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Pacific Center News 06/06/2023

Dear Folx, Our Golden Dreams Gala was a lovely event! We raised more than 41,000 toward our $50,000 Gala goal, and just as importantly, we celebrated 50 incredible years of Pacific Center. We were blessed with gorgeous weather, a jaw-dropping sunset, great conversation, awesome entertainment, delicious eats and refreshments and a fabulous crowd of Pacific Center supporters, new and old. If you weren’t able to attend the event, we hope you’ll consider helping Pacific Center reach our $50,000 goal for the Gala by donating here. Your contributions enable us to continue providing the only sliding scale mental health services to the LGBTQIA+ community in the East Bay. Another Way to Donate - And Score a Vacation in Vegas! We have one auction item left from the Gala, which we’re excited to offer to our community. Enjoy a full week in the magical playground of Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Marriott Grand Chateau, from September 3-10! Value: $2710. Starting bid is…whatever you want! Please send your bids to Lasara at with “Vegas Bid” in the subject line. Highest bid wins the trip to Vegas! Thank You's Thank you to so many, including Fire Dragon Photography, who stepped up at the last-minute to save the day when our volunteer couldn’t make it. Thank you, Gloria and team, for capturing delightful images of our event. You can see the photo gallery here. We are grateful to our sponsors:

Thank you to Sharon Knight of Siren Song Productions for her amazing work on event production. We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you to Brandon Rowan Tables for the catering. Thank you to So Lauren and the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus for your fabulous musical stylings. And to Sister Tilda NexTime from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for serving as our MC! And a HUGE thank you to the staff and volunteers who staffed the event and made it easy to check in, get a drink or some food and enjoy the roof deck where we gathered. We are also grateful to Sen. Nancy Skinner for her gracious statement acknowledging our 50 years of service, and to Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and the Berkeley City Council for issuing a proclamation honoring Pacific Center’s half-century of partnership with the city and unique contributions to the community. Upcoming Move, and Open House - June 14, 2023 Now, on to the move, coming up in August! We have a fundraising goal of $25,000 to support the move to our new offices at 2130 Center St., Suite 200, in Downtown Berkeley. A generous donor has pledged $10,000, but we still need to raise the remaining $15,000. Please contact Lasara to talk about underwriting opportunities. More updates on that front soon, but in the meantime, we hope you will drop by our “Open House: GoodBye to Telegraph Ave” event, on June 14th, from 4:00-6:30 PM. Come on by for one last look at our longtime home. Warm regards, Pacific Center for Human Growth

Community Partner Spotlight: Joe Hawkins, co-founder/CEO of Oakland LGBTQ Community Center:

"The Pacific Center has been serving our queer community in the East Bay since there was nothing else. Other major LGBTQ+ service organizations were born and incubated at the Pacific Center. When we opened the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center in 2017, the Pacific Center was a partner from the very beginning, giving advice and sharing resources. Our partnership has allowed us to learn from one another and support our community like never before. The Pacific Center continues to be an East Bay institution that is committed to the mental health and wellness of LGBTQ+ people. I am proud of Pacific Center's accomplishments and look forward to our future working together in service to our community."

Job Listing: Clinical Director

We are sad to announce that America Islas, our Clinical Director, will be leaving the organization. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and know that she will find nothing but success. If you, or someone you know, is a qualified applicant looking for a new opportunity, please read or share the listing below. Job Description: Director of Clinical Programs ABOUT THE ROLE The Director of Clinical Programs (Clinic Director) is responsible for implementing, evaluating, and collaborating with other staff to ensure the effectiveness, relevancy, and sustainability of the Pacific Center’s Clinical Services, which includes the robust clinical training program. Clinic Director reports directly to the Executive Director and supervises a diverse staff consisting of licensed clinicians and support staff who provide program delivery. These programs include the clinical training program (16-36 in school and post-graduate masters and doctoral level clinicians), as well as volunteer and contracted clinical supervisors. Clinical Director has oversight responsibilities, in collaboration with the Community Programs Director, for the Training and Assistance Program, the Peer Support Group Program, the HIV Counseling Program, the Older Adult Counseling and Supports Program (including Older+Out, Out+About, and PEARLS), and Youth Programs (including Trans Tween, LOUD, and BOLD). Clinical Director works in collaboration with other Director level staff to be a thought partner on organizational initiatives that create innovation, inclusion, and expansion of Pacific Center’s services. This position is hybrid, with a requirement of at least three days a week on site in Berkeley, CA. (More days on site will be needed during onboarding of intern cohorts.) Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed as an MFT, LCSW, LPCC or Clinical Psychologist in the state of CA for a minimum of 2 years.

  • Supervisory capacity and certification thereof.

  • Experience with supervision.

  • Experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) desired. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES CLINICAL:

  • Work with Executive Director and staff on evaluation, budgeting, and strategic planning for all clinical services including clinical revenue goals, off-site and on-site counseling, and collaborations with other agencies

  • Meet and maintain clinic revenue goals

  • Manage the clinical training program, which includes the two onboarding orientations per year, one in August and one in January

  • Provide individual weekly supervision to clinical staff and interns as needed

  • Recruit, onboard, and serve as the primary contact for paid clinicians (associates and fully licensed)

  • Recruit, onboard, and serve as the primary contact for clinical supervisors

  • Recruit, onboard, and serve as the primary contact for training clinicians including interns and associates

  • Ensure that client assignments are made effectively and that the list for callbacks for services is managed. This also requires working with the Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager and the Clinical Administrative Assistant to further streamline the interface between the client database and client assignments

  • Support the Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager in doing chart reviews as well as implementing new documentation policies and procedures

  • Liaison with graduate school field placement offices to support new clinician placements

  • Hold a weekly one hour clinical consultation meeting for clinicians

  • Attend weekly drop in hours to support clinicians

  • Assist with individual and group supervision in case contracted supervisors are not available

  • Attend to medical record requests in a timely manner

  • Onboard clinicians, develop Grief Group sessions, and support Grief Group contracted supervisor

  • Collaborate with Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager to Oversee HIPAA compliant document storage on Google Drive and third party apps

  • Oversee HIPAA compliant storage of all paper records.

  • Ensure all staff and clinicians receive HIPAA compliance in a timely manner

  • Supervise certification and recertification as required by funders

  • Attend to any client and clinicians complaints/crisis issues that may arise

  • Collaborate with other staff to support engagement of clinicians in all agency program areas, including Older and Out, HIV Services, and Youth programming

  • Participate in training regarding the EHR and overseeing compliance and implementation

  • Manage record keeping for all clinic-generated PHI


  • Maintain BBS, CalAIM, and Medi-Cal certification

  • Meet regularly with Clinical Program Staff (Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager, Administrative Assistant, Manager of Older Adult and Peer Programs, and HIV Program Manager Clinician), as a group to ensure their ongoing support and promote effective and sustainable functioning of the Clinical Services Program

  • One-on-one supervision of direct reports

  • Develop agendas and facilitate bi-monthly Program Meetings

  • Meet with Clinical Admin weekly to review billing

  • Approve and submit invoices for contractors

  • Oversee accurate data collection and entry into Client Database

  • Preparation of clinical program reports for government contracts

  • Act as an agency liaison for contracts involving clinical services

  • Attend weekly staff meeting and offer Clinical Updates to staff

  • Participate and certify in all mandatory trainings required by contract holders


  • Participate in occasional agency evening/weekend events

  • Participate in promotion of the agency and its services throughout Alameda County

  • Assist as needed with relocation activities

  • Clinic program operations support, as needed

  • Other responsibilities as defined by Executive Director and Board of Directors as needed


  • Base Salary: $90,000 - $95,000

  • Interim for 3 months with opportunity for full appointment

  • Full health benefits (medical, dental, vision) for employee, partial for family members

  • 24 paid holidays (including ten days of organizational closure - one week in winter, one in summer, and two floating holidays, in addition to numerous staff holidays), paid vacation and sick time. NOTE: Organization is working toward an unlimited PTO model.

  • This is a full time (40 Hours/Week) exempt position.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be received and considered until June 19th, 2023. Please send (via CC) your application materials including your cover letter and resume to Lasara Allen, Executive Director, at and Shanna Bowie, Director of Community Programs, at ABOUT THE PACIFIC CENTER: Pacific Center for Human Growth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. QTBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ and Multilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Pacific Center for Human Growth is a 50-year-old LGBTQIA+ mental health clinic in Alameda County, and a critical resource for the health and wellness needs of the local LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC communities. Pacific Center offers low cost individual, couples and family mental health services; HIV support services; peer support groups; and a vibrant youth program.


Upcoming Move, and Open House - June 14, 2023 Now, on to the move, coming up in August! We have a fundraising goal of $25,000 to support the move to our new offices at 2130 Center St., Suite 200, in Downtown Berkeley. A generous donor has pledged $10,000, but we still need to raise the remaining $15,000. Please contact Lasara to talk about underwriting opportunities. More updates on that front soon, but in the meantime, we hope you will drop by our “Open House: GoodBye to Telegraph Ave” event, on June 14th, from 4:00-6:30 PM. Come on by for one last look at our longtime home.

Pride Hike, Pacific Center X Arc’teryx Join us for a Pride Hike with our friends at Arc’teryx, on the evening of June 15, 6 -8PM at Redwood Regional in Oakland! Get more info and sign up here.


Your donations help community members gain access to peer support groups and low-cost counseling and mental health support. Please click below to give what you can.

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