Posted on August 24, 2012
California State Director
Readiness - California State Director
Terrific opportunity to put your energy and experience to work with an extraordinary team, committed to making a difference for our national security and America’s kids. Seeking a strategic leader to engage retired generals and admirals across California in advocacy work related to improving educational, physical fitness, and career opportunities for youth.
Mission: Readiness is the non-profit, non-partisan organization of retired generals and admirals calling for smart investments in the upcoming generation of American children. Mission: Readiness worked closely with the First Lady and both sides of Congress to pass child nutrition legislation that will help get junk food out of schools; it also works to get physical fitness back into schools and increase investments that are proven to improve graduation rates and reduce future crime rates, such as public pre-kindergarten and educational child care. Mission: Readiness has been widely featured on national news outlets ranging from FOX and CNN to NPR, USA Today and the New York Times. Mission: Readiness is a project of the Council for a Strong America.
Mission: Readiness is seeking a seasoned leader to spearhead efforts in California to mobilize retired generals and admirals to improve graduation rates, cut future crime rates, and improve children’s health and physical fitness. Our mission is to support policies and practices that assist children and youth in developing to their highest potential so they can succeed in whatever career path they may choose.
The goals of the position are to (1) create an active presence of retired senior military leaders in key areas across California; (2) coordinate work with state and local allies to determine policy opportunities and threats, and manage activities ranging from press conferences to meetings with state and federal policymakers. The State Director will be responsible for all day-to-day California operations.
We seek an energetic, strategic thinker with a passion for helping children and youth thrive. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 7+ years paid, professional experience in advocacy, media relations, public policy, and/or campaigns. Must have proven experience in managing projects and people, and know how to enlist and mobilize community leaders to take action. Successful candidates will possess excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, and a solid understanding of the state legislative process and of earned media strategies. Military experience or knowledge of the military community is desired, but not a disqualifier. Experience with physical fitness, early childhood and youth development, and education policies / research is a plus. Travel (almost exclusively in California) is required for this position.
Salary: will be comparable to other nonprofit organizations and includes excellent benefits such as fully paid individual health and dental coverage, generous paid time off, and employer retirement contribution.
To apply, please send completed questionnaire, a resume and cover letter via email to: CAJobs@MissionReadiness.org
211 Sutter Street, Suite 401
San Francisco, CA 94108
Mission: Readiness is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that appreciates the value of diversity and its impact on a high performance culture. No phone inquiries, please.
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- Why are you interested in this position? (If you feel you have already said in a cover letter all that you want to say on this subject, you may skip this question.)
- Please highlight any experience in the following areas:
Successfully advocating for and enlisting others in a cause (including public policy or other political issues, candidate, or product);
Organizing media events or press conferences; and
Public speaking and giving presentations
- Please briefly summarize any experience you have in working:
In a legislative environment;
With the military community; and
In a membership-oriented organization.
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