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We're hiring an Executive Director!


Leadership Santa Cruz County announces that it is now hiring for its executive director position. This is a part time role with salary commensurate to experience.


August 22
Welcome, introductions, program guidelines.

September 14 & 15
A two-day retreat with challenging team-building exercises, an overview of community issues, and a self-assessment exercise. 

October 6
Local housing and economic issues followed by a planning and design exercise.


November 3
A look at the community’s health care and human services and field trips to local human service providers.

December 1
Gain an understanding of small business and tourism issues.  This day includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Boardwalk and a field trip to a local business.

January 12
Presentations from state, county and local political leaders on the policy issues important to Santa Cruz County.

February 2
Interaction with leaders from our public schools (k-12), community college and university.

March 1
Meet leaders in law enforcement, the District Attorney, and the public defender. Visit the county jail and the Watsonville Courthouse. 

March 22
This day involves a tour of the Pajaro Valley with a focus on the history, events and resources that have shaped this part of the county.

April 12
Visit agricultural sites in the Pajaro Valley.  Learn about the importance and challenges of this major industry in our community.

May 10
Discover the diversity and richness of the art and culture of the community which adds to the uniqueness of Santa Cruz. 

June 7
Exposure to issues related to the area’s natural resources. Includes examples of sustainable industries along the North Coast.

June 13
Celebrate the year’s accomplishments and the awarding of graduation certificates. Then begin involvement with the LSCC Alumni Association. 

(The above schedule represents a typical class year. Additional events include an alumni reunion and a leadership talk or workshop. Dates may be subject to change.)​

Press Announcement

Santa Cruz County, CA - Leadership Santa Cruz County announces that it is now hiring for its executive director position. This is a part time role with salary commensurate to experience. 

The executive director is responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization under the direction of the LSCC Board of Directors.  Applicants should be familiar with the inner workings of Santa Cruz County’s institutions, its decision makers, and current affairs. The executive director plans and coordinates the annual program for each class year and is expected to be active and visible in the community working with other governmental, business, and nonprofit organizations. This position requires strong skills in organizational planning and program development, group facilitation skills, budgeting, and knowledge of fundraising strategies and opportunities. It is preferable that the applicant be a graduate of Leadership Santa Cruz County or a similar program. 

Leadership Santa Cruz County (LSCC) was founded in 1985 to enhance the civic participation of emerging community leaders. Over 1,600 individuals have graduated from the program since its founding. 

Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2024. 

If interested, please submit resume to: Lisa Murphy at with a minimum of three references. Further information about Leadership Santa Cruz County and the Executive Director job description is available on its website at


About Leadership Santa Cruz County

LSCC is a community-focused program that meets monthly to explore local institutions and issues, cultivate emerging leaders, and foster meaningful connections with fellow community members. The program includes workshops, discussions, experiential learning, field trips, and networking events that aim to develop individuals who can contribute positively to the county's growth, address its challenges, and promote a sense of collaboration and engagement among its diverse population. Ultimately, Leadership Santa Cruz County empowers individuals to take on leadership roles and make a lasting impact on the social, economic, and cultural vitality of the region.

Job Description

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and the fulfillment of the mission of the organization. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors composed of 9 to 17 members. This is a part-time position.



Board Governance:  Works with the board to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for running the program in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance:  Implements the leadership program and develops resources to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Leadership Santa Cruz County, including submission to the board a proposed annual budget and bimonthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization’s positive financial position.

  • Provides the organization’s bookkeeper with all necessary information to allow accurate accounting and financial reports for the organization.

  • Responsible for working with the Development Committee for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support the organization’s mission.

Organization Mission:  Works with the board to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, planning, and community outreach.

  • Responsible for the implementation of the programs that carry out the LSCC mission.

  • Works with the LSCC Board and committees to carry out annual goals.

  • Responsible for the enhancement of LSCC’s image by being active and visible in the community working with other governmental, business, and nonprofit organizations.

Organization Operations: 

  • Responsible for the administration of the daily operations of the organization. 

  • Responsible for signing of all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.


  • Effectively implementing the annual program of Leadership Santa Cruz County.  This includes an orientation, two-day retreat, ten class days with specific themes, and graduation.

  • Work with the Alumni Committee on special events as required.

  • Planning and operation of annual budget in collaboration with Finance Committee and bookkeeper. 

  • Setting up a home office and carrying out the work for the day-to-day operation of the organization.

  • Serving as Leadership Santa Cruz County’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, special events, and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.

  • Attend meetings and carry out the assigned work as directed by the Board and Committees.

  • Will be required to set up, and break down room arrangements for classes, and special events.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.



  • Knowledge of the political and socio-economic aspects of Santa Cruz County and familiarity with local decision makers/leaders in the community.

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning and program development.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent public speaking skills

  • Experience with group facilitation skills, particularly within a diverse, professional group representing a variety of backgrounds and industries. 

  • Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting.

  • Ability to convey the organization’s mission and vision with other organizations, the community, and donors.

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations.

  • Graduate of Leadership Santa Cruz County or other similar leadership program preferred.

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent



Starting salary of $38,000 to $40,000 commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2024. Interviews will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.


Email resume to:

Please include a minimum of three references.

Leadership Santa Cruz County 

PO Box 588, Capitola CA 95010 

Press Announcement PDF

Job Description PDF

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Leadership Santa Cruz County is a great tool for learning about all different aspects of the region where we live and work. I met leaders from local government, education, hospitality, agriculture and the arts. What I gained from both my classmates and those we met each month has proven to be priceless already and I know I'll use not only that knowledge, but also the business relationships, and friendships I've made for many years to come.

Steve Bennett, Santa Cruz Sentinel Director of Operations, Class 32

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