Executive Director

San Francisco
Mission Statement: 

Since 1988, LYRIC (established as Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center) has been dedicated to supporting LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) youth and to providing a safe, welcoming space for them and their allies in the Bay Area. LYRIC offers a broad range of personal and professional development programs, social support services, and youth advocacy to more than 1,000 young people aged 24 and under every year. LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.By working towards social justice and supporting young leaders, their families and allies, LYRIC is building a world that honors, respects, and appreciates LGBTQQ youth and their contributions. The organization has a current budget of approximately $4.2 million, comprised of grants and contracts (~70%), corporate and foundation support (20%), and individual donors (~10%). LYRIC employs 30+ staff members and supports nearly 100 youth in paid leadership positions throughout the year.

Position Description: 

The Executive Director will assume operating and oversight responsibility for LYRIC with support and direction from Board of Directors. Along with the leadership team, this person will drive strategic, operational, administrative, and financial decisions and will work with Board, staff, donors, and partners to advance LYRIC’s work and mission. The Executive Director is expected to bring new energy and new ideas to LYRIC and will have the opportunity to develop and implement a renewed, overall strategic vision and direction for the organization, to includes the following priorities:

  • Healing the organizational culture and building an inclusive, positive workplace
  • Growing and diversifying fundraising programs and revenue sources
  • Deepening engagement with the community and with LYRIC’s partners
  • Improving, expanding, and bringing innovation to programs and services
  • Strengthening and professionalizing internal operations and systems that support people, programs, and organizational growth

The Executive Director will also function as a primary representative of LYRIC and the youth and communities it serves at public events, in the media, with policy makers, and in coalition with other allied community organizations and leaders.CANDIDATE PROFILE:The new Executive Director will be an experienced, dynamic, and transformational leader with a high level of emotional intelligence and professional maturity. This inspirational and motivational nonprofit expert will have proven skills in fundraising, communications, professional development, and strategic planning, and a track record of organizational growth and development. They will bring a transparent, inclusive, and collaborative management style and be comfortable in a distributed leadership environment with shared decision making.Candidates for this position will have a demonstrated passion for LYRIC’s work and mission and will share some of the identities and lived experience of the people and communities it serves. They will be empathetic, accessible, and people-centered and at the same time bring the professional skills and knowledge of organizational systems, processes, and policies to lead LYRIC to new levels of success and impact. Successful candidates will have previous experience working with diverse teams and managing across a broad range of demographics and identities. Regardless of personal identity or professional background, an intersectional understanding of race, gender and sexual identity, socio-economic status, and ability is required.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of ten years’ successful organizational leadership and management experience (CEO, Executive Director, Deputy Director role or similar), including contracts management, compliance and reporting, fiscal management, planning, and leadership development;
  • Proven leadership ability with the skills and perspective to lead effectively in a multiracial, multicultural, multi-gendered, and inter-generational nonprofit environment;
  • Successful track record of nonprofit revenue development including government grants and contracts, individual donors, corporate and foundation giving, and special event fundraising;
  • Superior people and team management skills with proven ability to coach and mentor staff, provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and ensure personal accountability for results and outcomes;
  • Expertise in the development and improvement of organizational infrastructure – including processes, systems, policies, and protocols;
  • Financial oversight and budget management experience in an organization of comparable (or larger) size and complexity, and with similar funding sources;
  • Understanding of trauma-informed leadership and group dynamics and a commitment to building a healing and restorative culture;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, presentation, and facilitation skills, willingness to facilitate dialogue around challenging issues, and ability to de-escalate conflict;
  • Experience developing effective coalitions and collaborations and ability to work impactfully with diverse constituents and partners and create a sense of common purpose that transcends individual interests.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience leading policy and advocacy work;
  • Current contacts with local/state/federal advocacy organizations, policymakers, and elected officials in the Bay Area;
  • Solid understanding of Bay Area nonprofit and social service resources, especially those for LGBTQQ youth, youth of color, and their families;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of overseeing human resources policies and practices;
  • Expertise in a positive youth development, youth-adult partnership, social justice, restorative practice and/or systems change framework;
  • Training, education, or experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation experience;
  • Formal training, education or experience in marketing, branding, publicity, and/or media relations;
  • Experience with capital campaigns, planned giving, and/or programmatic fundraising experience;
  • Experience working collaboratively and transparently with a Board of Directors or similar volunteer leadership group;
  • Previous experience leading in a unionized work environment.

Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for LYRICS’s work and mission of supporting and empowering LGBTQQ youth;
  • Clear, direct, and brave communicator;
  • Action-oriented with excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Transparent and open with unquestionable honesty, ethics, and integrity;
  • Empowering and committed to social justice and racial, sexuality, and gender equity;
  • Empathetic, authentic, and relatable;
  • Active listener who welcomes all points of view, centers youth perspectives and voices, and acts on feedback;
  • Reflects the people and communities LYRIC serves;
  • Comfortable in the role of adult ally;
  • Cultural competency and humility, as well as a trauma-informed and healing-centered approach to managing and organizational development;
  • Self-motivated and can manage multiple initiatives simultaneously – on-time and within budget – while maintaining high quality standards;
  • Highly organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to ongoing self-improvement and professional development;
  • A champion for LGBTQQ and BIPOC youth.
Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 14, 2021
Application Instructions: 

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Position Level: 
Catie DiFelice
Country/US Territory: 
United States