Organization: Matthew Shepard FoundationTitle: Programs Director
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.
Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance through its varied education, outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
About the Opportunity:
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is seeking a Programs Director to lead the expansion of our existing programs and implement new programs that support the mission and vision of the Foundation. The Programs Director is a senior-level position within the Foundation that provides leadership, vision and strategic direction to the programs team. The Foundation is committed to expanding our advocacy work at the local, state and federal levels with an emphasis on addressing hate crimes, anti-LGBT bias, and other issues of hate and intolerance.
A successful candidate will be an energetic, strategic thinker with a background in grassroots organizing, program creation, coalition building, and program evaluation. This individual will be a key part of our Denver-based staff and play a significant role in expanding the reach of the Foundation’s programmatic efforts.
The position’s key roles and responsibilities include:
Develop and manage new and existing programs that work towards the organization’s mission and values.
Supervise and provide guidance to program staff (MatthewsPlace.com Editor, Laramie Project Specialist).
Oversee all aspects of public programming, including exhibitions and educational events, campaign plans, direct actions, advocacy planning and coalition building.
Develop relationships and work with other organizations within the LGBT and broader progressive movement.
Develop and implement evaluation methods for the Foundation’s outreach, resource and advocacy programming.
Work with the development staff to engage stakeholders in program activities.
Work with the communications staff to develop a strong public narrative for the Foundation’s work.
Additional programmatic and administrative duties as assigned.
The Programs Manager will report to the Deputy Director or his designee, supervises two part-time staff as well as volunteers and interns working on program activities.
The candidate must be a highly motivated individual who is a team player and enjoys the challenge of working on multiple projects simultaneously. They must be skilled at balancing long-term projects with day-to-day work, and be able to meet tight deadlines. The candidate must be flexible, highly organized, have excellent communication and writing skills, and have a track record of managing successful programs and/or campaigns. A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 6 years of professional experience required.
The position offers a base salary of $55,000, depending on skills and experience, as well as health and dental insurance coverage and generous paid vacation and sick leave. Retirement savings deferral with company matching is available beginning January 1, 2015.
Applications may be submitted electronically to Employment (at) matthewshepard.org. Please include a cover letter, resume, and appropriate samples of your work. Samples demonstrating proficiency in campaign planning, program evaluation, and direct advocacy are strongly preferred. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 5th, 2014.
Note: This job title and description were amended August 21st. All who previously submitted applications for the prior program manager listing will still be evaluated for the Program Director
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for employment based on qualifications and experience without regard to sex, national origin, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable local, state or federal law.
This is a posting on Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Career Center.