Employment

Are you interested in being part of a dynamic, fearless team that is a leader, catalyst, and agenda-setter in the march toward equality? Occasionally, we have openings for really great people.

Please send resume, cover letter, and applicant cover sheet (available here) to resumes@gillfoundation.org.

  • Senior Level Communications Position

    Founded in 1994, the Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights work. The goal of our work is to create an America in which all people are treated equally and respectfully.

    Position
    This senior position leads two key bodies of communications work: 1) driving the public imperative for change in key states where LGBT people can be fired, evicted, or denied services, and 2) building the public brand of the Gill Foundation.

    We’re looking for someone to provide a source of strategic, impactful communications ideas – leading messaging efforts, designing breakthrough campaigns that move target audiences, and inspiring LGBT people and our allies to take action on behalf of equal treatment. You’ll tap into the strategic minds, messaging gurus, and the field staff already in place in the states.

    As well, this position will help shape the foundation’s public face by overseeing staff who manage our social media presence, create our annual report, and develop talking points for occasional speaking engagements and op-eds. Note that this job is largely behind the scenes – “no comment please.”

    You won’t make a name for yourself in the media, but you will drive the debate toward equality. This position works with their peers on the senior executive team to ensure the foundation communicates consistently and effectively builds the funding scale necessary to achieve its goals, and executes its grant-making strategies to achieve measurable results.


    Expectations

    • Models the Guiding Principles of the Gill Foundation and helps ensure a mission-driven culture.
    • Drives a “no excuses” focus on achieving outcomes and a culture of mutual accountability and collaboration necessary to realize those outcomes.
    • Models an obsession with research and learning, and an insistence on subject-matter expertise and attention to detail.
    • Professionally represents the foundation in dealings with the public and the media.
    • Ensures a unified understanding of the foundation’s mission and strategic priorities among staff and all external constituencies.


    Deliverables

    Design and Drive Communications that Build Urgency Nationally and in the States – 50%

    • Develop a communications calendar that employs influential story lines and innovative public education tools and techniques, creating synergy between state and national grantees.
    • Put a face on the issue by elevating stories in the states and nationally of LGBT people who have been discriminated against.
    • Convene grantees to assess progress, troubleshoot, share best practices, and plan for what’s ahead.
    • Ensure grantee communications are directed at target audiences and outlets.
    • Drive team to track impact of monthly calendar of proactive grantee media pitches.
    • Identify and fill gaps in communications capacity.

    Deploy and Fine Tune Messages – 20%

    • Figure out the message that cuts through.
    • Create synergy and intentional learning across the multiple messaging projects underway.
    • Leverage the support of high profile partners to take messages to scale in a way that builds public support and urgency. Build in experiments to test effectiveness with target audiences.

    Craft Gill Foundation Communications Strategy – 20%

    • Drive organizational communications that enhance the foundation’s image, brand, and reputation.
    • Leverage high profile media coverage of the foundation’s work (pitch 8-10 ideas per year, drive team to execute those approved).
    • Provide guidance and feedback on speakers, materials, and presentations that will drive attendance and giving at the biannual OutGiving conference.
    • Serve as spokesperson, as required, for the foundation.

    Lead the Communications Team – 10%

    • Manage communications associate and consultants.
    • Coach communications team and program officers on related work, including opportunistic and crisis communications planning, press statements, website and social media content, digital media projects, presentations, and scripting for the CEO and Co-Chairs.
    • Work closely with the COO to develop and track the annual outcomes and budget, as well as ensure that all communications comply with federal, state, and local laws.
    • Lead communications reporting to the board.


    Key Qualifications

    • Experience: Has developed and driven successful statewide and/or national PR campaigns that employ a range of digital and traditional mediums.
    • Innovative spirit: Has a passion for breaking new ground in public education efforts.
    • Strategic vision and agility: Has ability to think strategically, act nimbly, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan.
    • Top Performer: Has proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of data analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness.
    • Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.


    Desired Personal Characteristics

    • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering.
    • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.
    • Transparent, direct, with substance.
    • Disciplined self-starter.
    • Spark, imagination, creativity.
    • Able to remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines.


    Compensation

    This is an outstanding opportunity to partner with the Gill Foundation’s CEO and senior management team. The Gill Foundation offers competitive compensation packages including base salary, health, retirement, and vacation benefits.


    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Gill Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.  The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.


    To Apply

    Please send a resume, cover letter, applicant cover sheet to resumes@gillfoundation.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Gill Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.