Every day, the human rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people around the world are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of the struggles and resilience often remain invisible – or willfully ignored – by those with the power to make change. Since 1990, OutRight Action International (OutRight) has worked alongside LGBTIQ activists and organizations, diplomats and policymakers, and other key partners to advance community-centered solutions to create lasting legal and social transformation. Together with its partners, OutRight combats the systemic violence, persecution and discrimination LGBTIQ people face around the world.
OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight advances its mission through three strategic program areas:
Advocacy: OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ organization with consultative status and a permanent presence at the United Nations Headquarters, where it advocates for human rights and equality for LGBTIQ people, serves as secretariat of the UN LGBTI Core Group and acts as a watchdog on all 193 world governments.
Movement resourcing: OutRight invests heavily in partnerships with grassroots LGBTIQ communities and allies around the world, firmly believing that the presence and strength of LGBTIQ organizations and activists locally and worldwide is the single greatest factor that produces cultural, social, and legal change. OutRight provides technical assistance, training and funding, including $3 million to 300 organizations in 30 countries in the last year alone.
Research: OutRight’s research program provides an overview of global threats and opportunities confronting LGBTIQ communities. The organization has published hundreds of reports and briefing papers on urgent and relevant topics including so-called “conversion therapy,” legal registration for LGBTIQ civil society, and on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ people globally.
OutRight’s work is focused where it can make the biggest difference. In addition to working at and within the United Nations system, OutRight pushes for change in four regions in the Global South: Asia and the Pacific Islands, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Concentrating where they see the greatest potential for significant improvement or threat; possibility for a ripple effect due to the country’s relationships and reputation; and opportunity for international intervention and influence. Throughout, OutRight advocates for LGBTIQ rights with a commitment to intersectionality and a fierce feminist lens, prioritizing and amplifying the needs of the most marginalized within the global LGBTIQ community.
OutRight is also one of two founding civil society advisors for the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, a World Economic Forum Lighthouse Project, and partners with dozens of leading companies to advocate for LGBTIQ human rights.
Headquartered in New York, OutRight is governed by a 22-person Board of Directors. The organization operates with a $8.8 million annual budget and 27-person staff working from eight global offices.
For more information, please visit: https://outrightinternational.org/
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a collaborative leader and creative builder to work with an exceptional team of a transformative organization at the leading edge of the movements to protect, advance, and promote LGBTIQ human rights globally. The new Director of Development will adapt and build structures to support the organization’s significant recent growth while solidifying the foundation for a radically resplendent future for this vanguard organization. They will partner with the Executive Director, Management Team, and Board of Directors to ensure that OutRight Action International remains exceptionally resourced to support the movements for LGBTIQ human rights, and stays at the forefront of its peers, as an innovative and deeply impactful organization.
In this newly created position, the Director of Development will establish, consolidate, and leverage systems and processes to maximize the fundraising efforts of an established LGBTIQ organization. The new Director of Development will transform departmental structures to keep this organization solidly at the forefront of advancing, protecting, and promoting human rights. They will have primary responsibility for crafting and integrating a development plan that builds OutRight’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
Reporting to the Acting Executive Director and leading a team of five, the incoming Director of Development will help forge new relationships and new initiatives while growing and stewarding the existing ones. Building on a 30+ year legacy, the successful candidate will provide leadership, direction, and coordination of all fundraising activities. Key responsibilities include:
The Director of Development will have deep fundraising experience ideally with LGBTIQ or human rights organizations. The new leader will have an organized and strategic approach to fundraising with experience developing, managing, and coordinating fundraising efforts within a department and across an organization. They will have a track record of building infrastructure to support a successful, comprehensive development program. The ideal candidate will bring the following:
The Director of Development will be a collaborative, flexible, and entrepreneurial leader with a passion for fundraising. They will thrive building, developing, and implementing systems, and policies that promote individual and organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The successful candidate will have the following:
Our client is offering a competitive salary commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. In addition, they provide an excellent benefits package that includes 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and 50% for a spouse and/or dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan with annual budget-based employer contribution (5% in FY20); paid sabbaticals for all employees with five years’ service; generous vacation, personal, sick and safe time; and a holiday schedule that honors regional distinctions within the staff.
The new Director of Development will live in the United States, ideally the New York City Metro area.
Please submit a résumé and original cover letter that describes your interest in the organization’s mission and qualifications for the position as attachments via e-mail to:
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
Kamal Fizazi, Consultant
McCormack + Kristel
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
McCormack + Kristel works only with equal opportunity employers. OutRight’s policy and practice is to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, ethnicity, color, creed, ancestry, religion, national origin, alienage, family status, marital status, military status, genetic information, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, reproductive health decision making, HIV status, sensory or mental or physical handicap or disability, victim status, lawful occupation or source of income, caregiver status, or any other protected characteristic under national, state or local law in any jurisdiction where OutRight operates. OutRight complies with all laws that prohibit discrimination in employment and any such discrimination will not be tolerated.