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2.) Employment Opportunity - Executive Director for Pizza Klatch - Olympia, WA - March 1 application deadline
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1.) Safe Schools Coalition meets today! 3-5pm Pacific time in person in Seattle and call in

The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is today, Tuesday, February 18th from 3-5pm at Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA.

Emily facilitates. Contact her via this contact form if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending in person or calling in by conference call.
All are welcome! You do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.

For more information, see this page.  

2.) Employment Opportunity - Executive Director for Pizza Klatch - Olympia, WA - March 1 application deadline
Pizza Klatch is proud to be hiring a 25 hour a week Executive Director. (Hours may be increased next year depending on funding)

We have come so far in a short time thanks to the incredible community support from so many of you.

This will be a GREAT job working with a dedicated, fun and thoughtful group of youth, facilitators, interns, board and committee members.

Pizza Klatch is not only reducing suicides and bullying but also keeping our LGBTQ youth in school!

Thank you for helping us get the word out.   
Lynn Grotsky

Job Announcement for Pizza Klatch - Olympia, WA



Job Title: Executive Director
Posted: February 10, 2014

Open Until: Open Until Filled
Desired Start Date: April 7, 2014 (flexible)

Application Review:  Begins on Monday March 3, 2014, with interviews being scheduled immediately following.
Organization: Pizza Klatch (PK)
Location: Olympia, WA

Phone Number: (360) 412-1319

Salary: $20/hour at 25 hours per week
Benefits: Some Benefits Provided

Organization Description:

This position is with Pizza Klatch (PK), a fiscal agent of Stonewall Youth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Olympia, Washington.

Pizza Klatch offers weekly support groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth (LGBTQ) and their allies in Thurston County, Washington.  We provide free pizza, two trained facilitators for each group, and a convenient and safe forum for discussion and education.  Presently we have 15 Pizza Klatch groups at 8 local high schools, attended by 8-20 students per lunch.

Organizational Goals
  • Diminish bullying in schools
  • Help students to feel strong enough to intervene when they witness bullying
  • Decrease suicide and suicidal attempts of LGBTQ students
  • Lend support so LGBTQ students feel less isolated in the school setting and will be more apt to graduate.
  • Educate group members on various subjects and resources related to gender identity and sexuality
Position Overview

Under the direction and guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day to day planning, organizing, funding, staffing, motivating, directing and management of Pizza Klatch.  The Executive Director of Pizza Klatch is committed to the mission, vision and values of PK, specifically, reducing bullying and suicide by helping make schools safer for LGBTQ youth.

The ideal candidate will:   
  • Be Full of drive, passion and confidence, be action-oriented with a strong work ethic, initiative, energy, and tenacity;
  • Be a person with integrity, credibility, confidence, dedication, idealism, a positive attitude, adaptability, innovativeness, and ability to be self-directed;
  • Have previous experience working with LGBTQ youth and the LGBTQ community at large;
  • Have knowledge of nonprofit business theory, development, governance, management, and operations;
  • Have strong marketing, public relations, and fund-raising experience;
  • Have exceptional interpersonal, relationship building, team management, and facilitation skills;
  • Have strong management skills with a demonstrated ability to multi-task;
  • Have an ability to work effectively and courteously with diverse groups of people and the public, and take direction from the Board of Directors.
Essential Duties and Functions

