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Development Director

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves. 

Job Description

The Development Director will be responsible for creating and implementing the fundraising and donor stewardship strategy for True Colors United. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director & CEO, the Director will significantly grow and further diversify the organization's 9 revenue streams, while working to raise the next year’s budget of over $3 million. The Director will have the opportunity to further innovate how the organization fundraises, while strengthening its relationships with all of its donors and funders.

The Development Director will play a key role in the continued growth and expansion of True Colors United by managing all aspects of fundraising, including: donor acquisition and retention, major gifts, foundation giving, corporate giving, government funding, direct marketing, online auctions and raffles, and special events. The ideal candidate will have a proven-track record of mentorship, supervision, and building a collaborative team. They will also manage day-to-day tasks related to fundraising and donor stewardship, while creating and executing a longer term development plan.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, the Development Director will:

  • Create and implement an innovative and solid annual fundraising strategy, as well as a long term plan to further grow and diversify the organization's 9 revenue streams (including international support) over the next 2-3 years
  • Enhance the organization's stewardship program for existing donors to ensure strong enduring relationships and an ongoing awareness of the impact of their support
  • Expand the organization’s prospecting efforts to identify new funders, including major donors, foundations, and corporations
  • Ensure that fundraising and stewardship efforts are conducted through a racial and gender equity lens including meeting the goal of expanding the organization's donor base to better reflect the population it serves. 
  • Grow the organization’s individual low-dollar donor base, including monthly donors, and manage annual giving campaigns 
  • Strengthen the organization’s major gifts program, the Prism Society, and serve as a relationship manager for this growing donor base
  • Act as a primary liaison to the organization's corporate partners and further develop the program’s reach and impact
  • Supervise and work with the Grants and Database Officer to grow the foundation giving and government funding programs, serve as a liaison to funders, and provide guidance and feedback on grant proposals and reports.
  • Implement and develop innovative “out of the box” approaches to fundraising  and build off the success of the organization's original revenue stream, semi-annual online auctions
  • Partner with the organization's Board of Directors and Executive Director & CEO to support their fundraising efforts
  • Partner with the Grants and Database Officer to work with young leaders and expand their knowledge and experience of fundraising
  • Partner with and support the Communications team in building and executing a marketing plan for the organization
  • Oversee a strong and consistent acknowledgement system to ensure that donors are recognized in a timely manner for their support
  • Ensure accuracy in donor records and, in partnership with the organization's accountant, accurate reporting of all income

Qualifications

  • At least 7-10 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience, preferably with significant major gifts, corporate, foundation fundraising experience
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of over $2 million annually
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and steward new and existing donors and funders, as well as a proven commitment to relationship-focused fundraising principles
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of growing a diversified funding base
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
  • Proven project management and leadership experience
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ+ and racial equity issues and principles
  • Self-motivated, possess a high degree of initiative, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at once
  • Be able to think “outside the box” and be comfortable in a fast paced environment 
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of database programs, ideally Salesforce
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports

More Information

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. If selected to take part in the interview process, the salary range for the position will be provided prior to the interview taking place. 

During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no college degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a one page cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at True Colors United.


Associate Director of Finance

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves.

Job Description

True Colors United is looking for an experienced leader to support, improve, and enhance the day-to-day financial operations of the organization. The Associate Director of Finance must be a leader who is experienced in efficiently designing and scaling the financial infrastructure of a growing organization while aiding in the fulfillment of the organization’s mission. 

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Associate Director of Finance will serve as a key member of the operations team and oversee the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, including

  • Develop and coordinate the agency’s budgeting process and timetable, alongside the CEO and COO
  • Administer fiscal systems that reflect operating activities, align with internal budgets, and reflect compliance with grant and contracting spending stipulations, in particular with HUD contracts 
  • Implement a new accounting system to enable strategic budgeting and ensure quick access to financial information
  • Formulate, recommend, and implement sound fiscal policies, procedures, and controls, including internal control compliance
  • Manage and oversee all accounting functions, including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, bank reconciliations, monthly closing schedules, and planning and monitoring of cash flow
  • Prepare regular financial reports that illustrate budget versus actual spending on organizational programs for the executive team and Board of Directors 
  • Support the annual financial audit and tax filings, draft financial statements and serve as liaison to external auditors.
  • Oversee the procurement function; work closely with contractors and vendors.

