ATLANTA PRIDE RELEASES JAM-PACKED ANNOUNCEMENT OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2015 ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL

Atlanta, Georgia. – Atlanta Pride released a variety of information today about the upcoming 2015 Atlanta Pride Festival!  There will be much more information to be released later, but there is already a lot to know to make sure that YOU make the most out of your Atlanta Pride Festival weekend this year!

The 45th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival will take place October 10 & 11 in Piedmont Park.  Atlanta’s Pride is the largest Pride event in the southeastern US and the largest celebration held in conjunction withNational Coming Out Day in the entire country.  Some highlights about the weekend’s festivities in and around the park are included the list below as well as information regarding this year’s open nomination period for parade Grand Marshals, which starts today!

  • Atlanta Pride Trans March at 1:45 p.m.on October 10
  • Atlanta Pride Dyke March at 6:00 p.m.on October 10
  • Atlanta Pride Parade at 1:00 p.m.on October 11
  • Two stages of entertainment
  • Over 200 market vendors
  • Programs for families and kids, youth, and seniors and elders
  • LGBTQ-welcoming college fair held in conjunction with Campus Pride
  • And More!

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, commented about the weekend, “This is a special year as we commemorate 45 years of Pride events occurring in Atlanta. While our festival and organization have changed a lot over the years, we are so thankful for our humble beginnings with a small group of activists passing out literature in Piedmont Park in the summer of 1970 and the movement that would grow and grow in Atlanta and around our state.”

Cooke continued,  “The festival is always lots of fun, but we are thrilled to have the Atlanta Pride Parade actually fall on National Coming Out Day this year. As the largest celebration of NCOD, Atlanta Pride will look for special ways to mark this occasion this year and we encourage everyone marching in the parade and watching the parade the celebrate being out at whatever level that is comfortable.”

The weekend’s events begin with the Official Kick-off Party at the Georgia Aquarium from 7-11:30p on Friday, October 9, 2015, with tickets going on sale in June.

For attendees who want to be close to the action all weekend, Atlanta Pride is pleased to announce the return of the W Atlanta Midtown as the Host hotel.  The special Atlanta Pride rate is now available by clicking here: http://atlantapride.org/pride/where-to-stay/

Cooke also offered up this teaser, “Our dedicated volunteers have been working diligently for months on the festival, so I hope everyone marks their calendars and comes together with family and friends to enjoy the festivities.  New for 2015 are the Family Zone for kids and their families and Gray Pride for seniors and elders in addition to our Youth Space, the Pride Marketplace, the car and motorcycle show, and more!”

Reflecting on all of the details, Cooke noted, “The Atlanta Pride Dyke March and the Atlanta Pride Trans March will both be back and we thank the community for the positive feedback we received on changes to both of those events last year. Once again, we will have hype people leading chants for both marches as well as music for the participants and spectators to enjoy as the marches go through the city. The Trans March will be in the street again this year and we were thrilled to see how the community embraced that event last year and made it our largest ever.”

He added, “We strive to offer a wide variety of programming, entertainers, market vendors, parade entries, and educational opportunities for everyone, so make sure you keep an eye on the festival schedule in the coming months to see what we have planned. We have some special treats in the works for you this year, so you won’t want to miss out on anything this year.”

Finally, Atlanta Pride is excited to conduct the 2015 Grand Marshal open nomination session from today, April 23-May 18.  Some housekeeping items around this element include:

  • The number of Grand Marshals selected depends on the field of nominations
  • The Atlanta Pride Committee is solely responsible for the selection of the Grand Marshals
  • Individuals must reside in Georgia in order meet necessary criteria
  • Organizations must be headquartered and based in Georgia in order to be nominated

If you would like to nominate someone as Grand Marshal of the 2015 Atlanta Pride Parade, please go to: http://atlantapride.org/pride/parade/grand-marshals/

Cooke offered this thought about Grand Marshal Nominees, “I encourage people from our LGBTQ and allied community to take a few minutes to think about the people and organizations in Atlanta and across Georgia who are doing important and life-changing work for our LGBTQ community.”

He suggested, “Get together and brainstorm with some friends and make sure you have thorough nominations for the people and organizations you want to honor so our committee has plenty of good content to review. Simply writing ‘I nominate Suzy because she is great!’ doesn’t give us much to work with.”

