Current Opening: Executive Director
Hours per week (average): 40
Overtime Status: Exempt
The Safety Respect Equity (SRE) Coalition works to ensure safe, respectful and equitable Jewish workplaces and communal spaces by advancing women’s leadership and gender equity and addressing sexual harassment, sexism and gender discrimination. The ethical standards of Jewish tradition call upon each of us to work towards a more just and equitable world. To that end, the Coalition brings together organizations, funders, individuals and experts to help create lasting, systemic change. The role of the Coalition is to serve as a catalyst and resource to support, coordinate and amplify change in individual Jewish organizations and communal spaces, as well as to accelerate a broader cultural shift.
The Coalition is currently a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund (NVF) and has been managed by Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies (Third Plateau) and overseen by an Advisory Board of communal leaders. Today, the Coalition is at an exciting inflection point as it moves from start-up mode and begins to optimize its governance and organizing structures. As such, the Coalition is seeking an experienced Executive Director to advance the strategy and operations of the Coalition and to create a more sustainable model to achieve its goals. The Executive Director will serve as a strategic leader and thought partner for the Coalition’s work, partnering with the Advisory Board, Coalition members and supporters, consultants, and other key stakeholders to address the dynamic needs of the Coalition’s vital and broad mandate.
Responsibilities and Tasks:
The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the Coalition’s strategic direction and daily operations, with a strong emphasis on supporting and promoting the work of the field and providing a robust value proposition to Coalition members and prospective members. More specifically, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing and managing:
External Relationships. Serve as the Coalition’s primary spokesperson and decision maker, proactively representing SRE’s members before a wide range of constituencies, including across the Jewish communal world, funders, the media, peer associations, and other key external stakeholder groups. The Director will work to build and support partnerships that are consistent with SRE’s overall mission and priorities and will represent the SRE Coalition in the broader secular movement to achieve gender equity and end sexual harassment and abuse.
Strategic Direction. Develop and implement a long-range plan for SRE in partnership with the Advisory Board, ensuring the Coalition remains grounded and relevant and has a home and governing structure to move it to its next phase of growth. This may include exploration of a future home for the Coalition beginning in 2020. The Executive Director will also provide leadership in solidifying and achieving the mission of the organization and ensure alignment with financial and operational goals.
Revenue Generation. Build upon existing philanthropic support and identify and pursue new resources to increase revenue. Actively drive SRE’s long-term financial growth and stability to secure funding from a diversity of sources and philanthropic partners, including generating over $2M+ for each 2019 and 2020.
Financial and Operational Management. Develop and maintain an annual budget, review monthly financial statements with NVF, and ensure sufficient cash reserves to meet current obligations.
Membership Value. Ensure the Coalition offers a strong value proposition to its members and delivers relevant offerings, tools, and services to meet their evolving needs. Work with the field to invest in timely and relevant research, trainings, and educational offerings to support Coalition members and the Jewish community in advancing the Coalition’s mission. Engage with current Coalition members and recruit new members.
Leadership Relations. Build and maintain trusting, collaborative, and transparent relationships with the Coalition’s leadership (e.g. Advisory Board, Leadership Group) and provide regular feedback on strategic, operational, and programmatic matters impacting the Coalition, keeping them apprised of progress and challenges in meeting key goals in strategic and operational plans. The Executive Director will establish and manage regular communications structures, (e.g. setting quarterly meetings, preparing meeting agendas, and facilitating meetings or developing monthly email updates).
Staff Leadership. The Executive Director will initially oversee the consulting team at Third Plateau, who will continue to support the operations of the Coalition, including but not limited to activities related to: fundraising, grantmaking, communications, programming, research, and overall project management. Future staffing model will be determined by the Executive Director in consultation with the Advisory Board.
Grantmaking and Communications: The Executive Director will oversee and provide direction on all aspects of grantmaking working in close partnership with the team at Third Plateau and New Venture Fund on the execution. Executive Director will manage relationships with external communications consultants and web designers, etc.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability:
The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to and passion for advancing the mission and vision of the Coalition and be a strategic leader of high ethical integrity, with the relevant experience, background, and leadership competencies. The Director will be a humble, charismatic, and forward-thinking leader who will serve as an ambassador for the Coalition’s work. Specific experience and qualifications include:
- Proven experience leading an organization of a similar or greater scale and complexity;
- Demonstrated experience developing and executing on a strategic vision to unite and grow an organization or movement;
- Strong board management;
- Strong staff management, including previous success aligning resources to needs;
- Demonstrated financial acumen, including experience fundraising and overseeing business operations;
- A sophisticated understanding of people, relationships, institutions, and politics and outstanding interpersonal skills, and ability to navigate complex political/power dynamics and work to resolve conflicts;
- Exceptional ability to operate as a solutions architect;
- Proven ability to galvanize people toward goals and delegate projects and tasks that advance the Coalition’s mission;
- Strong executive presence with the gravitas required to interact with senior leaders in the Jewish communal world and across other areas.
A competitive compensation package will be made available to the qualified candidate with an annual salary range of $170,000 to $200,000 and comprehensive benefits.
Safety, Respect, Equity Coalition is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Please submit resumes and letters of interest to the Coalition’s Advisory Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. For full consideration, please submit your application by Wednesday, August 7, 2019.