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Executive Director – Folsom Street Events


Folsom Street Events (FSE) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, that produces nine annual events including dance parties, parades, and two world-class street fairs that serve the adult alternative lifestyle communities. These events include The San Francisco Party at IML, Hog Wild, Bay of Pigs, Up Your Alley, Rough, LeatherWalk, Magnitude, Folsom Street Fair, and DEVIANTS Adult Arcade. In particular, Folsom Street Fair is the world’s largest leather and fetish event. In 2015, over 200,000 people attended the fair, making it possible for our agency to return more than $350,000 to local and national charities. All of our events are adult-oriented, sex-positive fetish events.

Our Mission

The mission of Folsom Street Events is to create world-class leather and fetish events that unite the adult alternative lifestyle communities with safe venues for self-expression and exciting entertainment. Our events raise funds to sustain SF Bay Area-based and national charities. We value sexual freedom, diversity, and volunteerism.


The Executive Director of Folsom Street Events must work diligently in many areas in order to properly oversee this non profit organization. These areas include management and administration, fundraising and finance, events management and program development, Board of Directors, and more.

● Hire, train, and support staff members and volunteers
● Supervise daily work and schedules of staff members and volunteers
● Administer work and monitor progress of contractors
● Work to ensure proper maintenance of offices and storage space
● Supervise staff, contractors and volunteers to meet ongoing IT needs
● Ensure that the agency manages ongoing, proper insurance coverages
● Manage any and all necessary human resource issues, including performance reviews, benefits management, and hiring
● Administer bank accounts, submit payroll, and execute wires as needed
● Evaluate performance of all full-time and contracted employees on a yearly basis with the collaboration of the Board President
● Other duties as assigned and required

● Draft and monitor annual operating budget in cooperation with Board of Directors
● Solicit and maintain sponsorships, including relationship building
● Administer key departments to maximize agency income (e.g., gates, beverages, party tickets, merchandise and exhibitor sales)
● Direct additional fundraising opportunities, such as bar nights, Pride booths, etc.
● Supervise work and progress of bookkeeper in cooperation with Board Treasurer to ensure that the Board of Directors receive timely, regular financial reports
● Attend community partner events
● Supervise coordination of annual check presentation ceremony
● Other duties as assigned and required

● Coordinate events management and oversight, including plans for safety and security, timelines, permits, and line item budget approval
● Gauge program effectiveness in order to make improvements as needed
● Supervise and coordinate market research for the benefit of events and programs
● Work directly with staff and Board of Directors to generate annual marketing plan, including strategies and goals, budget, and evaluation
● Work directly with staff and Board of Directors to produce fresh, exciting, and relevant creative poster images for all events
● Maintain an active FOLSOM brand for the purposes of sales, marketing, and more
● Organize trainings for beneficiary volunteers, including acquiring training space, presenting, and updating training materials
● Represent Folsom at off-site events as required for organizational image and licensing purposes (International Mr. Leather Conference, International Ms. Leather Conference, LA Leather Week, London Fetish Week, etc.)
● Other duties as assigned and required

● Work with Board President to help grow, train, and support Board of Directors
● Attend all Board meetings
● Organize annual strategic planning retreat in coordination with Board of Directors
● Recruit new Board Associates as needed for various departments
● Manage annual beneficiary grant review and decision-making process
● Organize community-building events as needed
● Meet and work with key politicians, community leaders, and community members to advance the mission of the organization
● Serve as the agency’s primary contact with all media outlets and press, including generation of press releases and marketing language
● Interface with attorneys on any legal issues confronting the organization, including copyright and trademark issues, lawsuits, contract language, cease and desist letters, etc.
● Other duties as assigned and required

● Leadership experience in a large membership- or volunteer-driven organization
● Experience putting on large-footprint events (10K or larger)
● Knowledge of MS Office Suite, Google Apps, current Apple OS, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Eventbrite
● Understanding of permitting processes and city and county government interactions
● Experience managing large, diverse teams in high pressure situations for sustained periods of time
● Solid understanding of leading the process of ongoing strategic planning
● Exceptional written and verbal skills. Ability to draft press releases and speak to media in a way which represents Folsom’s best interests
● Ability to maintain composure during chaotic or emergency situations
● Connection with, or knowledge of, the Adult Alternative Lifestyle Community
● Cultural competency around gender, racial, cultural, and sexual diversity
● Ability to interact professionally and positively with volunteers, staff, and community members
● Ability to work nights and weekends, especially during July through September
● Previous experience in P&L Management, including handling of complex budgets

Folsom Street Events is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Folsom Street Events will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This position requires the ability to lift objects up to 50 lbs, and stand and walk for 14-20 hours at least two days of the year. Nights and weekends will be required at times throughout the year.

Interested Candidates, please email careers@folsomstreetevents.org with a pdf attachment of your resume with references, cover letter, and a salary expectation statement.

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