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Sandi Parkes sandi.parkes at
Mon Mar 22 09:55:48 MST 2004


Please forward this announcement to those who may be interested or know 
of good candidates
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 
justice movement.
Agency Background:
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
      justice issues
      Criminal Justice: prison moratorium, privatization, immigrant
      detention, police brutality.

For more about DataCenter and our programs, see our website at <>.
Job Profile:
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
      and staff.
      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
      communication planning. 

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
      grassroots organizing;
      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
Application Process:
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:

    Viveka Chen
    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 <mailto:datacenterjob at>
No faxes or phone calls please. No e-mails other than formal 
applications please.
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?

Sara McCormick
University of Utah
Center for Public Policy and Administration
260 South Central Campus Dr., Rm. 214
Salt Lake City, UT  84112-9154
Phone:	801.585.7764
Fax:	801.585.5489
sara.mccormick at

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