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Chief External Affairs Officer (JR 2322)

Los Angeles, California · Volunteering/Non-Profit
JR 2322
Chief External Affairs Officer
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Salary: DOE
Full Time

Since its foundation in 1984, PATH has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing.

Reporting to the CEO, the Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO) is responsible for achieving PATH’s progressive fundraising goals, managing a robust team (15 members with five direct reports), and being an engaging, mission-driven thought leader with the executive team. The CEAO oversees the following functions across California: major gifts, planned gifts, special events and sponsorships, media and marketing, private grants, community affairs, and advocacy. The CEAO partners with the CEO to create a culture of philanthropy within PATH’s board of directors and staff. Duties of the Chief External Affairs Officer include:
  • Leading the creation of a comprehensive, statewide fundraising strategy—from initial engagement to donor acknowledgement and stewardship—that achieves PATH’s current goals and increases private revenue by 25-50 percent each year.
  • Developing a high-performance team culture focused on leadership and accountability at all levels, continuous learning, collaboration, measurement, and goal achievement, with progress tracked quarterly and annually.
  • Overseeing directors of philanthropy, strategic partnerships, public policy and advocacy, media, and marketing to help develop annual plans and budgets and support implementation.
  • Personally securing six- to seven-figure gifts from major donors across California while overseeing the success of a team fully dedicated to individual giving, direct mail, online giving, corporate sponsorships, and event production.
  • Leveraging previous experience in planned giving to launch a new program, with full support and participation from staff and board leadership.
  • Developing a strategy to maximize relationship building and fundraising, creating and managing a donor portfolio for the CEO as well as a personal portfolio.
  • Managing and support a statewide community affairs department with dedicated regional staff that have a high level of autonomy in securing volunteers and donations.
  • In collaboration with the CFO, developing and monitor department budget including providing the best forecasts possible.
  • Providing regular reports for the Executive staff and board outlining goals and outcomes.
  • Ensuring all external affairs initiatives are aligned with PATH’s mission and values.
  • A commitment to end homelessness across California and experience in advocacy for vulnerable populations
  • Strong organizational skills to operationalize a strategic fundraising plan
  • Strong management skills and experience building and investing in a team that values accountability and collaboration
  • Experience in developing a planned giving and major giving strategy with proven personal success in building a strong donor pipeline
  • Successful track record in fundraising event production and campaigns
  • Experience in advocacy for vulnerable populations
  • Strong interpersonal, decision-making, leadership, and project management skills
  • At least 12 years of professional experience in managing projects and teams
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to track and analyze data and report out to relevant groups internally and externally
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and able to adapt to various software and databases
  • Employment eligibility verification
  • Have Reliable Transportation
  • Ability to qualify for PATH insurance coverage
  • Tuberculosis test
  • Successful completion of background screening & drug test
  • Ability to obtain Basic Life Support Certification, CPR/First Aid certification through PATH
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings or weekends
  • Driving is an essential function of this position
    • Must have Valid CA Driver's License
    • Must provide proof of insurance coverage
    • Must be able to qualify for PATH insurance coverage
    • Required to possess own vehicle and provide proof of vehicle ownership

Effective 11/01/2021 PATH will require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. All prospective hires will be expected to provide proof of full vaccination as part of the pre-employment credentialing process.

If this sounds like you, please visit our PATH Careers Site at and search for JR# 2322 to submit your application. A resume is required.

PATH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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