About the job Executive Director
The Executive Director is the leader, spokesperson, and visionary of our organization. They complete or delegate all tasks necessary to run the organization. The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors, supervises the subordinate staff, shapes our programs, provides strategic direction, and engages in fundraising.
The ideal candidate must excel at organizing and planning, and possess a strong entrepreneurial drive, outstanding communication skills, and strong leadership qualities.
- Create a supportive work environment where staff can come to you with needs and concerns
- Retain a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers by providing coaching, growth, and personal development for workers
- Co-Create with staff individual work plans and ensure accountability.
- Respond to staff’s administrative and human resources needs
- Lead all hiring processes with specific attention to removing barriers that limit opportunities for trans, BIPOC, and disabled people.
- Supervise the development of the organizational strategic plan in collaboration with the board of directors, staff, community partners, and constituents.
- Coordinate and lead Trans Pride, Gender Justice Awards, and other community events.
- Facilitate a Statewide Trans Leadership Summit annually to convene local and national partners to set a comprehensive community agenda.
- Advocate for equity and justice on issues such as housing and homelessness, workplace discrimination, anti-Black racism, healthcare discrimination, tribal sovereignty, indigenous rights, prisoner rights, police violence, systemic transmisogyny, sex work and trafficking, and sex education.
- Develop organizational policy positions, public statements, priorities, and strategies in consultation with the community.
- Develop key partnerships and engage in coalitions to support policy advocacy work.
- Respond to spontaneous events and issues impacting our communities.
- Serve as an accountable public figure for human rights.
- Provide consulting, technical assistance, and training to partner organizations to improve their ability to assist disabled and BIPOC two-spirit, trans, and gender diverse clients.
Supporting Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
- Using a social justice lens, support two-spirit, trans and gender diverse survivors of Gender-Based Violence in all its forms (interpersonal, institutional, and state-based).
- Recruit and retain staff members who support survivors of gender-based violence, crime, and state violence as they provide direct support, advocacy-based counseling, emergency financial assistance, and systems navigation.
Administration, Fundraising, & Finances
- Provide fundraising training in support of board members and other fundraising volunteers
- Work with the board and staff to create and execute an annual fundraising plan
- Ensure accountability to the organization’s fundraising plan
- Oversee grant writing
- Make direct high level asks to major donors and funders
- Retain and cultivate individual donors through ongoing engagement and events focused on donors to the organization
- Coordinate and lead annual budget review
- Prepare monthly financial reports for the board of directors
- Ensure compliance with all city, county, state, and federal laws and tax obligations.
We recognize that people from marginalized communities experience discrimination that is compounding over a career resulting in a lack of promotion, elevation, and opportunities to demonstrate leadership in many educational and workplace settings. We are looking for candidates with many of these qualifications and encourage anyone interested to do their best to highlight their strengths or equivalent experiences even if these qualifications aren’t “a perfect fit”.
Business & Management Skills:
- 7+ years of combined education, volunteer, life, and/or work experience in social justice advocacy and non-profit financial administration at a senior or executive level.
- Demonstrated experience raising and managing a $500,000 to $1 million budget.
- Demonstrated staff or volunteer management experience with stellar reviews.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize, coordinate, and execute multiple projects to accomplish organizational goals.
Desired Community Skills:
- Extensive, demonstrable experience in navigating systems of oppression (including having lived experience), specifically addressing racism, transphobia, ablism, and transmisogyny.
- Documented experience conveying personal stories, and social justice, or human rights concepts that motivate people in positions of power to take action.
- Knowledge and experience of strategies and systems for legislative, political, and other policy advocacy.
- Past experience planning major annual events that reach an audience of over 5,000 people.
Desired personality characteristics:
- A Deep Passion for Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice
- Strong practice of self-care in stressful or traumatic experiences.
- The ability to be authentic
- Accountability & Responsibility to the community
- Fearlessness in confronting oppression and difficult political problems
- A sense of humor
- Compassion for others experiencing hardships
- A deep sense of introspection and self-reflection
- Ability to gracefully receive often critical feedback from the community
- 35-hour workweek
- Health benefits (Kaiser HMO currently)
- 401(k) Retirement Benefits
- 10 self-designated paid holidays per year
- 20 days of vacation
- 10 days of Sick and Safe Leave
- 4 Days Bereavement Leave annually
- Flexible scheduling
- Weekly time off and reimbursement for trauma stewardship activities
- Internet and Phone Stipends
This is primarily remote work or work from home, with occasional local events in Seattle, Olympia, or other parts of Washington State. Preference is for Washington State candidates, but partial reimbursement for moving costs is negotiable.
Gender Justice League is an Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Employer.
Gender Justice League will not discriminate in employment for any reason on the basis of race, gender identity, gender expression, sex, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship or citizenship status, national origin, illness, health status including HIV, ability, physical or mental disability, recovery from addiction, age, ethnicity, creed, color, size or height, weight, veteran status, pregnancy, genetic makeup, primary language, religious or spiritual belief, credit rating, economic status, housing or homelessness, experience surviving physical, sexual, or domestic violence, involvement in the sex trades or sex work, family responsibilities, or other unlawful factors except as required by law.
Statement on Work Experience & Racial Justice
Gender Justice League believes that organizing and activist skills can come from a number of sources in a person’s life, not simply traditional education or workplace environments. We treat documentable lived or volunteer experience at the same level as education or work experience, and recognize that work experience in underground economies is a valid form of experience. We also believe that having a strong and detailed understanding of racism is essential to trans justice work. We consider a deep knowledge or experience of racial justice fundamental to our work and the questions in our hiring process reflects this fact. We value lived experiences on par with academic understandings of these systems in our candidates.