OUT MetroWest builds communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive. We do this by offering social, educational, and wellness programs for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. With offices and our youth center located in downtown Framingham, OUT MetroWest serves about three dozen towns across the MetroWest region. OUT MetroWest began to operate youth programs in 2011 and became an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2014. Our budget, team and programming have grown to approximately $625,000 over the last few years and we are well positioned to sustain our current operations through FY25. OUT MetroWest is funded by a healthy mix of individuals, corporations/partners, revenue generated through fundraising events, and grants.
OUT MetroWest has a staff of fourteen (14) including three (3) full-time staff, three (3) part-time administrative/program staff, eight (8) part-time adult advisors who work approximately three to 15 hours/month co-facilitating our youth programs and numerous volunteers to support the work of our organization. OUT MetroWest currently serves approximately 300 LGBTQ+ young people (from elementary to age 29) each year through our regular and special programming with plans for increasing outreach and participation in our current programming. We also offer educational workshops for local businesses, municipalities, other non-profits, and faith-based organizations looking to be more inclusive of and welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about OUTMetroWest, visit our website here.
Our Organizational Values are:
● Affirming LGBTQ+ identities through positive role modeling
● Challenging ableism, classism, misogyny, racism, and other systems of oppression
● Creating supportive spaces where LGBTQ+ youth can be themselves
● Respecting, embracing, and celebrating diversity
● Treating people with care and compassion
About the Role:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will focus on advancing the organization into our next phase of strategic growth and sustainability. Key initiatives include the development and implementation of the next phase of our strategic plan, leading fundraising efforts, and continued community outreach and partnership development within Framingham, the MetroWest region and larger LBGTQ+ community.
The ED will ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) perspectives are at the forefront of our decision-making and that DEIJ initiatives are integrated into all aspects of organizational management.
The ideal candidate for Executive Director is a visionary leader who is motivated by our important mission and excited by the opportunity to work with our amazing staff and strong team culture. The next ED will be skilled at leading and managing our organization and staff, raising funds, and building valuable partnerships throughout our communities.
Vision, Strategy, Leadership and Operations
Lead planning and execution of the next chapter of strategic growth and development, with a focus on continuous improvement to achieve goals
Oversee OUT MetroWest’s activities and programs to carry out the organization’s mission including approve day to day operations, financial management, office administration, facilities management, human resources, and compliance
Hire, supervise, lead and support a diverse staff to deliver on strategic outcomes and maintain a positive, inclusive team climate and culture with strong retention
Advance OUT MetroWest’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) goals and initiatives by working with Board, staff, and other constituencies to identify areas of growth, building on current DEIJ initiatives and/or establishing new ones
Develop and implement operational policies,procedures, and metrics to ensure the smooth running of the organization
Actively engage and energize OUT MetroWest’s volunteers, Board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders
Create and ensure adherence to an annual budget in partnership with the Board and staff; ensure appropriate resource allocation for organizational aims. Provide regular financial reports for Board and grants as needed
Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio on Board committees
Fundraising, Advocacy and Communication
Lead fundraising efforts to achieve revenue goals through individual and corporate gifts, grants, sponsorships, earned revenue and events, supported by a part-time Director of Individual Giving and Engagement, a part-time Development and Operations Assistant, and volunteer committees,
Educate and advocate in the greater community about LGBTQ+ and social justice issues
Manage and support public outreach activities that include a diverse range of stakeholders
Deepen all aspects of communications, with the goal of strengthening the brand and growing the organization’s engaged constituency
Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities and strengthen existing partnerships with similar organizations and stakeholders
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you have the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
Competency in LGBTQ+ issues, with explicit understanding of gender identity and expression
Demonstrated commitment to OUT MetroWest’s values of challenging ableism, classism, misogyny, racism, and other systems of oppression; experience in and willingness to continue to learn and grow in this work
Leadership experience, ideally seven-plus years at a nonprofit organization sized $500K-$1.5M, plus working productively alongside a Board of Directors
Strong fiscal management acumen including oversight of the budget process and knowledge of the audit process
Proven fundraising experience through grants, individual giving, and/or sponsorships/events
Demonstrated ability to guide an organization during growth and change and pivot as necessary
Effectively communicate our organization’s mission, achievements, and goals to various constituencies across the full spectrum of media/communications tools
Strong written/verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator
Proven ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, as well as build and maintain effective relationships and coalitions
Must have satisfactory SORI, MA State CORI, and credit background checks.
Compensation and Benefits:
OUT MetroWest offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a fixed salary of $105,000 annual. This is a full-time position with 5 weeks paid time off (vacation + wellness days) plus 11 federal holidays and a paid office closure the first week of July.
OUT MetroWest currently offers a healthcare reimbursement stipend; other healthcare options are being actively considered at this time. There is also a yearly professional development budget ($1000), paid month-long sabbatical after 5 years of continuous employment, bimonthly staff bonding events and continuous internal professional training.
Location and Hours:
Our headquarters is located at 160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA 01702. We have ample parking and are easily accessible by train.
We are currently working in a hybrid capacity, whereby full-time staff are expected to be in the office at least three days a week, with the flexibility to work from home for the remaining days, when the nature of the work allows. This is a year-round position with some evening and weekend work responsibilities, to support key events during the year outside of regular work hours.
Making the decision to apply:
To apply to this position, please prepare a resume plus compelling cover letter and apply through the application portal run by our recruitment partners at Positively Partners. For confidential inquiries or for assistance in completing the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timeline and Hiring Process:
We will review and respond to all applications received. While subject to change, candidates selected to advance will progress through a process that includes initial conversations with Positively Partners and interviews with members of the OUT MetroWest Search Committee. Anticipated start date is Spring 2024.
OUT MetroWest provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, military service, or other protected status. We seek applications from diverse backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, People of Color and the LGBTQ+ community. We actively work toward an anti-racist community that recognizes and aims to address the negative impacts of white supremacy. To learn more about our commitment to racial justice, visit here: Commitment to Racial Justice – OUT MetroWest
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