Executive Director of Equality Toledo Job Description 

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. Equality Toledo (ET) is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.

ET, in collaboration with our local equality partners, works to defend and advance pro-LGBTQ policies at all levels of government, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-equality champions to office.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for all organizing efforts of ET membership within a specific region of a state, including recruitment, training, and overall cultivation of ET members as volunteer leaders. The ED will develop volunteer teams in key communities for political, issue, and legislative advocacy. The ED will also work to educate the community through customized trainings, community forums, events, and support to panels and other events.

Community Education: ET provides a number of opportunities to educate the public. ET is asked to participate in panel discussions, in front of college classes, community events, corporate settings, and events that are initiated by ET. A working knowledge of Safe Zone training and up to date education on LGBTQ matters is essential.

Community Fundraising: ET relies on fundraising efforts to provide low-cost or free services in our community.  The ED will expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations.  Experience in this area is highly desired.

Volunteer Team Building: ET relies on a powerful grassroots network of volunteer leaders taking regular action to resist attempts to roll back progress for the LGBTQ community while working to advance LGBTQ equality wherever possible. The ED will work with volunteer teams to establish best practices for group-led actions and to recruit and train an active volunteer base in the region.

Political, Issue, and Legislative Advocacy: In order to accelerate the pace of progress toward full equality, we must grow our movement's political power, organize ourselves, our families, friends, and allies, and put equality issues at the center of the political conversation in 2018 and beyond. The ED will help grow our political power by building organizing capacity and mobilizing ET members, supporters, volunteers, and activists in support of equality and pro-equality candidates in the 2018 elections.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure ETs volunteer network within the region is vital and growing. Work with volunteer leadership in the region to recruit new volunteers and engage existing volunteers, members, and supporters in grassroots activities

  • Participate in the design and implementation of training programs for members, supporters, volunteers, and activists in the region

  • Meticulously track all volunteer outreach and engagement

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support ETs mission

  • Manage outreach within the region to selected constituencies, including people of color, religious communities, youth, and others. Participate in strategic partnerships with other organizations and groups to support ETs outreach and increase ETs visibility in the region

  • Represent ET in strategic partnerships with allied organizations in the region (LGBTQ organizations as well as other progressive allies) in order to collaborate and advance the goals of ET and the LGBTQ movement

  • Share ETs commitment to inclusion and the intersectionality of our movement by integrating campaign and outreach efforts to defend and advance shared advocacy priorities like reproductive rights, immigrant rights, workers’ rights and other civil rights causes

  • Serve as the face of ET in the region and represent ET at local events

  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of local legislative processes

  • Ability to work independently within the context of a plan

  • Demonstrated ability in building teams, motivating others, and working effectively in a team environment in both a lead and a support role

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations

  • Experience meeting goals and holding others accountable

  • Effective time management skills, including an ability to prioritize; must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously

  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills, as well as excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills

  • Must be proficient with Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive)

  • Demonstrated experience with VAN and a familiarity with other standard organizing and advocacy tools and social media preferred

  • Excellent ability to establish and maintain professional interpersonal relationships, and resolve conflicts when necessary

  • Must be able to travel extensively within the region and (occasionally the state); must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle

  • Flexibility with work schedule is required; this position requires some evening and weekend work

  • Spanish language proficiency a plus

  • Strong interest in the rapidly changing LGBTQ equality movement and a working knowledge of LGBTQ issues

Compensation will be determined based on experience

Please submit a resume and cover letter to

Board of Directors