Safeguarding American Values for Everyone’s (SAVE) mission is to promote, protect, defend equality in Miami-Dade County for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). Established in 1993, SAVE strives to accomplish this mission through community education, intersectional movement building, community collaborations, grassroots organizing, mobilization and advocacy.
SAVE is a 501(c)(4) organization. With its education arm, the SAVE Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization), SAVE helps raise awareness about rights and protections for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The SAVE Action PAC endorses local and statewide candidates seeking office who support its goals. Through this process, it educates candidates about the issues affecting the LGBTQ community.
SAVE, and the SAVE Foundation is guided by the governance and leadership of each entity's Board of Directors. SAVE is a small and dynamic organization that requires visionary executive leadership and hands-on management in partnership with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers. The organizations maintain a healthy reserve and a collective annual budget of $750,000 to $1 million.
For more information about SAVE and the SAVE Foundation, please visit SAVE.lgbt.
THE OPPORTUNITY, MAIN FOCUS, AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
SAVE seeks a strategic, forward-thinking leader who can bring an entrepreneurial perspective to its work and build on past success. The Executive Director is charged with the organization's strategic leadership, management, and direction.
A successful Executive Director will:
Lead with a strong commitment to
diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility principles across
Partner effectively with the Board to
develop a guiding vision of the organization’s future.
Achieve robust financial growth
through fundraising and events.
Conceive and direct the
organization’s advocacy and program agendas according to strategic
Balance effective leadership of
significant initiatives with attention to organizational
Increase the organization’s
visibility, impact, and leadership within the LGBTQ and Ally
Expand partnerships and collaborative
relationships with relevant public and private sector
Enhance the organization’s public
profile as its primary spokesperson.
The Executive Director is responsible for long-range planning, fund development, Board relations, marketing and media strategy, external and government relations, employee management, and planning and oversight. Also significant are relationships with external constituents, including individual donors; corporate and foundation funders; elected officials; and nonprofit partners.
Responsibilities also include collaboration with the Board as a whole and with individual members. The Executive Director will also provide leadership in the following areas:
As the primary fundraiser for the
organization, work with the Board to raise funds by strengthening
existing relationships and cultivating new donors.
Develop a multi-year funding plan to
meet annual budget goals.
Maintain and expand relationships to
build a reliable revenue stream from individual donors,
foundations, corporations, government entities, and other funding
Personally manage a portfolio of
major donors and prospects, lead the Board on fundraising, and
manage the planning and implementation of fundraising events.
Manage the organization’s donor
database (Every Action).
Manage marketing efforts to include
direct mail, social media, analytics and acquisition strategy, and
Serve as “chief development writer,”
managing all letters of inquiry, proposals, and renewals for
funding from Institutional and Government Funders. Assure in
accordance with reporting requirements.
Manage the candidate identification
and endorsement process.
Partner with legislators, advocate on
issues before political bodies and work with candidates and
communities to pass legislation.
Collaborate and build relationships
with movement partners and leaders; maintain close alliances with
key political figures.
Serve as the primary liaison to
Serve as the organization’s liaison
and spokesperson to the public, funders, the media, and other
constituents and allies.
Approve all press releases and
inquiries; be available for interviews and speaking
Have an understanding of the South
Florida bilingual media landscape with the ability to engage
reporters, handle interviews and appearances, develop
organizational communications, and oversee social media marketing
Lead educational programming on
issues and topics related to the LGBTQ community.
Have a value for the intersectional
work of SAVE, collaborations, and cross-movement building.
Work closely and collaboratively with
the Boards of SAVE and SAVE Foundation, utilizing the knowledge,
skills, and experience of Board members to evaluate and fulfill the
organization’s mission periodically.
With the Board, determine and refine
the organizational vision, goals, and policies.
Support and collaborate with the
Board on the organization’s fiduciary and strategic
Support and drive Board recruitment
Evaluate current programs/priorities
and develop a strategic planning process.
Staff liaison to all Board
Prepare all Board meeting materials,
including taking Board meeting minutes.
