Executive Director

Rainbow Center
Mission Statement: 

Through education, advocacy, and celebration, the Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) community.

Position Description: 

Reporting to an 8-person Board, the Rainbow Center’s Executive Director will be responsible for working with the Board to meet the organization’s strategic goals and build on its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community, while managing the center’s continued evolution of complex opportunities and complex challenges. An ideal leader will be charismatic, experienced in program and evaluation, excited to share the center’s vision, have keen financial oversight experience, and the ability to raise money. A candidate must be committed to the full complement of the Rainbow Center’s programsThe Executive Director will provide direction to the organization’s staff and consultants to identify funding opportunities and serve as the organization’s spokesperson. Key responsibilities include: Program Oversight, Development and Execution

  • Oversee and implement the strategic plan and guide the process towards achievement;
  • Ensure that day to day operations are smoothly and effectively administered; maintain strong internal communication and coordination between programmatic and administrative areas;
  • Learn curriculum for existing trainings, create customized trainings, oversee the training department, seek more training opportunities, and provide training;
  • Evaluate and recommend strategies to expand the base of Rainbow Center users;
  • Set priorities for program spending based on strategic plans focused on underserved communities, health and wellness, and celebration;
  • The Rainbow Center is in a collaborative space and shares rent and core, common facilities with another agency; stewarding and growing that relationship is a crucial role.


  • Develop and lead the overall fundraising strategy including writing grant proposals, special events, and managing funder and individual donor relationships;
  • In support of the development manager, oversee Tacoma Pride Festival (13,000 attendees) and the annual fundraising Gayla (500 attendees) along with other events;
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to identify, solicit and acquire new sources of funding, to encourage board giving and to build long-term, sustainable, diversified sources of income for the organization;
  • Build on initiatives already underway to increase financial support through annual giving, a pending major donor campaign, and 20th anniversary efforts.


  • Ensure proper fiscal accounting and controls, as well as legal and fiduciary compliance;
  • Develop the annual budget, ensure the accuracy of records, create monthly finance reports, oversee annual audits;
  • Ensure that the Center has the financial and human resources necessary to implement its strategic plan and operational goals;
  • Work with the Board to develop and implement Rainbow Center policies, goals, objectives, and strategic plans;
  • Engage and coordinate efforts of various Board committees and task forces;
  • Help to maintain, steward, and recruit board members;
  • Keep the Rainbow Center Board abreast of issues and challenges impacting the agency;
  • Oversee and strengthen the organizational infrastructure necessary to support and sustain growth;
  • Responsible for negotiating federal, state, and city contracts; guaranteeing compliance; and overseeing reporting as well as providing supervision to advocates and overall support.

Communications/Community Relations

  • Serve as an articulate and enthusiastic spokesperson and marketer for the Rainbow Center’s mission and programs, both internally and externally, to a variety of audiences;
  • Tell the Rainbow Center story, in an effective, clear and engaging manner;
  • Mobilize the local community across all sectors and spearhead efforts to protect, increase access for, and raise awareness of the LGBTQ community;
  • Understand the intersectionality of different issues (e.g. trans women of color, youth, older adults) as well as the variety of challenges that face the community.


  • Manage all human resources functions, including the hiring, development, motivation, evaluation and retention of staff;
  • Supervise and motivate staff while delegating to and sharing responsibilities with the senior staff; ensure that there are well defined goals and benchmarks of success;
  • Oversee the program manager;
  • Support the development manager with existing plans and the creation and implementation of new ones, including support in grant writing.
  • Provide oversight to the bookkeeper.

Key Priorities:

  • Thoroughly understand the Rainbow Center, its history and culture, purpose and programs, staff and board structure, stakeholders, funders, finances, and other sources of support;
  • Establish a solid working relationship with the Board of Directors and provide the Board with the tools to encourage and direct their best ideas for strategic planning, fundraising, and advocacy;
  • Understand the landscape of existing organizations in the community to ensure that Rainbow Center programing is unique, necessary, and builds on its strengths and mission;
  • Fundraising is an essential part of the position. Ensure the building, maintenance and expansion of development activities that identify, educate, recruit, sustain, and recognize donors;
  • Serve as representative in all matters pertaining to the agency. Sit on boards and panels, represent the LGBTQ voice for current and emerging issues, and ensure that the Rainbow Center remains a proactive leader and catalyst in the community. The Rainbow Center is reliant on the continuing recruitment of new partnerships and the stewardship of already existing relationships;
  • Serve as the spokesperson and representative for the RC, which is the nexus of the LGBTQ community in Pierce County, in times of joy and crisis;
  • Be a key social justice advocate for LGBTQ issues on a local, state, and legislative level. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced executive to be an integral part of serving and strengthening the LGBTQ community in Washington state. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2017, the Rainbow Center is a leader in the struggle to expand and retain civil rights protections to all LGBTQ citizens, with a current emphasis on transgender community members. The successful candidate will continue the organization’s tradition of providing vital opportunities for education, advocacy, and celebration. 


Professional Requirements

  • An approachable, collaborative and transparent leadership style;
  • Knowledge of the history and public policy issues facing LGBTQ communities
  • A record of success of leading and shaping complex non-profit organizations, combined with a demonstrated commitment to the enhancement of a vital, inclusive LGBTQA community as defined in the broadest terms;
  • The ability to interact professionally with dedicated Rainbow Center Board and staff members of varied professions, backgrounds and perspectives;
  • An understanding of setting and implementing organizational strategy, and managing through growth and change;
  • Five years or more of experience in senior management, preferably in non-profit organizations;
  • Bachelor's degree required. Degrees in relevant fields preferred, or relevant previous work experience. Master's degree in relevant field preferred;
  • Successful experience developing and working with a board of directors, preferably for a non-profit organization;
  • Proven strong public speaking, writing, and communications skills;
  • Experience leading and participating in legislative initiatives to protect or uphold members of marginalized communities;
  • Relevant advocacy experience with clients, communities, educators, and service providers (3 years minimum);
  • Demonstrated history of effective collaboration and broad community involvement;
  • Experience with financial management and QuickBooks;
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain successful non-profit funding models including soliciting donations and applying for grants with tangible evidence of results;
  • Self-directed individual, who can manage many competing priorities while holding the vision for the organization, managing staff, and holding the space for the community;
  • Flexible problem solver, good at striking the balance between innovation and continuity;
  • 40 hours of core advocacy training are required in the first quarter of taking the position;

Personal Requirements●       Current Driver’s License, insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle●       Must be willing to reside in Pierce County, WA●       Comply with all standard state and federal background checks Compensation and Benefits●       Comprehensive Medical/ Dental and Vision care insurance●       9 Paid Holidays●       Vacation to be negotiated●       ORCA card for Pierce County Transit (bus, light rail etc.)●       Executive Director position range $70,000 to $77,000

$70,000 - $77,000
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to: Terry StoneCenterLinkcareers [at] lgbtcenters.org All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.Please note that your education, dates of employment, compensation and other information provided will be verified prior to employment.The Rainbow Center (RC) is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory or physical disability, including HIV status. Smoking is not permitted on the premises. Visit our website at www.rainbowcntr.org.  Candidates for employment at Rainbow Center (RC) should be aware that this is a unique work environment in which topics of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity are an integral part of our day to day community interactions. Individuals who are uncomfortable with such topics, discussions, and the occasional related graphic representations may choose not to work at RC. 

Position Level: 
Country/US Territory: 
United States