President & Chief Executive Officer

Posted: Sep 03, 2013

United States

GLAAD is leading the conversation for LGBT equality, and changing the culture. As the LGBT movement's communications epicenter, GLAAD is the principal organization that works directly with news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media. Through the undeniable power of the media - whether it's your favorite TV show, telenovela or local newspaper - or even on the sports field or through an online petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures, GLAAD is there advancing the stories that need to be told and that make real change.

GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

The next President & CEO will lead GLAAD at an important juncture in its history as it moves forward to enhance its programming, market position and financial strength. The position offers an exceptional opportunity to set the agenda and lead GLAAD, together with the Board of Directors, to achieve its strategic vision. The new President & CEO will be an actively involved, highly visible presence within the LGBT community and will strengthen partnerships and relationships with area communities, businesses, industry, foundations, and other LGBT institutions and organizations.

The successful candidate for President & CEO will be a strategic, energetic and entrepreneurial leader with a track record of success in fundraising, programming and operations activities in a national non-profit culture and climate. It is desirable that this individual has operating experience in a non-profit setting, strong ties to the LGBT community, and hold an advanced degree or show other evidence of a deep appreciation for social justice and the LGBT movement.

The President & CEO works closely with the Chief of Staff, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and the LGBT community at large. The President & CEO provides strategic vision, leadership, and managerial oversight for the organization. Specifically, the President & CEO oversees programmatic initiatives, development/fundraising, Board and financial resource development, staff management and administration, community relations, and fiscal and budgetary management. GLAAD’s 2013 fundraising budget from all sources of revenue is approximately $6 million. The President & CEO must be an experienced leader, advocate, and a proven manager with responsibility for the operations of the national offices and the successful execution of the GLAAD mission. GLAAD has an annual budget of approximately $6 million and currently operates with a staff of 31 based in two national offices, one in Los Angeles and one in New York City. In addition, GLAAD relies heavily on the support of its volunteers, particularly those who serve on the Leadership Councils in eight major media markets around the country.

In conjunction with the leaders of GLAAD’s membership and its Board of Directors, the President & CEO will need to oversee a strategic plan for achieving specific results around the nation and will engage in public policy activities to foster a positive environment for the LGBT community.

The President & CEO, along with the Chief of Staff, also has fiduciary responsibility for budget and financial oversight and must have proven financial management experience. This important leader will represent the LGBT community with all levels of government and significant business and advocacy organizations.

The President & CEO will be responsible for the following areas:


  • Expand and enhance a diversified fundraising program which would include, but not be limited to, major individual giving, foundation, corporate, membership, in-kind and special events.
  • Communicate often and clearly with the Board, Chief of Staff, Senior Leadership Team, staff and volunteers, including Leadership Councils.
  • Leadership of all development programs.
  • Management of existing and cultivation of new donor relationships, including individual donors, corporations and foundations.
  • Oversee overall management of annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


  • Act as the lead spokesperson for GLAAD nationally.
  • Represent GLAAD at public functions nationally.
  • Enhance GLAAD’s effective communications plan, including a robust social media program.
  • Act as principal brand manager for GLAAD, ensuring compliance with brand guidelines.


  • Oversee and evaluate program initiatives which reflect the mission, vision and values of GLAAD.
  • Provide leadership for the staff in the planning and execution of GLAAD’s programs.
  • Act as principal spokesperson in the media for GLAAD’s programmatic initiatives and media actions.
  • Develop and manage high-level relationships with key media leaders and stakeholders.



  • Together with the Chief of Staff, lead, manage, and motivate staff.
  • Build and direct results-oriented team that delivers specific results in all aspects of the GLAAD brand and deliverables.
  • Together with the Chief of Staff, lead the strategic planning and implementation process of GLAAD’s strategic plan.
  • Attract, develop, and retain excellent staff.


  • Ensure periodic reporting to the Board on the financial and operational status of GLAAD that includes key metrics.
  • Provide leadership, assistance and support to volunteer standing and ad-hoc committees, and develop plans and actions that emphasize volunteer efforts to lower the cost of operations.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal/state/local laws and regulations. Regularly update the Board on such status.
  • Attend all Board meetings as a non-voting member.


  • Support the national network of eight Leadership Councils and their grassroots volunteer networks (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC).
  • Help to enhance the existing Leadership Council network and grow the network to include other media markets not yet represented.
  • Ensure that the Leadership Councils are providing the appropriate leadership of their respective volunteer groups and adhering to the key aspects of GLAAD’s mission.
  • Continuously recognize and support the valuable network of volunteers that help get GLAAD’s messages out to the various media markets across the country.


