The deadline for applications has passed – Thank you for your interest in our search for Outright’s next Executive Director!

Outright Vermont prides ourselves on hiring top notch staff to lead our programs and the organization. Are you our next Executive Director? Know someone who might be? Deadline for applying is Tuesday, May 30.

Executive Director Job Description

Summary of primary job functions

Outright’s mission is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth (ages 13-22). The Executive Director is responsible for Outright Vermont’s consistent achievement of its mission. Key duties include implementing and evaluating Outright’s programs, managing its internal operations, developing its financial capacities, and representing the organization to governing bodies, other civic organizations, donors, and the general public. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors (BOD).

Duties and responsibilities


  • Acting as a spokesperson for Outright and its youth, articulating its mission and working to increase its visibility

Development & Communications

  • Leading the organization with vision to research, cultivate and secure individual, corporate, and foundation funds
  • Creating an annual development plan
  • Actively seeking out grant opportunities and prepare grants as appropriate
  • Ensuring compliance with all grant requirements
  • Cultivating individual and corporate donor relationships
  • Leading the organization’s donor database management, including reporting
  • Supporting all annual fundraisers and fundraising campaigns
  • Reporting to current donors continually and especially at the end of each fiscal year
  • Ensuring compliance with brand guidelines in all publications and in social media


  • Maintaining full awareness of Outright’s financial records
  • Ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting
  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and financial best practices
  • Signing all checks and paying all bills
  • Informing the BOD about Outright’s fiscal health on a monthly basis
  • Preparing the annual budget for board approval


  • Overseeing all youth-focused Outright programming
  • Ensuring that programs meet the objectives of the strategic plan.
  • Ensuring that Outright is working with youth rather than for youth
  • Supervising staff who direct Camp Outright and the Winter Camp Reunion
  • Supporting the Queer and Allied Youth Summit and other LGBTQ youth-centered programming.
  • Initiating periodic updating of the strategic plan (in conjunction with youth and the BOD) to reflect the evolving needs of the youth community.
  • Tracking local and national trends

Human Resources

  • Recruiting, hiring, and supervising staff: Director of Education, Advocacy & Events and Marketing, Office Manager, part-time Camp staff, and part-time Bookkeeper.
  • Supervising—or arranging for the supervision of—interns
  • Providing leadership through effective objective setting, delegation, and communication
  • Providing staff with ongoing training, support, and professional development
  • Meeting with staff weekly—and individual staffers as necessary—to disseminate information, develop plans, and address questions and concerns
  • Mediating disputes
  • Ensuring that appropriate salary structures are maintained
  • Managing personnel files, including all legal paperwork
  • Creating and updating job descriptions
  • Maintaining the Employee Guide

Board of Directors

  • Attending all meetings of the BOD and the Executive Committee
  • Preparing a monthly financial report to be disseminated to the BOD before each monthly meeting and discussed at the monthly meeting
  • Updating the BOD on Outright’s work at each monthly meeting
  • Working with the BOD to insure that Outright is following its strategic plan.
  • Advocating for staff and programmatic needs.
  • Assisting with the recruitment, training, and retention of BOD members
  • Meeting regularly with the BOD Chair to address questions and concerns
  • Supporting BOD fundraising efforts
  • Executing board-approved policies

Preferred Qualifications & Competencies

  • A record of at least 3-5 years of middle or senior nonprofit experience in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Master’s degree in public administration, nonprofit management, social work, or related field. A bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience in nonprofit leadership may be substituted in lieu of Master’s.
  • Strategic leadership: A seasoned leader who has demonstrated success in leading data-driven planning and implementation, process efficiencies, creating and maintaining effective accountability systems, strong financial management skills, and an ability to build high performance work teams.
  • Visionary relationship development: Vast fundraising experience and a record of accomplishments or of professional development work in this area.
  • Inspiring leadership and strong judgment: Skills and demonstrated experience required to supervise and motivate highly talented staff, and to engage in community-level collaboration and involvement. A proven record of using sound judgment in assessing decisions impacting Outright’s purpose, priorities, reputation, fiscal stewardship, and long-term sustainability.
  • Intentional advocacy: A proven record of investment in and advocacy for youth, queer and trans youth, and/or LGBTQ* populations.
  • Relational effectiveness: Established ability to remain calm under pressure, and to manage conflict effectively. The initiative to have difficult conversations that provoke creative problem solving and risk taking.
  • Commitment to diversity, dignity, equity, and inclusion: The ability to explore and name the intersections of our complete social identities (including race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, religion, sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, and country of origin) in order to deliver comprehensive and inclusive services. A commitment to diverse individual and cultural perspectives.
  • Experience reporting to and advising a board of directors.
  • Database experience and a high level of computer competency.
  • Proven strength in public speaking, writing, and communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range: $53,000 – $58,000, commensurate with experience. Outright offers a competitive benefits package, including medical insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance and a generous time off policy.

Application Procedure

To be considered for this position please provide a cover letter and a current resume reflecting your qualifications for this position by May 30, 2017.

Please send materials to Only online applications will be accepted.

Outright is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which youth and adults of all diverse identities are treated with respect, dignity, and equity, and a community that is free from the weight of hate, discrimination, and fear. We place a high value on workforce diversity. People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.