Organization: The Trevor Project

Location: Los Angeles, CA or New York, NY, U.S.

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About The Trevor Project:

The Trevor Project is the premiere organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by offering accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments. Innovative, fearless and fueled by a mission to change the world, The Trevor Project has grown from a Los Angeles based organization with strong support from the entertainment community to a national organization with offices in New York and Los Angeles that has been recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. In addition to its core crisis prevention services, The Trevor Project is beginning to lead the effort to produce proprietary research and provide unique insights into the mental health of young people, extending beyond the community and influencing the greater understanding of suicide prevention and crisis intervention.

At this moment, as social, cultural and political biases dominate the headlines, the need for Trevor’s services becomes even more critical. The Trevor Project’s Board, staff and volunteers are committed to changing the future of LGBTQ youth, their friends, families, schools, communities and the world in which they live.

Programs & Services

The Trevor Project is the leading organization of its kind, saving young lives through its free and confidential crisis services, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and leading research and advocacy.

The Trevor Project’s core programs include:

  • The Trevor Lifeline – The only nationwide, 24/7 intervention crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. Nearly 200,000 calls have been fielded on the Trevor Lifeline since inception;
  • TrevorChat – A free, confidential, secure online messaging service that provides live help through The Trevor Project website;
  • TrevorText – A cutting edge technology driven method of providing LGBTQ youth with crisis services when and where they need them. TrevorText continues to expand with hopes of offering it seven days a week;
  • Trevor Support Center– An online, non-time sensitive question and answer forum for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity; and
  • – An online, social networking community for LGBTQ youth, their friends and allies. Approximately 100,000 LGBTQ young people are members of TrevorSpace.

Additionally, The Trevor Project reaches beyond the youth who need these services to the people in their lives who can signal additional support through a variety of suicide prevention trainings, workshops and community resources, such as local volunteer and advocacy groups.


The Trevor Project understands the importance of partnering with external research organizations to produce thought provoking research that brings new knowledge and clinical implications to the field of suicidology. To that end, The Trevor Project is currently working on a program evaluation of its crisis services in conjunction with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Additionally, The Trevor Project and faculty from the University of Rochester are collaborating on the creation, testing and training of machine learning models to inform the development of a web-based suicide prevention intervention for diverse LGBTQ communities.

This research, as well as powerful data, will inform how best to innovate The Trevor Project’s services, manage organizational growth and maximize the connection with the young people The Trevor Project serves.

The Trevor Project has an annual operating budget of more than $6 million and has offices in Los Angeles and New York. With more than 40 staff, 2/3 of The Trevor Project team is based in LA and 1/3 of the team is in New York.

For more information on The Trevor Project, please visit

The Opportunity:

Building on the success of the last 18 years, the next CEO / Executive Director will lead The Trevor Project into an effective next chapter. They will represent the organization on the national stage, leveraging The Trevor Project’s accomplishments and building on the organization’s authority as the “go-to” source for critical thinking around the current state, mental health and future needs of LGBTQ youth.

The timing of this search has been carefully planned to complement the development of the organization’s next strategic plan, allowing the next leader to architect the organization’s future with their energy and ideas. The CEO / Executive Director will lead the Board and staff through a successful strategic planning process, articulating the vision for the next chapter and implementing the plan.

The Trevor Project found its heart, soul and purpose in the creative spirit of its founders. The CEO / Executive Director must maintain creative thinking as a key asset and point of differentiation. In everything The Trevor Project does, from fundraising to crisis intervention to the employment of technology, the organization must think creatively. Yes – The Trevor Project needs to work responsibly to sustain itself and meet goals, but creative thinking will be what adds to the organization’s game-changing history of accomplishments.

The CEO / Executive Director will serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization, advancing The Trevor Project’s reach and elevating its brand. They will drive fundraising efforts, increasing revenue streams and support from individual donors, foundations and corporations. They will be a strong leader to the staff and Board and will create a culture of inclusion and collaboration with The Trevor Project’s various constituencies.

With The Trevor Project’s increased investment in research, the CEO / Executive Director will support the ongoing research interests of the organization and will advocate and speak credibly to cutting-edge findings. Through the use of current and evolving technologies, such as the website, social media and mobile platforms, the CEO / Executive Director will ensure The Trevor Project remains at the forefront of the industry and keeps up with the changing technologies used by youth.

On a tactical level, the CEO / Executive Director is welcome to structure The Trevor Project in the way that will empower their personal success. They can establish their own organizational system for inspiration, motivation and accountability, while creating an organizational culture that supports and inspires success in the next chapter.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities and characteristics:

Cultural Force

The CEO / Executive Director will be determined to change the world. They will have the energy, passion and determination to explore how best to change-the-game with everything The Trevor Project does and will love the pursuit of what’s next. They will be able to inspire the staff, Board and donor base to see where the organization needs to go and will be skilled at asking the right questions that will push the organization forward. They will grab the attention of the mental health community to signal The Trevor Project’s authority and command the attention of the press. They will be an explorer, a person who naturally looks past the horizon, and will promote the value of thinking creatively. Their innovative spirit and at-ease authenticity will galvanize The Trevor Project’s various constituents with a singular belief: The Trevor Project is creating brighter futures with a clear vision of ending suicide.

Strategic Leadership and Management

The CEO / Executive Director will be a strategic, forward-thinking and results-oriented leader who is experienced at articulating and implementing a plan for increased impact in an organization’s next chapter. They will be an effective “big picture” strategist who attacks new ideas with drive and energy and is comfortable in an environment of rapid change and growth. The CEO / Executive Director will have the enthusiasm to remain on the forefront of technology, social media and data analytics and a proven record leading organizations through enormous growth and change. Internally, the CEO / Executive Director will be a strong manager who engenders trusts in the staff and holds people accountable. They will be an innovative and energetic individual who has a strong track record of management and leadership and will understand the importance of that side of the role.

An ‘Ambassador’ for The Trevor Project

The CEO / Executive Director will be a high-energy, charismatic leader who will serve as an ‘Ambassador’ for The Trevor Project. They will be a confident public speaker who inherently enjoys the external side of the role. They will represent The Trevor Project locally and nationally in the LGBTQ, nonprofit, civic and advocacy arenas and will be credible and effective at conveying The Trevor Project’s unique mission and priorities to a range of constituents in an authentic and heartfelt way. They will have an inspirational approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from all stakeholders. The CEO / Executive Director will be a strong verbal and written communicator, who serves as an effective public face of the organization.

Fundraising and Development

The CEO / Executive Director will be a demonstrated or emergent leader in the field of development. With a business mindset, they will flourish in a mission-driven environment and be energized by the prospect of expanding the organization’s culture of philanthropy. They will be effective at engaging key stakeholders, such as donors, other nonprofits, partners and corporations to foster awareness of The Trevor Project’s mission and broaden the base of support. They will also have an understanding of how to leverage innovations in research into additional funding streams. The CEO / Executive Director will have the ability to inspire a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve goals and new pinnacles of success in support of The Trevor Project.

A Passion for the Mission

The CEO / Executive Director must be passionate about The Trevor Project’s work and will be, or will become, a respected leader in the LGBTQ advocacy community. With core values of acceptance, commitment and innovation, they will be knowledgeable about the cultural, political, demographic and other issues that inform and impact The Trevor Project’s work. The CEO / Executive Director will be an individual who is open to differences, quick to find common ground, builds diverse networks and treats others fairly and equitably. They will be an inspirational and team-focused leader who is an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.


Alison P. Ranney, Alexandra N. Corvin and Anny K. Chou of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please email Alison, Alex and Anny directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

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