GSBA, formerly known as the Greater Seattle Business Association, is the largest LGBTQ+ and allied chamber of commerce in North America, representing over 1,400 members mostly in the State of Washington across the small business, corporate, and nonprofit communities. GSBA also serves as the premier business voice both statewide and nationally for the LGBTQ+ community. GSBA encourages economic and business development by promoting equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion in business, with a specific focus on the success of small business.
Additionally, GSBA actively engages in advocacy for LGBTQ+ civil rights at the city, state, and federal levels; promotes LGBTQ+ tourism; and invests in the next generation of leaders through its Scholarship & Education Fund.
GSBA is guided by a vision of a vibrant global economy strengthened through the full participation of diverse local communities. Its work is supported by a set of core values to exchange ideas, increase visibility, work collaboratively, celebrate diversity, promote inclusion, and invest in future leaders.
As a powerful force in a rapidly changing, global economy, GSBA seeks an innovative and dynamic President and Chief Executive Officer to lead its next stage of transformative growth and continue to build effective strategic partnerships that will transform the LGBTQ+ and allied business landscape.
The new President and Chief Executive Officer will join an organization that has an excellent reputation, strong base of support, and is poised for continued growth as an association and nonprofit organization. GSBA’s next President and CEO will be a highly successful innovator, business, social and racial justice advocate, and visible champion for Washington state’s LGBTQ+ and allied community and national cohorts. This passionate, equity-driven leader will provide visionary leadership, focus, direction, transparency, and energy for GSBA. The President and CEO reports to a committed 30-member Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization's strategic leadership and consistent achievement of its mission and strategic objectives. This leader manages a $3 million budget and a talented and dedicated staff of 16 in the areas of Policy and Government Relations, Development and Scholarship & Education, Operations and Finance, and Membership and Programs.
The ideal President and CEO will bring most of the following qualifications and skill sets:
A strong passion for and commitment to promoting economic equity, business development, leadership, and social action on behalf of the LGBTQ+ and small business communities.
At least seven to ten years of successful leadership in not-for-profit, business, and/or association management; prior experience advocating for LGBTQ+ and/or economic development and business and social empowerment issues would be a distinct advantage.
Commitment to cultural humility and a proven ability to engage historically marginalized communities in an inclusive vision for the organization.
Experience in empowering, building, and maintaining open, transparent, productive relationships with an engaged Board of Directors.
Demonstrated experience with developing, inspiring, mentoring, and leading highly committed teams.
Proven success in building productive, long-term relationships with a wide range of constituencies including political, legislative, corporate, and community leaders, with an ability to secure funding support and revenue.
Proactive, persistent, empowering, collaborative, and confident with an ability to navigate ambiguity and assess threats and opportunities for an organization.
Strong financial management skills with experience in budget analysis, forecasting, and planning.
Superb listening, interpersonal, motivational, and communication skills, including strong written, verbal, and presentation skills that distills complex issues for varied audiences.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
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