Program Director

San Francisco, CA

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Website: LYRIC


Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC), one of the oldest, largest, and most innovative organizations in the nation serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, seeks a talented and outcomes-oriented Program Director to support their continued growth and impact in transforming systems that marginalize LGBTQQ youth. Founded in 1988, LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career training, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities. LYRIC works to transform the landscape for all LGBTQQ youth, particularly those who are low-income and youth of color, in schools, public agencies, and communities.

With an anticipated 2019 budget of more than $3M and more than 25 staff members, 10 fellows, and over 90 paid youth interns, the Program Director will join a passionate and mission-driven team in creating a network of supports for LGBTQQ youth that includes direct advocacy, community-building opportunities, and workforce development initiatives.

Reporting to the Deputy Director and working closely with the leadership team, the Program Director will directly support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of LYRIC’s program continuum, integrating and codifying key practices across the organization that strengthen the ability of program teams to replicate, adapt, and expand the work as the organization continues to grow.  The Program Director will directly manage a team of 15 program staff, leading and articulating a multi-year vision for the strategic expansion of LYRIC’s programming, and promoting leadership development opportunities for both colleagues and youth participants.

The ideal candidate must share a passion for building the leadership capacity of LGBTQQ youth, striving to foster a world that honors, respects, and appreciates LGBTQQ youth and their contributions. The successful Program Director will bring broad and deep knowledge of issues impacting LGBTQQ communities and young people, expertise in implementing positive youth development frameworks, restorative justice and/or related systems change, and demonstrated mastery of group facilitation, curriculum development, and effective case management practices.

The new Program Director will join LYRIC at an exciting time in its history.  As a nationally-recognized model for leadership development with LGBTQQ youth that is guided by its strategic initiatives and operating principles, LYRIC continues to innovate and drive excellence in its programming, furthering its mission and impact on the opportunities of LGBTQQ young people.


This search is being conducted with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet, Chris Cannon, and Makeba Greene of NPAG. Nominations, inquiries, and/or applications including your resume and a cover letter should be submitted to:

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Allison Kupfer Poteet

Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.

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