Cooke persisted, “As always, we would like a diverse field of applicants again this year, so think about the activists, advocates, organization leaders, key volunteers, and others who work for LGBTQ equality and are doing things to push LGBTQ issues forward in our city and state. There have been many outstanding examples of people and organizations fighting for our rights, so let’s make sure they get nominated so we can give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 organization, is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.


ATLANTA PRIDE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

Atlanta Pride wants to hear from you as a community member served by our organization as a part of our strategic planning process. Between now and 12 Noon on April 8, 2015, please take 5-10  minutes to complete the survey and, if you include your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be included in a drawing to win a pair of VIP Festival Passes for the 2015 Atlanta Pride Festival in October.

As we create our five-year strategic plan, information from our community is essential to providing the programs and services that will most benefit our constituents and advance LGBTQ equality and visibility. Thank you for your time and feedback!


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OPEN POSITION POSTED

Atlanta, Georgia. –On the heels of last week’s announcement about the departure of their Executive Director, Buck Cooke, The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) has posted information about the open position.

 

APC will accept cover letters and resumes until April 16 via the following email address: email hidden; JavaScript is required.  Only the highest level of qualified applicants will be considered, and absolutely no phone calls to the organization about this opportunity will be accepted or returned.

 

Qualifications are as follows:  The successful candidate is a proven leader with demonstrated results in leading a team to achieve progressive revenue growth through relationship management as well as cohesive fundraising and communication programs. The ideal candidate has a track record of success in personally cultivating and soliciting in philanthropic support from individual donors and corporate funding.

 

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, a minimum of five years progressive management in non-profit, LGBTQ non-profit, education, arts, culture and humanities and/or related event planning industry with a proven track record in development, strategic partnerships, fundraising, financial management, and keen understanding of business models and trends in large outdoor festivals and events. Superb interpersonal and communication skills and ability to manage and delegate are a must.

 

A complete job description for the Executive Director position is attached.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 organization, is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

 

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

 

 

Executive Director

Atlanta Pride Committee

 

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: LGBTQ non-profit, Arts, Culture and Humanities

City: Atlanta

State: Georgia

Postal code: 30307

 

Position Details:

 

Job Description:

The Atlanta Pride Committee an Atlanta, Georgia, nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization is seeking an Executive Director who is responsible for the leadership and management of the Atlanta Pride Committee, supports the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the day to day operations necessary to achieve the goals set by the Board of Directors.

 

Reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, the Executive Director will provide leadership, vision, direction, administration, and implementation in support of the organization’s mission, business, fundraising, development, and programmatic mandates. As part of this mandate, the Executive Director will be responsible for the implementation of a strategic plan in conjunction with the Board of Directors.

 

The Executive Director’s general responsibilities include, but are not limited to: cultivation and management of development and fundraising, grants administration, financial management and reporting, Board development and communication and oversight of all programs, volunteers, and staff.

 

Job duties:

  • Supervise all staff members
  • Report to the Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Responsible for creation and execution of strategic planning for the organization
  • Responsible for sponsor recruitment, development, execution, and retention
  • Responsible for donor recruitment, cultivation, and retention
  • Manage contracts for service providers (logistics, communications, talent broker, graphics, food and beverage service, medical, audio/visual, etc.)
  • Coordinate all fundraising events for the organization in conjunction with the Board and volunteers
  • Handles pride festival and event permit processes for all APC events
  • Attend board meetings, festival committee meetings, and organizational retreat and provide reports and guidance
  • Serve as the primary media spokesperson for the organization
  • Act as signature agent for the organization for contracts, service agreements, checks, etc.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures of the organization
  • Hire, train, and supervise, dismiss all full and part-time APC staff
  • Supervise all financial, governmental, public relations and administrative activities of the organization
  • Maintain true and accurate records with respect to all activities of the organization
  • Serve as the liaison between APC and City/County agencies and community organizations
  • Assist in the development and implementation of programs and services in addition to the annual festival that further the mission of APC
  • Guide the staff in the development and administration of operational procedures for the annual Pride festival, Stonewall events and other official APC events.
  • Assist APC business manager with financial procedures as they pertain to the filing of annual taxes and/or auditing processes
  • Assist the Chair of the Board with the preparations of the annual organizational retreat
  • Attend the POSE and InterPride conferences
  • Act in the best interest of the APC and use and exercise proper judgment consistent with good business practice
  • Conduct an annual review of all APC paid staff
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chair of the Board

 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate is a proven leader with demonstrated results in leading a team to achieve progressive revenue growth through relationship management as well as cohesive fundraising and communication programs. The ideal candidate has a track record of success in personally cultivating and soliciting in philanthropic support from individual donors and corporate funding.

