Director of Multi-State Initiatives - Make the Road

Organizational Description: In 2014, Make the Road New York and the Center for Popular Democracy began a replication project to bring the highly successful Make the Road model to new states. In four short years family has grown to five organizations working in low-income Latino neighborhoods in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey and most recently Nevada. Individually, each Make the Road has become a leader in their respective states on issues like immigration, education, and economic justice. Collectively, we represent over 30,000 members and reach thousands more through our actions and followings. We use a shared model and collaborate closely on campaigns, leadership development, and fundraising. The next generation Make the Roads are housed in the Center for Popular Democracy.

Center for Popular Democracy: The Center for Popular Democracy promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 50 partner organizations in more than 35 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We drive ambitious campaigns and partner with community-based organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

Make the Road New York: MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates neighborhood-based community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; and Brentwood, Long Island. With a membership 23,000 low-income New Yorkers, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our community: workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant civil rights, language access, TGNCIQ (transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer) justice, public education, and health care access

About the Position: The Director of Multi-State Initiatives role exists to strengthen and expand the Make the Road family to become a powerful interconnected network of organizations working in low-income Latino and immigrant communities across the country, able to win victories that improve our members’ lives and lead the progressive movement. This entails supporting existing Make the Roads to raise resources and strengthen our shared model, bottom-lining new replication projects, and coordinating regional and national-level fundraising and campaign work. Responsibilities include:

  • Network Coordination: Develop and ensure shared norms and practices across the network, including a shared understanding of our model, shared materials, and building a culture of accountability and growth. Bottom line activities to bring staff and members of multiple states together and build relationships.

  • Fundraising: Bottom line a fundraising effort that includes significant engagement from CPD and Make the Road New York Leadership. Supporting each second generation state in their fundraising efforts.

  • Campaign Coordination and Support: Coordinate the network’s engagement and strategy on national issues in collaboration with the Directors and leadership teams of each state and provide support and coaching as needed on state and local level campaigns to state organizations.

  • Leadership Development: Create materials that inform, educate and connect organizations on a regular basis. Coordinate the implementation of a leadership development program that is uniform and genuinely secures the participation of leaders as drivers of the organization.

  • Civic Engagement: Coordinate an effort to raise resources for civic engagement work and support in state efforts. Support states to have maximum impact on the most important races in our network.

  • Infrastructure: Develop and ensure a network wide reporting system and database use that generates useful reports. Develop visual swag that unifies the network.

Requirements: We are looking for an experienced person with the vision to support and expand our family of organizations and the capacity to support each organization’s development. Specific requirements include:

  • Organizing or social justice experience: 8-10 years of experience working in similar organizations and communities. Familiarity with the Make the Road model is a plus;

  • Ability to travel to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Nevada on a regular basis;

  • Experience in campaigns and policy around immigration, education, LGBTQ justice, economic justice, youth organizing, and civic engagement;

  • Experience building organizations and supporting community organizing;

  • A demonstrated fundraising ability;

  • Strong spoken and written Spanish;

  • A commitment to shared leadership and decision making;

This position is housed in the Center for Popular Democracy.

CPD is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to insure equal opportunity and equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, genetic information and sexual orientation, in all employment decisions including but not limited to hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and based on experience.

To apply: To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Oona Chatterjee at: ochatterjee@populardemocracy.org.