Executive Director

Time Out Youth
Mission Statement: 

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Out Youth (TOY) offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 11-20.  TOY is supported by a 19-person Board of Directors and employs a staff of 9 full-and part-time employees. Its operating budget is just under $1 million. Roughly 45% of the organization’s fundraising revenue is from grants, 28% from special events, 22% from individual donations, and the rest from earned income and contracts.

Position Description: 

The Executive Director will assume primary operating and oversight responsibility for Time Out Youth in accordance with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. This person will drive strategic, operational, administrative, and financial decisions and will work with Board, staff, donors, and partner organizations to advance TOY’s mission of inspiring inclusive communities where all youth are equally empowered to reach their true potential. The E.D. will bring new energy and new ideas to TOY and will work with the Board and Stakeholders to develop and implement a renewed strategic vision, with a focus on the following organizational priorities: 

  • Ensuring financial sustainability through growth and diversification of fundraising programs
  • Bringing critical thinking to increasing program capacity, impact, and reach, as well as to resuming in-person service delivery post COVID-19
  • Leading an expansion of housing programs and services for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing housing insecurity  
  • Raising public visibility, awareness, and understanding of TOY’s work and accomplishments
  • Continuing to build on TOY’s commitment to racial and gender diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization

 The E.D. will also act as a primary spokesperson, representing TOY and the communities it serves in public, with the community, in media, and at events.



  • Minimum of five years of successful senior management (Executive Director, Deputy Director, or similar) and leadership experience, including strong strategic planning, staff management, operations, and external relations skills; 
  • Intersectional understanding of LGBTQ social, political, and equity issues and, in particular, their impact on LGBTQ youth;
  • History of having led organizational expansion while facilitating greater mission achievement;
  • Proven track record in nonprofit fundraising, with experience in individual giving, corporate/foundation support, grants/contracts, and/or special events;
  • Previous financial oversight and budget management responsibility for an organization of comparable size and complexity – and with similar funding sources – to TOY;
  • Content knowledge and expertise encompassing youth programs, mental and behavioral health, housing programs and services, and/or LGBTQ social services;
  • Exceptional internal and external communications skills that can engage multiple, diverse stakeholders and inspire them to action;
  • Ability to cultivate strategic relationships with other nonprofits, community organizations, public officials, LGBTQ Movement leaders, and non-LGBTQ allies;
  • Experience working collaboratively and transparently with a Board of Directors or similar volunteer leadership group, with an emphasis on strategic planning and organizational change;
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of lived and professional experience also considered.


  • Familiarity with therapeutic best practice models in schools, housing, and diverse communities;
  • Experience with programs and services that directly address housing insecurity;
  • Previous work in a youth-focused, direct service environment;
  • Formal marketing, communications, branding, and/or media training;
  • Professional history of working directly in the LGBTQ advocacy movement.


  • Passionate commitment to TOY’s mission, values, and the people it serves;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high level of self-awareness;
  • Unquestionable personal and professional ethics, integrity, and honesty;
  • Calm, transparent, and collaborative approach and comfortable in structures with distributed leadership and decision making;
  • Sense of humor, accessibility, and desire to empower/lift up others;
  • Willingness to authentically engage in and facilitate dialogue around challenging issues;
  • Attention to detail, coupled with the ability to think strategically;
  • Openness to feedback from staff, Board, program participants, and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to build bridges when working with diverse communities;
  • Can create a sense of common purpose that transcends individual interests and identities.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Application Instructions: 

Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has been retained to lead this recruitment effort on behalf of Time Out Youth. A diverse workforce and inclusive culture are core values. Kevin Chase Executive Search and Time Out Youth encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.  Inquiries, nominations, or applications (including a resume and cover letter framing interest and fit with this Recruitment Profile) can be sent in confidence, to /Users/Kevin%20Chase/Dropbox/1a_SharedDriveFolders/KCESG/CLIENTS%20--%20ACTIVE/Trevor%20Project/Job%20Description/search [at] kevinchasesearch.com" rel="nofollow">search [at] kevinchasesearch.com. We are pleased to answer any questions or supply further information.

Position Level: 
Kevin Chase
Country/US Territory: 
United States