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Company: Advancement Project
Date Posted: March 8, 2018

Position Summary

Advancement Project California is seeking an experienced and highly accomplished candidate for the newly established role of Managing Director of Campaign & Coalition Development ("Managing Director"). The ideal candidate for this highly visible role should have at least ten years of nonprofit, philanthropic or governmental experience focused on key social and racial justice issues with at least five years in a leadership role. The Managing Director will provide strategic support to three program areas; oversee the growth and development of innovative and high-impact initiatives at the state and local levels; and serve as an ambassador for Advancement Project.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Managing Director will supervise the program leads of our Government Relations, Health Equity/Equity in Public Funds and Political Voice teams, providing strategic leadership in the development and execution of the teams' current programmatic efforts, both internally and externally. Additionally, the Managing Director will be responsible for maximizing the synergies among the teams, including cross-programmatic efforts and organizational-wide learning opportunities that enable Advancement Project to implement programs more efficiently, advance our vision and values and achieve our short- and long-term goals. The Managing Director, in collaboration with the Executive Director, will also drive the development and management of new high-impact campaigns and initiatives, both internally and externally; and will represent Advancement Project at public events and contribute to the building of our brand, vision and impact.

The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, creative and dynamic leader who excels at leading a team. Self- motivation, strong leadership and project management skills, excellent writing and communication skills, flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to successfully manage crises and rapid change are essential to this position.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to
Programmatic Management and Coordination

  • Provide day-to-day supervision, coaching, and programmatic support to program leads of three teams (Health Equity/Equity in Public Funds, Political Voice and Government Relations).
  • Provide leadership and strategic oversight for cross-programmatic initiatives and coalitions; lead the development and ongoing refinement of strategies given the evolving policy and systems landscape.
  • Develop and manage programmatic initiatives and campaigns that move us toward our vision; and work with staff and leadership to:
    • Create, track and communicate project goals, timelines, and deliverables related to those initiatives and campaigns;
    • Determine appropriate allocation of resources and budget requirements across projects; and
    • Create long-term sustainability plans, as appropriate. Ensure capacity needs are identified and mechanisms for capacity building are incorporated into
    • campaign and initiative design; model and guide staff on relevant professional development areas, including facilitating on-going information sharing, briefings and trainings.
    • Oversee a process of internal communication, coordination, documentation and evaluation for all of Advancement Project California's policy areas.
    • Ensure consistent internal policies and practices across all program teams while allowing for the proper flexibility when necessary.
    • Serve as a member of the senior leadership teams.

Campaign/Partnership Development
Internal Efforts

  • Provide leadership for the intake and processing of new initiatives and/or partnership requests and ensure that appropriate program teams review the requests and are prepared to engage in a process for determining the feasibility of moving forward with such requests.
  • Ensure a robust relationship and proper coordination between the Government Relations office (located in Sacramento) with other program teams with respect to the development and execution of statewide budget and legislative platforms.
  • Coordinate and manage a comprehensive professional development training program to prepare staff for success, including coalition building, project management, policy analysis and campaign strategy development.
  • Partner with the Development Team to support the Executive Director and program leads in fund and resource development efforts.

External Efforts

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, design and manage new high impact initiatives and partnerships.
  • Provide visible leadership in the public arena and establish, cultivate and facilitate relationships with key stakeholders to advance strategic objectives; represent and support Advancement Project California's programmatic efforts and organization-wide agenda in leadership arenas throughout California, including serving as a media spokesperson for the organization; and serving on relevant external committees, work groups, and at conferences, meetings and funder convenings.
  • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances, including providing leadership in negotiations with partners and funders. Depending on the campaign, the Managing Director may assist in relationship building efforts through the development and implementation of the:
    Campaign design;
    • Training/coaching of campaign staff; and
    • Direct outreach and engagement with program staff.

Team Development/Management

  • Recruit and manage an appropriate team to promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign duties, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct performance reviews.

General Duties

  • Support organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities as needed and ensure adherence to Advancement Project California's goals and policies.
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social and/or racial justice progress for the highest- need communities.
  • 10+ years of experience in government, civil rights, racial justice, or other relevant fields, ideally with at least five years in a leadership role.
  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered.
  • Deep understanding and experience with public systems and the development and execution of programmatic strategies to transform these systems.
  • A demonstrated track record of successful project management and staff management.
  • Demonstrated success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations, including experience building and working in coalitions.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to
    effectively interface with Advancement Project's Board of Directors, senior management, and staff.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work products on a consistent, reliable basis in a fast- paced work environment with ambitious goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to highlight complex problems, develop and evaluate options, and implement solutions.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Strong facilitation, consensus building and strategic thinking skills required.
  • Ability to manage and delegate to technical staff with expertise in a variety of disciplines.
  • A team player with an attitude of service who has the ability to motivate others
  • Ability to coach and support senior leaders
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, yet also able to work
    independently and entrepreneurially.

Physical Demands

Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15 pounds across the office or during events.

Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement

To Apply:
Please email cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample to:

Jorge Jimenez
Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.