Tacoma Community House - Executive Director

Tacoma, Washington, United States | Full-time


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The Organization:

Since 1910, Tacoma Community House (TCH) has served and supported generations of immigrants, refugees, and the community. TCH is a nationally respected, community-based service center for immigrants, refugees, youth, and South Sound residents seeking enrichment and pathways to foster personal and professional success. Committed to, and advocating for, equity and social justice, TCH has helped countless individuals gain the skills they need to navigate hardship, new circumstances, and culture.

In 2009 TCH cofounded the REACH center.  The REACH Center has been equipping and emboldening young people to achieve success in housing, education, and employment through a strong network of dedicated partners. The REACH Center promotes the effective use of resources, enhances collaboration with youth and community partners, and offers a unified voice in advocating for systemic change in how young adults participate in their economic future.

In 2020, TCH and REACH combined operations and moved into a new facility based in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood.  Tacoma inhabits the ancestral homeland of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Serving more than 3,000 individuals and families each year, TCH/REACH (TCH) provides high-quality comprehensive, and wrap-around services to all clients. Serving the south Puget Sound region for more than 100 years, TCH has remained true to its founding principles: commitment to neighborhoods, enriching lives, multigenerational services, and cultural humility.  

Currently, TCH is further integrating operations and services with REACH, serving diverse populations while revisioning how to extend and deepen its impact in the south sound community.

The Executive Director oversees a $6+ million budget and six (6) direct reports with approximately 50 staff. This team is committed to the organization's mission and dedicated to its clients and the community.  

You can learn more about TCH here and REACH  here

The Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) leads the visioning process with the board and staff, ensures the strategic goals align with the mission and values, implements these goals with the talented staff, and engages in mutually beneficial partnerships. In collaboration with the team, more specific areas of accountability include budgeting and fiscal management, external relations, strategic planning, organizational structure and development, human resources, board relations and governance, partner cultivation and stewardship, contract negotiation and implementation, resource allocation, and donor engagement.  

The new ED will be a transformative servant leader who will help define and realize TCH's next chapter. This is an excellent opportunity for an innovative, strategic, pragmatic, grounded, inclusive leader fluent in intercultural nonprofit leadership and who is passionate about social justice.  

Desired Qualifications: 

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer activities, and direct and transferable skills. TCH seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas: 

  • An Executive Director, CEO, President, or senior staff member in a growing organization, department, or division of comparable size and complexity. Experience leading a non-profit organization preferred. 
  • Has a social justice framework for immigrants, refugees, QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Indigenous, People of Color). Background with immigration, citizenship, employment, education, opportunity youth, youth housing, government contracts, advocacy, and /or program management preferred. 
  • Has a heart for the mission, organization, clients, staff, community, and serving the underserved and unhoused. Personal connection with the communities served is preferred. 

Strategic Planning: 

  • Strategic thinking with a larger vision. Partner with the staff and board of directors to set the vision and engage in strategic planning that can translate into defined desired impact, strategic goals, and measurable action plans. Specifically – TCH’s place in the community, diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism, and financial stewardship.
  • Skilled at moving from vision to strategy, action, and shared ownership of results. 
  • Proficient at leading planning processes and engaging stakeholders.  
  • Adept at thinking outside existing frameworks and setting goals over multiple time horizons. 

Organizational Management: 

  • Recruit and retain talented and motivated staff members. 
  • Supervise operations, including financial management, legal compliance, board and staff development, and human resources. 
  • Business acumen and ability to inspire others. Experience overseeing and ensuring operational excellence in several different organizational functions with accountability to the business and culture, preferably in an intercultural organization. 
  • Understand the financial side of a non-profit. Pursue, apply for, negotiate, secure, and manage grants and contracts with staff. Discern and pursue revenue streams that are sustainable for TCH. 
  • Prioritize programs and resources. 
  • Leverage technology to support operations.  


  • Bring a transparent, open, respectful, and equity-based communication, facilitation, and decision-making style.  
  • Be an authentic, transparent, relational, servant, and transformative leader. 
  • Be highly flexible and comfortable with change and ambiguity. 
  • Foster healthy board-staff relations.  
  • A human-centric approach to situations. Values process in nurturing and growing an organization.   
  • Successful at achieving growth while maintaining organizational stability. 
  • A skilled team builder and mentor who builds alignment and values the diversity of ideas while supporting staff to follow their interests and grow their careers.   

 External Relations: 

  • Be the face of the organization. Build relationships and partnerships in alignment with mission and values. 
  • Experience creating a foundation of trust to support broad and diverse networks and coalitions. Able to give and receive critical feedback, balance perspectives and convictions across stakeholders, and create a culture of achievement.  
  • Open to innovation and experimentation. 
  • Advocacy at federal and state levels. Build an understanding of immigration, education, housing, and juvenile policies.  
  • Track record of building relationships with major donors and expanding donor networks.  
  • Strong writing skills and ability to tell a compelling story. 

 Commitment to: 

  • Carefully steer the organization through times of transition. 
  • Maintain, strengthen, and embody TCH's focus on equity and social justice. 
  • Foster organization development, mentor, hire and retain staff. 
  • Build and steward an inclusive and transparent budgeting process and culture. 
  • Cultivate a safe, intercultural, generational culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, empowerment, and excellence. 
  • Understand organizational challenges and dedicate resources to implement systematic changes. 
  • Be a conscientious listener who holds self and others to the highest standards of integrity and accountability. 
  • Be honest, act with integrity, and maintain a sense of humor. 


Compensation and Benefits: 

This position is full-time exempt and in person. Commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate, the starting salary ranges from $140,000 –$160,000 per annum, plus comprehensive benefits including:

Medical, HSA, Dental, Life & AD & D, LTD, 403b that employees are eligible for a 6% match, generous PTO, and paid Holidays. 


To Be Considered: 

This role will remain open until filled with the priority deadline of November 11th. Candidate materials are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and initial interviews will begin in October. 

 To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter (in a single Word or PDF document) as soon as possible addressed to the Search Committee on this site.

 You may direct questions or make referrals to Amy Burton at Valtas Group. Amy can be reached at amy@valtasgroup.com or 206.718.5122. 

 Tacoma Community House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence or perception of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. This position is subject to reference checks and a background check completion.