Executive Director


Girl Be Heard is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as its next Executive Director. This is a rare opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant organization and lead it into the future. Reporting directly to an engaged Board of Directors and working with a dedicated team, the successful candidate will lead Girl Be Heard to its next iteration, leveraging opportunities to enhance the organization’s current model, programs, and resources.

The Executive Director role is a full-time position based in Brooklyn, New York.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • In partnership with the Board and staff, set the vision and strategic direction for Girl Be Heard and lead the organization towards fulfilling its mission and deepening its impact;

  • Serve as one of the lead public spokesperson’s and ambassadors for Girl Be Heard, representing the organization in the broader field and develop strategic partnerships towards raising the profile and ensuring the success of Girl Be Heard;

  • Partner with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization’s fiscal health and to cultivate new stakeholders and achieve operational goals; lead and engage Girl Be Heard stakeholders to devise a new 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.

  • Serve as the lead fundraiser, cultivating and stewarding high stakes relationships with donors and foundations; develop innovative revenue generating opportunities and maintain relationships with funders;

  • Inspire, lead and manage a high performing staff and foster a healthy culture of collaboration and excellence;

  • Oversee all business functions including finances, operations and human resources.


The Executive Director will be a dynamic leader with a significant track record of success and experience in fundraising, leadership and management.

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Proven ability to scale an organization, its programs, supporter base and revenue. While theater experience is helpful, it’s not a requirement for the Executive Director position. What is a requirement is a passion for empowering youth by helping them share their stories with the world and advance social justice values.

  • Deep understanding of and/or experience within the creative youth development sector.

  • Strong management skills, both strategic and operational.

  • Demonstrated experience managing operations of a similar size organization or larger and an organizational budget of $2M+.

  • Expertise in development and fundraising with the proven ability to cultivate and steward donors and be successful and creative in resource development opportunities for Girl Be Heard.

  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and demographics; experience working in diverse settings and groups.


Girl Be Heard has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Molly Brennan and Shavon Bell. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here. Girl Be Heard is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, veterans and LGBT applicants.


Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

Girl Be Heard (GBH) is a non-profit theatre company that develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making.Through the intersection of socially conscious theatre-making and youth development practices, Girl Be Heard creates safe spaces for youth (ages 12- 21) to mobilize, share their stories, and create cutting-edge, politically--relevant theatre about social justice issues affecting them and youth around the world. The unique listening model and ensemble-based programs provide an empowering community for youth to come together, and develop as writers,performers, feminists, and activists.

Girl Be Heard became a 501c3 nonprofit in 2011 offering its curriculum in after-school programs, Title 1 middle and high schools and community-based weekend workshops. The organization creates a safe, supportive environment for program participants to talk about issues they care about and learn how to work together as an ensemble.

Program participants, with the help of their Teaching Artists and the Girl Be Heard Artistic Team, showcase their work throughout the year. These award-winning performances – seen off-Broadway, at the White House, TED conferences, and the United Nations – are written and performed by Girl Be Heard company members and cover critical human rights issues – from sex trafficking to gun violence. After they graduate from the programs, the program participants are able to participate in paid performances and continue their development as artists and activists, spreading the messages of social justice everywhere they go.


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