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Position Available: Programs Manager
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Denver, CO
Position Available: October 2014

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is seeking a Programs Manager to lead the expansion of our existing programs and implement new programs that support the mission and vision of the Foundation. The Programs Manager is a mid-level position within the Foundation that provides both leadership and broad-range support to the programs team. The Foundation is committed to expanding our advocacy work at the local, state and federal levels with an emphasis on addressing hate crimes, anti-LGBT bias, and other issues of hate and intolerance.

A successful candidate will be an energetic, strategic thinker with a background in grassroots organizing, program creation, coalition building, and program evaluation. This individual will be a key part of our Denver-based staff and play a significant role in expanding the reach of the Foundation’s programmatic efforts.

The position’s key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Develop and manage new and existing programs that work towards the organization’s mission and values.
  • Supervise and provide guidance to program staff (MatthewsPlace.com Editor, Laramie Project Specialist).
  • Oversee all aspects of public programming, including exhibitions and educational events, campaign plans, direct actions, advocacy planning and coalition building.
  • Develop relationships and work with other organizations within the LGBT and broader progressive movement.
  • Develop and implement evaluation methods for the Foundation’s outreach, resource and advocacy programming.
  • Work with the development staff to engage stakeholders in program activities.
  • Work with the communications staff to develop a strong public narrative for the Foundation’s work.
  • Additional programmatic and administrative duties as assigned.

The Programs Manager will report to the Deputy Director or his designee, supervises two part-time staff as well as volunteers and interns working on program activities.

Qualifications:

The candidate must be a highly motivated individual who is a team player and enjoys the challenge of working on multiple projects simultaneously. They must be skilled at balancing long-term projects with day-to-day work, and be able to meet tight deadlines. The candidate must be flexible, highly organized, have excellent communication and writing skills, and have a track record of managing successful programs and/or campaigns. A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience required.

The position offers a base salary of $45,000, depending on skills and experience, as well as health and dental insurance coverage and generous paid vacation and sick leave. Retirement savings deferral with company matching is available beginning January 1, 2015.

Applications may be submitted electronically to Employment (at) matthewshepard.org. Please include a cover letter, resume, and appropriate samples of your work. Samples demonstrating proficiency in campaign planning, program evaluation, and direct advocacy are strongly preferred. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 29th, 2014.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment based on qualifications and experience without regard to sex, national origin, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

Position Available: Communications Associate
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Denver, CO
Position Available: September 2014

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is an LGBT- and Ally-focused 501(c)(3) charitable organization which empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy, and resource programs. We are looking for a motivated and creative communication professional who can develop and deliver engaging, exciting messaging to our supporters and the broader public through traditional and social media.

The successful applicant will be a superior verbal, visual and written communicator with a background in marketing, journalism, and/or new media. This individual will be a leader within our Denver staff in capturing the essence of our programs work, deepening the interest of our current and potential supporters, and developing new channels and outlets to reach a larger audience.

The position’s key roles and opportunities include:

  • Building awareness for specific Foundation programs and events by cultivating coverage by content creators in the broadcast, print and electronic mass media;
  • Planning and executing compelling, daily, topical content for our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and Pinterest), tracking their performance and devising ways to increase engagement and inspire social change;
  • Driving the success of both programmatic and fundraising efforts online through weekly e-newsletters, special appeals and social media campaigns;
  • Developing long-term strategic communication goals to ensure the Foundation’s messaging directly contributes to the organizational mission.

The Communications Associate will report to the Deputy Director or his designee, but will collaborate closely with other staff, volunteers and interns. The position will also be supported by a variety of vendors, and members of the Board of Directors or others as appropriate.

A typical work week in this position is 40 hours in a downtown office environment, with occasional weekend and evening responsibilities and occasional travel possible for national outreach. A four-year post-secondary degree is required. Strong knowledge of major social media platforms is required, as is proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, MS Office and basic HTML coding.

The position offers a base salary of $32,000, depending on skills and experience, as well as health and dental insurance coverage and generous paid vacation. Retirement savings deferral with company matching is available beginning January 1, 2015.

Applications may be submitted electronically to Employment (at) matthewshepard.org. Please include a cover letter, resume, and appropriate samples of your work. Samples demonstrating proficiency in mass communications, marketing, speechwriting and project reports are strongly preferred. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 29, 2014.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment based on qualifications and experience without regard to sex, national origin, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable local, state or federal law.


Programs Intern:
The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Denver office is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014 Interns. We are seeking a passionate and hard-working high school or college student who is interested in our work within the LGBTQ community to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance. The unpaid intern will receive course credit.

This intern will help our staff with the wide variety of programs and resources the Foundation offers. The successful applicant will work on a variety of diverse projects, including on our LGBTQ youth website (MatthewsPlace.com), foundation newsletters, social media, and helping bolster our overall online presence.

The intern will assist staff in the day-to-day operations and will have the opportunity to spearhead special tasks. We are only able to accept interns who can work in our downtown Denver office, located in LoDo.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge and/or interest in social justice issues. The successful applicant must be open to learning, be a team player, and able to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. Superior written and verbal communication skills are required.

Application Instructions: Please send a writing sample and resume to employment@matthewshepard.org. Please put “Intern Application” in the subject line.

 

Anti-Discrimination Policy

As an organization devoted to encouraging respect for human dignity and differences, the Matthew Shepard Foundation does not discriminate in providing services to individuals, groups or other entities based on characteristics such as (but not limited to) gender, national origin, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Additionally, the Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer, and applicants are considered for employment solely based on qualifications and experience without regard to the aforementioned categories, or any other category protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

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