Posted on February 13, 2013
Californians for Justice
Californians for Justice - Executive Director
CFJ seeks an Executive Director who brings an understanding of racial and social justice to their role at CFJ. They will have exposure to and understanding of community organizing and the role of grassroots work in building power and making change. They will use a shared leadership approach that is transparent and invites the voices of staff into decision-making. They will have a demonstrated passion for creating a just and inclusive multiracial, multicultural, multi-gendered, and multilingual society, and will be a visionary social justice and institutional change leader. The Executive Director plays an integral role in developing programs, providing statewide leadership, leading strategy, and raising both funds and CFJ’s profile to help shape the future of its statewide work and national presence. The candidate must be strong in administration, finance, fund development and systems management and possess strong leadership and organizing skills more broadly.
Development and Outreach (30% of FTE)
- Designs and implements a development strategy and plan. Responsible for financial health and sustainability of the organization. Working closely with the Development Manager, establishes and maintains relationships with funders.
- As the face of the organization, establishes and maintains relationships with funders, donors, and partners
- Manages communications for CFJ including website, newsletter and regular communication with stakeholders
Alliance Building and Policy (25% of FTE)
- Represents the interests of the organization with partners, decision-makers, etc. Establishes and maintains solid working
- relationships with other institutions. Advances and maintains the reputation and position of the organization in the fields of racial justice, equity in education, youth leadership and development and community organizing.
- Supports Statewide Campaign Director with strategy and planning for the Campaign for Quality Education and stays abreast of key regional, statewide and national policy issues. Participates in key conferences and meetings. Convene meetings as needed.
Campaigns and Programs (20% of FTE)
- Ensures that the organization makes consistent and timely progress toward program and campaign goals, and that the work of the organization is aligned with its long-range strategy and mission. Supports the process of defining clear and compelling campaign and program goals.
- Supports Organizing Director to ensure local, regional, and statewide campaigns and programs of CFJ are aligned.
Management and Operations (25% of FTE)
- Hires and supports full-time and part-time staff. Supervises director-level staff and works closely with staff leadership team
- Works with an egalitarian, democratic approach to shared decision-making
- Develops and manages organizational budget
- Works with Board Chair and Board Executive Committee on regular basis to keep them informed on the condition of the organization and all the important factors influencing
- it. Effectively involves the Board in organizational governance, support, program work and grassroots fundraising.
- Working closely with the Finance and Administrative Director, oversees funds, operational systems and infrastructure, compliance with laws, regulations and organizational policies
- Demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and institutional change, and experience working with immigrant communities, people of color and youth
- Established ability to work as part of a highly involved team and with people who have differing racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientation, gender, and generational backgrounds and experiences
- Proven and successful fundraiser who has secured significant income from foundations, major donors, and/or grassroots efforts.
- Experience working collaboratively within decentralized and shared leadership organizational structures
- Experience with youth organizing, policy advocacy, and/or educational policy reform
- Ability to foster a positive and productive organizational culture, and build community with staff including mentoring, supporting and developing and inspiring in a learning environment.
- Experience growing an organization and creating and executing strategies to increase impact and sustainability
- Minimum of five years of leadership, staff supervision and management within small-medium sized nonprofit organizations, preferably at director level or higher
- Highly organized and motivated, with strong skills to monitor plans and keep work moving efficiently
- Proven capacity to build coalitions and develop supportive working relationships with individuals, community groups, public institutions, policy makers, funders, government agencies, public schools, after school programs, and the media
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking and advocacy
- Solid analytical, strategic planning and organizational skills
- Ability to travel across the state 18% of the time
- Driver’s License, Car, and Auto Insurance
Experience in the following areas is a plus:
Advanced educational degree, bi-lingual/bi-cultural identity and/or competency
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Positions are open until filled; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to have a candidate hired who can start mid- April 2013.
CFJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. People of color, women, lesbians/gay/bisexual/transgender and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please submit your resume and cover letter electronically to: email@example.com