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Pacific Center Newsletter - 07/07/2023

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Greetings, Pacific Center Community! โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ Summer is in full swing, and we hope this newsletter finds you well, refreshed, and ready for exciting updates. We're thrilled to announce that we're back from our collective rest post-Pride break with renewed vigor, eager to continue serving you and our vibrant LGBTQIA+ community. Let's dive into the latest news, including a Pride Month recap and info about our upcoming move! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Pride Recap: A Celebration of Love and Diversity ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒˆ June was an exhilarating month filled with love, pride, and celebration. We joined together to honor the resilience, strength, and diversity of our LGBTQ+ community during Pride festivities. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ The rainbow colors painted the streets as we marched, danced, and raised our voices in solidarity. Thank you to all who participated, spreading love and acceptance throughout the community. ๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธ We were grateful for the opportunity to partner with Cheer SF for their Pride festivities, as their primary beneficiary. Thank you, Cheer SF! Upcoming Move: Shaping the Future Together ๐Ÿขโœจ As we enter July, we embark on a transformative journey for Pacific Center. With great anticipation (and some sadness, but mostly excitement), we are preparing for our move to a new location at 2130 Center Street. This move will enable us to expand our services and create an even more inclusive space for all. This move represents a crucial milestone in our mission to provide vital resources and support to those who seek a safe haven within our community. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒˆ A Heartfelt Thank You ๐Ÿ’– We extend our deepest gratitude to the Gay Chemists Support Fund of Horizons for their exceptional $10,000 donation to our move fund. Their commitment to supporting LGBTQIA+ initiatives is truly remarkable, and we are honored to have their support. Their contribution brings us closer to realizing our $25,000 move goal, and to transforming our new space into a beacon of hope and empowerment for all. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’™ Invitation to Underwriters: Join Us in Making a Difference ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿค We invite our dedicated supporters and allies to become underwriters for our move. By contributing to our cause, you'll play a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth and successful transition for Pacific Center. Your generosity will help cover the costs of the move, enabling us to enhance our facilities, procure necessary furniture and equipment, and create innovative programs and services that uplift our community. Together, we can make a lasting impact! ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’™ Also, we are offering an opportunity for underwriters to sponsor rooms! For more about this initiative, please contact Christopher at or Lasara at Stay Connected and Engage ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’ฌ As we embark on this exciting chapter, we encourage you to stay connected and engage with us through our website and social media platforms. Be sure to visit our website regularly for updates on the move and upcoming events. Join us on social media to share your thoughts and be a part of meaningful conversations. Together, we can shape a brighter future for the LGBTQIA+ community. ๐ŸŒŸโœจ Thank you for being an integral part of the Pacific Center family. Your support and dedication are invaluable, and we look forward to celebrating our new home with you. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒˆ Wishing you a joyful and empowering summer! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒˆ Warm regards, Pacific Center Communications Team


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 Centerโ€™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 Centerโ€™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.


Volunteer Intern Opportunties!

Executive Assistant We are seeking a volunteer executive assistant for a few hours a week. The position will be in person, either in Oakland at the ED's home office or on-site at the Pacific Center building - your choice. This is an opportunity for the right person to make a distinct and positive impact on Pacific Center operations. As with any high-access volunteer at the Center, the Volunteer Executive Assistant will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before commencing work. Duties may include:

  • scheduling

  • reviewing, prioritizing and responding to emails

  • answering and returning phone calls

  • organizing, filing, and e-filing documents

  • shredding physical docs once e-filed

  • possible Pacific Center-related errand running (depositing checks, getting things to the post office, etc)

  • drafting policies and procedures, with ED direction

  • Hybrid

To apply for this volunteer position, please send a brief cover letter and qualifications to Kitty/Vanessa, the volunteer coordinator, at Media Production Intern *Currently Remote*

  • Create media content to be used in outreach materials and fundraising campaigns

  • Create media for social media accounts

  • Post regularly and engage with followers on social media accounts

  • Conduct community member interviews

  • Research fundraising best practices to create effective media

  • Support the efforts of year end and other giving campaigns

  • Minimum commitment of 6 months

If you are interested in the social media internship please fill out a application here: Apply here! *Please note these opportunities are not paid*


We Also Had Some Amazing Times with Our Community Throughout the Month!

Arc'Teryx: Pride Hike

Pacific Center for Human Growth: Gala 50th Anniversary

Drakes: Pride First Friday

Bay Area Workers Support: Resource Fair and Clothing Swap

Cheer SF: Pride



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