Garden State Equality is seeking candidates for a Deputy Director to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment advancing LGBTQ rights and protections as well as minority equity and justice. We are New Jersey’s leading LGBTQ education and advocacy organization. For nearly two decades, Garden State Equality has led the fight for equality in New Jersey, becoming one of the most successful statewide civil rights organizations for the LGBTQ+ community in the nation.
The Deputy Director serves as a key partner to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. This is a standout opportunity to help lead Garden State Equality into its next chapter and the successful candidate will have a critical role in developing and effecting the organization’s mission through development, implementation, and continual refinement of its long-term vision, growth aspirations, and strategic plan of the organization.
The Deputy Director will drive strategy for and execution of our team, organizational design, and change management needs. In partnership with the Executive Director and Project Managers, they will identify and implement the structures that will support us in expanding an effective and innovative team and creating a high-performing organization that lives out our mission. In addition, the Deputy Director’s leadership will ensure effective day-to-day operations with a portfolio that includes HR supervision, program management and Finance and Operations. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge, skills and experience in human resources, project management and budgeting as well as a creative, flexible and adaptive approach to engaging work and staff.
Under the guidance of the Executive Director, this position will manage staff and consultants and interface with board members. This position requires developing and maintaining positive, collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
Responsibilities for the Deputy Director will include, but are not limited to:
The Deputy Director ensures that Garden State Equality operations exemplify the Garden State Equality mission and will contribute to the sustainability of our organization; will work in partnership with the Executive Director to develop and implement an inclusive, empowering and goal-driven culture to increase positive social impact; will provide strategic, operational and tactical leadership by working with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Project Managers to further Garden State Equality’s vision, strategies and long-range goals; will also undertake additional duties as assigned.
- Oversee staff and structure needed to achieve the organization strategic priorities
- Foster an environment in which staff work together on operational initiatives and projects in a manner that encourages learning, partnership, and innovation
- Hire, develop, evaluate, and retain a high performing, effective, and diverse team that serves as an exemplar for exceptional talent and positive employee experience.
- Refine current HR processes and practices (recruitment, hiring, employee review/retention and advancement)
- Facilitate the process of annual planning and goal setting with teams
- Collaborate with Executive Director, Board of Directors, and employees throughout the organization to foster a culture of learning, development, and support, including the implementation of training and development programs and initiatives tied to clearer and more accessible career pathways
- Work with Executive Director and Development Manager to support and maintain financial management, bookkeeping systems/files and financial reporting
- Assist the Executive Director and development team on budgeting, grant proposals, revenue enhancement and financial matters
- Develop and oversee the implementation of annual operating plans that support the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Facilitate the delivery of high-quality operations while managing strategic growth.
- Develop a plan for program delivery, maintaining quality and measuring impact.
- Cover program delivery when needed, including grant projects
- Manage external event projects related to programming, assist routinely with annual fundraisers as they relate to operations
- Ensure Garden State Equality’s office operations and procedures are documented, understood and utilized by all staff.
- Flexibility and willingness to adapt to new internal and external conditions
- An affinity for working with culturally and politically diverse communities
- Success at fund development, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify and solicit individual donors
- High energy and commitment to organization’s vision
- Track record of success leading growing organizations to achieve operational excellence; strong operational experience with a deep affinity for shaping organizational culture and recognition of the ways in which efficient operational systems enhance the employee experience and performance
- Commitment to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and collegial workplace; multicultural competence and ability to work across lines of difference
- Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and develop high performing and diverse teams who deliver on ambitious goals and benchmarks
- Deep commitment to innovation and a strong sense of how to use technology, data, and systems to improve service and efficiency
- Demonstrated success developing and monitoring systems to support rapid growth that involve high levels of collaboration
- Listening, trust building and interpersonal skills with ability to influence, engage, and build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders on complex matters
- Ability to provide teams with a clear sense of direction under tight timelines, especially in times of change
- Experience with organizational, strategy, and budget development, with the capacity to allocate resources strategically and manage spending against budget
Garden State Equality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, national origin, religion or creed, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity), marital status, disability, veteran status or genetic information. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities and religions, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBTQ+ persons to apply.
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Babs Siperstein Fellowship
Babs Siperstein was a trailblazer for equality, and our movement wouldn’t be where we are today without her courage and commitment. In 2019, Babs Siperstein passed away at 76 years old–keeping her legacy alive Garden State Equality established the Babs Siperstein Fellowship with seed funding from Babs’ own Gender Rights Advocacy of New Jersey organization.
Babs came out in 2000 and immediately became an activist for LGBTQ equality in New Jersey, serving as an original board member for Garden State Equality. Most notably, over the course of her advocacy in New Jersey, Babs helped advocate for marriage equality, transgender inclusive nondiscrinimation protections, and the Babs Siperstein Law.
Babs was the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee, where she was appointed by then-chairman Tim Kaine. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee in 2011, where she served until October 2017.
This fellowship opportunity is for young trans adults, looking to continue Babs’ legacy through advocacy, and advancing policy both at the local, state, and national level. Fellows will work alongside Garden State Equality for a fall, spring, or summer term. They will be compensated with a stipend and are eligible to receive credit with permission from the school.
If you are interested in becoming a Babs Siperstein Fellow, please apply during the term before the term you would like to start. You can apply here. Please be prepared to submit a resume and reason for applying.
At this time, we are currently not accepting fellows because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will review the situation in Fall 2021 to see if we can accommodate a fellow. At that time, we will update our website with information for Spring 2022. In the meantime, we are making small grants available to those seeking funding for a small community project.