State Power Caucus, Executive Director
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The State Power Caucus (SPC) is a peer-to-peer collaboration of state-based, power-building organizations and allies. Established in this uncommonly volatile moment of both political crisis and opportunity, we seek to build multi-racial independent political alignment and secure governing power that will advance racial, gender, immigrant, economic and ecological justice and achieve a truly democratic and equitable society. To realize that ambition, participating organizations are designing and deploying strategies to build the scope and scale of progressive, grassroots, political power necessary to defeat the looming threats our country faces today.
We are a formation of twenty-one organizations, primarily people of color led, from seventeen states. Our geographic reach extends across the United States. Our affiliated State Power Organizations (SPO) are aligned with a common purpose of advancing economic, racial, environmental, and social justice. In particular we support the building of governing power within the states where we have active members. We do this through political education, mutual learning and support for people of color Executive Directors, supporting a learning community to build the scale of our organizing and (potentially) national interventions to magnify our collective impact. We are under no illusion that by ourselves we are the antidote to resurgent white nationalism, yet we do believe that we have a strategic and substantive contribution to the movement for transformative change.
In conjunction with the 8 member Leadership Team, the Executive Director will:
• Coordinate organizational and resource development efforts, taking lead roles in strategic planning, alliance building and internal communications
• Take lead roles in external relations, building effective working relationships with allied organizations and networks at the national level in order to achieve SPC’s goals
• Hire, train a supervise a small staff to carry out administrative and organizational activities; oversee work of consulting organizations and consultants
• Organize Leadership Team in order to deepen political understanding, alignment, and capacity by both the Leadership Team and state power building organizations who are members. Engage in facilitative and collaborative leadership with the Leadership Team. This includes coordination, agenda development and facilitation of LT meetings (in conjunction with the SPC chair or designees)
• Take a lead role in fundraising efforts to adequately resource SPC’s work, including fundraising planning, developing and maintaining relationships with foundations and major donors as well as coordinating leaders and members to participate in fundraising efforts.
• Refine and manage SPC's internal communications system and ensure timely and effective external communications with members, allies and funders.
• Oversee development of effective organizational materials, including funding proposals, informational materials, strategic or campaign plans and progress reports.
• Other responsibilities as determined in consultation with the Leadership Team.
Candidates for the Executive Director position must have at least five years of significant experience in community and electoral organizing. Candidates must also have significant management and organizational development experience preferably with social justice organizations. In addition, candidates must possess or demonstrate:
• Broad and deep knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of community organizing, particularly on building the power of low-income communities and communities of color;
• Commitment to social justice, consistent with the SPC’s principles and analysis;
• Strong political analysis, vision and motivation;
• Effectiveness in alliance-building among community organizing groups as well as building relationships with other types of organizations;
• Strong and politically-grounded strategic thinking and planning abilities.
• Demonstrated capacity for organizational development, preferably with alliances and/or National-level organizations rooted in social justice work;
• Ability to work well with people from diverse communities and particularly with staff and leaders from grassroots community organizations rooted in working class communities of color;
• Significant experience in foundation fundraising to support social change efforts;
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
• Ability to work flexible hours and travel;
Applications will only be accepted electronically.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references at https://www.newvirginiamajority.org/jobs and select the State Power Caucus, Executive Director position.
Please include a phone number where we can contact you.
Applications received by April 1, 2021 will be given priority.
The SPC is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status and sexual orientation. People of color, women and LGBTQ people are especially urged to apply.
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