Executive Director, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery

Position Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Location: Berkeley, California

Remote/Hybrid: 2-3 days in office; 2-3 days remote

Salary: $140,000-155,000/year (including health & other benefits) based on skills and experience

Schedule: Full-time


Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses, persecution related to identity and beliefs, and forced displacement resulting from war, torture, gender-based, criminal, and other forms of interpersonal violence. PTR provides psychological, psychosocial, and psychiatric care for asylum seekers and refugees from around the world; conducts community outreach; supports training; and advocates for policies to prevent trauma and re-traumatization among international survivors of violence.


This is an exciting opportunity to lead a fast-growing nonprofit organization working at the nexus of human rights and mental health into its next phase of development. The ideal candidate for this position has a passion for and personal connection to Partnership for Trauma Recovery’s mission of addressing the psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses through culturally responsive and trauma-informed mental health care and case management, community outreach, training, and policy advocacy. The ideal candidate will be an inspirational DEI-centered leader and strategic thinker. Steeped in human-centered management, the Executive Director is committed to dismantling systems of oppression while leading the fundraising, strategic development, communications, management, and administration of the organization and responding to new initiatives and needs, as they arise. The Executive Director is responsible for and will work in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, Clinical Director, Director of Operations, and other PTR staff to maintain current funder relationships and expand PTR’s base of support. This position requires leadership, flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, and a passion for promoting human rights, peace, and psychosocial wellbeing.


Executive/Board Partnership

  • Staffs, prepares for and attends board and appropriate committee/task force meetings. This includes the Executive Director report, financial reports, and other program data.
  • Assists board president with board development and recruitment to ensure diversity and bylaw adherence.
  • Identifies, assesses, and keeps the board of directors apprised of internal and external issues affecting the organization to inform program delivery and organizational strategy.

Leadership and Strategy

  • Strategically leads initiatives to strengthen organizational sustainability, including strategic planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
  • Empowers, supports, manages and guides 3-4 direct reports and 25-28 total staff using a strengths-based approach that promotes a safe and secure workplace culture that nurtures staff development and performance. This includes the coaching, mentoring and development of staff.

Organization and Financial Management

  • Directs the preparation of, manages and oversees an annual budget in accordance with funding authority, local, state and federal guidelines.
  • Provides programmatic oversight and directs the preparation of reports to funders in a manner that ensures agency is aligned with annual programmatic goals and financial audit standards.
  • Develops and revises personnel policies, agency bylaws, project management systems and related policies and procedures as needed to ensure compliance.

Development and Fundraising

  • Leads PTR’s fundraising strategy to ensure a solid foundation of support for existing and future programming in collaboration with the Board and development staff and volunteers to motivate involvement and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Establishes and stewards relationships with prospective and current donors and supporters on an ongoing basis to inspire continued giving.
  • Overseeing the grant procurement process including providing grant writing, grant submission and grants management support to development staff.
  • Partners with development on the establishment of a major gifts program that spans the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors as well as the maintenance of donor and gift acknowledgement systems.

Communications and External Relations

  • Contributes to PTR’s communications efforts including web-based communication and written materials.
  • Increases PTR’s visibility and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson, brand champion and advocate and raises PTR’s profile by being available to print and broadcast journalists.
  • Engages with public policy leaders and other influencers, helping to shape the agenda and decision making of government officials and other external stakeholders.
  • Establishes strong, positive relationships with local government officials and foundation leaders and collegial, mutually beneficial relationships with leaders of other community non-profits.



  • A graduate degree in public policy, business, nonprofit management, social work, international development or other relevant field or a bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience.
  • Experience overseeing and/or participating in the provision of trauma-informed services and working cross-culturally with diverse international populations, refugees and/or asylum seekers in particular.
  • At least 10 years of nonprofit sector experience, including:
    • Demonstrated success in leading organizations as an Executive Director, or member of the senior leadership team, of an organization with an annual operating budget greater than $1M.
    • Solid fundraising experience working with government, private, institutional and private donors, diversifying and increasing annual organizational revenue and budget size.
    • Five years of organizational and programmatic management/administration experience with excellent people skills.

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Strong experience in immigration/refugee mental health.
  • Experience managing organizational change, working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams and leading group dynamics.
  • Skilled fundraiser including a successful track record in donor outreach and solicitation, overseeing the expansion of development efforts and revenue growth as well as grant prospecting, writing, submission and reporting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication relevant to the needs of a nonprofit organization interfacing with donors and the general public. Ability to write formally and informally, with professional and engaging language.
  • Comfort with MS word, excel, web research and databases.

Competencies & Interests

  • Understanding of and passion for international human rights and/or global mental health.
  • Maturity, initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to inspire others, creatively problem-solve, and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to thrive in a small nonprofit and wear multiple hats, as needed.
  • Capacity for self-reflection, humility, respect for difference & ability to manage disagreement.
  • Strong desire for personal & professional growth.
  • Attention to detail & ability to effectively attend to responsibilities.


Salary: $140,000-155,000/year (including health & other benefits) based on skills and experience

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery has retained the exclusive services of Charity Search Group to coordinate the search for this position. To discuss your suitability for this role, please contact Ángela-Jo Touza-Medina (angela@charitysearchgroup.com) or visit www.charitysearchgroup.com.

To learn more about Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, please visit our website at www.traumapartners.org. No phone calls.

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is an equal employment opportunities (EEO) and does not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDs), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, or request for FMLA in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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