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Open Position: Director of Creating Change



Director of Creating Change

The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people and their families. As a progressive racial, economic and social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all. The Task Force has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, and Cambridge, MA.

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
Position Location: Washington, DC
Summary: The Director of Creating Change is responsible for strategic planning, development and implementation of the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference and supervises the Creating Change Department.  The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for many thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBTQ movement and allied movements for justice and equality. A successful conference director candidate will have a proven track record of envisioning, managing and implementing large scale conferences/ events; the ability to manage and support diverse groups of staff and volunteers; and possess a strong racial, economic and social justice analysis. As a confidential employee, this position is exempt from the union bargaining unit.

Primary Responsibilities:

Oversee Creating Change Conference Strategy and Planning

  • In partnership with staff and stakeholders, establish a clear Creating Change Conference vision and objectives.
  • Pull from past conference experience to strategize with staff about programmatic and systems innovations that will continually improve the Creating Change Conference experience.
  • Oversee the annual Request for Proposals, registration, program & plenary, and awards selection processes, working with staff and key stakeholders.
  • Identify the specific levels of event support and capacity needed for each conference component and align on the scope of work (logistics, marketing, programming, etc.) that requires support.

Project Management and Execution

  • Create and execute strong project plans to divide responsibilities, establish clear decision-making and feedback loops.
  • Lead regular check-ins with staff and volunteer teams to ensure progress on event project plans.
  • Coordinate with vendors and execute on-site logistics for conferences, volunteer events, fundraiser/stewardship events, and other conference promotion events.
  • Conduct regular communications (phone calls, emails, meetings, funder reports, etc.) with all internal and external stakeholders (staff, vendors, partner teams, decision-makers, etc.).
  • Oversee the annual conference evaluation process, and any other needed assessments.

Operations, Communications, Marketing Responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records, budgets, and attendee data to track event effectiveness.
  • Develop and maintain operational systems to manage complex projects and report progress to staff, funders and key stakeholders.
  • Participate in Task Force and external affairs-related activities, including staff meetings, professional development conferences and retreats, fundraising events, and other public relations opportunities.
  • Work with the Communications, Marketing and Branding Department to produce marketing collateral, printed materials, merchandise, videos, photos, emails, and social media to promote the conference and related events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is an energetic, forward-thinking, and detailed oriented individual. Strong results orientation and interpersonal skills are a must. Additionally, possessing the capacity to think strategically coupled with the ability to excel operationally is critical for success in this role. 

  • 4-6 years’ experience managing large-scale conferences (2,500+) or large events, with complex programming.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising teams of staff and volunteers.
  • Outstanding project management and organizational skills, and extraordinary attention to detail, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects effectively under deadline, and work independently with consistent follow through.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead through a racial justice lens.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Results-oriented team player dedicated to getting the job done.
  • Flexibility, professionalism, strong judgment and decision-making skills, tenacity, high-quality work, resourcefulness, teamwork, and a sense of humor.
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence, initiative, and leadership skills.
  • Experience in non-profit/LGBTQ or related social justice movement a plus.
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to National LGBTQ Task Force mission.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-racial environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression is an important institutional value; and ability to work cross-department to implement activities.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Google Drive,
    Sharepoint, and comfort managing and tracking data strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

This a full-time, exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your experience relevant to these responsibilities and qualifications and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Director of Creating Change” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.