OutFront Kalamazoo Executive Director

OutFront Kalamazoo seeks a dynamic new executive director to lead the organization. Reporting to and working under the direction of the board of directors, the executive director will provide vision, energy, and leadership in fulfillment of OutFront’s mission and vision.

Our Mission: To create a just, inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment in Southwest Michigan for people of all sexual orientations and gender
identities and expressions.

Our Vision: A region that celebrates diversity and embraces equality.

Essential Duties:

The executive director will be ultimately responsible for the management of OutFront and will report to the board of directors. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Fulfillment of the mission through visionary, responsive, and creative thinking.
  • Execution of the short- and long-term strategic plan for OutFront.
  • Oversight of all fiscal responsibilities including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset, and property management in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, board and OutFront policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines.
  • All aspects of human resource management including, but not limited to, staff hiring, supervision, training, and termination; developing position descriptions, recommending compensation, and applying board-approved employee policies and benefits in accordance with federal and state requirements.
  • Grant writing, applications, preparation, compliance, and reporting, with special emphasis on seeking out new grant sources.
  • Preparation and oversight of major donor campaigns, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship programs, individual donations, and fundraising events.
  • Establishing and strengthening partnerships with local businesses, community groups, allies, and other LGBTQ organizations throughout Southwest Michigan.
  • Development and oversight of programmatic initiatives for OutFront, and for the community (Pride, Winter Gala, Youth Group, Triangle Mentorship, First Thursdays, as examples).
  • Development and implementation of new marketing strategies and programs to ensure the growth and stability of the organization.
  • Visibility as a spokesperson for OutFront and as an advocate for the rights and equality of LGBTQ people.

Core Competencies:

To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Fundraising: Experience in creating major donor campaigns, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship programs, annual campaigns, and individual donor initiatives.
  • FiscalManagement: Maintain effective systems of internal controls to account for all receipts and expenditures of funds.
  • Job Knowledge: understand the technical aspects of managing an organization; offer guidance to staff directly and/or solicit guidance from experts if necessary. Demonstrate previous experience with creating and managing a strategic plan. Keep current with social and political changes and their impact on OutFront and the LGBTQ community. Attend board and committee meetings and prepare appropriate reports as required by the board. Clearly understand the mission and the vision of the organization and continuously work to promote OutFront and achieve its goals.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Exhibit an affinity for working with culturally and politically diverse communities, being equally comfortable with the unique make-up of Southwest Michigan, and having a strong commitment to equality for all members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Initiative: Recognize and bring to the attention of the board issues that affect the organization and implement plans to reach organizational goals as determined by the board of directors.
  • Communication: Communicate effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats, including: written communications; verbal presentations and briefings to the media, the board of directors and other parties; presentations at meetings and to outside groups regarding a variety of issues affecting OutFront.
  • Dependability: Seek increasing responsibility while remaining conscientious, thorough, accurate, and reliable with respect to achieving the organization’s goals. Availability and responsiveness to issues and concerns as they arise.


Executive Director candidates must have at least three years of experience in business, non-profit management, financial management, or a related area. A bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience required.


  • Travel: The Executive Director must be able to travel to attend meetings, conferences, trainings and other events as needed to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.
  • Flexibility: The Executive Director position requires occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.
  • Background Check: An offer of employment will be contingent upon the final candidate successfully completing a routine background check.


Exempt, professional management position; competitive salary dependant on experience and education.

Position will remain open until filled. However, for maximum consideration, submit resume and cover letter, with contact information for three professional references to:

Jessica Hermann-Wilmarth, President

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