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Executive Director

Organization: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Date Posted: 10/28/2015
City: San Francisco
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Museum
Type of Position: Part-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's

Description & Details

Founded in 1985, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society's (GLBTHS) mission is to collect, document and preserve LGBT artifacts from the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, and to share historical information with the public in ways that demonstrate its relevance to society at large. The GLBT Historical Society Archives is one of a handful in the country and is open to researchers, documentarians and scholars. The GLBT History Museum, in San Francisco’s historic Castro area, showcases exhibits of LGBT historical importance. Its programs and exhibits are open to the public.

Position Summary

The Executive Director (ED) provides the vision, strategic direction, and overall management for the GLBT Historical Society. The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising, development, supervision of staff, relationship building for the organization and overseeing program development and implementation. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will ensure that the organization is fiscally and administratively sound and that its development efforts, programs, operations, communications, and information systems are effective and move the organization towards its goals. This position will start at half time and is expected to become full time in 6-12 months as the ED increases development.


  • Create development plan and lead all development activities to support and expand the organization’s activities through government, corporate, foundation, and individual solicitations. Ensure timely submission and reporting of grants and contracts.
  • Prepare annual budget for board approval; monitor financial health of the organization and prepare regular financial reports for Board of Directors. Directly approve all contracts, grants and expenditures.
  • Hire and manage all employees, contractors and consultants. Oversee the management of volunteer program and ensure that performance goals are met.
  • Manage all archive and museum programs to ensure quality and cost effectiveness.
  • Manage communication program and serve as principal spokesperson for the organization.
  • Support the Board of Directors in their oversight responsibilities and recruiting of new board members.
  • Help create Community Advisory Groups.
  • Work in collaboration with the Board of Directors to develop or revise institutional strategic plan to achieve or modify the organization’s mission as is needed.
  • Ensure that the organization meets industry standards relative to financial reporting, necessary permits, licenses and insurance to operate effectively.


Education and training: Bachelor’s degree required.

Work Experience: At least 5 years of demonstrated leadership in non-profit management with 2+ years directing a program is preferred. Eligible candidates must have leadership experience with fundraising, volunteer-driven small-staff organizations, and financial management.

Please send resume and cover letter to Brian Turner at

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