  • Develop and manage an annual budget and operating plan for the organization.
  • Assure proper business and cash flow management while advancing the mission of the execution of all board policies and decisions, and proposals for new policies for board consideration.
  • Assure compliance with all state and federal laws, including compliance with the Foundation's tax-exempt status under I.R.C. 501(c) (3).
  • Establish a plan that enables GLAAD to achieve high scores from charity benchmarking organizations.
  • Monitor financial performance and provide regular feedback to staff and Board.


  • Demonstrate a leadership role in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual and transgender movement.
  • Develop cooperative leadership initiatives with other peer organizations.
  • Anticipate the political, social and economic issues that will affect the LGBT community and recommend appropriate action and/or response to constituents as appropriate.


  • A minimum of 15 years of broad business management experience, with at least five years at a senior level. Nonprofit experience is a plus.
  • Strong track record of delivering and exceeding operational and financial results, building a superior team and developing strong relationships with external constituencies. Must be able to drive and manage change, be non-political, creative and possess a strong desire to win and passion to excel.
  • Strong leadership, communications, problem solving, teamwork and financial analysis skills. Must possess superior intellect, be of exemplary integrity and epitomize the highest standards, which includes honesty, attention to detail and responsible in character.
  • Must be a hands-on leader, capable and willing to tactically compile and review data and deep dive as needed to provide leadership and coaching to others. Must be process oriented, able to identify and implement new and improved processes that drive efficiency, cost reduction and results.
  • Leadership style will be one of employee-centric focus in nature to generate a positive impact of solidarity with staff members.
  • Demonstrated skill and success in strategic planning, as well as execution of strategic plans.
  • Proven ability to fundraise – particularly with corporations, foundations, high profile & high net worth individuals.
  • Experience or thorough comfort level with functioning on a national level.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in budget management.
  • Proven track record of managing staff, including staff development, coaching and mentoring.
  • Ability to prioritize, follow through and complete tasks.
  • Ability to persuade and motivate others, and to gain the respect and attention of the Board leadership and influential volunteers.
  • Solid financial management experience to ensure the financial well-being of a non-profit organization.
  • Proven abilities in working with a Board of Directors – particularly in strategic planning, policymaking, fundraising, board development, board committees, etc.
  • Experience with marketing, public relations and branding in anon-profit environment.
  • Experience in working with a large number of active volunteers.
  • Must have proven, strong communications skills, to become the spokesperson and advocate nationally for GLAAD. Internal communications skills are equally as important.
  • Proven ability to reach out collaboratively to organizations, corporations, individuals, etc.


Understanding the Business

  • Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands various types of business propositions and understands how businesses operate in general; learns new methods and technologies easily.

Keeping on Point

  • Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the nice to dos and the trivial; quickly senses what's the next most useful thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.

Dealing with Trouble 

  • Fearlessly takes on all issues, challenges, and people; comfortably confronts and works through conflict; delivers negative feedback and messages without hesitation; deals promptly and fairly with problem performers; lets everyone know where they stand; thrives in crises and is energized by tough challenges; not afraid to make negative decisions and take tough action; challenges the status quo.

Evaluating and Deploying People Accurately

  • Reads people accurately; can diagnose strengths, weaknesses, and potential; knows what skills are required to fill a job or role; hires the best.

Communicating Effectively

  • Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.

Inspiring Others 

  • Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.

Acting with Honor and Character

  • Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.

The President should embody the following personal characteristics:

  • Sensitivity to and a strong commitment to the mission of GLAAD.
  • A passionate commitment to the LGBT movement and civil rights.
  • Ability to connect with diverse audiences.
  • Excellent communicator with all people at every level.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities. Solid judgment and consensus building skills. Flexibility.
  • Charisma as a leader and spokesperson.
  • Very effective decision maker.
  • Visionary and inspiring.
  • Initiative, creativity, drive and energy.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent follow through.
  • Diplomacy and tact.
  • Superb interpersonal skills.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Ability to think analytically.
  • Positive daily work attitude on a consistent basis.
  • Ability to be both strategic and hands-on when necessary.
  • High ethical standards. Serve the organization over personal ambition. Exemplary character.
  • Honesty, integrity and loyalty.
  • Values diversity.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor ’s degree.  An advanced degree is preferred.

A competitive compensation package will be offered based on background and experience.

GLAAD is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, height and weight, or other personal characteristics as may be protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, hiring, placement, promotion, layoff, termination, transfer, leaves of absence and compensation; relationships with outside vendors and customers; use of contractors and consultants; and in dealing with the general public. All inquiries are held in strict confidence.


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