Executive Director

Employer
SAVE, Inc., SAVE Foundation, and SAVE Action PAC
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 26, 2023

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Position Type
Executive
Fields
Advocacy
Employment Type
Full Time

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 the organization. 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 goals. Balance effective leadership of significant initiatives with attention to organizational management. Increase the organization’s visibility, impact, and leadership within the LGBTQ and Ally communities. Expand partnerships and collaborative relationships with relevant public and private sector entities. 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:

Fundraising

    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 sources. 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 e-communications. 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.

Advocacy/Candidate Endorsement

    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.

Communications/Community Relations

    Serve as the primary liaison to external organizations. 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 engagements. 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 campaigns. 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.

Board Governance

    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 initiatives. Support and drive Board recruitment activities. Evaluate current programs/priorities and develop a strategic planning process. Staff liaison to all Board Committees. 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 filings. Develop the annual budget and operating plan, ensuring proper fiscal accounting and controls. Manage accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. Ensure compliance with all legal, fiduciary, local, state, and federal entities.

Staff Management

    Provide leadership and management of staff to build and nurture an organizational culture that amplifies a transparent vision, vibrant teamwork, and accountability. 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 independent contractors.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

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.

CONTACT

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 executive.director@save.lgbt 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 executive.director@save.lgbt.  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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