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Executive Director

Waltham, MA
Executive Director
Greater Boston PFLAG
Waltham, MA

Greater Boston PFLAG (GBPFLAG) is a thriving chapter of the nation’s first and largest network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. Through its three main programs: support, education, and advocacy, GBPFLAG helps to change attitudes, create forums for open dialogue, and foster an environment of understanding so that LGBTQ+ family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive. Learn more at https://gbpflag.org/.
GBPFLAG is seeking an inspiring leader and LGBTQ+ champion to serve as Executive Director (ED) and usher the organization into its next phase of growth and impact. Joining an organization with strong financial and programmatic footing, the ED will galvanize and lead a dedicated team of 4 professional staff, an active board of directors, and dozens of community volunteers, educators, and advocates. Working with the Board, the ED will also play a critical role in articulating and implementing the future vision for the organization as it continues to evolve and meet the needs of Greater Boston’s dynamic LGBTQ+ community.
Specifically, the Executive Director will:
Provide forward-thinking strategic and operational leadership Manage and develop a close-knit staff
  • Supervise a small team (currently 4 staff), delegating work appropriately, providing ongoing coaching, guidance and support to staff members, and ensuring high levels of performance and accountability.
  • Work with staff to identify strengths, provide training, develop their skill set, and increase responsibility and ownership of projects, empowering staff to make decisions in their respective areas when appropriate.
  • Encourage and model a positive and healthy organizational culture by forming strong relationships with the team, encouraging open communications and collaboration, and promoting work/life balance, especially when staff are required to work outside of a 9-5 schedule (e.g. for events, site visits, advocacy activities.)
  • Bring an understanding of the deeply intersectional nature of GBPFLAG’s work and staff experience, and a passion for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion work of the organization.
Lead, grow, and steward a highly-engaged board of directors
  • Build and sustain a transparent relationship with the board, and work collaboratively with board members to set the organization’s strategic direction and operational/financial goals.
  • Regularly brief the Board on the status of work and initiatives. Coordinate monthly board meetings and provide the board with quarterly and annual financial and operational reports.
  • Work with the Board to identify and help recruit new Board members who will add diversity to the Board and whose talents, interests, and commitment will help to further GBPLAG’s mission.
  • Leverage the board in fundraising, community engagement, and external relations.
  • Ensure effective, transparent communication channels between staff and board.
Serve as chief fundraiser, thought partner, and spokesperson
  • Develop and implement a fund development plan to grow annual revenue (currently approx. $800K) from a diversity of sources, including an annual gala “Pride and Passion,” smaller events, foundation grants, corporate giving and sponsorships, and individual and major donors.
  • Broaden and deepen relationships with existing donors and cultivate a pipeline of new supporters.
  • Serve as a credible and inspirational presence for GBPFLAG in the community. Build and maintain relationships with community stakeholders, elected officials, grassroots activists, and key allies to lift up the work of the LGBTQ+ community. Expand GBPLFAG’s reach into new communities.
  • Act as a liaison to and leverage PFLAG National to build capacity for local activities and cultivate opportunities for greater collective impact on a national scale.
The Executive Director will embody GBPFLAG’s values and lead with compassion, conviction, and a heartfelt commitment to mission. Specifically, strong candidates will be:  
  • An organizational leader in the LGBTQ+, social justice, or similar field. At least 10 years of work experience and 3 in a director-level role. Experience at an organization with a significant volunteering program is a plus.
  • A creative strategist who forms clear plans that are bold, achievable, and motivational to others. Brings success in building and implementing business and program strategies that drive high-performance and reach ambitious goals.
  • A capable and enthusiastic fundraiser with the desire to build out a fund development function and unearth new opportunities for giving. Brings know-how in a range of fundraising activities, such as events, individual and major giving, institutional giving, and corporate giving.
  • A strong people leader who leverages others’ strengths. Able to cultivate talent and build strong teams, coaching and mentoring direct reports for high performance and accountability. Must have experience managing professional staff and working closely with a board of directors. Able to delegate effectively and “manage up” with board members.
  • An effective communicator who conveys information clearly and inspires trust. Able to connect and communicate with multiple stakeholders (e.g. staff, board, volunteers, donors, community members.) In all interactions, listens well and reflects an understanding of others’ perspectives and needs.
  • A charismatic and knowledgeable ambassador for the organization. Experienced at raising the profile of an organization in local communities and forging alliances with a range of stakeholders. Brings subject matter experience in issues related to the LGBTQ+ community. Public speaking and marketing experience is a plus.
  • A passionate advocate who is committed to GBPFLAG’s mission and values. Brings a personal connection and sensitivity in working with diverse populations, with an understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and intersectionality. Is committed to empowering individuals and communities to speak up as advocate for full inclusion and equity for LGBTQ+ people.
Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression cross every race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, ability and socio-economic class. We are passionate about creating an inclusive team of employees, volunteers and partners that promotes and celebrates this rich diversity in everything we do.
Apply here with your resume and personalized cover letter that answers the question "What excites you about Greater Boston PFLAG and the Executive Director opportunity?” Please address cover letter to Search Committee. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and handled with confidentiality. No phone calls or emails please.
GBPFLAG has retained Dana Hagenbuch Search to lead this search. Dana partners with nonprofits and mission-driven organizations to recruit and hire extraordinary people. Learn more at www.dhsearch.net.
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