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sandi.parkes at csbs.utah.edu
Mon Mar 22 09:55:48 MST 2004
Please forward this announcement to those who may be interested or know
of good candidates
APPLY BY APRIL 9, 2004
The DataCenter seeks an Executive Director to facilitate the leadership
of a talented staff and build on our programmatic and financial health
in order to strengthen our role as a collaborative partner in the social
The DataCenter is a 27-year-old multiracial, capacity-building
institution, focused on supporting community organizing nationally in
low-income communities and communities of color. We provide strategic
research and research skills to community organizers, policy advocates
and media activists, for more effective and informed organizing and
action. The DataCenter has a strong reputation and a respected approach
to partnering with community-based organizations.
The Executive Director will lead a financially healthy organization with
a $1M annual budget, an Endowment over $1M, and 14 paid staff. We have
already secured 70% of 2005 and 50% of 2006 budgeted foundation funding.
We are also programmatically healthy. A ten month strategic planning
process providing direction through 2006 is nearly complete. DataCenter
has four program areas where we have particular expertise:
Economic Justice: low-wage work, welfare "reform," living wage issues
Environmental Justice: resource extraction (mining, oil drilling),
resource processing (refineries, toxics), and resource disposal
Youth Strategy Project: youth organizing, education and criminal
Criminal Justice: prison moratorium, privatization, immigrant
detention, police brutality.
For more about DataCenter and our programs, see our website at
Reports to: Board currently comprising seven members whose skills and
experience range from community organizing and community-based research
to legal and financial experience.
Supervises: Currently two co-directors supervise all staff without a
secondary layer of supervision. If a single Executive Director is hired,
a Business Manager or Associate Director position will be created. The
new Executive Director will be expected to work with the staff to create
a sustainable, effective supervision structure.
The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the DataCenters
role as an active participant in and provider of research for action for
community-based and public policy efforts to achieve social justice.
Working collaboratively with staff and the Board of Directors, the
Executive Director will lead programs in alignment with the
organization's mission and goals. The Executive Director will be an
effective fundraiser, have a facilitative management style and will
actively develop staff leadership. The Executive Director provides
inspiration and motivation and enjoys bringing out the best in others.
S/he will manage an organization that values participation and continual
learning and reflection at all levels.
Personnel - Responsible for hiring, developing, and supervising
staff in a work environment that values equity, solidarity,
diversity, and participatory self-management. Committed to
maintaining and increasing staff's diversity. Committed to
building systems for staff development.
Strategic Planning - Leads the organization in implementing
recently adopted 3 year strategic plan. Oversees development and
monitoring of organizational, programmatic, board development,
community and public relations plans.
Fundraising - Primary responsibility for fundraising, works
closely with the Development Director and President to grow
individual donor base. Leads development and maintenance of
foundation relationships and the implementation of recently
adopted business plan for earned income.
Financial Planning & Oversight - Ensures overall financial health
of organization, manages Endowment Investment Manager, leads
organizational budget planning and monitoring. Maintains
transparency of finances and ensures financial literacy of board
Board Development & Communication - In collaboration with board
and staff, ensures that the board is representative of the
organization's needs and constituency, and that it effectively
advances the mission and goals of the DataCenter.
Program Development & Oversight - Ensures programs are healthy and
accountable to organizational mission and strategic plan.
Facilitates organizational communication and ensures coherence
across program areas.
Public Relations - In collaboration with program staff, positions
DataCenter amongst movement organizations, building relationships
and partnerships with other groups. Oversees organization's
The ideal candidate possesses a broad range of talents and experience,
Facilitative leadership style including experience running
democratic group process and proven success developing staff;
Strong track record of fundraising success from a broad range of
sources including major donors, foundations and earned income;
Minimum three years at Executive Director or equivalent senior
management level with responsibilities similar to those of this
position and ideally in an organization with at least ten staff,
and a budget of $800,000;
Passion for the progressive movement, with strong ties to
Experience working within poor communities and communities of
color and with diverse staff and board in a culturally sensitive
Understanding of and commitment to advancing information's role in
movements for economic and social justice.
Salary DOE and commensurate with comparable organizations plus generous
vacation and health benefits including family/domestic partner benefits
People of color, especially women, strongly encouraged to apply.
Joint applications for Co-Directors are welcome.
Applicants from outside the region are encouraged to apply.
If mailed, applications must be sent by regular mail and postmarked no
later than April 9, 2004 and addressed to:
Executive Transition Consultant
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
39 Bartlett St.San Francisco, CA 94110
Attn: DataCenter search
Applications may also be e-mailed no later than 5:00pm Friday, April 9,
2004 to datacenterjob at igc.org <mailto:datacenterjob at igc.org>
No faxes or phone calls please. No e-mails other than formal
Applications must, and may only, include:
Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how your
experience fits our needs (maximum one and a half pages)
Answers to the following two questions (maximum one page total):
a. (According to your experiences/beliefs/vision,) How do
information and the skills and capacity to obtain information
contribute to strengthening social justice movements?
b. How would you describe your facilitative leadership
experience, strengths and challenges and why is it important to you?
University of Utah
Center for Public Policy and Administration
260 South Central Campus Dr., Rm. 214
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9154
sara.mccormick at cppa.utah.edu
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