Planning and Development
  • Create and maintain long-term sustainable funding strategies;
  • Research, develop, propose and apply for funding grants;
  • Recommend funding strategy changes consistent with economic and financial needs;
  • Research, lead and direct the organization's continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts,
  • Develop and implement a twice a year survey to seek support group members input;
  • Attend annually at least one group at every school to observe each facilitator's work;
  • Provide leadership by planning, developing/reviewing and implementing short and long term goals;
  • Assist the Board with the preparation of meeting schedules, agendas and materials;
  • Collaborate with the Board in recruiting new board members, new facilitators, and new volunteers;
  • Provide regular board updates on the organization's progress on goals;
  • Provide an annual report to the Board and include suggestions to modify current goals or modify new goals;
  • Develop new policies (require board approval) and procedures with board guidance/direction;
  • Ensure goals, policies and procedures meet the evolving needs, trends, standards and mandates of the organization;
  • Develop practices and promote effective lines of communication among the staff, volunteers, with the Board, regulatory and funding agencies, and the community.
Day to Day Operations
  • Ensure organizational compliance with federal, state and local regulations governing non-profit organizations and all other essential business compliance such as personnel law and standards;
  • Lead, direct and supervise the volunteer staff of facilitators, interns and supplemental staff;
  • Conduct staff and facilitator meetings.  Promote sharing and discussion of ideas for the ongoing improvement of the organization and the services it provides;
  • Ensure adequate staffing for all Pizza Klatch events/activities and cover essential duties when a volunteer is absent;
  • Conduct staff meetings and facilitator meetings and promote sharing and discussion of ideas for the ongoing improvement of the organization and the services it provides;
  • Set executive/leadership example by complying with PK's policies and procedures.
  • Promote an healthy work environment for employees/volunteers and ensure ongoing educational and professional growth.
  • Develop a positive working relationship with all board members and collaborate with board decision making;
  • Attend regular board meetings and make regular executive reports providing members with accurate and easy to understand information relevant for critical decisions and oversight;
  • Keep PK Board President (or acting President) informed immediately on must-need-to-know issues related to operations; financial status; potential legal issues; and other issues of consequence to the organization.
  • Collaborate with the Board Treasurer in preparing the annual operating budget;
  • Seek Board approval for the annual budget, budget modifications and other financial activities (such as personnel hiring, tax preparation, audits, etc.) as directed by the board.
  • Provide budget oversight and implement best practices to ensure strict controls and proper corrective action to variances in financial statements.
  • Keep financial records up to date, pay bills, and monitor the annual operating budget for compliance with board direction.
  • Coordinate grant program.  Maintain grants calendar, write applications or assist a volunteer grant writer in writing applications, monitor for compliance with grant rules/objectives/expectations, submit reports;
Public Relations and Outreach
  • Develop an effective public relations & public outreach plan for board approval;
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with individual donors; maintain and update donor database;
  • Organize fundraising campaigns including direct mail, business sponsorships and special events (may require setup/take down for events) and promotions;
  • Act as PK's point of contact; represent PK at meetings, symposiums, community activities to raise awareness, and develop positive community relations and good will. (Requires face to face, phone call and written communication)
  • Invite board members and facilitators to also represent Pizza Klatch at meetings and community activities and other public functions.
  • Maintain communication and transparency with the community by creating annual reports, newsletters, etc.
Education and Training
  • Coordinate hiring and training as directed by the Board;
  • Stay current on managerial, supervisory, clinician, and non-profit organizational trends, by attending workshops, seminars and others means to ensure own professional growth.
  • Maintain knowledge of community resources and opportunities for youth.
  • Implement Continuous Quality Improvement goals.
Perform other duties/functions as assigned by the Board of Directors, or as required by funding agencies.

Minimum Qualifications & Expectations:
  • 4 year degree from an accredited college or university;
  • 2-3 years of non-profit experience or equivalent, preferably with development/management responsibilities;
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license;
  • Must agree to a criminal history background check;
  • Must provide own transportation;
  • Must be committed to the mission, vision and values of Pizza Klatch.
  • Someone with LGBTQ experience personally or professionally
PK is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply. Office space will be ADA compliant.  More information provided by contacting Pizza Klatch Board President.

How to Apply:

Please submit an (1) application (see below), (2) resume, (3) cover letter, and (4) three references by Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5 pm.  Submissions will be accepted until the position is filled, however applications received after March 3 will only be considered if other applications are deficient.    Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered.

Resume should detail prior work, volunteer, and education experience. The one to two page cover-letter should share your story, explain how your experience meets the above expectations and why you would be the ideal candidate to lead Pizza Klatch

Submit all application materials to: and in the subject line put: "Executive Director Application."


Overview of the hiring and employment process: This application is but one part of the hiring and employment process, which may include an interview, or other written materials.

Prior to completing this application be sure to read the JOB DESCRIPTION of the position for which you are applying. As you complete this application, please bear in mind that we reserve the right to check all information for accuracy and completeness. Please send in this application, your resume and a Cover Letter that explains why you want this position and return it to us via email by March 1, 2014. Please note, that although we are asking for applications by March 1, this position will stay open until we have hired a qualified candidate.

Access the job application here:

3.) Infographic: the tragedy of LGBT youth homelessness
"I'm as thrilled as anyone by last week's marriage equality victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. But did you know that as many as 40% of the young people living on the streets in America are LGBT? This infographic, from the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, lays out the stats - and explains some of the solutions." ~ Chloe | Published: November 15, 2012

See the infographic here:

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  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  


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