Executive Director

North Santa Barbara County, Mid Santa Barbara County, South Santa Barbara County
Full Time
805 UndocuFund

BRIEF HISTORY The 805UndocuFund started as a grassroots response to provide financial assistance to undocumented families in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties following the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow. Established by three community organizations (CAUSE, Future Leaders of America, and MICOP), the 805UndocuFund has become a part of our local safety net. Since its founding, the 805UndocuFund has provided over $8 million dollars to more than 6,000 undocumented households impacted by local disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.


805UNDOCUFUND MISSION The 805UndocuFund mobilizes resources when disaster hits, providing short-term financial relief to undocumented residents, and advocates for long-term systems change to ensure they are effectively included in disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery. 


POSITION OVERVIEW: The 805UndocuFund seeks a mission-driven and experienced nonprofit leader skilled in successfully executing organizational plans. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director can be based out of Santa Barbara County or Ventura County, and have overall management responsibility for our growing and impactful organization. To this end, the Board expects complete transparency on financial operations, key decisions, planning, hires / terminations, etc. The Executive Director will also be tasked with evaluating “blue skies work” (work outside of disaster response),  re-envisioning the potential for the CA UndocuFund Network, a statewide partnership aimed at elevating undocumented immigrants during before/during/and after disasters. This is an exciting time for the 805UndocuFund, responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 


Operations & Personnel: 

  • Manage day to day operations consistent with strategic goals, vision, mission. This includes the management of staff and volunteers. 
  • Coordinate staff alignment, working together toward common goals.
  • Communicate vision and direction to the staff, volunteers, clients, and donors.
  • Establish disaster relief protocols, plans, and execute during disasters


Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing and new program operations and regional expansion.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Prioritize efforts for major donor development. 
  • Lead grant writing efforts and stewardship 


Finance and Strategic Planning:

  • Understand and oversee all aspects of the finance function including bookkeeping, audit and grants administration.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop/implement 805UF’s organizational goals and strategic objectives to move the mission and agenda forward.
  • Oversee annual work and budget planning, regularly updating plans and coordinating to ensure long-term objectives are met.
  • Approve and manage expenses relative to budget. 
  • Manage all financial matters in accordance with 805UF policies and financial standards.


External Relations: 

  • Establish relationships with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), in both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, seeking to ensure culturally proficient responses and support in improving outcomes for our community affected by disasters. As a group, we also discuss the best practices to support our community in all phases of disasters such as disaster mitigation, preparedness, and recovery.
  • Establish, maintain, strengthen relationships with local and state government entities to ensure disaster responses are culturally and linguistically proficient. 
  • Establish strategic and tactical plans for the implementation of the 805UF’s outreach into the local community.
  • Communicate vision and direction to the staff, volunteers, clients, and donors. 
  • Interact and network with community, church, agency and educational leaders to affect positive joint outcomes. 
  • Work closely with local media to communicate 805UF’s mission and vision throughout the region. 


CA UndocuFund Network: 

  • Work closely with UndocuFund (Sonoma County) to establish strategic vision and plan for the California Network 
  • As the fiscal sponsor for the CA UndocuFund Network, support fundraising efforts, grant management, as well as funds management 
  • Maintain contact with the CA Network and its collaborators to fulfill strategic vision 


805 Immigrant Coalition: 

  • Leading the 805 Immigrant Coalition which unites organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to educate and organize immigrants and allies, and to advocate for humane and just policies that advance the rights of all immigrants.
  • Facilitating monthly 805 Immigrant Coalition meetings with coalition member organizations.
  • Engaging coalition member organizations in advocacy activities and campaign actions, including meeting with policymakers and grassroots organizing of impacted residents.
  • Maintaining notes and coalition documents and assisting the 805 UF team with grant reporting for coalition funding.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent level of experience is preferred
  • At least 5+  years’ experience in program management and/or executive leadership 
  • Experience with Board management 
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish 
  • Proven experience with raising funds for nonprofits (Private, Government, Corporations, etc.)  and meeting set goals 
  • Experience in working in the field of community development or other relevant community work
  •  Cultural awareness competency (first generation, Latino/a, Immigrant)
  • Proven commitment to social justice (i.e. immigration, environmental, anti-blackness, LGBTQ+) 
  • Experience with and desire to work with diverse cultures and the ability to engage people from a variety of backgrounds on a one-on-one basis or group format
  • Strategic and analytical political thinking skills to think through a variety of community issues and strategies
  • Strong written and verbal skills including large group presentations and public speaking
  • Tech savvy – has skills beyond basic computer literacy
  •  Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to set own work priorities, manage responsibilities and time
  • Ability to develop and carry out effective strategies for actions
  • Be a strategic thinker and consistently exhibit the ability to think through a variety of approaches to an issue and forecast possible and realistic results
  • Ability to link neighborhood-based issues with regional, state and national issues
  • Sense of humor, creative thinker and a risk-taker 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Valid driver’s license with insurance and dependable access to a car to drive for work. Background check through the California Justice Department is required.



This is a full time position with a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits included three weeks paid vacation in addition to 12 office holidays; monthly wellness stipend, 3% retirement match, medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members. The salary range for the Executive Director position is $80,000 — $90,000 depending on the applicant’s experience.


To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and references to the 805UndocuFund email: executivedirector@805undocufund.org, Subject: Executive Director  

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