Key Qualifications

The successful candidate will have had extensive non-profit accounting experience within a non-profit organization. As noted, True Colors United is an organization driven by its core values (Equity, Empathy, Collaboration, Creativity, and Community), so experience in managing the fiscal operations of a “values-driven” organization will be highly prized. Additional qualifications are:

  • Results - proven track record of meeting goals; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment 
  • High level of business acumen including successful financial management;
  • Direct experience managing grants: utilization, restriction and release rules, grantor reporting
  • Broad knowledge of payroll concepts, regulations, processes, and terminology
  • Direct experience with government contracts:  budgeting, vouchering, invoicing, indirect cost rates, and financial reporting.  HUD experience is strongly preferred.
  • Solid educational background or equivalent work experience (5-10 years or more)

More Information

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. If selected to take part in the interview process, the salary range for the position will be provided prior to the interview taking place. 

During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s New York City office, with the possibility of working in our Washington, D.C. office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. 

Please submit to [email protected] a one-page cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at True Colors United.


Senior Digital Communications Officer

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves.

Job Description

True Colors United is seeking a Senior Digital Communications Officer who is eager to join and grow at a collaborative team at a fast-growing organization committed to social justice, LGBTQ and racial equity, and elevating the voices and leadership of people with lived experience of homelessness. We are looking to add a team member who will bring creativity and passion to telling the story of our organization and work and who is excited at the prospect of helping shape the narrative of youth homelessness and housing justice across the United States and beyond.

This is an exciting time to be joining the True Colors United team. We continue to grow internationally and the demand for our work is only increasing. We need an experienced Senior Digital Communications Officer to support our team and grow our channels as we navigate these exciting changes amid an ever evolving digital landscape. This is an opportunity to not only make an impact at True Colors United, but also to advance the human right to housing on a global scale. As the Covid-19 crisis continues, it becomes ever more important that our messaging opens hearts and minds, challenges people to think big, and builds political and public will for solutions to youth homelessness based on LGBTQ and racial equity.

The Senior Digital Communications Officer will work with the Associate Communications Director and Public Policy & External Affairs Director, as well as members from the Program and Development teams, to connect with our audiences, and further our reach, and demonstrate the importance of True Colors United’s work.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Public Policy & External Affairs Director, the Senior Digital Communications Officer will:

Creative responsibilities:

  • Develop visual and written content for distribution across multiple channels including social media posts, blogs, and email campaigns
  • Coordinate editorial calendars for social media; create/cultivate “evergreen” content
  • Build community on True Colors United social media channels through authentic audience engagement (two-way dialogue!)
  • Collaborate with partners and coalitions on communications efforts relevant to True Colors United’s work (ex. Developing social media toolkits for partners to use on #TrueColorsDay; participating in partner org social media campaigns on intersecting issues)

Technical responsibilities:

  • Manage communications channels (including social media, email marketing (Pardot))
  • Report on digital media analytics (including Google Analytics, social media)
  • Update website content as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional Experience & Dedication
    • 3-5 years professional experience in nonprofit, government, or political communications roles
    • Demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ and racial equity, and ending youth homelessness
  • Creativity & Innovation
    • Creativity and openness to expressing new ideas
    • Unafraid to veer away from traditional nonprofit voice and tone
    • Interest in cutting edge digital and social media trends
    • Willingness to take risks
  • Communication & Teamwork Skills
    • Above average writing skills
    • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
    • Effective interpersonal communication skills
    • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Digital Skills
    • Experience managing social media for brands and/or campaigns (paid and organic)
    • Graphic design experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) experience (ideally Salesforce), including integrations
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge
  • Content Management System (CMS) experience (ideally WordPress, BuddyPress, Gravity Forms)
  • Press, PR savvy
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and/or InDesign)
  • Video production and editing 
  • Google Ads experience
  • Familiarity with audience segmentation, targeting, and lead generation
  • Interest in politics and LGBTQ and racial equity 
  • Interest in fundraising

More Information

This is not an entry level position. True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. The salary range will be provided to anyone selected to interview. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no college degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a resume and an introductory message highlighting why you would like to work at True Colors United. This can be in the form of a traditional cover letter, a video, or another creative method. Be yourself and let your creativity shine!

Please also submit examples of your work that showcase the diverse skill set this position requires. We don’t necessarily need to see your full body of work, rather we want to see what you believe is the best representation of your skills - written, visual, and anything else you’d like to include.

To learn more, please visit www.truecolorsunited.org.


Training & Education Program Officer 

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves. 

Job Description

The Training and Education Program area of True Colors United has advanced LGBTQ equity initiatives and provided invaluable resources, training, and support to homeless youth service providers and organizations across the country over the past 10 years. Through our online training portal, service providers have access to our suite of tools and resources. Courses and topics include 101 practices for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, inclusion practices for trans young people who are housing unstable and establishing youth action boards to advise services and delivery at the local level. In many ways, the impact of this work has been transformative and gained recognition across the field as being the go-to resource services providers turn to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.  We are ready to take our online training to the next level and are looking for a content creator to take our ideas and get them out into the wider movement to end youth homelessness. This person will work very closely with other program and communications staff to develop and produce content (videos, graphics, images etc) for our online resources. 

