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 resumes to resumes@gillfoundation.org.

  • Program Officer

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

    Position
    The foundation seeks a mission-focused, strategic, and metrics-minded Program Officer who will embody our Guiding Principles to lead the development and execution of our work in select states by developing and managing a portfolio of grants and consulting contracts.

    Reporting to the Director of Programs, a successful Program Officer will identify and act on opportunities to advance efforts that make progress toward achieving specific outcomes in our current priorities – equal treatment under the law, safe schools, and a prosperous Colorado.

    Expectations

    • Has an absolute dedication to the foundation’s Guiding Principles and core values of being clever, dynamic, inspiring, innovative, and pioneering.
    • Put a premium on turning new ideas into action and being persistent and iterative until we drive the desired outcome.
    • Must thrive in a team-centered environment and promote a culture of mutual accountability, high performance, and continuous improvement, placing a premium on learning and measurable outcomes.
    • Although we are team-centered, each member must work with considerable independent judgment and initiative to ensure the foundation’s mission is carried out, information flows quickly and effectively with the rest of the team, deadlines are met, and actions receive rigorous and honest evaluation.


    Deliverables

    Create, manage, and execute a strategic plan 40%

    • Develop a portfolio of high-impact grants, key consulting contracts, and pivotal relationships with influential partners in order to advance equality.
    • Aggressively track the issue environment and identify emerging opportunities for new investments and engagement of local partners.
    • Ensure grants are in keeping with Guiding Principles, include measurable benchmarks and outcomes, and are in full compliance with laws governing private foundations.


    Communications 30%

    • Work with partners and grantees to launch paid and earned media initiatives featuring powerful spokespeople.
    • Ensure that partners engage in a meaningful, high profile way when opinion leaders fail to advance foundation priorities, as well as when they succeed.
    • Identify and fill research needs. This may include overseeing polling and messaging work, facilitating the development reports released by well-respected messengers, etc.


    Measurement 15%

    • Establish clear annual outcomes and indicators of success that measure progress toward program goals.
    • Produce monthly progress reports that capture grantee progress toward those outcomes.
    • Track collateral materials, media, and other communications plans and document how Gill Foundation technical support, tools, and grant making transformed the dialogue around LGBT issues.
    • Participate in quarterly staff trainings and evaluations of grantees and consultants.


    Donor Resources 15%

    • Working with our Donor Resources team, leverage Gill Foundation investments by partnering with institutional and individual donors.
    • Provide real-time updates that connect donors to the urgent work being done by grantees.


    Key Qualifications

    • 7+ years’ experience designing and managing complex advocacy or public education campaigns and/or programs, particularly in the states;
    • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
    • Deep experience working on issue-based campaigns;
    • Working knowledge of earned, paid, and social media tactics;
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks and to form effective working relationships with staff;
    • Self-starter comfortable working in a dynamic setting;
    • Creative, outside-the-box thinker who can quickly turn ideas into action;
    • Working knowledge of current non-partisan, nonprofit civic engagement tactics and/or considerable interest in the field; and
    • Highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.


    Location and Work Protocols

    • Based at the Denver, Colorado office.
    • Flexible work schedule including off-regular hour events.
    • Expected to monitor email during off-hours for unusual critical event developments/logistics.
    • Periodic travel.


    Compensation

    This is an outstanding opportunity to work with strong leaders across the Gill Foundation 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 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 and cover letter to resumes@gillfoundation.org by January 31, 2017.

  • 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 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 and cover letter to resumes@gillfoundation.org by March 10, 2017.

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 expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.