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Full-time Executive Director, Family Equality Council

at Family Equality Council in Massachusetts-Boston


Started in 1979, Family Equality Council is the national nonprofit that connects, represents and empowers the more than one million moms and dads who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender raising two million children in the United States today. Headquartered in Washington D.C., with offices and employees in Boston, MA, Michigan and Wisconsin, the primary mission of the organization is to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents, prospective parents and their families. Family Equality Council pursues this mission through the avenues of community building, messaging and media advocacy, and advancing pro-family policy agendas.

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate will:

Bring a strong voice and engaging style to representing the organization in all settings: advocacy, education, support and media
Be a confident and skilled media presence, comfortable in multiple mediums – including on camera, on radio and with print reporters
Possess sound management skills and the ability to craft an organizational vision, engaging the board of directors to promote the organization in their spheres of influence
Appeal to members, the community, donors and external partners to bolster the organization's development efforts, reputation and reach
Lead a team of dedicated professionals in delivering programs which further the mission of the organization, building in outcome measures and process improvements along the way
Bring a strong understanding of legislative process and political advocacy to drive policy change for LGBT families
Areas of Authority

The executive director holds a key leadership position in the organization. Under the authority of the board, the executive director assumes complete responsibility for carrying out assigned strategies and programs. The executive director has the authority to direct the implementation of the organization's programs and services, and is responsible for the management of all staff members and volunteers.

Summary of Responsibilities

Directs day-to-day operations, including advocacy, program management, communications and development
Implements programs and services through staff
Hires, trains, supervises, delegates and evaluates staff
Attends all board meetings and most committee meetings
Acts as a partner to the board and its committees
Serves as the organization's primary spokesperson for media

5-10 years senior and/or not-for-profit management experience
Budget management experience of at least $2,500,000
Staff management experience of at least 10 - 15 professionals
Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred
Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

Continually conducts both internal and external environmental scans to identify emerging issues that affect the organization
Sets specific organizational goals and outcomes, under the direction of the board of directors
Sets program goals and identifies required resources to achieve goals
Communicates with key stakeholders to identify the changing needs and conditions of the community that is served by the organization
Considers the impact of several alternative plans to address the changing conditions

Participates with the board of directors in the creation and evolution of the organizational vision
Develops programs and services that work toward the agreed-upon vision
Collaborates with staff and relevant community agencies to accomplish objectives
Establishes control and follow-up mechanisms for the organization
Financial Management

Guides the Development Director in identifying and researching funding opportunities, including corporate sponsorships, foundations, government grants, individual donors and events
Implements the board's policies for the allocation and distribution of resources
Ensures the financial stability and stewardship of the organization
Provides the board with regular statements of revenues and expenditures
Administers the funds of the organization, according to the budget approved by the board
Supports and advises the finance committee
Relationship Management

Promotes community awareness of the organization's mission and aims
Participates in networking and community relations activities on behalf of the organization
Builds strong working relationships with others, both inside and outside the organization, and enlists their support for accomplishing tasks
Acts as a public advocate for the organization and its programs in the community
Facilitates a communication plan that informs the community of the activities and direction of the organization
Seeks public speaking opportunities, including media opportunities to showcase the organization and attract new members and supporters
Policy Management

Works collaboratively with movement leaders to advance the cause of LGBT equality through legislative and regulatory reform
Represent the organization and needs of LGBT parents in various movement wide settings – including at the White House, on Capitol Hill, with Executive Directors from allied organizations and within the mainstream family advocacy organizations
Facilitates the development of a bold policy agenda that focuses on securing the parent/child legal bond, marriage equality and safe schools for children with LGBT parents
Program Management

Facilitates the research, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services
Ensures that programs and services reflect the board's priorities
Supervises the implementation of the organization's programs and services
Staff Management

Interprets board strategy decisions to staff
Hires, trains, supervises, evaluates and terminates staff
Sets clear, results-oriented goals, with realistic measurable outcomes
Assists individuals in developing the necessary skills to be successful
Observes and evaluates ongoing performances
Provides real-time, appropriate and constructive feedback
Supervises the recruitment, selection, orientation and training of volunteers
Risk Management

Evaluates the potential risks and rewards of all projects and proposals
Assesses potential threats to the organization's image
Assesses risks to the organization's financial security and growth
Provides regular and reliable reports on the organization's progress to the board of directors
All candidates must have a "can do" attitude, enjoy a fast-paced environment, be highly organized without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to justice and equality for LGBT families. This position requires a proven ability to build productive and collaborative working relationships across broad communities of diverse people.

For more information on Family Equality Council please visit our website at

We enjoy working in a team-based environment and value the benefits of a diversified workplace. Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Family Equality Council is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

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