 2020, Cathy spent over 35 years in communications and fundraising, including nearly 12 years at California State University San Marcos, where she served as VP of University Advancement, Associate VP of Communications, and as the Executive Director of the CSUSM Foundation Board. Under her leadership, the Club continues to achieve great success including doubling of the operating budget, opening of the new Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation Branch in 2022, completion of a $2MM capital campaign in 6 months and a $600k remodel of the Jennifer Loscher Branch.

Organizational Values

  • Care
  • Fun
  • Inspiration
  • Safety
  • Inclusiveness
  • Trust

Benefits & Features

  • Salary – $90,000 – $125,000
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Disability and life insurance
  • 401(k)
  • PTO: 80 hours paid time off, 48 hours paid sick time, 11 paid holidays
  • Monthly cell phone allowance
  • Reduced cost summer camp and day camps for dependents


This is a hands-on role based at our program sites in San Marcos, although the VP will have some flexibility with both work schedule and location, based on business needs.

Position Summary

The VP of Operations is one of the most critical leadership positions within the organization, serving as a close thought partner and sounding board to the CEO. They will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for critical areas including program implementation and outcomes, facilities, technology, transportation, and budget and grant management. In addition, the VP will leverage their business acumen to help expand our programs and deepen our impact. The VP will lead and develop a dynamic and talented team, managing five direct reports and a total Operations team of 80+ staff. A key member of the executive team, this is a high-profile position, both within the organization and the local community, collaborating with executives at other leading partner organizations, as well as our donors, members, parents, families, school leaders, and a variety of other stakeholders. The new VP will have wide latitude to make the position their own, and will be encouraged to “think big”, implementing creative new strategies and approaches to help us better serve the San Marcos community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and collaborate with staff to ensure the Club’s day-to-day operations are organized and run in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.
  • Identify opportunities to improve program effectiveness and outcomes, with a focus on growing teen participation.
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive staff development and training program.
  • Coach, mentor, develop and manage a team of 5 direct reports: Director of Operations, Director of Teen Services, Director of Social & Emotional Wellness, and 2 Branch Directors, aiding in professional development, community relations, and program operations.
  • Oversee the stewardship of all financial resources and operating accounts.
  • Develop the organizational budget and monitor and explain variances in revenues and expenditures.
  • Oversee financial planning and analysis, accurate and timely preparation of financial reports, and the implementation of best practices in all financial aspects of the organization.
  • Oversee the management of all grant funds, ensuring they are spent, collected, and reported on properly.
  • Lead all aspects of youth safety, safety compliance, and safety training across all sites and within the organization.
  • Identify and implement best practices for vehicle management, office management, insurance, safety, and project management across all sites and programs.
  • Ensure all processes and procedures remain up to date and followed across all sites and programs.
  • Manage the maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment, and other facilities; oversee capital projects and deferred maintenance planning.

Background Profile

  • Committed to the Club’s mission, with a passion for moving young people forward.
  • Strategic and hands-on approach to operations; adept at analysis, business planning, forecasting.
  • Strong leadership skills to mentor and motivate staff to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated experience with legal compliance, budget development, and grants management.
  • Strong knowledge of organizational development and HR management principles.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) to influence and engage constituents.
  • Proficient with technology and adept at switching to/integrating new systems and platforms.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination or a reasonable accommodation request with weekly negative tests will be required.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

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