You Can Play Project, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on ending LGBTQ discrimination in sport, seeks to hire a full time (30-40 hours per week) consultant to a one- year renewable contract to fulfill duties as Director of Programs.
The Director of Programs will report to the Executive Director, with additional supervision from the Executive Board of Directors.
The Director of Programs will be focused on overall program development and fidelity across all You Can Play focus areas, including but not limited to pro, Olympic, amateur, college, and youth sports; as well as other corporate entities and other non- profit partners. The Director of Programs will work closely with other consultants, the Executive Board of Directors, and volunteer ambassadors to ensure program growth and assist with related fundraising.
The Director of Programs will work remotely but will be required to travel (up to 25%), with frequent travel between the United States and Canada.
Responsibilities and Duties: •Continuing You Can Play's work on behalf of LGBTQ athletes and straight allies within sports
•Expansion and development of You Can Play staff and volunteers involved in program delivery
•Continually revise and develop You Can Play program curricula and collateral
•Representing You Can Play through public speaking and other representation at high profile events
•Fundraising for You Can Play
•Management on a program-by-program basis of operations including budget development, media preparation and program execution
•Oversight of You Can Play regional boards
•Support You Can Play social media efforts in conjunction with the Executive Director and other consultants
•In conjunction with the Executive Director and other You Can Play representatives, development of partnerships with sports leagues, athletes, media personalities, governing bodies, teams, business entities, and other groups or individuals that can assist You Can Play in fulfilling its mission statement
•Assess You Can Play’s current organizational structure and make suggestions and improvements based on current strengths and weaknesses.
•Identifying opportunities to expand You Can PlayYCP outreach and brand awareness in the sports, media, and corporate realms.
•Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications A bachelor’s degree is required. The ideal candidate will have a history in sport and/or LGBTQ advocacy work, with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience in sports, advocacy or non-profit organizations including a history of supervising a diverse team of employees and/or volunteers. Excellent written, verbal and public speaking skills are required.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation for services will be provided monthly, calculated on an hourly basis, based on the hourly equivalent of $60,000 – $75,000 USD / year commensurate with experience.
About You Can Play Project
In 2012, You Can Play Project was launched to protect and advocate for athletes around the world who face homophobia and transphobia in their locker rooms, fields, rinks, and stadiums. It is a simple message for fans, coaches, athletes, and anyone in the sports space; it is applicable for any age, in any setting, and it remains the backbone of You Can Play - athletes should be given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by others only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.
You Can Play fights so athletes of all levels are judged solely on talent, heart, desire and work ethic -- and not on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Simply put, if you can play, you can play.
While the concept “if you can play, you can play”is straightforward, it also represents a standard that, despite our progress, the world of sports is far from achieving. The causes for LGBTQ discrimination in and around sport are complex and often difficult to understand or measure; but its presence is very real and presents deep and damaging barriers to LGBTQ athletes of all levels, especially young people. Such discrimination not only can be a barrier to participation a...nd success in sport but, at worst, can cause severe psychological and emotional damage, often leading to withdrawal, depression, and even suicide.
You Can Play’s messaging is not just directed to those who identify as LGBTQ, but those around them: active allies and others- their teammates, coaches, families, fans, and communities as a whole - without judgement or assumption. Changing the experience of LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans is about changing the world around them, not just their own internal feelings of acceptance and willingness to be their true selves.