Executive Transition

Executive Director Search

The mission of Twin Cities Pride is to empower every LGBTQ+ person to live as their true self, with the vision of a future where all LGBTQ+ people are valued and celebrated for who they are.

As we start the search for a new executive director, we will have a booth at the Pride Festival dedicated to getting input from you. We will be hosting listening sessions. We want the next leader of Twin Cities Pride to reflect where we are going as an organization and as a community. In the meantime, we will start accepting applications and begin reviewing resumes. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the position, please send resumes with cover letters to [email protected]. We are also accepting applications for new board members. If you are interested in joining our board, email Felix Foster at [email protected].

Over the course of the next year, we will be searching for an Executive Director to take over operations of the organization, along with recruiting approximately 10 new Board members. We are looking for candidates with the values of Transparency, Inclusion, Education, and Respect. The direction of Twin Cities Pride is moving towards a focus of operating as a year-round 501c3 nonprofit- providing programming and resources for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as continuing to produce the annual Pride festival. We are taking special care to recruit community members of color and those from the transgender and nonbinary communities, as the organization has historically lacked strong inclusion of these marginalized groups that are integral to the greater LGBTQ+ community.

Executive Director

Twin Cities Pride seeks a dynamic and proven leader to work with an engaged Board and a mix of volunteer and paid staff to fulfill our mission and vision.

Twin Cities Pride, the producer of the Twin Cities Pride celebration, has an opportunity for a strong Executive Director to make a difference in the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Minnesotans and their friends, families, and allies. We see this leader guiding Twin Cities Pride into an expanded role in providing open and inclusive events that showcase the diversity of our community.

Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the individual will set our development plan and priorities and manage a year-round volunteer team of 30+ people. This group produces Pride’s annual events, drawing a combined attendance of nearly 500,000 people.

Position Overview

The Executive Director is the public face of the organization, meeting and developing contacts with corporate and civic leaders of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

Primarily, the Executive Director is accountable for fundraising, fiscal management, human resources, donor relations, public and press relations, community outreach, and event development and implementation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a small team of paid staff and 30+ volunteer staff members, guiding them in the production and planning of Pride’s various events, including the annual Pride Festival.
  • Recruit new members of the paid and volunteer staff as vacancies occur and/or needs change.
  • Identify and implement sponsorship relationships with major corporations. Specifically, to improve communication with and funding from current corporate sponsors and to negotiate high-level sponsorship agreements with major corporations.
  • Identify and implement sponsorship relationships with civic and governmental organizations to offset costs associated with Pride events.
  • Assist with the development of a strategic fundraising plan.
  • Develop an annual fundraising/sponsorship plan.
  • Implement and maintain an individual donor program.
  • Identify and apply for appropriate grants.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Three or more years of successful experience in nonprofit fundraising and large-scale event management/production. Strong preference for demonstrated record in developing corporate sponsors for events.
  • Experience in organizational budgeting and capability to operate within the budget, once adopted by the Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize technology including Microsoft Office, email, and general computer skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and professional, polished presentation skills.
  • Academic degree or equivalent experience and accomplishment in this field.
  • Self-motivated and flexible, with a clear focus on results.
  • A commitment to Twin Cities Pride’s mission and willingness to advance our efforts.
  • Knowledge of current LGBTQ+ related issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work well within and outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community as an advocate for social change.
  • Comfort working with persons from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds.

This is a full time (40+ hours per week) position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education. Twin Cities Pride is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Qualified applicants may email application materials (current resume and cover letter) to the Board of Directors at [email protected] with “ED application” in the subject.


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