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Executive Director

Equality Virginia (EV) is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to guide the vision and strategy for the next stage of our organization’s growth and evolution. Ideal candidates will be committed to advancing racial justice and LGBTQ equality, understanding the unique needs and struggles of the LGBTQ community, as well as the intersections of various identities. EV uses public education, advocacy, and programming to pursue change, and our next Executive Director will have the experience, insight, and instincts to engage effectively with the General Assembly, executive branch, and local communities to build a Virginia where all LGBTQ people can thrive. This position calls for a movement leader who can inspire, connect, and champion our community.

Organizational Background: Founded in 1989 as Virginians for Justice, Equality Virginia (EV) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization that works to address the discrimination and disparities experienced by LGBTQ people, especially transgender people and people of color, through programming, education, and empowerment opportunities. EV Advocates (EVA) is a 501(c)(4) organization that works with EV to advance equal rights for LGBTQ Virginians through public policy and advocacy. Due to these efforts, Virginia recently became the first state in the South to pass LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment, and public spaces.


EV is building a fully inclusive Commonwealth by educating, empowering, and mobilizing Virginians to ensure all LGBTQ people are free to live, love, learn, and work.

Commitment to Racial Justice:

Racial justice is at the forefront of EV’s organizational priorities. The Board of Directors and staff are constantly working to ensure that the disparities experienced by LGBTQ people of color from all backgrounds, and especially Black communities, are addressed in our programming, advocacy, and outreach efforts. As this commitment continues to grow and evolve, we will partner with Black and brown LGBTQ community members to deepen this work.

Equality Virginia (EV) is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status and commit to comply with all applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and to refrain from unlawful discrimination.

The Executive Director has six major areas of responsibility:

  1. Staff recruitment, development, and retention
  2. Strategic partnerships, organizational, and programmatic development
  3. Lobbying and legislative oversight
  4. Fundraising
  5. Marketing, public relations, and communications
  6. Operational leadership, including board development and engagement

EV is seeking a dynamic and proven leader who will work with the Board and staff to fulfill the organization’s vision and mission.  We are looking for someone who is able to lead us into a future where our organization is more racially just and trauma-informed. Essential qualities for this role include:

•A commitment to EV’s guiding values and principles and an understanding that this approach is central to the overall protection and advancement of LGBTQ equality.

•A personal approach that understands, respects, and responds to intersections of race, ethnicity and national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and how these intersections of identity affect the experiences of LGBTQ people. Leadership at EV requires that everyone on our team is able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.

•An understanding of the prevalence of trauma experienced by LGBTQ people, recognizing the impact of trauma on individuals who are involved with EV, and responding in ways that create safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment.


Strong candidates will possess a unique combination of many of the following attributes:

Experience and Ability

•Demonstrated leadership experience in organizations, campaigns, or grassroots movements for social justice

•Ability to lead fundraising efforts to meet and grow the organization’s approved budget

•Demonstrated ability to shape public policy and influence institutional reform

•Ability to guide organizational planning, engaging board, staff, and stakeholders

•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written

•Exceptional speaking and presentation skills

•Outstanding relationship-building skills

•Consistent attention to detail and excellent organizational skills

•Ability to create effective, high-functioning, trauma-informed organizational structures

•Demonstrated ability in building, growing, and managing organizations through transition

•Demonstrated ability to manage time and guide people, evaluate progress, and adjust activities as necessary in a collaborative team environment

•Ability to create a workplace culture where staff can thrive, bring their full selves, and contribute meaningfully

Personal Attributes

•Self-motivated and self-managed

•Knowledge of and commitment to LGBTQ issues, community, and activism

•Bold vision for justice and equality

•Ability to see and understand varied and conflicting points of view, and to connect with people across differences

Applicants must have reliable transportation, with the expectation of in-state travel 5-10 days a month.

How to apply: Please submit your application using this portal, which will request a resume and cover letter. Use your cover letter to highlight any experience you have leading in social justice or advocacy work, leading high-functioning, diverse teams for impact, and/or growing funding streams to scale up organizational operations. Please include an introductory paragraph to communicate why you are excited to work at and lead Equality Virginia.


Compensation and Benefits: This is a full time position and the role requires the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. The salary range is $95,000 – $115,000, and is commensurate with experience. We offer an excellent benefits package including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage, generous paid time off and holidays, 401k plan with employer contribution, cell phone and travel reimbursement, paid parking, and a professional development stipend.

This position is located in Richmond VA. The executive director will be expected to be on-site in the Richmond office 3 -5 days weekly when the General Assembly is not in session and more when the General Assembly is in session. We will help with moving expenses if relocation is necessary.

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