Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (GBPFLAG) is in an exciting stage of growth and seeks a new President to lead an accomplished and visionary organization that offers support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth, their families and communities, around the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity. GBPFLAG fosters dialogue, creates safe environments, and opens hearts and minds.
The OrganizationFor more than 20 years, Greater Boston PFLAG’s mission has been to work to create environments of understanding so that all people across Massachusetts can live with dignity and respect, through support, education, and advocacy. Specifically, GBPFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. As an organization, GBPFLAG was awarded The Chapter of the Year Award for outstanding advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ individuals and their families in 2006.Through its three main programs: support, education, and advocacy, GBPFLAG helps change attitudes and creates an environment of understanding so that LGTBQ family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive. Education is provided through GBPFLAG’s award-winning Safe Schools and Communities Program, to ensure the safety and respect of students who are targets of discrimination and/or harassment and training in corporate, community and religious organizations. Support is offered through monthly meetings where parents, families, friends, and LGBTQ individuals meet to talk about issues that impact their relationships. Advocacy is a part of GBPFLAG’s everyday interaction with others, as the organization is active in the halls and offices of the Massachusetts State, and federal government, while advocating for safe schools, bullying prevention programs, and policies and programs that educate families about sexual orientation and gender identity and that promote parental acceptance.GBPFLAG’s work is currently carried out by a dedicated, highly motivated, and skilled staff of two – the Executive Program Director and Administrative Assistant. GBPFLAG also has an active governing board with 13-members. There are five committees within the board - Communications and Technology, Fundraising and Development, Finance and Audit, Board Affairs, and Program Support and Outreach. GBPFLAG’s annual budget is $579,000. The primary revenue source is its signature annual Pride and Passion fundraiser with the balance being raised from donors, small grants, and honoraria.Context, Opportunities, and ChallengesGBPFLAG is a small, yet powerful, organization that is at an exciting juncture and well poised to transition to the second phase of its organizational life cycle. It is moving from being a “family-oriented” organization, to one that has more management systems and processes in place, while recognizing the need to intentionally work through emerging strategic questions and challenges. Additionally, GBPFLAG is moving forward to provide increased programming in, and support for the transgender community. As a small organization with limited capacity, GBPFLAG has been spread thin. Recognizing and managing the strategic tensions and demands that accompany growth will be a key responsibility of the President.The President will work in close collaboration with GBPFLAG’s experienced Executive Program Director, who formerly served as Executive Director. The Executive Program Director provided substantive organizational leadership to GBPFLAG for 14 years, has been recognized as the face of the organization, and is known for outstanding leadership in LGBTQ issues. She has chosen to transition from the Executive Director role, into this new role in order to better support the needs of a growing organization, with a focus on organizational strategy. A highly capable Interim Leader has been working with the organization since June 2013, and will serve in that role through the transition to the new President. Along with the Executive Program Director, the Administrative Assistant will report to and work with the President to achieve GBPFLAG’s mission. Apart from these two staff members, the Board will serve as a key strategic partner for the incoming President.The board and staff have identified the following areas of focus for the strategic growth of the organization over the next few years: Fundraising, Education, Support for youth, parents, and families, Advocacy and Enhancing communications and technology.
• A minimum of four years of leadership and/or senior management experience in the nonprofit sector,• A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required; a relevant advanced degree is a plus,• Experience cultivating new donors and maintaining relations with existing donors is a must,• Demonstrated ability to devise, implement and measure strategic, financial, operational and fundraising plans.• A track record of leading and supporting fundraising programs that include cultivation of individual donors - for the annual fund, major gifts and planned giving,• Experience with nonprofit governance and board development in order to create optimal circumstances for effective board work,• Experience in grassroots organizations with a demonstrated experience with managing volunteers,• Experience with, and/or connection to relevant identity communities: LGBTQ people, LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ elders, transgender and/or gender non-conforming people,• Ability to work collaboratively with a small staff while respecting individual roles and talents,• Familiarity with communities in and around the Greater Boston area is helpful, but not required.
This search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions program led by Consulting and Executive Transitions Director, Heather Harker, along with the search committee at GBPFLAG.This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skill and experience. Greater Boston PFLAG’s office is located in Waltham, Massachusetts.For a complete job description and/or to apply, candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter describing how they learned about the position and how their qualifications and experiences match the needs of the organization to: http://www.tsne.org/jobs/gbpflag/ Only electronic applications sent through this link will be considered. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply promptly. The priority application deadline is December 13, 2013. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. No phone calls please. GBPFLAG is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.