Executive Director

Seattle Pride is searching for an enthusiastic, well organized, and motivated Executive Director to join the team! Take a look at the information below and apply!

Company: Seattle Pride (Seattle Out & Proud) is a registered non-profit organization and is made up of an all-volunteer board of directors. We produce the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Volunteer Park Pride Festival, and Alki Beach Pride. As a non-profit organization, sponsorships and donations are used to offset expenses required to produce the year-round celebrations.

Mission: To Create Unity, Honor Diversity, and Achieve Equal Human Rights throughout our Region and the World.

Purpose: To Coordinate and Promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Events in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, which Celebrate the Present, Envision the future, and Honor the Past.

Position: We’re looking for an Executive Director for the successful leadership and management of the day-to-day operations.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Completive industry salary 
  • Great benefits options
  • Flexible work environment
  • Opportunities for community involvement and development

Job Description


The Seattle Pride Executive Director with be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the day-to-day operations of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. This person will also ensure program and fiscal sustainability and accountability. The Executive Director will work with and support the Board of Directors in defining organizational priorities, as well as, develop and nurture relationships with Seattle’s LGBTQIA+ community. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring legal compliance for the organization’s events and programs, and managing operations, project timelines, safety & security plans, vendor contracts, finance and auditing, budgets, and conducting additional tasks as needed.

Demands of the job:

  1. Hire, train, supervise, and dismiss all Seattle Pride full-time and part-time staff.
  2. Manage day to day activities for Seattle Pride and report to the President of the Board of Directors.
  3. Maintain accurate records with respect to all activities of Seattle Pride.
  4. Manage and supervise all financial dealings, governmental relations, public relations, and administrative activities.
  5. Serve as liaison between Seattle Pride and State/City/County agencies and community groups/organizations.
  6. Create and execute a strategic plan for Seattle Pride in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
  7. Recruit, develop, execute and manage relationships with Sponsors in conjunction with Seattle Pride’s consultant.
  8. Recruit and develop Seattle Pride Guide Project Manager and Editor-in-Chief.
  9. Collaborate with Pride Guide PM and Editor on curating and refining content.
  10. Attend weekly Seattle Pride Guide planning sessions.
  11. Coordinate with production, printing, and distribution vendors to deliver the final editor of Seattle Pride Guide.
  12. Be responsible for donor recruitment, development, and relationship management.
  13. Manage vendor and service provider contracts, including but not limited to logistics, communications, talent broker, graphics, audio/visual, food and beverage, and others as necessary.
  14. Act as a signature agent for Seattle Pride for contracts, service agreements, checks, and other items as needed.
  15. Coordinate with the Board of Directors and volunteers for Seattle Pride fundraising events and programs.
  16. Coordinate with the appropriate entities to manage all pride festival and event permits as required by state and city laws and ordinances.
  17. Attend all board meetings, committee meetings, and organizational functions and retreat.
  18. Serve as the primary media spokesperson for the organization.
  19. Develop and implement, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, policies and procedures for Seattle Pride.
  20. Develop and implement programs and services for the community, in addition to the annual festival.
  21. Assist the president of the Board with preparations for the annual meeting and strategic planning meeting.
  22. Assist Treasurer and accountants with financial procedures as they pertain to the filing of annual taxes and/or auditing processes.
  23. Attend POSE, InterPride, and other related conferences.
  24. Act in the best interest of Seattle Out & Proud, doing business as Seattle Pride.
  25. Conduct annual review for all paid Seattle Pride staff members.
  26. Other duties as assigned by the President of the Board and the Board.

Qualifications: The successful candidate is a proven leader with demonstrated results in leading a team to achieve progressive revenue growth through relationship management as well as cohesive fundraising and communication programs. The ideal candidate has a track record of success in personally cultivating and soliciting philanthropic support from individual donors and corporate funding.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, a minimum of five years progressive management in non-profit, LGBT non-profit, education, arts, culture and humanities, and/or other related event planning industry with a proven track record in development, strategic partnerships, fundraising, financial management and keen understanding of business models and trends in large outdoor festivals and events. Superb interpersonal and communication skills and ability to manage and delegate are a must.

Candidates must also possess the following skills and abilities:

• To write professional, clear and compelling proposals and other solicitation materials, acknowledgments, reports, public announcements and routine business correspondence.

• To present well-conceived, persuasive oral arguments for internal and external constituencies, board members, potential donors and corporate giving representatives.

• To execute strong leadership, management and strategic thinking that values a collaborative working environment and relationships with staff, sophisticated community leaders and donors.

• The knowledge and understanding related to operating and maintaining arts or other non-profit organizations.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Confidence in dealing with a broad variety of people at all levels in pressure situations, ability to exercise confidentiality and discretion as appropriate.

• The ability to coordinate multiple projects and assignments simultaneously, manage time efficiently, and deliver on deadlines.

We offer a professional work environment, competitive compensation and benefits. Some travel required as is the ability and willingness to work flexible hours including some weekends and evenings. No relocation allowance provided.

Benefits: Health/Dental/Vision options available.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@seattlepride.org or by applying here.

Seattle Pride is an Equal Opportunity Employer 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.