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Director, Presidential Appointments Program

Posted: August 30, 2016
Reports to:Vice President of Leadership Initiatives 
Location:Washington, DC

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute (Victory), which works to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by building, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBT public leaders, has an immediate opening for a Director to lead its Presidential Appointments Program (PAP). PAP is a signature initiative of Victory, and will be a top priority for the organization as a new presidential administration takes office in the months and year to come.

This position will lead PAP, which serves as a talent bank for openly LGBT professionals seeking opportunities in the federal government. Victory began PAP in 2007, and to-date the Obama administration has appointed more than 250 LGBT people to full-time and advisory positions in the executive branch – which is more LGBT appointments than all other presidential administrations combined. 

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of PAP, as noted below. The position reports to the Vice President of Leadership Initiatives but – given the importance and visibility of PAP – will work closely with the President and CEO and the entire senior leadership team. 


  • Establish and maintain relationships with key public leaders and relevant federal offices (e.g., the White House Presidential Personnel Officer and Office of Public Engagement; White House liaisons across federal agencies).
  • Create and manage a pool of diverse job applicants through outreach to public, private, and nonprofit sectors and leaders.
  • Create and maintain an organized and efficient database of job candidates and job openings.
  • Manage and support a coalition of LGBT organizational partners, and coordinate closely with ally organizations.
  • Identify training and networking opportunities for and needs of PAP participants.
  • Coordinate PAP programming with Victory’s other public leadership development and training programs; identify areas for collaboration; and generally support Victory’s engagement with other public LGBT leaders.
  • Create monthly, quarterly, and annual reports for internal and external tracking of PAP’s impact.
  • Maintain relationships with PAP’s foundation supporters, and identify new sources of funding as needed.


The Director should be a politically savvy self-starter who has superior communications skills. They should have a passion for creative thinking and problem solving, enjoy building relationships with outside leaders and organizations, and value public service. The ideal candidate will also have:

  • At least five years of professional experience, including demonstrated skill managing a project or program.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; a master’s degree is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the federal appointments process is highly valued. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and respond to multiple priorities and stakeholders in a fast-changing environment.
  • Experience working with databases and organizing information.
  • Familiarity with LinkedIn and other tools to identify professionals and their skill sets.
  • Attention to detail while tracking progress of overall program goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and work with discretion, as needed.
  • Passion for LGBT equality, and/or politics and public service generally.

To Apply:

Victory is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, transgender people and individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume No phone calls or walk-ins please.