Drag Story Hour Executive Director Remote · Full time

The Executive Director is the lead staff member Drag Story Hour (DSH) and is tasked with both providing overall leadership for the organization and performing a range of day-to-day tasks to keep the organization running smoothly, with responsibilities in supervising staff, programs, finances, and community engagement. The ED works closely with the Board of Directors, committees, and other stakeholders to ensure the organization is living up to its mission, vision, and values — and both offers and receives leadership to/from these constituencies.


Priority Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Drag Story Hour values diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership and programming, and strongly encourages candidates who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, disabled, first generation, and from other historically-marginalized communities to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Meet with Board members and relevant committees (including Leadership Team) on an ongoing basis to determine priorities, timelines, and other tasks for organizational work; facilitate coordination of meeting schedules and actionable tasks to maximize participation (2024 priority: work with Board and other stakeholders to develop a new strategic plan)
  • Hire (in concert with HR Committee) and supervise additional staff, contractors, and interns, as appropriate, including maintaining schedules and providing regular feedback
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state nonprofit requirements, such as filing annual reports and other reporting as needed
  • Manage special projects

Finances & Fundraising

  • Manage organization’s budget and daily finances, including tracking invoices and payments, maintaining proper receipts/documentation, placing supply orders, etc.
  • Develop annual organization budget subject to Board approval
  • Review monthly/quarterly/annual financial statements, with Bookkeeper and Treasurer, to ensure financial health of organization and identify areas to improve efficiency and sustainability
  • Manage staff payroll and contractor payments
  • Develop and implement strategies for fundraising (including individual giving, grant opportunities, corporate sponsorships, and earned income) in partnership with relevant staff and Fundraising Committee, to increase organization budget
  • Actively maintain donor relationships, supporting staff when appropriate
  • Manage merchandise development and sales


  • Maintain overall brand identity and work with staff to determine communications and community engagement strategy
  • Supervise organizational programming and curriculum, and support programming staff as needed
  • Support staff with chapter development and outreach
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills (including accepting and offering constructive feedback), and an ability to work in a variety of capacities with diverse constituencies
  • Articulate an ability to think and act with a strategic “big picture” focus, while also following through on detail-oriented and day-to-day tasks
  • Commit to promoting a collaborative, non-hierarchical organizational culture of mutual respect, support, and sharing
  • Other duties as assigned by Board of Directors 

Experience & Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or 5+ years of nonprofit experience, with at least 3 years of experience in program and/or staff management 
  • Professional experience working in a non-profit arts, educational, LGBTQ+, and/or library environment
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills, including abilities in time management, working under pressure, and developing clear proposals to address challenges or pain points 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially in building professional relationships with a range of constituents and providing generous and constructive feedback to supervisees and collaborators
  • Proficiency in productivity software such as Google Suite, Microsoft Office, or similar (and capacity to learn new software and tools)
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write for different audiences and in different formats
  • Experience creating and managing budgets for projects of various scales and complexity
  • Demonstrated “big picture” thinking with attention to detail, including ability to think creatively and offer proactive solutions
  • Ability to take initiative and stay motivated when working independently
  • Ability to work productively within a team, including “managing up” and “managing across” to support others
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in nonprofit management or related field
  • Prior Executive Director experience
  • Experience working with or serving on nonprofit boards of directors
  • Familiarity with drag as an art form and LGBTQ+ communities/cultures
  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • Demonstrated skill and success in strategic planning, including execution of strategic plans
  • Experience using data and metrics to measure and improve program and organizational effectiveness
  • Proven ability to fundraise and grow an organization’s budget through a range of strategies, including with corporations, foundations, high profile & high-net-worth individuals

Studies have shown that people marginalized by racism and/or sexism are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every listed qualification. If you are unsure if you meet the listed requirements but believe you can perform the job as described, we encourage you to apply.

Position Terms

Time Commitment: 32 hours/week regular full-time work week, with a generally flexible schedule (though busy times of year may require additional hours).  Note: all DSH staff work across various time zones and will need to regularly flex hours to accommodate the needs of the network, including work on evenings and weekends.

Salary: $80,000-$90,000 annually (commensurate with experience, exempt position)

Benefits: This position is benefits-eligible. Benefits include:

  • Flexible Remote Work (hours or location)
  • Vacation Time (13 days/year)
  • Sick Time (6 days/year)
  • Holidays (11 Federal Holidays and 5 Floating Holidays/year)
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • Additional benefits may become available through the organization and will be communicated as necessary

Note: While at this time, health benefits are not currently offered, we are in the process of developing a health benefits plan.

Desired Start Date: January 1, 2024

Location: Virtual work, within the US.  Position may require occasional travel.  Must be able to provide proof of ability to work in the US.

Reporting: Reports to Board of Directors

To Apply

Please submit the following as a single PDF:

1. Cover letter (1pg max)

2. Resume

3. Written answers to the three following questions (300 words max per question):

a) If you were to pick a drag name, what would it be? What would your drag super power(s) be?

b) How do you plan to help DSH achieve our mission and values?

c) In your opinion, what are the top challenges that DSH is currently facing?  

4. Three Professional References — names, organizational titles/affiliations, and contact info (email and phone), we may contact them at any phase of the application process

Application packets should be submitted via Gusto.

Important: Please upload all required materials as a single PDF in the "upload your resume" field (you may skip the "additional information" section).

Priority Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, 2023Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Finalists will be asked to participate in virtual interviews with board and staff, and also to record a brief presentation about their experience and vision for the organization.

Employment Verification & Background Check:  DSH conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, and academic credentials.  Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Questions: Please email [email protected].

Drag Story Hour values diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership and programming, and strongly encourages candidates who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, disabled, first generation, and from other historically-marginalized communities to apply.


$80,000 - $90,000 per year