Equality Arizona

Executive Director Position

Position:  Executive Director

Reports to:  Equality Arizona is seeking an Interim Executive Director to organize and harness the political power of the Arizona LGBTQ community, to develop the organizations capacity and operational health, and to increase community and government awareness of the LGBTQ community’s civil and human rights needs.

Position Description:


The following skills are needed to successfully fulfill the duties/responsibilities of the Interim Executive Director’s position:

  • Possess strong leadership skills;
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices for c3, c4, and campaign fundraising;
  • Work successfully with a variety of community stakeholders;
  • Work successfully with community leaders and members from historically marginalized communities;
  • Knowledge of local Arizona politics at the municipal and statewide levels;
  • Knowledge of federal politics;
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing community organizing best practices;
  • Knowledge of and experience in best practices to develop effective political strategy.
  • Experience working collaboratively with boards of directors, especially all volunteer, working boards.


Strategic Leadership: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Develop and implement a strategic planning process in which the organization’s leadership and members actively participate;
  • Work in collaboration with the board of directors to make strategic decisions about the organizations capacity, development, and programs until the strategic plan is implemented.
  • Responsible for implementation of EQAZ’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of EQAZ’simage by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

Community and Political Organizing: Builds the collective political will and skills of the LGBTQ community in Arizona.

  • Pursue strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in diverse communities;
  • Forge new partnerships with community leaders and organizations who historically have not focused exclusively on LGBTQ civil and human rights;
  • Write and execute a detailed data-driven organizing plan;
  • Plan small and large-scale public events;
  • Develop an effective “ladder of engagement” and training plan for volunteers that takes them from prospect to active advocate to a leadership role;
  • Create organizing materials such as call scripts, canvass scripts, organizer talking points, educational materials, and meeting agendas;
  • Create regular reports that are both qualitative and quantitative that the board and stakeholders can use to promote progress;
  • Develop innovative approaches to recruit, engage and empower priority and underrepresented constituencies to play leadership roles within Equality Arizona campaigns;
  • Develop a plan to utilize online tools to recruit and activate members and advocates;
  • Advance shared campaign goals by collaborating with coalition partners;
  • Represent Equality Arizona at in key coalitions and tables
  • Develop relationships with candidates and elected officials to increase their knowledge of and actions that directly support the LGBTQ community;
  • Identify key races where Equality Arizona can deploy support and develop political power;
  • Identify key legislation, policy, and regulation where Equality Arizona can engage the community to influence an LGBTQ positive outcome;
  • Expand Equality Arizona’s understanding of social justice and equity issues vital to the Arizona LGBTQ community;
  • Develop an outreach and education plan for advocacy, civics, and LGBTQ issues.

Communications: Maintains and develops the organizations brand and reputations through consistent communications strategies.

  • Manage communications strategy including public relations, marketing, and advocacy communications;
  • Manage social media, email marketing, and other communications opportunities for continuous and effective content development;
  • Act as a subject area expert for media, organizations, businesses, community members, and government;
  • Make policy statements, testify in favor of public policy related to the LGBTQ community, and make other public statements about public policy and regulation related to the LGBTQ community;
  • Act as a spokesperson for LGBTQ advocacy in the state of Arizona;
  • From political and community organizing activities develop content for LGBTQ issues on the website and in white papers and fact sheets;
  • Develop infographics and other content that can be easily disseminated in the community and candidates and elected officials for educational purposes;
  • Manage advocacy communications like legislative updates and advocacy alerts.

Development and Finance: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Develop and manage a fundraising strategy for 2018 with an emphasis on opportunities presented during the 2018 election cycle;
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors and grant makers;
  • Manage grant application and reporting processes;
  • Manage fundraising events and activities including major donor recruitment and membership;
  • Manage the organizations budget and other fiscal processes and priorities.

Organizational Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible effective administration of EQAZ’s operations.
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Responsible for leading EQAZ in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

We understand that this is a very large job description for a part-time position. Anyone hired would craft a short-term set of goals, as the work expands.

Experience and Education: Access to formal education is often contingent upon privilege. There are no minimum education requirements, all manner of education is valuable. This position does require experience in social profit organizations and social justice movements. The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years of experience in social profit organizations and social justice movements.

Compensation:This is a half time position (15 to 20 hours per week). Salary will range from $1,800 to $2,500 per month. PTO and other benefits will be detailed at time of job offer.

To Apply:Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to eqaz@equalityarizona.orgby 5:00pm on May 1st, 2018.