Leadership Opportunity: Executive Director
COLOR seeks a high energy, dedicated, collaborative and fierce individual who is passionate about the intersections of social justice and reproductive rights, to lead COLOR’s dynamic team as the organization moves to its next level of
engagement and achievement
Mission, Vision and Values
Mission Statement: COLOR is a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families and allies through leadership development, organizing and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice.
Vision Statement: COLOR envisions Latinas and their families having the knowledge, freedom, and power to access a full range of opportunities for the health of their body, mind and spirit.
• We are committed to justice and equality as a human right.
• We believe women should have the right to make reproductive health care decisions in accordance with their faith, family and health care provider.
• We empower community through knowledge, education, and information.
• We are intentional about creating an appreciative culture that welcomes diverse talents and opinions.
• We believe that community is at the center of achieving complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls.
• We value an intergenerational approach and are committed to an intergenerational leadership pipeline.
• We model sex positivity.
Profile of the Executive Director
- The ideal candidate will bring a passion for and knowledge of Reproductive Justice (RJ) and its intersectionality with other movements.
- This person will be comfortable with collaboration and will possess the diplomatic skills to find commonalities with unlikely allies. The Executive Director (E.D.) will have significant experience interacting with and influencing elected officials at the municipal, state and federal level.
- As the ambassador and inspirational voice of COLOR, the E.D. will utilize exceptional oral and written communication skills to tell the story of our unique work
- The E.D. will be able to deftly juggle a multitude of tasks, while working in a fast-paced environment
- Direct and successful fundraising experience will enable the E.D. to effectively be “the face” of COLOR with a variety of supporters
- Proven ability to manage and supervise a highly productive staff, while delegating effectively and supporting innovation and creativity, will be essential in maintaining the work/life balance critical to COLOR’s organizational culture
- Finally, the ideal candidate will have had success in actively engaging, developing and supporting a strong Board of Directors
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Leadership and Management
- Is responsible for the organizational structure of COLOR to ensure that the mission, vision, values and programmatic objectives are supported through facilities, technology, finances, communication, human resources, and functional needs
- Implements and monitors COLOR’s strategic plan
- Develops, maintains, and supports an engaged, knowledgeable and committed Board of Directors
- Responsible for the financial status of the organization, which includes fundraising plans; developing and monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; and setting financial priorities that ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff
- Works with the Communications & Development Director to implement a fundraising plan that permits COLOR to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and ensures that funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential
- Works with the Communications & Development Director to execute comprehensive marketing, branding, and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization
- Develops relationships with current and potential donors and keeps them informed on significant issues
- Responsible for all human resource issues Maintains an organizational culture which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse, high quality staff
- Promotes good morale, a sense of staff camaraderie, cooperation, open and frequent communication, teamwork, a common organizational vision, and a motivated and appreciative organizational culture
- Works with the Policy & Program Director to ensure implementation of all program activities
- Maintains updated knowledge of significant legal, political, social and other developments and trends impacting programmatic work
- Responsible for ensuring that COLOR’s programs are provided in an inclusive manner with regard to culture, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability level
- Develops and enhances collaborative relationships with diverse populations, other community-based organizations and volunteers to meet programmatic goals
- Works with the Communications & Development Director and all staff to consistently increase COLOR’s visibility and maintain the organization’s reputation and credibility
- Is the organization’s primary media spokesperson
- Works with the Policy & Program Director to oversee positioning of COLOR as an effective, vital, go-to resource for policy decisions impacting COLOR’s constituencies and areas of influence
- Ensures the representation of COLOR’s perspective to policy-makers, task forces, advisory committees, agencies, planners, and funding bodies
Knowledge, Skills, Experience
- Demonstrated passion for COLOR’s mission, along with substantial knowledge of Reproductive Justice and its intersectionality with other movements, including LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, racial justice, economic justice, disability rights and other areas where people may be marginalized or may experience barriers to their rights and liberties
- Five or more years of management experience with a proven track record of accomplishment in managing people, budgets and programs in order to achieve measurable goals
- Experience managing organizational change and fast growth
- Vibrant and effective leadership skills that inspire people to achieve established goals
- Experience in working with and supporting an engaged Board of Directors
- Successful experience in designing and implementing diverse fundraising plans that include individual donors, foundations and businesses
- Experience in working with elected officials and influencing legislative policy through advocacy and organizing
- Must have proven ability to foster a healthy, appreciative work environment, where work/life balance and self-care is a priority (COLOR follows the Resiliency & Renewal model of Strategies for Social Change http://bit.ly/2w7qy6F)
- Familiarity with the concept of Trauma Exposure Response
- Success in leading and/or participating in collaborative partnerships of organizations and individuals to accomplish specific advocacy, policy and education outcomes – especially with unlikely allies
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to express and influence positions and policies
- Bachelor degree required; Master or other graduate degree a plus
Characteristics & Attitude
- Empathetic & compassionate, with strong emotional intelligence
- Sense of humor
- Creative, innovative, open to other’s ideas and approaches
- Ability to delegate effectively and provide support for others’ success
- Flexible and nimble
- Aware of/able to handle power dynamics within self and with others
- Excellent interpersonal abilities, with demonstrated aptitude to interact effectively and diplomatically with people from diverse backgrounds and professional arenas
Preferable, but not required, qualifications include:
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
Why Work for COLOR?
- Founded in 1998, COLOR is the only reproductive justice organization in the Mountains States Region
- We’re a growing organization that is steeped in an appreciative culture
- You’ll be leading a team that is passionate, fun, and dedicated to advancing the reproductive justice movement
- In keeping with our founding mothers' vision, we are committed to a work/life balance that honors our mind, body and spirit
- You will be inspired by the way in which COLOR brings individuals and groups together to address issues and create outcomes that benefit the community, by focusing on intergenerational and intersectional leadership development
- This is an opportunity to use the sum of your life’s experience and knowledge to capitalize on the accomplishments of COLOR and foster its excellent reputation and continued development as a leader in the reproductive justice movement
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. COLOR offers a competitive benefits package including a comprehensive insurance package that includes insurance for health, long-term disability, life, and dental; an Employee Assistance Program; generous paid time off; other need-based leave; and a retirement fund with employer contributions.
By Midnight, Sunday, October 29, 2017, please forward, via email, your resume and your cover letter (addressing how you meet “Qualifications” and including salary requirements) to our transition consultant, Christine Soto, at email@example.com. Please use “Executive Director COLOR” in the email subject line. All application information must be received via email – no hard copies will be accepted. No phone calls, please.
COLOR is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and members of other underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit www.colorlatina.org