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We are in a moment. We have entered an era of unprecedented gains and burgeoning opportunity for the LGBTQ community. We have cultivated thriving cultural communities in a time of ever more urgent creative expression. Yet LGBTQ people continue to confront daunting challenges. In part as backlash to the gains we have achieved, there has been a resurgence of government measures designed to constrain our rights; our free expression is being threatened, undermined, and suppressed; and violence against trans people—especially trans women of color—escalates every day. Our country is ensnared in extraordinary and divisive political and cultural upheaval, the impact of which will be felt for generations.
Now more than ever, we need to ground ourselves in the power of our words, nurturing our individual and collective creativity and artistic capacity as a means to fuel and sustain our communities, preserve and expand our rich creative legacy, and resist the forces that continue to try to undermine us. Centering these goals remains a radical act.
Enter Lambda Literary, the most comprehensive LGBTQ literary nonprofit in the US, which serves writers at every stage of their careers, and readers of every age. At Lambda Literary, we believe lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read.
Lambda Literary traces its beginnings to 1987 when Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, DC, published the first Lambda Book Report journal of LGBTQ book reviews. The Lambda Literary Awards were born in 1989 to identify and celebrate the best LGBTQ books of the year. Lambda Literary Foundation was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1997. The Lambda Literary Awards Gala (aka “The Lammys”) has become a signature event for the LGBTQ literary world, attracting hundreds of book submissions, over 500 attendees, and national attention for the work of LGBTQ writers.
In 2007, Lambda founded its Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, a nationally recognized residency designed to cultivate and catalyze the talent of new LGBTQ writers. The Lambda Literary Review (LLR) serves as the organization’s most significant interface with readers, writers, agents, booksellers, publishers, editors, educators, and librarians, publishing more than 200 book reviews and some 50+ interviews and feature articles annually, with a monthly readership of 50,000. Our Writers in Schools program brings LGBTQ authors into K-12 classrooms for readings, study, and discussions, and has been steadily expanding via strategic partnerships with school districts in New York City and Los Angeles. In March of 2017, working in collaboration with multiple community partners, Lambda presented the first ever city-wide, week-long LGBTQ literary festival, Lambda LitFest Los Angeles. We have also begun publishing original creative work, including the e-journal Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and an anthology by Writers Retreat fellows, Emerge.
Lambda Literary has a vibrant and engaged national Board of Directors and a diverse and dedicated donor community comprised of individuals, foundations, corporations, and the public sector. We are proud of what the organization has achieved so far, and we are energized by the possibilities ahead.
The Ideal Candidate
Lambda Literary is seeking an experienced, visionary, strategic, inspirational Executive Director with the track record, skills, and energy to lead us on the next stage of our journey. They will partner with the Board to set forth a vision for our future and devise a strategy to enact our efforts, and they will manage a talented and dedicated staff in developing and executing a plan to realize our goals. The ideal candidate will be a skilled, persuasive communicator capable of dynamic engagement with a diverse array of stakeholders, partners, and constituents. They will have a strong record of achievement in fund development, and will lead the organization in crafting and delivering a fund development plan that not only sustains our needs but also enables us to achieve our aspirations.
The ideal candidate will be tenacious, adaptable, empathetic, patient, diplomatic, and unpretentious. They will have a personal connection to the LGBTQ reading/writing communities. They will have the capacity to support and lead effective advocacy, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with working within oppressed and marginalized communities.
This is a Los Angeles-based position.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Lambda Literary. Specifically, the Executive Director is charged with achieving the following:
Results and Impact
How to Apply
Lambda Literary will be accepting applications for the Executive Director position until 5:00pm PST on Friday, February 9, 2018. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Lambda Literary is an equal employment opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people with multiple marginalized identities to apply, including people who identify as queer or trans, people with disabilities and/or people of color. Lambda Literary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.