Executive Director



Executive Director





New York, NY


Founded in 1973, PFLAG NYC is the original chapter of PFLAG, the nationwide movement that unites parents, families, friends, and allies together with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community to make life better for all LGBTQ+ people. PFLAG NYC works to ensure LGBTQ+ people find support and affirmation in every facet of their lives, especially Loving Families, Safe Schools, and Inclusive Communities. PFLAG NYC’s programming includes:

  • Support Programs help loving families stay close and keep relationships strong when a loved one comes out.
  • Safe Schools Program, the largest LGBTQ+ education program in New York City schools, reaches over 10,000 students and trains more than 1,500 teachers and staff each year to create proud school communities where all young people feel accepted and able to thrive.
  • Community Outreach & Education Programs help organizations, from workplaces to community groups and religious communities, learn to be welcoming and inclusive so LGBTQ+ people of all ages can look forward to a bright and successful future. PFLAG NYC is one of two organizing partners behind Gender Conference NYC, which provides training, learning, and a supportive community for transgender and gender-expansive youth, their families, allies, and the professionals in their lives.


The new Executive Director will imagine and chart a new future for PFLAG NYC after its 15-year leadership under Drew Tagliabue, Founding Executive Director. Over the years, PFLAG NYC’s array of programs and budget have grown significantly, and the organization is at an exciting stage with an opportunity to expand its activities and programs for the post-COVID era.

The Executive Director will be responsible for leading this accomplished and visionary organization, managing a committed team of four, mobilizing an active base of 200 volunteers, and ultimately serving LGBTQ+ youth, their families, schools, and communities. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be tasked with setting and articulating a compelling organizational strategy, fundraising and external affairs, overseeing finance, and providing overall nonprofit leadership and management.

Key Responsibilities Include:

Leadership, Strategy and Management

  • Develop and implement the organization’s vision and strategic plan while engaging the Board, staff, and as appropriate, external stakeholders.
  • Set organizational goals, priorities, and measures of success in conjunction with the Board.
  • Oversee delivery, quality control, and evaluation of programs and services including an ongoing analysis of trends, community needs, and organizational competencies.
  • Foster excellent working relationships focused on teamwork, collaboration and accountability among Board, staff, clients, volunteers, supporters, and donors.

Fundraising & Relationship Building

  • Evaluate, develop, and execute the organization’s fundraising strategy to identify and prioritize funding sources to meet revenue targets and diversify revenue streams.
  • Plan and implement specific fundraising programs across the array of income sources, including individual and corporate giving, special events, foundations, government contracts, program revenues, and third-party partnerships.
  • Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson at events, with major donors, and to the public including representing PFLAG NYC publicly at media and political events.
  • Implement and manage the cultivation, solicitation, follow-up and recognition processes as well as ensure proper record keeping and compliance with contracts.

Finance & Administration

  • Oversee fiscal management, accounting, and controls; prepare the annual budget for Board approval, managing resources within budget guidelines and the strategic roadmap.
  • Fulfill all legal and regulatory requirements for legal and fiduciary compliance.
  • Oversee organizational design, talent recruitment and staff development as well as systems, technology, and infrastructure.
  • Manage relationships with external service providers to assist operations as necessary.

Governance & Board Management

  • Support Board development and operations, including attending Board and committee meetings, and ensuring transparent, clear communications and shared decision-making.
  • Work closely with the Board, to encourage Board giving and to build long-term, sustainable external sources of income for the organization.
  • Support the Board’s recruitment, on-boarding, and operating processes.

Marketing, Outreach & Advocacy

  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive communication strategy providing consistent communications, messaging, and branding.
  • Engage and maintain positive relationships and advocacy collaborations with LGBTQ+ community leaders, social justice activists, youth and family advocates, and legislators and public sector leaders.
  • Communicate a clear and inspiring message through media and direct engagement with staff, constituents, the public, and additional relevant stakeholders.


The ideal Executive Director will be a skilled and strategic leader who has the experience of leading an organization through change and growth. The successful candidate will also be adept at stewarding and developing countless volunteers and a team of four full-time professionals.

Key Professional Experience and Personal Attributes Include:

  • Minimum 5-7 years in non-profit management, with a minimum of three years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience that includes special events, corporate/foundation giving, donor cultivation, public relations, and stewardship.
  • Experience with government contracting and provision of services to public-sector organizations, especially in the areas of education and human services.
  • Strong fiscal management acumen with the ability to judiciously manage an annual budget while meeting various compliance standards.
  • Knowledge and experience developing non-profit communications and digital marketing strategies.
  • Experience working with and delivering services to schools, and a knowledge of the structure and operations of the New York City Department of Education and public schools.
  • Strong relationship building skills and able to negotiate deals and develop partnerships.
  • Experience working within coalitions with diverse communities and an understanding of intersectional experience of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, communities of color, immigrant experience, faith communities, socioeconomic status, and other marginalized communities.
  • Experience with data analysis and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience with common software and cloud technology platforms, including Salesforce.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required; graduate education a plus.

LANGUAGES: Fluency in English required; proficiency in additional common language(s) of New York City is a plus.

TRAVEL: Ability and willingness to travel as required.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance (medical/dental/vision), retirement plan with employer matching contribution, transit program, and paid time-off/vacation.

PFLAG NYC is an equal opportunity employer that strives to live out their values and commit to creating a culture of inclusion. They encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. This includes, but is not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming people.

Please email cover letter and resume or nomination in confidence to: pflagnyc@sandlersearch.org