Executive Director

We Are Family
North Charleston
Mission Statement: 

Our mission as a Southern Grassroots non-profit organization is to provide affirming spaces for LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, etc.) and ally youth up to the age of 24 through direct support, leadership development, and community engagement.

Position Description: 

We Are Family Seeks Its Next Executive DirectorWe Are Family is a Charleston-based nonprofit that provides affirming spaces and services for the region’s LGBTQI+ and ally youth. Services include social support groups for youth, parent support groups, GSA support, a queer prom and more. Last year, We Are Family served over 200 youth in the tri-county area. Additionally, the organization also operates the Closet Case Thrift Store, a social enterprise offering a gender-inclusive shopping space. We Are Family has experienced tremendous growth over the past two years and now has a nearly $250,000 annual budget, three full-time staff, and an engaged board. This is an excellent opportunity for a driven executive director candidate who has a strong commitment to LGBTQI+ communities.Position MissionThis position provides innovative leadership for We Are Family in developing financial resources and programming that effectively responds to community needs. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will build awareness of We Are Family’s role in the community and maintain accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES & RELATIONSHIPS Overview of Responsibilities: The Executive Director (ED) leads the organization by establishing a vision for We Are Family that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high performing leaders, staff, and volunteers. The Executive Director is the Chief Mobilizer and leverages the power of relationships, networks, and resources across private and public sectors to achieve the organization’s mission. The Executive Director is the steward of We Are Family brand and understands her/his/their role in growing and protecting the reputation of We Are Family. The successful candidate will be responsible for building trust in We Are Family and its relevance in the community. Additionally, she/he/they  values networking and strives to leverage We Are Family’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategies. Desired Relationship Skills: The scope of this position is broad, requiring the Executive Director to establish and maintain significant, trusted relationships with persons at all levels within the public, private, grassroots, business and voluntary sectors throughout the region. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Leadership

  • Responsible for meeting organization’s goals in a manner that aligns with our core values:
    • Affirmation. We provide affirming spaces to LGBTQI+ youth to identify and self-express freely
    • Intersectionality. We honor intersectional experiences through diverse programming and organizing
    • Community-building. We engage our community through partnerships and we cultivate community-care through self-care.
  • Lead the development of financial and social resources to ensure organizational longevity and ability to achieve We Are Family’s mission.
    • Develop creative strategies and plans for achieving financial goals.
    • Oversee effective engagement of volunteers from throughout the communities served.
  • Ensure the organization’s overall compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Maintain a leadership role among We Are Family’s constituencies.
  • Engage in advocacy efforts at the state and local levels for policies affecting the lives of We Are Family’s representative communities.
    • Serve as a confident, articulate, and persuasive advocate for We Are Family to increase its visibility with private and public human service organizations and associations, advocates, lawmakers, government staff and agencies, the media, funders and key community representatives.
  • Direct contract negotiations with funders, subcontractors, and any other outside organizations.

Board Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide operational research, program information, and resource development information to support the Board in developing long-range goals.
    • Analyze and interpret existing conditions, opportunities and challenges in order to inform Board level financial planning.
    • Work with the Board Chair to effectively engage the board to identify and cultivate resource development opportunities.
    • Work with the Board to develop the annual Board calendar and agenda.
  • Provide reports on key operational indicators to the board.
  • Assist the Board of Directors in its ongoing recruitment and retention of members.
  • Support the Board’s ongoing professional development for implementation of the Policy Governance Model.


    • Build and lead a diverse, strategic team, ensuring internal alignment and collaboration to achieve organizational results.
      • Create an atmosphere that fosters a strong, effective team and empower staff through involvement and participation in decision making.
      • Delegate effectively to staff while maximizing staff autonomy, empowerment and professional development.
      • Demonstrate a commitment to her/his/their own professional development
    • Maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization as outlined by Board policies.
      • Manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks.
      • Maintain stewardship and accountability for financial and capital resources, official records, operating budgets, and campaign collection and disbursement.
      • Assure effective and prudent distribution of We Are Family resources that achieve overall organizational goals.
    • Assess organizational capacity and identify gaps in systems and staffing.
      • Staff the organization with skilled diverse professionals.
      • Promote continued professional development among staff, demonstrate and assure cultural humility of self, managers, and all staff.
    • Supervise all staff positions, establishing individual development goals.
  • Deep understanding of and commitment to LGBTQ communities, as well as LGBTQ cultural competency.
  • Associates degree required; Bachelor’s highly preferred;  Master’s Degree preferred in related field.
  • Minimum of two to five years’ experience in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and mission.
  • Substantial experience working in the nonprofit management sector and interacting with diverse volunteers and Board of Directors.
  • Experience increasing philanthropic support, including experience managing individual fundraising campaigns. 
  • Working knowledge of non-profit fiscal management, including fund accounting and budgeting.
  • Must demonstrate emotional intelligence and intellectual curiosity, as well as the desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
  • Demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
  • Advancing equity and justice for all who have been underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected based on gender, race, class, disability, immigration status and involvement with correctional systems.
  • Have unquestioned integrity, a long-term perspective, a strong sense of accountability, a practical ability to getting things done, wisdom, good judgement, a fair and thoughtful approach to management combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
$57,500 to $62,500
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Application Instructions: 

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to careers [at] waf.org (). Review of applications will begin on April 21 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Level: 
Country/US Territory: 
United States