Full-Time Executive Director
Movement for Family Power is at an exciting moment of transition and is seeking a mission and value-driven individual excited about the opportunity to build on past successes and to define their role and the work of the organization in this next season of the organization’s growth.
The ideal candidate for the position of Executive Director will be collaborative and thoughtful with a deep understanding of the pervasive impacts of systemic oppression and forced family separation, a demonstrated commitment to the values of MFP, a desire to center mamas in the analysis of the family policing system, and a talent for communicating bold and visionary ideas.
The Executive Director’s responsibilities will include most if not all of the following responsibilities:
- Create a strategic plan informed by MFP’s past work and success that is values-aligned and reflected in an actionable plan with measurable milestones and outcomes that sets MFP up for long-term success;
- Appropriately and strategically balance the internal and external aspects of the role through a founder transition; pinpoint and capitalize on opportunities during the transition and beyond to further the mission of MFP;
- Ensure that the organization reaches its objectives and makes progress toward strategic goals; identify challenges to timely progress, and pinpoint and implement solutions with foresight;
- Center the leadership of parents and families affected by the Foster System, amplify their voices, and advance their political agendas; understand how their leadership informs and impacts the broader movement;
- Maintain a finger on the pulse of the local and national landscape, and pinpoint the ways in which MFP is uniquely situated to leverage, support, and create opportunities to achieve its vision and grow the movement.
- Ensure the organization is functioning in a way that supports the evolving mission and purpose of the work;
- Lead MFP’s fundraising strategy and initiatives, build fundraising capacity with key and prospective funders, and build and maintain a network of committed, engaged supporters;
- Manage annual budget preparation, expense and revenue management, develop and monitor long- and short-term financial plans, and set financial priorities;
- Develop initiatives, campaigns and/or programs that further the work of MFP; proactively maintain this work personally or hire and manage staff as needed with consultants or full-time employees;
- Lead the formation of a values-aligned and representative Board of Directors, ensure Board members have the tools and information that they need to engage constructively in important organizational matters, and leverage the talents and knowledge of Board members to further the work of MFP.
External Relations and Movement Leadership
- Lead coalition building strategies and maintain key relationships with partner organizations, including positioning the organization to be a value-add within the movement;
- Respond to the needs of individuals and organizations within the movement, direct resources to and make connections that mobilize resources;
- Serve as a thought leader and spokesperson on behalf of MFP representing the organization’s mission, vision, and programs with nuance, courage, and clarity;
- Work with allies across social movements, including but not limited to those dedicated to the fight for reproductive justice, racial justice, criminal justice, economic justice, disability justice, health care justice, drug policy reform, harm reduction, LGBTQ+ and immigration justice;
- Create space for disagreement and consensus while in community; work to ensure alignment and accountability of the organizations and broader movement to those most affected by social injustice;
- Communicate with a broad array of stakeholders, including staff/consultants, volunteers, Board members, donors, and partners, with empathy, sensitivity, and respect; exhibit a high level of cultural competence in communication.
The Movement for Family Power believes that leadership and participation should not be defined or constrained by educational degrees, institutional approval, or socio-economic status. Therefore it is not required that candidates for the position of Executive Director possess a specific degree. However, the ideal candidate will possess personal and/or professional experience, which might include a degree, in fields such as public health, policy, advocacy, or social work. Ideally their experience comes from connections to and/or work with non-profits or grassroots movement and organizing entities in the space of the Family Regulation System, Abolition, Racial Justice, Birth Justice, and/or Economic Justice.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
- Multi-cultural competence and demonstrated ability to work with people from a variety of ethnic, racial, socio-economic, educational, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, as well as people of various physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and generations; experience building and working within diverse, equitable, and inclusive movements to build, harness, and deploy the collective power and potential of partners;
- Proven track record successfully leading end-to-end projects; able to execute effectively under pressure with attention to detail, comfortable with multi-tasking and shifting priorities strategically and with flexibility when needed, and ability to solve problems creatively;
- Demonstrated ability to build capacity for the long run including building upon current internal systems, structures, and policies in a way that leads to the sustainability of the organization;
- Emotional resilience to work effectively when working alone, and in sensitive and high-pressure environments alone or with others; ability to effectively navigate and resolve complex issues;
- Track record in fundraising and resource mobilization especially with foundations and grant writing, ideally with relationships with major funders and knowledge of the field of philanthropy in family, racial, abolitionist, and economic justice spaces; capable of establishing, deepening, and leveraging relationships with donors and other key stakeholders;
- Ability to represent the organization verbally or in writing with a wide variety of audiences including individuals, national and local funders, grassroots organizations, and social justice organizations across the issue areas of policy, law, and advocacy;
- Possess exceptional people management and communication skills, and the ability to manage consultants and/or staff with expertise that may or may not align with their own professional experience (e.g. managing a bookkeeper);
- Strong learning orientation i.e. can learn from mistakes, have a desire to continuously improve and grow, and have the capacity to foster this with teammates and partners;
- The Movement for Family Power operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs; previous experience working with a fiscal sponsor is preferred but not required.
The of Movement for Family Power
The Movement for Family Power is funded for three years with a budget that supports the salary for the Executive Director and one full-time staff member as well as consultants. The incoming Executive Director will be supported by a Transition Committee. Ideally, the incoming Executive Director will be able to commit to the position for at least three years.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary for the role is $150,000. This position is primarily remote and as such requires the ability to work and connect in a remote environment, as well as a high-degree of understanding and comfort with the technology that can be leveraged to facilitate remote work. However, the Executive Director can expect periodic travel to meet with movement partners or funders and attend relevant conferences.
Movement for Family Power offers generous benefits including: full healthcare (dental and vision included) for staff, their partner, and any dependents; monthly contribution of $250 to a 403b; $2,000 annual professional development fund; access to leadership counseling; and ample closure and paid time off.
Movement For Family Power is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from those directly impacted by or proximate to the Family Regulation System, people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
How to ApplyAmber Gomes, Managing Associate of Koya Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials by filling out our Talent Profile or emailing Amber directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
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