of Greater Santa Barbara

We are excited to welcome women’s leadership advocate and policy expert Jennifer Faust as our incoming CEO. Jen will join Girls Inc. in January 2022. Learn More

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from any candidate whose skills match the listed qualifications. Read our full EOE statement

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) provides strategic leadership of the organization and oversight of all Girls Inc. programming and advocacy. The CEO manages staff and program administration, and interfaces with the National Girls Inc. organization. They partner with the Board of Directors to ensure long-term planning; strong fund development success; and representation of Girls Inc. in the community – all in support of sustainable growth.

The CEO has primary responsibility for executing upon the board’s Statement of Direction (see next tab.) They build partnerships with schools, government and community organizations, foundation officers, corporate, and individual donors. They ensure the prudent management of finances; develop and reward an effective culturally competent staff; assure that nonprofit/legal requirements are met; advocate for the rights and needs of all girls and inspire staff and volunteers to motivate girls to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience.

Full Position Description

The Board of Directors adopted a Statement of Direction in 2021 to formalize the path for long term organizational sustainability and to frame the priorities for the next CEO.

Guided by our vision of empowered girls in an equitable society and our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, The Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Board of Directors envisions that the organization will:

Invest in staff by focusing on culture, professional and leadership development, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Develop relationships with community leaders and partner organizations to expand program delivery options within Santa Barbara County.

Advocate within the community on issues affecting girls and teens and be a trusted community resource and influencer.

Advance innovative fundraising opportunities; operate sustainably and with financial security.

Engage in a comprehensive strategic planning process.

Girls Inc. is the leading national expert on girls’ issues and stands for gender and social equity and justice. We inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy.

As one of 83 nonprofit affiliates in the Girls Inc. Network, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is an established and respected member of our local community since 1958. We annually serve more than 1,300 girls, ages 5-18, through remote school day learning support programs, after-school and summer camp enrichment programs, a dedicated teen center and teen outreach programming, and a recreational-to-competitive gymnastics program. Our staff of 35 serves a population that is nearly 70% Latina.

Girls Inc.’s comprehensive approach to whole-person development equips girls, teens and those who identify as female to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent, prepared to lead the next generation. Informed by girls, teens, and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls, to combat sexual violence, and to support girls who experience trauma. In doing this work we welcome all girls and teens and give added focus particularly on those girls with the fewest resources as our girls learn to value their whole selves and inherent strengths to successfully navigate the challenges they face.

Girls Inc. has 10 affiliates in California, including in Los Angeles and Carpinteria to the south, and in Salinas and Alameda County to the north. While we currently offer service in South Santa Barbara County, our service area does extend to North Santa Barbara County, offering new program expansion and partnership opportunities.

In 2020, Girls Inc. reduced its staff by 75% due to temporary center closures by Covid-19. In addition to program and service disruptions, the organization had begun a formal strategic planning process at the start of 2020 that was also placed on hold during the pandemic.

With the CEO’s departure at the end of 2020, the Board of Directors appointed the Chief Operating Officer Tom Blabey as the interim Executive Director during the leadership transition.

The 12 individuals on the Board of Directors serve for a term of three years, renewable for up to three terms. An additional three members are slated to join the board in the Summer of 2021. Our 2021 operating budget is $2.8 million.

We own and operate two campuses, one in downtown Santa Barbara, CA and one in Goleta, CA. Approximately 50% of the budget comes from fundraising and 50% comes from program fees paid by families. Girls Inc. offers financial assistance on a sliding scale to ensure all girls, teens, and those who identify as female who want to participate can, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. In addition, we own and maintain a fleet of more than 20 vans used to transport girls and teens from school to our campuses (note: transportation has been suspended during the pandemic.)

Santa Barbara, CA, is located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. The city lies between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean and has a population of over 90,000 residents, nearly 40% of whom identify as Hispanic/Latino. Local industry includes tourism, small business, banking and finance, agriculture, a growing tech sector, and higher education with UC Santa Barbara, Westmont College, and Santa Barbara City College.


Girls Inc.’s comprehensive approach to whole-person development equips girls, teens, and those who identify as female to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements that comprise The Girls Inc. Experience:

People – trained and professional staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships.

Place – an all-girl pro-girl environment that is physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect.

Programming – research-based, hands-on and minds-on, and age-appropriate, meeting the social, emotional, physical, and education needs of today’s girls and teens.

*Dates are approximate and may change due to scheduling. Please check back for updates.

April 12:

  • Executive Search opens

May 21:

  • Deadline for applications and candidate materials

May 17-26:

  • Application reviews and candidate pre-screen calls


  • First round candidate interviews (Zoom)
  • Second round candidate interviews with board members (Zoom)


  • Candidate conversations with staff (Zoom)
  • Finalist candidates meet with board and staff in-person


  • New CEO begins and transitions with interim Executive Director

Tracy Jenkins, Board President

Amber Oritz, Board Vice President

Sue Pilkington, Girls Inc. Parent & Board Member

Luz Reyes-Martín, Education Leader & Board Member

Paul Portney, Board Member & Development Committee Chair

Kendall Pata, Board Member

Kristen Weaver, Chief Strategy Officer

Tom Blabey, COO and Interim Executive Director

Girls Inc. Staff

Deb Hopkins, Girls Inc. National Affiliate Engagement Director

Steve Ortiz, Community Advisor

Lisa Murphy Rivas, Community Advisor