The Executive Director will assume day-to-day operating and oversight responsibility for Our Family Coalition, including Organizational Leadership, Fundraising & Revenue Development, Staff Management, Community/ External Relations, Fiscal and Administrative Management, and Board Relations. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the E.D. will set a clear strategic vision and overall direction for OFC that integrates and expands its efforts in advocacy, education, family support, social networking, and community organizing, to maximize the impact of its work.
A primary accountability of the new E.D. will be to ensure the OFC remains a visible, healthy, and sustainable champion for LGBTQ+ families with a focus on the following organizational priorities:
- Strengthen/support a team and organization coming out of a period of significant transition
- Grow and diversify fundraising programs, capacity, and results
- Bring vision and critical thinking to how OFC invests limited human and financial resources
- Continue driving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts at all levels of OFC
- Raise visibility, awareness, and understanding of OFC’s work & accomplishments
This E.D. will also function as a public representative of OFC and will work to expand relationships with constituents, volunteers, allies, policy makers, LGBTQ+ partners and other allied social justice movements to advance the organization’s mission
- Provide vision and inspiration for the strategic direction of OFC to increase the effectiveness and reach of its work;
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with coalition partners/allies – LGBTQ+ organizations, children's rights advocates, legislators and policy makers, schools, etc.;
- Align and integrate programmatic, prioritizing efforts that best meet the needs of LGBTQ families and maximize the impact of limited human and financial resources;
- Set tone and expectations across the organization for work of the highest quality and greatest impact;
- Further OFC’s commitment to equity and inclusion, centering racial/ethnic identity, gender/gender identity, socio-economic status, and disability representation in all aspects of OFC’s work;
- Support the operation and administration of the Board;
- Work with Board leadership to continually diversify the Board and to leverage its members as a key component of institutional growth.
- Lead Board and staff in the development and implementation of a creative and comprehensive fundraising plan;
- Work with the Development Director and Development Committee of the Board to grow financial resources and diversify funding sources to include individual, corporate, and foundation giving, special events, grants, partnerships, and fee-for-service revenue;
- Partner with the Board and staff members to manage their participation in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding funders;
- Personally maintain active and positive relationships with key individual and institutional funders;
- Lead and mentor a dedicated staff to achieve OFC's goals;
- Fostering a culture of collaboration and professional excellence while nurturing and supporting all team members;
- Continue to evolve and improve organizational structure, ensuring that the work of staff is aligned with mission, values, and priorities;
- Establish and evaluate performance objectives for staff and encourage/provide continuous training and development opportunities;
- Deepen cross-team collaboration and leverage external resources partnerships to greatest advantage;
- Maintaining a positive and respectful workplace climate that values diversity, creativity, and accountability.
- Provide strong and transparent fiscal stewardship;
- Work with Board to ensure OFC’s continued financial health;
- Provide strategic direction and critical thinking to existing and new programmatic initiatives, including identifying those with revenue potential;
- Foster the engagement of OFC families and allies in the development and evaluation of programs, services, and advocacy;
- Serve as OFC’s chief spokesperson with the public, media, policy makers, and other audiences;
- Present accurate, effective, and timely information to the to Board of Directors;
- Manage all Board communications with the highest standards of governance and transparency;
- Participate in all Board meetings, as well as various Committee meetings and calls as appropriate/ necessary.
The new Executive Director will be a positive, experienced, and visionary leader with a high level of emotional intelligence and professional maturity. They will have proven skills in fundraising and relationship management as well as organization and team leadership. They will bring a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent management style, combined with a commitment to support, mentor, and develop a close-knit team of dedicated professionals.
The ideal candidate will have a deep personal connection to OFC’s work and mission and an appreciation of the unique needs and contributions of LGBTQ families. This person will be empathetic and people-centered and, at the same time, bring the professional skills, discipline and rigor to lead the organization to new levels of growth and success. Regardless of professional background, a deep understanding of and commitment to full LGBTQ equity and inclusion is required; as is successful track record of successful leading across diverse ages, races, socio-economic statuses, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Minimum of five-years of experience in a senior-level leadership role, preferably as the head of a nonprofit organization or educational institution
- Intersectional understanding of LGBTQ+ cultural, political, and equity/justice issues
- Professional history including direct services, policy/advocacy, organizing, and/or capacity building, preferably in a LGBTQ+ or allied social justice environment
- Ability to set strategic vision and motivate team, Board, and external constituents to work collaboratively toward shared goals
- Able to positively coach and mentor others;
- Proven success in fundraising and/or business development, including effective donor engagement and track record of revenue growth
- Financial oversight and budget management experience in an organization of comparable size and complexity
- Experience building and maintaining effective partnerships and coalitions at both the grassroots and grass tops levels
- Strong written and oral communications skills
- Exceptional decision-making, analytical, and planning skills
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent/applicable professional experience will be considered
Desired Personal Characteristics
- Passionate commitment to Our Family Coalition’s mission, values, and theory of change
- Calm, steady, and intentional approach to leadership and management
- Keen attention to detail, coupled with the ability to think strategically
- Strong interpersonal skills and high level of self-awareness
- Ability to manage effectively up, down, and across and to set boundaries/make difficult decisions as necessary
- Sense of humor, accessibility, and ability build strong, trusting relationships
- Comfortable addressing issues of discrimination and bias that face individuals and families who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, and or people of color.
- Openness to feedback from staff, Board, program participants, and other stakeholders
- Tenacity and resilience as well as a commitment to self-care.