Executive director search committee updates LA&M board on progress

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) Executive Director Search Committee reports the initial phase of the search process concludes with the closing of the application submission window. Following a nation-wide search, 66 applicants submitted their resume for consideration to be the next leader of the LA&M. The search committee evaluated candidates based on an analysis of qualities and experiences contained within their cover letter and resume. Each candidate was evaluated in 11 key areas including: previous non-profit management experience, fundraising experience, leadership qualities, and fiscal management.

“After careful deliberation, the selection committee is pleased to extend an initial interview to 13 quality applicants, said Randall “Bear Man” Klett, Search Committee Chairperson. “I am extremely pleased with the depth and breadth of each of our candidates. Anyone of these individuals has a high potential to be successful as LA&M’s next Executive Director,” Klett continued.

Acting President, Bob Behr commented, “I am impressed with the tremendous response to a recent survey from members of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish community. Almost 350 individuals provided meaningful and quality responses that will help guide the Search Committee as we begin to pare down our finalists.”

Candidates will participate in several rounds of interviews in the coming weeks. Finalists will be invited participate in a site visit in early December. During the site visits, members and donors are encouraged to attend one of the focus group sessions that will take place with the candidates.

Following the site visits, an offer of employment and Board approval is expected in mid-December with an anticipated start date on or before January 01, 2018.

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