Executive Director, MassEquality, Boston, MA

Posted 5/29/2010

Job Description

MassEquality is seeking a mature professional with a minimum of 15 years of experience, including 3-5 in a senior management position, either in the not-for-profit sector or in a corporate management role.

Experience in public policy, campaign management or advocacy at the state or federal level is essential. The successful candidate must be a proven fundraiser, ideally in the area of public policy, social justice and equal rights. S/he must have a solid understanding of board dynamics and governance in a growing not-for-profit organization.

The Executive Director must be a strong communicator and spokesperson who can represent MassEquality effectively to the public and the media. The ability to build coalitions and sustain collaborative group effort is important. Knowledge of the Massachusetts political and activist landscape would be a distinct advantage.

An undergraduate degree is required and a graduate degree in management, law, public policy or other professionally related field is helpful. The Executive Director must be sufficiently knowledgeable about the law and its potential to impact public policy to be a credible leader and spokesperson for the organization.


The ideal candidate will be a leader with vision, stature and presence. Humility, common sense and personal charisma are highly desirable characteristics. The Executive Director should be a good listener, an excellent motivator and an accomplished communicator. S/he must be respectful of staff and coalition partners and supportive of their dedication and hard work on behalf of the community. S/he must understand that the role of MassEquality is to give voice to the issues of coalition partners rather than to dictate their agenda.

The Executive Director must be a “roll up your sleeves” manager with the ability to foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration. The ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to work effectively under pressure is important.

A passion for LGBT civil rights, social justice grassroots organizing, along with a collaborative orientation, an appreciation for diversity and a gracious personal manner are essential for success.

MassEquality is offering a highly competitive salary, appropriate for an organization of its size, along with an excellent benefits package. Basic relocation expenses are covered for the exceptional individual they are seeking.

Organization Description

MassEquality stands by the principle that every LGBT person deserves to be treated equally, to be safe and to be free from discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Through education and public policy work, MassEquality seeks to create a better world that respects and celebrates diversity and inclusion – a world in which there is equality under the law. Its mission is to secure Equality for LGBT people in Massachusetts, maintain Marriage Equality in the Commonwealth, and promote Marriage Equality in New England.

MassEquality is comprised of the MassEquality Education Fund, a 501 (c)(3) governed by an 8-person Board of Directors (with unlimited board membership), and the MassEquality Campaign 501 (c)(4), governed by a 14-person Board, and the Political Action Committee, governed by a three-person Board. Combined, MassEquality has an annual budget of $1.2 million and a dedicated 13-person professional support staff.

The Executive Director reports to the Boards of Directors. S/he supervises the following direct reports: Development Director, Political Director, Director of Finance & Administration and a Communications Coordinator. Core Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Program Oversight, Fundraising, Communications/Community Relations, Finance/Administration and Board Relations.

To apply, please submit a résumé and brief cover letter as PDF or Word attachments via e-mail to:

Joseph A. McCormack, Managing Partner
McCormack & Associates
Tel: (323) 549-9200 Fax: (323) 549-9222
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