Executive Director - TakeAction Minnesota

THE ORGANIZATION

TakeAction Minnesota is a statewide people’s network that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, contributing to a powerful movement that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. We have a track record of winning impressive fights in the streets to hold corporations accountable, changing policy at the Capitol, and electing progressive champions to office. At the same time, we have a much bigger vision for Minnesota. We seek transformational change that shifts power into people’s hands and changes toxic narratives that, among other things, tell us we are all on our own. Our work is to build, connect, and help lead a statewide, multi-racial, politically independent movement that breaks through the barriers of structural racism, gender oppression, and run-away corporate power.

POSITION SUMMARY

The role of the Executive Director is to operationalize the bold vision of TakeAction Minnesota leadership to build a statewide, multi-racial politically independent movement for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Executive Director both facilitates and develops TakeAction Minnesota’s vision at the direction of the Board of Directors and in collaboration with them and with other leaders and stakeholders. The Executive Director is responsible for fulfilling the goals of TakeAction Minnesota’s strategic plan. The Executive Director projects this shared vision internally to align leadership, membership, and staff around common work, and externally to build and shape our movement. In implementing TakeAction Minnesota’s vision, the Executive Director works with the Board of Directors, staff, and other leaders to develop strategies, write plans, raise resources, and develop experiments – all with the intent of changing who decides and who benefits in Minnesota and making our state and country more just, equitable, and democratic.

Accountability & Reporting

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through monthly Executive Director Reports and at regular and special Board meetings. The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board when the full Board is not in session and meets with the Board Chair monthly.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Public Leadership

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for TakeAction Minnesota via media interviews, blogging, written commentaries, and public speaking. Incorporate larger narrative themes into communications and programmatic work, centering racial justice, gender equity and democracy throughout.

  • Build and steward relationships with local partner organizations, key elected officials and political figures, members of the media, and national allies.

  • Stay connected to TakeAction’s base and organizational membership by regularly attending member meetings and gatherings.

  • Articulate and co-create an inclusive vision of a statewide, multi-racial, politically independent movement with our movement allies, and see that this strategy is reflected in our programmatic work. Organize and help to lead Our Minnesota Future, a 22-member alliance organized to build governing power.

Fundraising

  • Seek out new sources of funding for TakeAction Minnesota and its allies, with a focus on raising unrestricted money that gives TakeAction the maximum flexibility to pursue its mission

  • Raise money from foundations, institutions, and major individual donors. Work with staff to shape concepts/proposals that align with our organizational mission, priorities, and strategies and bring in the dollars necessary to execute these plans.

  • Steward funder relationships through regular communication, including face to face meetings, presentations at conferences, and other forums. Transfer funder relationships to program and operational staff to facilitate proposal writing, reporting, and to create space for new relationships to emerge.

Staff Management and Administration

  • Manage a staff of forty employees and directly supervise the work of four senior staff. Convene and lead the staff Leadership Team. Leads negotiations with staff’s union.

  • Ensure that this position is effectively managing staff to operationalize the vision of the strategic plan, grounding staff in TakeAction Minnesota’s overall vision, theory of change, and strategies.

  • Hold bottom-line responsibility for TakeAction’s overall financial health. Set and meet annual financial goals (annual budget), delegating as needed to staff finance team and maintaining accountability to the Board of Director and its Finance Committee. Ensure strict accountability, ethics and transparency in all financial matters.

Board of Directors and Organizational Vision & Strategy

  • Regularly report to the Board on TakeAction’s progress toward the goals of the strategic plan.

  • Participate and help staff Board meetings and Board committees.

  • Build and develop the strategic leadership of the Board of Directors, including playing an active role in recruiting talented new leaders to the Board and lead the on-boarding of new board members.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred;

  • 10 years of professional experience in community organizing, electoral politics, issue advocacy or a closely related field is required;

  • 5-7 years of senior management experience with the ability to manage across departments;

  • Education and Experience Substitution: Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities;

  • Excellence in staff management with the ability to recruit, develop, coach, and manage high-performing teams and knowledge or experience working with a unionized workforce;

  • Relationally organized, having significant experience working with broad coalitions and multiracial communities with demonstrated ability to support inclusive engagement;

  • Understanding of the structural nature of power and inequity with the demonstrated ability to change it;

  • Understanding of 501(c)4 and 501(c)3 regulations and the basics of campaign finance laws preferred;

  • Experience with change management, as well as developing and implementing strategies that lead to organizational victories;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive and passionate communicator;

  • Fundraising experience with the demonstrated ability to ask for and receive money;

  • Rooted in a sense of the critical nature of politics and policy in Minnesota is a plus;

  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or Oromo is preferred.

License and Certification:

A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License is required and access to a reliable vehicle.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends and work extended hours to accomplish the mission of the organization.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • Full health and dental benefits and retirement package.

  • Some local and out-of-state travel is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references attention The Mazzitelli Group care of Teresa Mazzitelli at tm@mazzsearch.com with the subject line EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR by Friday, May 11, 2018.

TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women.