The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks an Executive Director with a pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to serve as an inspirational leader for NCLR and the LGBTQ communities and movement.
NCLR is a national nonprofit, public interest law firm that serves at the forefront of advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families through precedent-setting litigation, legislation, policy, and public education across the country. Their legislative victories have been blazing trails in support of justice, fairness, and legal protections for all LGBTQ people for over 40 years.
NCLR advocates for more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families in all fifty states each year, including LGBTQ seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. Their impact litigation serves all LGBTQ people in the United States, their free legal assistance empowers individuals to assert their own legal rights, and their community and public education programs broaden public support for LGBTQ equality. NCLR’s program areas focus on employment, immigration, youth, elder law, transgender law, sports, marriage, relationship protections, reproductive rights, and family law to create safer homes, safer jobs, and a more just world.
Guided by core principals identified as End Goals, NCLR values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive.
For more information about NCLR, please visit www.nclrights.org.
The Executive Director is a creative visionary who is fluent in progressive politics and models NCLR’s longstanding commitment to feminism, intersectionality, and racial and economic justice. The Executive Director’s role is predominantly outward facing and focused on public communication, movement-building, and fundraising. The Executive Director is also an important internal leader who works closely with the Management Team and Board to keep the organization strategically aligned to successfully advance NCLR’s mission.
NCLR is an established legal advocacy organization with leadership and management functions distributed across a number of Directors working in coordination with the Executive Director. The Executive Director leads a high-functioning senior team that includes the Legal Director (a long-tenured internal and external leader), Deputy Director (responsible for internal management), and Director of Development and Community Engagement (a strong fundraising partner to the Executive Director). The larger Management Team includes the Senior Team plus the Policy Director, Director of Finance and Operations, and Communications Director.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. The Board has two co-chairs who partner closely with the Executive Director. The Executive Director directly supervises the Director of Development and Community Engagement, Deputy Director, Legal Director, and Communications Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing a budget of approximately $5 million.
The Executive Director is based in the national San Francisco office. NCLR also has a Washington, DC office. The position requires frequent domestic travel.
Lead Fundraising Strategy & Ensure Financial Sustainability
● Partner with the Development Director on the creation and implementation of a fundraising plan that leverages strengths of the development team, Board, and staff.
● Actively engage in fund development with individual donors, foundations, and businesses.
● Cultivate a portfolio of key donor relationships.
● Sustain existing external relationships and build new ones.
● Develop NCLR’s external reputation and presence as a valued movement builder.
● Promote NCLR at community events, conferences, and fundraising events, as well as on traditional and social media.
● Elevate the voice of other NCLR staff externally.
● Contribute to shaping larger movement strategies, develop relationships with key partners, and support the development of allies and emerging leaders in the field.
● Provide strategic leadership for programs and financial sustainability.
● Maintain deep connection with and understanding of programmatic work and core content.
● Ensure effective planning and evaluation practices that align staff and Board.
● Partner with the Deputy Director and management team to ensure a healthy and positive workplace and strong infrastructure.
● Support the Board of Directors to successfully carry out its roles and meet its goals. Cultivate relationships with and among Board members, and between Board and staff.
Experience and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will bring the full mix of qualifications described below. Items that are desired, but not required, are in italics.
- Deep love for, involvement in, and knowledge of LGBTQ communities and movements, and our concerns. Demonstrated commitment to feminism, intersectionality, and racial and economic justice. The ideal candidate will also have experience working to advance these values and proven experience with all facets of the LGBTQ movement from an intersectional perspective.
- Inspiring and visionary leader. Strategic about the LGBTQ movement and NCLR’s role in it. Audacious and willing to speak out and fight for our issues. Preferred candidate will have previously excelled in an LGBTQ movement leadership role.
- Effective influential communicator. Strong orator and writer. Strong relationship and community builder. A likeable public presence who conveys gravitas. Kind and decent with a high level of integrity.
- Law degree strongly preferred. Demonstrates a highly sophisticated comprehension of the law and litigation with a keen understanding of how to use the law to accomplish NCLR’s mission. Able to communicate complex legal concepts to non-legal audiences. Background in civil rights is necessary, ideally an LGBTQ rights background, but experience may also come from other areas relevant to NCLR such as family law, employment rights, and impact litigation.
- Demonstrated fundraising knowledge and experience, either as the leader of a similar sized non-profit or as a development director, with: 1) individual donors, 2) foundation grants, and 3) corporate support.
- Understanding of and experience with financial leadership and budgeting in a nonprofit organization.
- Proven success in organizational management. Past success in a senior leadership position.
- Accessible to staff and develops their leadership. An effective, collaborative decision-maker. Can foster a resilient leadership culture that supports agility and the ability to pivot. Can lead with openness to new ideas while also respecting the history and past approaches of the organization.
NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.
To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position to firstname.lastname@example.org with “NCLR – Executive Director” in the subject line. We also invite nominations of qualified candidates. All applications and nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.