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14 Apr 2021

Full-Time Executive Director

AFFA Charleston – Posted by AFFA Charleston Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Job Description


  • Thoroughly understand the organization, its history and culture, purpose and programs, staff and Board structure, stakeholders, finances, and sources of support; work with the Board to ensure that the organization is serving the community in a manner consistent with the mission.
  • Assume a visible external role as an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues through AFFA’s initiatives; ensure that AFFA remains a proactive leader and catalyst for policy changes at the local, state and national levels, representing the programs and point of view of AFFA to government officials and agencies, organizations, and the general public; recognize that the ED role is the primary delivery system of workshops and inter-organizational education/outreach—a key component of AFFA’s community success and brand.
  • Establish a working partnership with Board members, developing relationships that will engage, encourage, and direct their best ideas and efforts for fundraising, strategy and planning;
  • Promote the long-range strategy established in conjunction with the Board which achieves AFFA’s mission, and toward which the organization can make consistent and timely progress guided by specific goals.
  • Know the financial status of the organization including the budgetary process, operating statements, and developing the operating budget in conjunction with the Treasurer; ensure that AFFA’s funding base of foundation and private support is sufficient to support activities and sustain growth over the long-term; maintain financial records of the organization and produce financial statements to the board monthly and as needed.


  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional leadership experience in not-for-profit management or similar work experience;
  • A record of success leading and shaping complex organizations, combined with a demonstrated commitment to the enhancement of a vital, inclusive LGBTQ+ community as defined in the broadest terms;
  • Proven leadership, managerial, problem solving and strategic planning capability, as well as commensurate fiscal responsibilities, preferably as an executive with a nonprofit organization or in the private or public sector, provided the individual has experience in the social service or social justice field;
  • The ability to interact professionally with dedicated Board and staff members of varied professions, backgrounds and perspectives; an understanding of setting and implementing organizational strategy, and managing through growth and change;
  • A record of success as a fundraiser, with the ability to harness financial resources by building effective relationships with potential donors;
  • The ability to interact with ease with a wide range of community-based organizations representing the entire range of the LGBTQ+ community; a comfort level with a broad and diverse range of beliefs, experiences and personalities; the ability to listen carefully, as well as to cogently and respectfully articulate the mission of AFFA in a variety of different milieus;
  • Awareness of current and ongoing changes in the local, regional and national political landscape and the impact of change on AFFA’s funding and policy work;
  • The ability to serve as an effective public advocate for all segments of the LGBTQ community, particularly with elected and other government officials; and,
  • Excellent communication skills, including proven public speaking ability for formal and extemporaneous presentations to a broad public, are also required;
  • Command of respectful and evolving terminology for the various constituencies and subgroups of the LGBTQ+ community;
  • Healthy respect of the public nature of this role and an understanding that personal activities may reflect on the organization.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume outlining their skills and experience to

Job Categories: LGBT. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 63 days.

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