Dear Community!

We are re-opening the search process for the Executive Director position.  During our search over last fall & winter we had the opportunity to meet and learn about really amazing folks out there doing great work. It helped us as an organization to gain clarity on what ALP is seeking to embark on during this next phase of our journey.  ALP’s next Executive Director is someone that has strong grassroots organizing skills, is familiar with the NYC political landscape, and can hold and build ALP”s work to continue building economic, gender and racial justice within this political moment to ensure our livelihood and to build political power rooted in transformation. Please spread the word to folks who you think would be a great ED for ALP!

The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to help guide the vision and mission of ALP. The Executive Director will build and maintain the political leadership and infrastructure of the organization, while centering organizing with and programming for LGBTSTGNC People of Color in New York City.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to lead and develop a diverse, fierce team. This person will be committed to the growth and fiscal well-being of an organization rooted in local, grassroots LGBTSTGNC people of color communities within NYC. This position is an opportunity to engage with NYC community organizations, leaders, the media, as well as individual and institutional funders to help bring about real community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. We are looking for a candidate who can bring joy and fun to this work, and who can hold it down, while keeping it real!

ALP Staff



The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area.  Through mobilization, education and capacity building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent, and serve our various constituencies.

HISTORY: Founded in 1995 and staffed since 1996, the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) has developed innovative programs and initiated significant community mobilizations focused on the concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color.  Key programs areas have included issues – such as Transformative Justice/ Anti Violence and Welfare rights for TGNC Communities of Color– that are non-traditional in LGBT organizations.

VISION STATEMENT:  The Audre Lorde Project envisions a world in which people celebrate differences and every community has the right to full self-determination.  We envision a world in which all systematic oppression has ended. We envision a world in which everyone has enough to survive and to thrive and all people have the right to live where, with whom and how they choose.  We believe this vision will ultimately be achieved through local organizing efforts driven by communities most affected by systematic oppression. Our struggles toward overcoming oppression include committing to social and economic justice, and working to end all forms of discrimination, U.S. imperialism, and colonization.  These efforts will be connected to progressive movements that build collective power within and outside the U.S. We envision a movement that honors the histories of resistance, continues and reformulates strategies of the past, and builds lasting movements for our vision of the future.


CURRENT PRIORITIES:  The Audre Lorde Project continues to be a locally and nationally recognized force in the struggle for racial, social and economic justice, that center wellness and safety strategies as integral to our collective survival and liberation. In this heightened political moment we are seeking an Executive Director that can help guide vision and mission of ALP.  This position will bring political leadership to ALP, build organizational infrastructure for the long term, and center organizing and programming in LGBTSTGNC People of Color in New York City. This position is accountable to the Board, who will work with our core member leadership, program and administrative staff; and supervises and supports the leadership of  the Manager of Finance & Administration, Manager of Development and the Director of Programs. This leader must be a dynamic, flexible and creative individual committed to justice, leadership development and practices that reflect ALP’s principles.



The Executive Director, who is based in NYC and reports to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the following:

  • Providing guidance and support to ensure ALP programmatic and campaign work is aligned with mission and vision
  • Building and maintaining strategic relationships with individual and institutional funders, community members, and affiliated organizations
  • Developing and sustaining multi-tiered fundraising strategies in development and grassroots fundraising. Including providing fiscal oversight of organizational financial health
  • Managing staff processes: hiring, supervising, cultivating, and providing leadership development for staff
  • Overseeing and managing organizational development, strategic planning, operations, and board development
  • Leading decision-making processes across ALP’s stakeholders
Required Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Proven commitment to ALP’s mission, vision, values, and guiding principles
  • Demonstrated experience with issues relating to LGBTSTGNC People of Color communities at large: People of Color, LGBTSTGNC, Immigrant, Migrant, Refugee, communities with Disabilities and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS
  • Strong understanding of development and funding for grassroots organizations
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills
  • Comfort and experience with public speaking and communicating with community members, community leaders, funders and the media
  • Familiarity with grassroots organizing strategies, particularly based in NYC


Preferred Qualifications: 



    Salary is $75K with a 5K signing bonus.  A generous fringe benefits package is provided.

    How To Apply: 

    Applications are due by 5pm on September 3rd 2018.  

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references as a single PDF to

    We are excited to announce that in place of a cover letter candidates may also submit video that is no more than 3 minutes long. Candidates that submit a video cover letter must still submit a resume and professional references as well in a single PDF. 

    All cover letters or videos must answer the following 2 questions:

    • What experiences and skills will you bring to help ALP meet its mission?
    • What excites you most about the work of ALP and why?

    If you prefer to mail your application, it must be post-marked by 5pm on September 3rd, 2018 and addressed to:

    Attn: Executive Director Hiring Committee

    The Audre Lorde Project

    147 W 24th St. 3rd Floor

    New York, NY 10011


    ALP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender/ gender identity/ gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.


    Application Deadline: 
    September 3, 2018