Affirmations Resumes Search For New Executive Director

By BTL Staff

Metro Detroit's community center for LGBT people and allies, Affirmations, will resume its search for a new director. In January, the center created a search committee which partnered with an outside search firm in a blind process of selection. All potential candidates were directed to an out of state search firm, resumes were filtered through a vetting and interview process and candidates were ranked based on a list of pre-determined criteria. The highest-ranking potentials were given further consideration through additional interviews with the committee, board and staff. From this pool of individuals, no candidate was deemed suitable for the position.

As a result, Affirmations has moved into the next phase of its search; a consulting firm and an advisory council compromised of a diverse group of individuals, including the original search committee, will use an open process to select the future director. This process ensures each applicant has equal opportunity for consideration.

"Finding the right person to serve as Executive Director is the most important job of the Board and we take that responsibility seriously. We are confident that this process will yield an outstanding executive director who can build on Affirmations' success and bring us to the next level. In the meantime, we have an excellent team minding the ship and we feel like we should take the appropriate time to find the right candidate," said Affirmations' Board President, Frank Aiello.

Open since 1989, Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and have fun. The center is located at 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale.

For a complete description of the position of executive director and information on how to apply, visit the Affirmations website at, contact Frank Aiello at 248-219-9247 or email

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