Finance & Operations
Demonstrate competence in developing
and understanding of all financial documents, including budgets,
cash flow, income statements, balance statements, and statements of
functional expenses as well as understand the basics of a 990-tax
return, financial reviews/audits, and compliance. Work with the
Board Treasurer and CPA firm on the annual financial review and tax
Develop the annual budget and
operating plan, ensuring proper fiscal accounting and
Manage accounts payable, accounts
receivable, and payroll.
Ensure compliance with all legal,
fiduciary, local, state, and federal entities.
Provide leadership and management of
staff to build and nurture an organizational culture that amplifies
a transparent vision, vibrant teamwork, and
Hire qualified staff needed to
achieve program goals and support administrative functions.
Plan and execute the allocation of
available resources to achieve the organization’s mission and
strategy most effectively, including working with consultants and
The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of executive leadership. The position requires significant leadership and fundraising capability stemming from strategic thinking, intellectual curiosity, creativity, and hands-on fundraising and management experience. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to ensure an organization’s ongoing success and growth, lead the board and staff development and increase the organization’s reach and profile. The candidate should also have experience with and/or knowledge of 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) organizations. Bachelor’s degree or commensurate work experience required.
The Board seeks an individual with genuine motivation, solid professionalism, excellent communication skills, strong planning and organizing talents, and an orientation to teamwork. Above all, the candidate must be deeply passionate about SAVE.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the following professional competencies and personal characteristics:
Connection to the Mission
The Executive Director will have experience in and a deep personal commitment to the lived experience of the LGBTQ+ communities. They will have appreciation and passion for the multiple dimensions within our communities. An unpretentious individual of unquestionable integrity and ethics, the Executive Director will possess sound judgment and exude credibility and enthusiasm for the work at hand.
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
The Executive Director will be an inspiring leader and visionary thinker who can create a culture of inclusion, excitement, and energy. They will be able to think strategically about the LGBTQ movement for equality and the organization’s role within it. The Executive Director will be an innovative and strategic thinker who embraces and excels at bringing ideas together to build upon the organization’s legacy. They will be a practiced leader and advocate who can negotiate graciously and diplomatically while remaining decisive, proactive, and fair.
Fundraising and External Affairs
The Executive Director will have meaningful leadership and management experience, preferably gained in complex organizations that bring together diverse audiences; prior nonprofit management experience is beneficial but optional. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising and engaging donors around a compelling mission through strategic partnerships, government alliances, private philanthropy, and individual giving. Bringing an established network of donors to the role is a plus; this proven fundraiser will be a flexible, confident, and self-motivated thought partner who will work with the Board of Directors in identifying and devising development strategies for SAVE to strengthen its resource base. The Executive Director is a practical, influential communicator, possessing strong verbal and written advocacy skills and the capacity to articulate SAVE’s mission to audiences both within and outside of the LGBTQ community at large and advance the organization’s profile through marketing media outreach and external and government relations.
Organizational Leadership and Management
A proven leader, the Executive Director brings proven strengths in maintaining budgetary and fiscal controls and sound administrative procedures. They will bring a positive track record in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining a diverse and talented team, with a solid commitment to supporting the professional development of all staff. The Executive Director will ideally have experience managing and developing Boards and ensuring Board engagement. They will have demonstrated leadership in coalition building and implementing programs and initiatives and institutional practices that support the organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (DEIA+B) values.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The Executive Director is a full-time, exempt position with a target salary range between $130,000-$150,000, based on experience level, with a generous benefits package, including health insurance, a 401(k) with employer contribution, and a discretionary bonus based on performance and success of the organization.
SAVE provides all staff with a work-from-home arrangement. For group meetings with the staff, board, and other third parties, SAVE utilizes a shared working space in Miami-Dade and Broward County. SAVE expects the Executive Director to reside in South Florida with a preference for Miami-Dade County.
Jennifer C. Gregg (she/her) has been retained as a consultant for this search. To make recommendations or to express interest in this role, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24, 2023. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Please note that any offer of employment will be contingent on a background check.
SAVE is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance expressing interest, please email Jennifer at email@example.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding requesting an accommodation for the interview process.
SAVE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. SAVE is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, and people with disabilities.
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