Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)
Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action
Postal code: 98104
Country: United States
$1M - $3M
Our mission is to improve the well-being of children by effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities, and programs.
Children’s Alliance is stepping into an exciting next organizational chapter. The new Executive Director (ED) will inherit an incredible 35-year legacy, one that has led the organization to be widely respected and well known as a leader in racial equity-based policy change that benefits all children and families. The next ED will have the opportunity to develop fresh perspectives on the organization’s strategic direction and impact, working to harness the organization’s assets into greater action on racial justice for kids and families.
Applications submitted by April 20, 2020 at 5:00pm Pacific time will be given primary consideration. Interviewing will begin in April. Early applications are strongly encouraged! Learn more and apply now.
We seek candidates who bring passion and commitment to our mission and share our core belief in the vital importance of addressing disparities facing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and those who live in low-income communities.
Essential skill sets we are looking for include:
● Expertise and known credibility in driving racial justice work
● Deep experience with change management, staff leadership development, and nonprofit organizational capacity building
● Confidence, ambition, and fearlessness when it comes to revenue development, fundraising, and stewardship
● A strong strategic skill set, able to build pathways that bring dreams into reality
● Compelling external presence and track record of rallying support and engagement from a cross-section of stakeholders
● Knowledge of public policy change and related strategies
Executive Director Opportunities and Responsibilities
Children’s Alliance is stepping into an exciting new organizational chapter. The new Executive Director at Children’s Alliance will inherit an incredible 35-year legacy, one that has led the organization to be widely respected and well known as a leader in racial equity-based policy change. They will pivot to embrace new opportunities and fresh perspectives on the organization’s strategic direction and impact, working to harness the organization’s assets into greater action on racial justice for kids and families. The new ED will spearhead a collaborative and engaged whole-team effort that improves outcomes by:
▪ Building foundational organizational resources that enable all staff, board, and key external stakeholders to lead on racial equity and anti-racism, including firming up and redesigning internal systems and processes, increasing the level of philanthropic support for equity-focused advocacy, and operationalizing progressive and equitable salary structures.
▪ Leveraging resources to grow our equity-focused policy change by taking on new bodies of racial equity work, while continuing to hold our current approach of “going deep” on policies within communities most directly impacted by racial and economic disparities.
Responsibilities of the Executive Director
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the organization, responsible for consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. They are an active, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and visible champion for Washington’s children and for the organization. Specific responsibilities include:
▪ Working with board leadership and senior management staff to develop strategic direction, pursue excellence, and establish and implement work plans in key areas of the organization’s work: program, financial systems, operations, marketing, and fund development.
▪ Providing leadership in undoing institutional and interpersonal racism as well as countering anti-blackness both within the organization and in its program work.
▪ Building and maintaining effective working relationships with policy makers, colleagues, the media, funders, community members, and public officials.
▪ Overseeing and implementing fundraising with institutions and individuals to achieve annual budget goals.
▪ Serving as an active and visible spokesperson and representative of the organization and its mission.
▪ Ensuring support for the organization’s volunteer leadership, including an engaged, informed, and effective Board of Directors. The Executive Director ensures that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
▪ Maintaining a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality talent.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, oversees a $1.6 million budget, and a 15-member staff team.
Ideal Candidate Qualifications
First and foremost, our next Executive Director will:
▪ care deeply for our mission, especially sharing our core belief in the vital importance of addressing disparities facing children and families in communities of color and low-income communities.
▪ bring expertise and known credibility in driving racial justice work, with the ability to build upon the work already done at the Children’s Alliance, and lead the organization’s anti-racist efforts internally, with partner organizations, and in the legislature. Experience engaging with and working alongside Black and Indigenous communities is especially ideal.
Further, we seek candidates who have:
▪ experience in and comfort with change management, staff and leadership development, and nonprofit organizational capacity building at organizations of similar size and scope; this includes experience managing and supporting staff to reach their fullest capacity, building collaborative, trusting, and accountable cross-functional teams, and developing internal policies and procedures that make it possible for the organization to achieve its goals.
▪ a high degree of confidence, ambition, and fearlessness when it comes to revenue development, fundraising, and donor stewardship – within the context of an anti-racist framework that promotes greater racial and ethnic diversity in the donor base and ensures that our donors are our advocates, and our advocates are our donors.
▪ a strong strategic skillset, able to build pathways that bring dreams into reality, and lead and execute strategic, multi-year visions and plans in collaboration with the staff, board, and community.
▪ a strong external presence and a track record of rallying support and engagement from a cross-section of stakeholders: policy makers, parents and families, and internally with staff and board.
▪ an understanding of how policy change works and the strategies behind it; specific past experience in early learning and health policy is a plus, but not required.
This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Children’s Alliance Board of Directors. Annual salary range: $110,000 - $125,000. The Executive Director will be based in the Children’s Alliance Seattle office, which is currently located in the International District/Chinatown. This position requires some work in the evenings and on weekends for meetings and events.
Children’s Alliance encourages its staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance. To that end, the organization currently offers a flexible work environment and 12 days of paid vacation in the first year (with incremental increases each year of employment) as well as 13 days of paid holidays, including 3 floating holidays. This position also offers sick leave and paid family and medical leave, as well as employee and dependent health and dental coverage.
$100k - 120k
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How to Apply:
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Online applications only; please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe as specifically as you can why you are interested in joining the Children’s Alliance team, and how your skills and experience are a fit with the goals of this position and the mission and anti-racist values of the Children’s Alliance community.
Applications received by April 20, 2020 at 5:00pm Pacific time will be given full consideration. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received; we encourage early applications. While we anticipate that interviewing will begin in late April and continue into May, we may need to adjust our schedule if the current Coronavirus protective measures we are experiencing continue. We anticipate interviews taking place via Zoom video-conference and are committed to working with candidates who have technological barriers to participation.
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