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Lost-n-Found Youth (LnFY)
Mission: To end homelessness for all LGBTQ youth by providing them with the skills and support needed to live independently.
Vision: We envision a world where all youth feel safe and supported to live and love authentically.
Where we are now: Founded in 2011, Lost-n-Found Youth (LnFY) is at a pivotal moment in the organization’s history. After some challenging leadership transitions, the organization operated without an Executive Director for three years while figuring out the best way to proceed. While the Board has set up the incoming Executive Director for success, there will also be a need to collaborate closely with the Board to instill policies and procedures to help the organization’s infrastructure support its programmatic growth. Learn more about us here.
Can you envision a world where all youth feel safe and supported to live and love authentically? Lost-n-Found Youth strives to end homelessness for all LGBTQ+ youth by providing food, shelter and life stabilization services.
The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer and reports to the Board of Directors. The ED is chiefly responsible for upholding the LnFY mission, leveraging Board expertise, increasing awareness within the community, leading day-to-day operations, overseeing staff, and ensuring the organization meets its financial objectives. The Executive Director currently has two FTE, a Program Director, who is responsible for LnFY’s program areas, and a Development Director, who is responsible for all contributed income. The Board is also in the process of bringing on staff to assist with financial management.
The Executive Director has a broad range of leadership, management and oversight responsibilities, including but not limited to:
- Ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy (strategic plan) and consistently working towards progress on that strategy.
- Work with staff and Board in preparing the annual budget, as well as individual programmatic budgets, and ensuring the organization operates within budget guidelines.
- Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
- Retain a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers by providing career coaching, growth, and personal development for workers. This includes oversight, annual evaluations, and ongoing feedback.
- Stay informed on labor laws and HR best practices and how those impact LnFY.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.
- Leverage Board’s expertise and connections to push the organization forward.
- Manage and foster strategic relationships with key donors, sponsors, partner organizations, individuals, government agencies, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
- Serve as an external face of the organization with the ability to tell LnFY’s story, and ensure all activities and programs are properly publicized.
- With fundraising staff, develop an annual plan for fundraising from diverse funding sources.
- Create and execute strategies for earned income, particularly for the Thrift Store.
- Proactively address challenges in the internal and external environment to protect the organization’s interests.
- Create a culture of transparency and communication throughout the organization.
- Other duties as assigned and/or as required with the evolution of the organization.
- Previous experience in a senior leadership role, managing a busy, fast‐paced organization. 5+ years experience preferred.
- Connected with and previous support of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Deep understanding of financial strategies and finance-related performance metrics.
- Strong aptitude for verbal and written communication, presentation, and relationship development.
- In-depth knowledge of best practices in management and governance.
- Experience with fundraising and development.
- Experience in working with an engaged Board of Directors.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “LnFY Executive Director application” by June 28th for earliest consideration. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.
Lost-n-Found Youth provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.