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The Regional Director (RD) of Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta is the chief regional representative of Lambda Legal, serving a role that encompasses development officer, community ambassador, office administrator, relationship builder and central figure in LGBTQ advocacy and politics.  The RD’s primary goal is to increase financial resources for the organization through leadership, management and growth of existing and new markets in the region including budget development, planning, implementation and evaluation of all regional operations, partnerships and events.

Geographic Responsibility

Lambda Legal’s Southern Region consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, fight HIV discrimination, win marriage equality, and advance the rights of transgender people.  Contributions from supporters nationwide enable a growing budget of approximately $19M.  Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding.  Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. Part of what makes us successful is an understanding and awareness that civil rights go beyond face value.  The intersectionality of discrimination doesn’t end with sexual orientation or gender identity – it reaches into the depths of race, religion, national origin, education, and class.  Acknowledging that this reality exists in the world and in our organization, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting them.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Regional Director (RD) plays a leadership role in expanding Lambda Legal’s reach and fundraising operation in the region, particularly through major donor and leadership cultivation, while broadening the profile of the organization and selected fundraising markets throughout the region. 

• Responsible for raising and managing an annual regional budget in excess of $1 million.

• Works closely with local staff, national development staff, regional Board members, National Leadership Council members, local Leadership Committee, and other volunteers in emerging and assigned markets.

• RD’s efforts focus on Lambda Legal’s targeted communities for fundraising purposes.  The position requires a “roll up your sleeves” attitude and eye for and dedication to detail, as the RD is responsible for quality control of development and administrative activities taking place within the region.

Fundraising Responsibilities

• Works with the national development staff in designing and implementing the annual fundraising plan for the region.  This includes building and maintaining relationships with donors, soliciting specific major gifts, identifying potential new donors for cultivation and solicitation, and taking a leading role in developing Lambda Legal’s major donor base in the region while working closely with regional Board, NLC, local Leadership Committees and other regional volunteers to coordinate development efforts and involvement throughout the region.

• Works with the Development staff to identify potential regional foundation funders and corporate and law firm sponsors, cultivating, soliciting, and serving as liaison to these supporters as needed.

• Develop and steward local Leadership Committees as well as other volunteer or event leadership committees in emerging regional markets.  The RD plays an integral role in the development and execution of fundraising and donor cultivation events with support from local and national event staff.

Advocacy, Visibility and Collaboration

• Enhance Lambda Legal’s reputation and visibility as the “go to” authority in the Region on issues relating to the civil rights of the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV.

• Nurture and expand strategic partnerships with partners and peer organizations in the region that represent the priorities of the civil rights movement at large, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and gender equity.

• Work closely with the marketing and major events teams to promote Lambda Legal throughout the region -including at Pride and other community events- and will provide hands-on support as needed.

Administrative Responsibilities

• Working with the Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Administration to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Regional Office and ensuring its smooth functioning.

• Supervising and evaluating the Office Manager and, together with the Office Manager, and is responsible for administrative matters for the regional office.  The RD works with Lambda Legal’s Department Directors on developing and monitoring regional expense budgets.

Supervisory Responsibilities

• The regional office consists of staff members from the Legal department and these staff members report to the Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director.

• Primary local supervision of the Office Manager and administrative supervision of the entire regional office.

Organizational Development

• Inspire and motivate a team of highly intelligent, accomplished and committed professionals united by a common mission and vision. 

• Champion a culture of inclusion, professionalism and organizational values throughout the office and region by fostering diversity and nurturing positive workplace morale.

Qualifications and Skills

• A substantiated track-record in development and fundraising

• A successful track-record of managing individuals and teams

• A proven track record of engaging with, recruiting, and retaining high-level donors and volunteers

• A demonstrated commitment to the civil rights of the LGBTQ community and everyone impacted by HIV

• Significant success as a leader in issue-oriented work, preferably in the non-profit arena

• Experience in donor database management, a plus; Raiser’s Edge preferred

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and stakeholders and build long-term authentic relationships

• Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the organization

• Prior experience in advocacy across a range of spectrums, for example, public speaking, media interviews, seminars, and other forums

• Experience with income and expense procedures and reporting and analysis

• Outcome driven and pro-active, with the ability to respond effectively to changing circumstances and priorities

• Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite of applications

• Travel required (approximately 20%), across the region and to Lambda Legal National Headquarters in New York

• Possess the following personal attributes: Trustworthy, Strategic, Organized, Results-driven, Self-starter, Inclusive, Transparent, Collaborative

Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the breadth of the communities that Lambda Legal serves.  Prior work on behalf of the LGBTQ community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, and some experience working with historically marginalized communities (in a professional or volunteer capacity) is also desirable.  Any successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in a gender-diverse and racially-diverse environment.


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a midsize not-for-profit.  Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.


The position is open until filled. Send a resume and cover letter to Include the words “Regional Director – Southern Region” in the subject line of your email so that it can be properly sorted.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBTQ, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.