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Queer Kentucky Executive Director Job Description and Details

Queer Kentucky is a diverse LGBTQ+ run non-profit based in Louisville, Kentucky working to bolster and enhance Queer culture and health through storytelling, education and action. Through our storytelling approach, we give visibility and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the great Bluegrass State. Visibility alone is life-saving. Queer Kentucky actively works with organizations and businesses on their inclusivity efforts that enhance the well-being of their employees. 


Pay: Starting at $60,000/yr, full-time position 

Benefits: Medical Reimbursement, Unlimited PTO and paid holidays.

Location: Remote position with occasional travel required. Candidates must reside in Kentucky.


The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing all operations, functions, and activities of the organization. They will provide strategic direction and will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to lead Queer Kentucky to new levels of growth and success. The position requires a people-centered leader and natural relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills and a high level of self-awareness. Successful candidates for this role will have a personal passion for the rights, protections and lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.


To be successful in this position, you will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Manage the Board of Directors and Advisory Board
  • Manage a team of freelance writers, attorneys, grant writers, designers, vendors, CPAs, and all other contracted service providers.
  • Oversee the curation of content to all platforms of Queer Kentucky through our WordPress website, as well as social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkTree, TikTok, and LinkedIn). 
  • Oversee the creation of and disseminate brand collateral (advertisements, marketing materials, and/or swag) to all relevant channels (above) and partners (individuals, organizations, and PR entities).
  • Manage the Queer Kentucky brand and ensure it is kept up-to-date, actively responds to the evolving needs of queer readers, and fields controversy with grace and growth. 
  • Develop and implement short and long term strategic plans in support of the work and mission of Queer Kentucky.
  • Create annual reports which accurately and holistically describe the organization’s activity, mission-aligned programming, and use of funds.
  • Plan, execute, and have a hand in the setup of all events.
  • Nurture relationships with community leaders, elected and appointed officials, partner organizations and other external stakeholders.
  • Work to identify and engage new individuals, groups and communities in particular LGBTQ+ youth, people of color and trans/nonbinary people – in the work and programs of Queer Kentucky.
  • Responsibly manage and oversee fiscal accounts along with CPA and Governance Committee.
  • Create methods for tracking impact, such as demographic surveys, workshop  questionnaires, etc. to better understand our audience and their needs.
  • Support the growth of Queer Kentucky by expanding and aligning programmatic offerings to identified community needs.
  • Oversee workshop facilitators’ schedules, pay-outs, and mileage reimbursements. 
  • Ensure workshop offerings are kept up-to-date (including content, alignment with brand standards, and evolution into e-learning space).
  • Stay informed with and actively report on local, state, and national LGBTQ+ news. 
  • Set up and work event booths and sell merchandise.
  • Work with editors, photographers, designers, and writers to create Queer Kentucky Print Editions on a quarterly basis. 


  • As a mission-driven organization, we welcome applicants from a diverse range of experiences, from lived to studied. Regardless of whether you possess an academic degree (or four), have previously worked in non-profit leadership, or have always called Kentucky home, we welcome you to apply for this position. That being said, we have a few non-negotiables which will be important for you to meet:
  • Intimate Knowledge of, and experience with, the LGBTQ+ Community. We are a queer organization, by and for our queer audiences. We desire an Executive Director with a strong knowledge of, and commitment to, the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion — not as buzzwords or checklist items, but as criteria to live by.
  • Powerful, eloquent communication skills. Beginning as a publication, Queer Kentucky has always prioritized written communication in our work. But as we evolve, the in-person communication is just as important. We desire an Executive Director who can get their points across, synthesize difficult and complex topics, and use specific terminology when describing specific communities. A portfolio of writing or speaking, while not required, will be a massive leg-up for your application. 
  • Ability to visualize a bright future. Activism is hard. Being the face of an activist organization can be exhausting. We are looking for an Executive Director who can not only visualize a brighter future for queer Kentuckians, but strive tireless toward it. You are not alone in this work, but you will be the one showing up when nobody else wants to. Above all, the ability to hope relentlessly, work rigorously, and bring community together around a concrete vision is vital to this role. 
  • Not-Required-But-Nice-To-Have:
  • Business Acumen: if you have a track record of growing financially sustainable organizations, whether through commercial means or fundraising, that is a plus.
  • Personal Stake in the State of Kentucky: our readership reaches farther than the boundaries of the Bluegrass state, but Kentucky is our heartland. An Executive Director with personal ties to the state would be a plus.
  • Legal, Political, or Previous Non-Profit Work: we welcome applicants of all backgrounds, though experience with editorial, legal, political, or non-profit work will give you a leg-up on the work ahead of you. 

To apply: Email a resume and cover letter to careers@queerkentucky.com

Queer Kentucky provides equal employment opportunities to all employees/contractors and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

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