Title: Director of Coalition and Capacity Building
Department(s): National Projects; Advocacy
Reports to: Lynn Faria, Executive Vice President
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 22 states and Puerto Rico.
The Director of Coalition Building is responsible for mobilizing and increasing the capacity of SAGE affiliates, other organizational partners, and grass tops activists to serve and advocate on behalf of LGBT elders, raising awareness about the need for age-inclusive LGBT programs and services and LGBT-inclusive aging programs and services. In this role, the Director of Coalition Building will oversee SAGE’s national affiliate network, engage the affiliate network in this work, and ensure that the network and its work is in alignment with SAGE’s organizational objectives. The Director will also leverage these relationships to advance SAGE’s policy and advocacy priorities at the state and local level.
Further, the Director will also partner with and convene other organizations across the U.S. to catalyze more LGBT- and age-friendly policies and programs in support of LGBT elders through: coalition building, relationship development, capacity building, and the provision of technical assistance to a range of local, regional, national, and global organizations. The Director will also partner with the Director of Advocacy on mobilizing these organizations in SAGE’s national, state, and local advocacy campaigns.
The context for the Director of Coalition Building’s work is SAGE’s goal, as expressed in its current Strategic Plan, to exponentially increase the organization’s positive impact on, and relevance to, the nation’s 4 million LGBT older people by: (a) catalyzing and leveraging partners; (b) ensuring that vulnerabilities among LGBT older people are addressed; (c) advocating SAGE’s vision in LGBTQ and aging communities, and in public and private systems; (d) engaging the vibrancy of LGBT older people as a community asset; (e) developing SAGE as a center of excellence for innovation; and (f) creating and energizing LGBTQ cross-generational communities.
The Director of Coalition Building will execute their work driven by SAGE’s fundamental values of diversity & equity, collaborative teamwork, and partnership (internal and external), top performance, innovation, LGBT older voices come first, and dignity and respect. To ensure top performance, SAGE strives for disciplined strategies and governance, disciplined people, disciplined allocation of resources, and disciplined execution.
- Build a movement of organizations and advocates across the U.S. working towards the shared goal of improving the lives of LGBT older people and create opportunities for LGBT aging advocates to connect with and learn from each other.
- Manage SAGE’s affiliate network, facilitate and organize monthly peer meetings, offering ongoing technical assistance, organize and execute its annual Leadership Conference, and, in SAGE’s relationships with affiliates, ensure adherence to agreements between SAGE and affiliates.
- Provide strategic vision and direction to inform the growth and evolution of the affiliate network, including as SAGE builds its 2022-2026 strategic plan.
- Facilitate, in partnership with SAGE’s Director of Advocacy, the National LGBT Aging Roundtable.
- Mobilize advocates, coalitions, and SAGE’s affiliates to further SAGE’s local, state, and federal advocacy efforts and policy priorities, in coordination with SAGE’s Director of Advocacy.
- Deepen SAGE’s relationships with existing partners and develop, steward, and nurture new high-value and high-visibility strategic partnerships with diverse organizations, in collaboration with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
- Represent SAGE and LGBT aging issues at select conferences.
- Develop, on occasion and in partnership with SAGE’s Communications & Marketing team and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, content, including but not limited to letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, fact sheets, online content, case studies, toolkits, and resource guides, etc.
- Manage projects including budgets, setting priorities, and managing workflow, based both on internal and external deadlines.
- Oversee the implementation of grants and contracts, providing regular reports and ensuring that all deliverables are met.
- Manage external agencies, vendors, and contractors as appropriate.
- Familiarity with LGBT issues and cultural competency around issues related to age, ability, sexuality, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, class, and other characteristics that affect the lives of diverse older people
- Passion for LGBT and aging issues
- Proven track record as a relationship builder, working with and across organizations of varying sizes and budgets in different geographic regions
- Demonstrated commitment to SAGE’s organizational values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously while working in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary organization
- Demonstrated experience in implementing, managing, and meeting grant-funded deliverables.
- Strong facilitation skills and experience work with and in coalitions
- Strong attention to detail
- Nimble, flexible, and dependable – this position requires flexibility around scheduling; some evening and/or occasional weekend hours will be required
- Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
- Computer-literate, with knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to learn other pertinent software systems
- Willingness/ability to travel across the U.S. and potentially internationally
- Past experience working in an organization with an affiliate or chapter structure.
- Bilingual: Ability to speak and understand and/or write in Spanish
How to Apply: Please send a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com with Director of Coalition Building in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
Equal Employment Opportunity
SAGE is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, citizenship status, marital or family status, family medical history or genetic information, veteran status, HIV serostatus, military or military discharge status, height, weight, disability or handicap, domestic violence victim status, employment status, socioeconomic status, criminal history or arrest record, sexual or other reproductive health decisions, natural hair or hairstyle, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. SAGE is dedicated to this policy, with respect to all matters concerning employment.