CenterLink, Chief Executive Officer

THE CLIENT

LGBT community centers serve over 1.9 million people annually and play a vital and multi-faceted role in many communities across the country. They are often the only staffed non-profit LGBT presence in the area and the first point of contact for people seeking information, coming out, accessing services or organizing for social change. Whether they provide direct services, educate the public or organize for social change, community centers work more closely with their constituency and engage more community leaders and decision-makers than any other LGBT network in the country.

CenterLink was founded in 1994, as a member-based coalition, to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve governance, organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.

Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 46 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, China, Cameroon and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and strengthens existing LGBT centers, through networking opportunities for center leaders, technical assistance and training, and a variety of capacity building services. Their efforts are based on the belief that LGBT community centers are primary change agents in the national movement working toward the liberation and empowerment of LGBT people.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL and operating with a $1.1 million annual budget and eight staff, CenterLink produces an annual summit for executive directors and board leaders of LGBT community centers. It also provides leadership development, capacity building, strategic planning and technical assistance to its member centers. Additional CenterLink programs include:

  • HealthLink: Community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use and other health disparities within our communities.
  • YouthLink: Building a national network of LGBT Youth Centers of professional and organizational development.

CenterLink is committed to developing strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and building a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities. The organization envisions communities where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have access to flourishing LGBT community centers that advance their safety, equality and well-being.

THE POSITION

Reporting to a 17-person Board of Directors, CenterLink’s Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for working with the Board to meet the organization’s strategic goals, build on its foundation of fiscal stability and lead its technical assistance consulting activities. The CEO will provide direction to the organization’s staff and consultants to identify funding opportunities and serve as the organization’s spokesperson. Core responsibilities include:

Program Oversight, Development and Execution

  • Provide in-person board and leadership development, fundraising training, capacity building and technical assistance to member centers;
  • Provide telephone mentoring and coaching to executive directors;
  • Create agendas and presentation materials for on-site trainings;
  • Ensure implementation of HealthLink and YouthLink programs are in compliance with grant requirements.

Fundraising

  • Develop and lead the overall fundraising strategy including writing grant proposals and managing funder and individual donor relationships;
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to identify, solicit and acquire new sources of funding, to encourage board giving and to build long-term, sustainable sources of income for the organization;
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for CenterLink in the grant-making community.

Finance/Administration

  • Develop the annual budget, ensuring proper fiscal accounting and controls, as well as legal and fiduciary compliance;
  • Ensure that CenterLink has the financial and human resources necessary to implement its strategic plan and operational goals;
  • Manage all human resources functions, including the hiring, development, motivation, evaluation and retention of staff;
  • Oversee and strengthen the organizational infrastructure necessary to support and sustain growth.

Communications/Community Relations

  • Serve as spokesperson to LGBT community centers, the public, funders, the progressive community, the media and other constituents and allies;
  • Build and strengthen networks and coalitions with other community and social justice organizations;
  • Promote public presence and organizational identity as a leader in the LGBT and social justice movements.

Member Cultivation and Communication

  • Maintain the support of members through the development and execution of trainings relevant to their needs and interests;
  • Provide technical assistance and telephone support for center members.

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

CenterLink is seeking an entrepreneurial executive with organizational and board development expertise. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of community centers and the myriad ways in which they meet the needs of the communities they serve. The new CEO will be an accomplished public speaker who can effectively engage a variety of audiences and represent the organization across all media. The successful candidate should have the following:

  • At least seven years of executive leadership experience, preferably with an LGBT community center, social justice organization or national association;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills;
  • A deep understanding of Board governance, organizational development and nonprofit best practices;
  • Coaching or mentoring experience;
  • Prior experience managing budgets, P&Ls and nonprofit finance;
  • An understanding of government grants and contracts;
  • A track record of success cultivating, stewarding and soliciting corporate, foundation and individual gifts;
  • Experience managing a nonprofit Board;
  • Knowledge of marketing and communications strategies used to build brand awareness, increase organizational visibility and deliver effective messaging.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

We are seeking a critical thinker with dynamic presentation skills. They will have exceptional interpersonal skills and will enjoy coaching individuals and organizations to increased capacity. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of the history and public policy issues facing LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities;
  • Knowledge of gender identity and expression issues;
  • An understanding of racial and economic justice issues and their impact on LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities;
  • Strong relationship-building skills including a track record of success in fostering collaboration and strengthening networks;
  • An approachable, collaborative and transparent leadership style;
  • Belief in the societal benefits of diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to social justice;
  • A vision for CenterLink’s growth and sustainability, and a passion for developing healthy and vibrant communities;
  • Willingness to travel frequently (1 – 2 times per month).

COMPENSATION

Our client is offering a competitive compensation package for this position with a comprehensive benefits package that may include medical, dental, vision, life, short and long term disability. In addition to generous vacation and paid leave, CenterLink’s 401k plan includes an employer match. Reimbursement of basic relocation expenses will be provided.

OPPORTUNITY

For more than 20 years, CenterLink has provided essential organizational development and technical assistance to centers across the country and around the world. The successful candidate will continue the organization’s tradition of providing vital consulting to a growing roster of community centers and, in collaboration with the Board and member centers, will enhance CenterLink’s programs and increase its impact. Just as individual centers provide services to meet the needs of the communities they serve, the new CEO will grow and expand CenterLink in service to its members.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced executive to be an integral part of building capacity and strengthening LGBT community centers. Because the CenterLink network plays a critical role in the LGBT movement, the new CEO will play a key role in keeping the LGBT social justice movement strong.

LOCATION

While on-site leadership at CenterLink’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale is strongly preferred, our client is open to considering a telecommuting and/or part-time on-site relationship for the exceptional individual they are seeking.

Hello Sunny! Fun facts about Fort Lauderdale

Located on the southeastern coast of Florida, north of Miami and south of Palm Beach, the greater Fort Lauderdale area includes the city of Wilton Manors, which following the results of the 2010 Census was crowned the “Second Gayest City” in the U.S. Lauded for its “progressive diverse citizenry” Fort Lauderdale takes pride in being a safe and inclusive place to live and play.

Of 1,700 cities studied, Fort Lauderdale ranks #24 among America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live, Work and Play by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life amenities of U.S. small and mid-sized cities.

With an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F and 250 days of sunshine annually, residents can enjoy the area’s 23 miles of gorgeous beaches year round. But there’s more to Fort Lauderdale than sun and sand. From the changing exhibitions at the Stonewall National Museum, the World AIDS Museum and the NSU Art Museum, to live performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, to the fabulous orchid collection at the Bonnet House estate, Fort Lauderdale offers an array of activities as well as arts and entertainment beyond the beach.

The cost of living in Fort Lauderdale is 23% less than in Washington, DC, 30% less than in New York City and a whopping 51% less than in San Francisco. Contributing to the city’s affordability factor is a lack of state income tax and an average price of $238 per square foot for real estate. With a generous supply of arts, culture, surf and sun and a restaurant scene fit for foodies, it’s no wonder LGBT people are flocking to Fort Lauderdale.

CONTACT

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail or fax to:

Joseph McCormack, Managing Partner
Michelle Kristel, Partner
McCormack+Kristel
1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 110-202
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Tel 323.549.9200
Fax 323.549.9222
Email search@mccormackkristel.com
Online www.mccormackkristel.com

All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.