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Program Director, the Training & Education Program Officer will:

  • Produce and design dynamic new content (videos, graphics, images etc) for True Colors United’s suite of training resources in our Learning Community. 
  • Brainstorm, lead, and execute a program-specific marketing strategy alongside a marketing firm to reach a national audience of homeless youth services providers that aligns with the organization's voice and communications strategy.
  • Brainstorm, lead, and execute the creative development of new resources to reach new audiences (youth with lived experience, etc.) 
  • Track and analyze Learning Community activities and outcomes to generate reports that will inform overall organizational impact and strategy.
  • Maintain existing True Colors Learning Community resources with up-to-date terminology, concepts, and best practices.
  • Support senior staff with on-the-ground technical assistance work as needed. 
  • Work with senior staff to prepare presentations and other educational materials.
  • Attend conferences and onsite convenings as necessary.

Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience creating dynamic content (videos, graphics, images etc) for a specific audience. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ youth, racial equity, civil rights, and ending youth homelessness.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading and managing projects.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of graphic design software (Adobe Creative Cloud InDesign: Photoshop, and Illustrator).
  • Experience with video production and editing software such as Final Cut Pro.  
  • Experience working with databases such as Salesforce.
  • Experience with or knowledge of communications and marketing strategies. 
  • Detail-oriented and adept at multitasking and planning.
  • Comfortable working with various web-based systems. 
  • Willing to travel a few times per year.
  • Willing to adapt, take risks, and embrace failure.

More Information

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. If selected to take part in the interview process, the salary range for the position will be provided prior to the interview taking place. 

During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no college degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a resume and an introductory message highlighting why you would like to work at True Colors United. This can be in the form of a traditional cover letter, a video, or another creative method. Be yourself and let your creativity shine!

Please also submit examples of your work that showcase the diverse skill set this position requires. We don’t necessarily need to see your full body of work, rather we want to see what you believe is the best representation of your skills - written, visual, and anything else you’d like to include.

To learn more, please visit www.truecolorsunited.org.


Program Officer, Technical Assistance

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves. 

Job Description

True Colors United is seeking a Program Officer who is eager to join a collaborative team at a fast-growing organization committed to social justice and equity. This is an exciting opportunity to gain extensive program experience within a national non-profit organization and make a real difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth experiencing homelessness across the country.

The Program Officer will work with the True Colors United’s Technical Assistance (TA) team along with systems leaders and young people with lived experience to develop youth leadership bodies that will directly inform local strategies to end youth homelessness. 

The Program Officer will be responsible for working in several of the 33 communities that were selected to participate in the fourth and fifth round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP), an initiative designed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States. The Program Officer will provide on-the-ground and remote technical assistance to YHDP communities so that local solutions to end youth homelessness are inclusive of the insights and expertise of young people with lived experience. The Program Officer will also work alongside a TA team and subject matter experts on topics that intersect with youth homelessness, including juvenile justice, foster care, HIV/AIDS, and racial equity issues.

The position calls for an innovative, driven, fun personality that is passionate about working with young people, and has a strong interest in using advocacy and public policy to create meaningful change that impacts marginalized communities.

Responsibilities

  • Work alongside a team of trainers to create, implement and evaluate technical assistance to communities across the country
  • Train frontline staff and systems experts on anti-adultism and youth-led project management
  • Support frontline staff and systems experts to create community-wide Youth Action Boards
  • Train young people with experiences of homelessness and/or housing instability in housing models, facilitation, and project management 
  • Coordinate and facilitate remote technical assistance with key stakeholders in YHDP communities
  • Attend conferences and onsite convenings as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ and racial equity, and ending youth homelessness.
  • Demonstrated skill set with conflict resolution and navigating complex situations and conversations.
  • Experience working with young people who have experienced homelessness.
  • Experience training young people to work with local or national partners on policies and practice efforts.
  • Experience working with local or national partners on policies and practice efforts to end youth homelessness.
  • Experience building coalitions and cross-sector networks
  • Detail-oriented and adept at multitasking and planning.
  • Willing to travel several times per year.
  • Willing to work remotely when necessary.
  • Willing to adapt, take risks, and embrace mistakes as opportunities to learn.
  • Comfortable working with various web-based systems. Google Drive and Salesforce experience a plus.

More Information

This is not an entry level position. True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. If selected to take part in the interview process, the salary range for the position will be provided prior to the interview taking place.

During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a resume and an introductory message highlighting why you would like to work at True Colors United. This can be in the form of a traditional cover letter, a video, or another creative method. Be yourself and let your creativity shine!