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

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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.


2014 ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade competition!

 

NONPROFIT DIVISION

Honorable Mention – Gay Straight Alliances of Atlanta

3rd Place – Lifeline Animal Project

2nd Place – The Armorettes

1st Place – Latin Gay Community

 

COMMERCIAL DIVISION

3rd Place – Swinging Richards

2nd Place – Power 96.1

1st Place – Cox Enterprises


ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES INFORMATION ABOUT CULTURAL EXHIBIT

Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Pride announced today that the 2014 Atlanta Pride Cultural Exhibit will be entitled, Deconstructing Binaries:  Art for Social Justice.

 

This component that is a part of the annual Atlanta Pride Festival is now in it’s 8th year.  The presentation is intended to highlight different aspects of the LGBTQ experience through culture, politics and human rights and is sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation.

 

Deconstructing Binaries is a community-based public art project that explores and challenges mainstream binary visual representations of gender on public restroom signage. Deconstructing Binaries seeks to explore the social concept of gender and to bring awareness to the multiplicity of gender identities by encouraging businesses and public places to actively support a diversity of gender identities. Inspired by a sign from the Parsons School of Design that reads, “Anyone can use this restroom, regardless of your gender identity or expression,” Deconstructing Binaries promotes a culture of gender inclusivity as a form of social justice for all.

 

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the display, “Each year the Cultural Exhibit highlights important issues in our community. I am delighted Atlanta Pride was invited to join the other sponsor organizations of Deconstructing Binaries to join the project and use the Cultural Exhibit to spark dialogues about gender and how we reinforce an unnecessary and often hurtful binary.”

 

Atlanta Pride Festival Attendees can find the exhibit located on the Bridge across Lake Clara Meer at Piedmont Park throughout the weekend.  The exhibit will be open from 10a-7p on Saturday andSunday.

 

Partner organizations for this project include:  WonderRoot, Georgia Equality, Charis Books and More, TilTT, JustUsATL, Feminist Women’s Health Center and Atlanta Pride.

 

For the most up-to-date information about Atlanta Pride, visit our website or download our Official Mobile Application for Android and iOS users.

 

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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.

 

2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Sponsors:  RAINBOW: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, David Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Power 96.1/Rock 105.7; DIAMOND: Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Grady Health System, Smirnoff; PLATINUM: Chevrolet, Gayborhood, Georgia Voice, MailChimp, MINI USA, PNC Bank; GOLD: Fusion Radio, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Keurig/Green Mountain, Motrin, Wells Fargo

 

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