Atlanta Pride opens search for permanent chief

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You only have until Nov. 7 if you want to be considered for the open position of Atlanta Pride executive director. As this year’s interim manager job reaches its expiration date, applications are open for the head honcho post.

“When the previous executive director resigned, we did a quick search for an interim managing director and said from day one that post-Pride, we’d do a search for a permanent executive director,” says Glen Paul Freeman (photo, center), Pride’s board chair. “We’re following through on our promise to do that search.”

And no, drama hounds. That doesn’t mean that interim manager Buck Cooke (photo, right) is for sure out of work. It also doesn’t mean he’s a shoo-in for the new job, according to Freedman.

“Any current staff is eligible to apply,” Freedman said, declining to say if Cooke or anyone else has applied for the position. “We were very pleased with his performance. Our search for an executive director is in no way a reflection on any current staff member. This year’s Pride was probably one of the most successful in a long time, and that goes directly to the effort of the staff and volunteers.”

Freedman explained the interim job had a definite stop date.

“We were already into a major part of the planning and we needed someone to help manage the event and other programs,” Freedman said. “We didn’t want to rush into hiring an executive director until we could do a more extensive search.”

Extensive as in two weeks, so hurry to be considered. The Pride committee posted the job opening on Tuesday, and applications will be accepted through Nov. 7. {[email protected]” title=”E-mail”} cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by then if you’re qualified. And you know the drill, no phone calls please.

Freedman declined to provide a salary range that fits Pride’s budget, saying only that the strategy to ask for salary requirements follows “what other non-profits have done.” He added that all qualified applicants will be interviewed regardless of salary requirements. So you won’t price yourself out of the job if you’re interested, he said.

“No one would be excluded from the interview process because their salary requirements are too high or too low,” Freedman said.


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