CEO Search 

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May 2021

Joelle Kanshepolsky- Executive Search
[email protected]

Position Description 

Title: CEO 

Organization: Utah Pride Center 

Reports to: Board of Directors 

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah 

Salary: $90,000-$120,000 DOE 


The Utah Pride Center (UPC) has been part of the fabric of Utah LGBTQ+ life for over 29 years and the vision of the Center is to ensure “a thriving LGBTQ+ community in Utah.” Utah Pride Center offers mental health services, adult focused programming, senior programs, resources for youth, an annual Pride celebration, and community space. Utah Pride Center opened its doors in its beautiful new space in 2018. UPC is governed by an 11-person Board of Directors and a dedicated staff of 15. 


Utah Pride Center is seeking its next CEO to carry forward the mission and lead the organization to meet the evolving needs of the community. In concert with an engaged Board of Directors, they have overall responsibility for Utah Pride Center’s operations and representation to its various stakeholder groups. The new CEO will actively engage internal and external stakeholders in creating a shared vision for the future of Utah Pride Center and will provide motivational leadership to Utah Pride Center. They will have proven skills in fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational leadership and growth as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and intersectionality at all levels of the organization. 

The new CEO will be passionate about leading and advancing the organization and will sustain and grow positive relationships within the organization and across the community, including with donors, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders. They will be the face of the organization, and along with the Board of Directors, is responsible for giving proper strategic direction, implementing a high-quality vision, and ensuring the long-term growth and sustainability of the Utah Pride Center. This is an exciting position at a pivotal moment in the organization’s history; the person in this position has a wonderful opportunity to heighten community awareness and help determine how UPC tells its story. The CEO oversees the annual operating budget, which is approximately $2 million. 


Strategy and Visioning 

  • Provide thoughtful and visionary executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent and empowering. 
  • Lead long-range strategic planning in partnership with Board of Directors and other stakeholders and oversee implementation of visioning and planning, ensuring necessary funds, staff, infrastructure and resources are available to realize goals. 
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents. 

Community Building & Outreach 

  • Strengthen existing partnerships and build others in the community while enhancing visibility and reach of the Utah Pride Center. 
  • Work with the Board and community partners to identify and engage all groups, and communities – including women, BIPOC, and trans/nonbinary/GNC people – in the work and programs of UPC. 
  • Develop and implement strategies to further establish UPC as a respected community leader and THE “Go-To” organization for LGBTQ+ programs, people, and information in Utah. 

Fundraising & Communications 

  • Work with COO to fully understand all potential funding streams locally, regionally and nationally. 
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support sustainability and future growth. 
  • Work in partnership with the Board to identify, solicit, and acquire new sources of funding. 
  • Maintain portfolio of major donors for cultivation, engagement, and moves management. 
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of establishing key messaging, creating a stronger brand, and expanding awareness. 
  • Serve as lead spokesperson, while also cultivating other spokespeople amongst staff and Board. 

Financial Management 

  • Monitor board-approved budget and manage daily financial operations to ensure maximum utilization of resources and optimum financial positioning for the organization. 
  • In partnership with Board and Staff, ensure effective budget development and management. 

Board Relations 

  • Collaborate with and support the Board of Directors in fulfilling its governance and fiduciary duties. 
  • Partner with the Board to implement strategic plan and identify areas of growth. 
  • Report regularly and transparently to the Board of Directors on all operational, financial, and programmatic progress and challenges. 
  • Support development of strong Board recruitment, retention, evaluation, and training. 

Internal Leadership 

  • Inspire, motivate, and lead a team of committed professionals to realize the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. 
  • Continually foster a culture that encourages collaboration among departments and recognizes positive contributions. 
  • Maintain a professional climate that supports staff in setting and achieving goals while attracting and retaining top-quality staff. 
  • Advance an inclusive culture that is collaborative, transparent, respectful, and affirming of all backgrounds and identities; be an accessible leader to all staff. 


  • You are a servant leader. You actively seek to align employee purpose with mission. You give credit where due and recognize the unsung heroes are your staff doing the often unseen, yet critical work. 
  • You are passionate. You are passionate about the LGBTQ+ community, your role, and our impact. That passion energizes you. 
  • You are committed. You are truly committed to DEI work and have a deep understanding of the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the LGBTQ+ movement. You are a bridge builder through and through. 
  • You are a people person. You are a skilled communicator with high emotional intelligence and maturity who enjoys public speaking, connecting with others, and building relationships. You are unflappable under pressure. 
  • You are adaptable. You are excited by the idea of running a growing and innovative organization. 
  • You have deep knowledge of the nonprofit sector. You are an experienced professional, with proven ability to successfully manage and lead an organization, ideally with experience in social services. 
  • You invest in people. You recognize you are part of a whole. You learn from others, coach those around you, and truly care about the people you work with. 


  • Strong knowledge of LGBTQ+ communities; high sense of responsibility and commitment to UPC mission. 
  • Seven+ years of successful senior leadership and management experience (CEO, Executive Director, Deputy Director, COO, Development Director, or similar) in a nonprofit with the proven ability to effectively manage and lead a growth-oriented organization. 
  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience engaging with people from diverse LGBTQ+, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds including BIPOC, Bi, and Trans/GNC communities. 
  • Ability and passion to fundraise. 
  • History of having led organizational growth while facilitating greater mission achievement. 
  • Experience building and managing budgets with sound financial decisions. 
  • Ability to cultivate strategic relationships with nonprofits, community organizations, public officials, LGBTQ+ Movement leaders, and non-LGBTQ+ allies. 


Utah Pride Center is offering a comprehensive compensation package inclusive of salary and benefits. The salary range is $90,000-$120,000 DOE. Benefits include: $500/month medical allowance, unlimited PTO, 14 paid holidays, 401K Plan with 4% match. Plus, you get to work with the most talented team! 


Pathway Associates and Consultant Joelle Kanshepolsky has been retained to lead this recruitment effort on behalf of the Utah Pride Center. Inquiries, nominations, or applications (including a cover letter and resume) should be directed electronically and in confidence, to [email protected] with “UPC CEO” in the subject line. We are pleased to answer any questions or supply further information as needed. All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence. 

Closing Date: June 18, 2021 

Utah Pride Center (UPC) is a proudly queer, anti-racist, affirmative action employer. Our commitment is to provide and sustain a diverse work environment that reflects the community we serve. All employment decisions at UPC are based on professional needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations of Utah . Visit our website at 

Candidates for employment at Utah Pride Center should be aware that this is a unique work environment in which topics of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity are an integral part of our day to day community interactions. Individuals who are uncomfortable with such topics, discussions, and the occasional related graphic representations may choose not to work at UPC. 

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