 

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, a minimum of five years progressive management in non-profit, LGBTQ non-profit, education, arts, culture and humanities and/or related event planning industry with a proven track record in development, strategic partnerships, fundraising, financial management, and keen understanding of business models and trends in large outdoor festivals and events. Superb interpersonal and communication skills and ability to manage and delegate are a must.

 

Candidates must also possess demonstrated skill and ability to:

  • Write professional, clear, and compelling proposals and other solicitation materials, acknowledgments, reports, public announcements, and routine business correspondence
  • Present well-conceived, persuasive oral arguments for internal and external constituencies, board members, potential donors, and corporate giving representatives
  • Execute strong leadership, management, and strategic thinking that values a collaborative working environment and relationships with staff, sophisticated community leaders, and donors
  • Knowledge and understanding related to operating and maintaining arts or other non-profit organizations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Confidence in dealing with a broad variety of people at all levels in high-pressure situations, ability to exercise confidentiality, and discretion as appropriate
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and assignments simultaneously, manage time efficiently, and deliver on deadlines

 

We offer a professional work environment, competitive compensation, and benefits. Some travel required as is the ability and willingness to work flexible, hours including some weekends and evenings. No relocation allowance is provided.

 

Benefits: Not Specified

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

 

How to Apply:

To learn more about Atlanta Pride Committee, please visit http://www.atlantapride.org

 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to

email hidden; JavaScript is required. All applications are to be submitted via email. No phone calls will be received.

 

Atlanta Pride Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer


ENTERTAINMENT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Calling all singers, bands, DJs, comedians, and talented performers! Atlanta Pride is seeking applications for the Atlanta Pride Festival to be held October 10-11, 2015, in Piedmont Park. Click here to apply and pay the $8.00 application fee online. Please note that applications will not be considered until the application fee is paid.

 

Applications close on July 15 and acts will be notified whether or not they are selected by September 10.


ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNATION

BuckAtlanta, Georgia. –The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced today that their Executive Director, Buck Cooke, has announced his resignation.

Cooke’s last day with the organization will be July 9.  APC plans to post the open position in a search for his replacement on/about March 24.  There is a solid plan in place with APC leadership to ensure seamless movement forward during this time of transition.  Additional details will be updated in the coming weeks, but the APC is confident that with Cooke’s exit plan, everything from their strategic planning process and ongoing community engagement, to logistics and permits for the 2015 festival, marches, and parade will be handled efficiently and effectively.

During Cooke’s tenure, the APC saw unprecedented growth in their organization, including the expansion of Stonewall Week to Stonewall Month; an increase in their year-round programming; a surge in media coverage and partnerships; as well as an escalation of talent and performances at the annual festival, among other notable accomplishments.

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the development,  “Atlanta has been my home for over 15 years and Atlanta Pride has played a huge role in my time here as a festival attendee and community member, as a volunteer, and on staff. Serving as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Pride Committee has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but there comes a time when one must follow a new path. For me, my new path leads me to London to build a new life with my fiancé, Mark McCabe. I am thrilled to be married in August and begin a new adventure and will always look back fondly on my time with Atlanta Pride.”

Cooke continued, “In the coming months, I will work with our talented volunteers, staff, board of directors, contractors, and community partners to ensure Atlanta Pride’s service to the community remains our priority through our programming, community outreach, and the festival.”

APC Board Chair, Trisha Clymore stated, “On behalf of the board of directors we are very sad to see Buck leave, but wish him all the happiness in the world with his move to London and his upcoming wedding.”

Clymore added, “The board is moving forward with a search/personnel committee and has the utmost confidence that things will move along smoothly.”

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 organization, is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.