Executive Director – Equality Toledo

Equality Toledo

Equality Toledo is a Toledo-based nonprofit organization that began as a response to the passage of Ohio’s Issue One amendment in November 2004, which made it unconstitutional for the state to perform or recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions. The founding members were actively involved in opposing Issue One and educating communities about the consequences of its passage. Despite the diligent efforts of concerned citizens, the Issue One amendment became Article 15, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution. The amendment passed because of the lack of an effective statewide coalition in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies. ET was formed to address this deficiency. Since that time a lot has been accomplished for the LGBTQ communities in the Greater Toledo Area, including the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality on June 26, 2015. However, there is still work to be accomplished, therefore We remain dedicated to eliminating discrimination in our region on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, through education, activism and other anti-defamation efforts.

The Executive Director will oversee day to day operations of ET, take the lead on Fundraising and Communications, and also be responsible for Relationship Management, Financial Management, and Board Support.  This is a (1099) contracted 35hr/per week position and reports to the Board Chair / Governance Chair of the organization. This position works closely with our Deputy Director, Pantry Coordinator, Board members, Volunteers, Community Representatives and our Patrons.  The incumbent represents Equality Toledo throughout our community and is expected to demonstrate strong professional and social skills in a variety of environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

I. Strategic Leadership

  • Work with the Board, fellow contractors, and key stakeholders/partners to develop and implement short- and long-term mission-driven strategies and program goals.
  • Actively engage board members, event committees, partnering organization and funders (stay mindful of community members that may be beneficial additions to the board).
  • Build effective systems to track progress and impact; engage in comprehensive evaluation by listening to all stakeholders and share those findings in a compelling way.
  • Uphold 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.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations, ensure program consistency and improvement, while striving for excellence.
  • Assist in the implementation and delivery of the Equality Toledo Education course.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of training programs for members, supporters, volunteers, and activists in the region

II. Fundraising and Communications

  • Lead in the creation of fundraising strategies and revenue generating activities to engage existing individual donors and cultivate new individual donors.
  • Lead in the development and execution of major fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Engage corporate sponsors in mission-focused and team building opportunities to deepen their understanding and commitment to our organization.
  • Understand the different segments of donors, including giving capacity and appropriate means to communicate with them.
  • Develop new relationships with individuals, community partners and businesses to widen our fundraising base and volunteer network.
  • Acknowledge donor contributions with written notes.
  • Ensure Equality Toledo is a visible and respected presence in the community.
  • Serve as media spokesperson, including soliciting press coverage.
  • Monitor donor database regularly to reflect touchpoints, updates, contacts, donations entries made by the Deputy Director.

III. Relationship Management

  • Create a stakeholder management strategy, to ensure relationships are maintained and managed; Identify and delegate contractor responsibilities in this process.
  • Develop relationships and communications with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, donors, politicians, and other organizations to achieve the goals of Equality Toledo.
  • Represent Equality Toledo at community events and 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.

IV. Board of Directors Management and Support

  • Serve as liaison between Board and Contractors, strategic partners and funders.
  • Assist in Board development, including the on boarding of new members.
  • Identify, assess, and inform Board of internal and external issues affecting the organization.
  • Foster effective teamwork between Board and contractors.
  • Provide materials and resources to Board, including monthly reports.
  • Actively participate in monthly Board meetings.
  • With Board leadership, ensure active and productive Board committees and meetings.
  • Review By-Laws; with Board, review/amend as necessary.

V. Financial Management

  • Develop annual budget in collaboration with Board finance committee.
  • Manage cash flow and expenses in accordance with budget; oversee relationship with major vendors.
  • Attend Finance Committee meetings.

VI. Operations and Administration

  • Contractor Management:
    • Inspire contractors, volunteers, and other team members to see the impact of their
      collective work toward larger organizational goals.
    • Lead and mentor contractors, including reviews, performance coaching.
    • Delegate responsibility.
    • Monitor hours of contractors; address issues timely.
  • Policies & Procedures:
    • Ensure all procedures and policies are up to date and properly communicated.
    • Follow organization by-laws, and update/amend as necessary (with board).
  • Risk Management:
    • Identify and evaluate the risks to organization, including people (contractors, patrons, volunteers, property, finances, goodwill and image). Implement measures to control risk. Inform Board as needed.
    • Ensure ET carries appropriate insurance coverage to protect the organization and Board. Ensure the Board and contractor understand the terms, conditions, and limitations of the coverage.

The Executive Director position will be a contracted (1099) offer at $22.00 an hour for 35 hours per week.

For more information about Equality Toledo, please visit www.equalitytoledo.org.  Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume along with any inquires  to info@equalitytoledo.org

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for this position without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  We are committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.