You Can Play Project (YCP), 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 Partnerships and Development.
The Director of Partnerships and Development. will report to the Executive Director, with additional supervision from the Executive Board of Directors.
The Director of Partnerships and Development will be focused on overall program growth and leadership, especially focused on developing relationships with key partners and funders. This includes 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 Partnerships and Development will work closely with other consultants, the Executive Board of Directors, and volunteer ambassadors to help ensure the organization’s financial stability through new partner development and fundraising.
The Director of Partnerships and Development will work remote 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
•Assist with recruiting new program partners at all levels, including but not limited to corporate and community partners, as well as professional, Olympic, collegiate, amateur, youth, and school based, sport focused entities (leagues, teams, governing bodies, etc).
•Assist with partner stewardship
•Assist with revising and developing You Can Play program curricula and collateral to meet the needs of partners (program customization)
•Fundraising for You Can Play
•Fundraising – focus on grant research, applications, reporting, and bookkeeping
•As needed, facilitate / present You Can Play programs and/or events
•Representing You Can Play through public speaking and other representation at high profile events
•Management on a program-by-program basis of operations including budget development, media preparation and program execution
•Support You Can Play social media efforts in conjunction with the Executive Director and other consultants
•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 Play outreach and brand awareness in the sports, media, and corporate realms.
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. Preference will be given to those with experience around public relations, fundraising, donor stewardship, grant writing, and overall development strategy.
Excellent written, verbal and presentation 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.