- Senior Director of State Capacity Building, USA
About State Voices
State Voices is helping create a fair and just society in America by making our democracy more accessible, inclusive, and representative. Our network of nonpartisan, state-based coalitions works with hundreds of grassroots organizations to break down barriers to civic participation, restore confidence in government, and bring historically marginalized populations - and their issues - to the center of public discourse. Both nationally and in the states, we are building a community of collaboration, innovation, and equity that amplifies the impact of our partners.
Since 2008, State Voices has been a national leader in nonpartisan civic engagement. We employ the principles of collective impact, unifying change agents from different sectors around common goals to strengthen our democracy, building the capacity of partners with shared resources, and amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. We work in states to strengthen grassroots efforts by making efficient use of limited resources, promoting best practices, and achieving solutions no one group could achieve on its own.
State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 20 state tables comprised of 784 partner organizations in the following states: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and California through the San Diego Metropolitan Area table. We also train and support an additional 214 partner groups in at-large states through our Tools For All Program.
State Voices provides the organizations in our network with the tools and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy. We advance this work through three (3) national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census, redistricting and “clean elections”). For more information about State Voices, please visit www.statevoices.org.
Role of the Director of State Capacity Building
State Voices seeks an energetic and talented organizer with a record of success managing civic engagement programs and issue campaigns to serve as the Senior Director of State Capacity Building (Sr. Dir.). The Sr. Dir. will work closely with our state tables to build organizational capacity in several core areas including planning and evaluation of programs, fundraising, governance, communications, leadership development, and coalition building. The Sr. Dir. will manage a team of professionals who will also work on building the capacity of the state tables. The Sr. Dir. will help ensure that tables have the tools, technical assistance, and training needed to implement best practices and manage programs effectively. The ideal candidate is excited about working with grassroots social justice and civic engagement organizations, foundations, national partners, and other stakeholders to build collective impact. The Sr. Dir. is an integral part of the State Voices senior management team and will report to the Managing Director.
● Work to foster growth, sustainability, and effectiveness of existing and new state tables.
● Manage relationships with state table directors, table staff, leadership teams, and boards.
● Maintain a deep ongoing knowledge of state table operations and programs.
● Work closely with the data and technology, development, policy, strategic partnerships, and operations teams to ensure adherence to organizational values.
● Will work with states to build and implement an equity action plan for the network.
● Develop and oversee staff, consultants, program budgets, contracts, and work plans to ensure the success of department objectives.
● Work closely with the development team on fundraising (grant writing, reports, proposals, donor cultivation), as needed.
● Track and analyze field and program-related issues and trends.
● Seek out and maintain strategic relationships and collaborations with a variety of stakeholders such as national partners, in-state donor tables, and funders.
● Oversee and monitor program objectives and activities which include:
○ Identifying opportunities for cross-state learning among state table directors. This includes, but is not limited to monthly state director calls, annual in-person convenings,
election debriefs, and other events with national partners.
○ Developing and implementing State Voices core services in support of the tables. This includes organizing trainings, conducting coaching calls, maintaining a virtual resource
library, updating a best practices guide, and identifying fundraising opportunities.
○ Managing the annual state table planning process.
○ Providing year-round support for, and evaluating the implementation of network-wide metrics.
○ Identifying and maintaining a suite of professional development and training opportunities for state table directors, state table staff, and state table partners.
○ Managing national standardized programs, such as quality control in the voter registration process.
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
● Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and experience working with communities of color, women, low-income populations and/or other historically marginalized communities.
● At least 10 years of experience working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing, and/or issue advocacy.
● At least 2 years of experience in a leadership position with staff management responsibilities.
● Experience leading or managing diverse, multi-issue coalitions.
● Proven ability to manage competing priorities and ability to lead staff in a fast-paced environment.
● Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of voter engagement programs.
● Experience working in or with state-based organizations.
● Experience working with national organizations.
● Familiarity with training curriculum to build the capacity of grassroots organizations.
● Experience in preparing and managing program budgets.
● Experience in remote management of staff.
● Demonstrated problem solving abilities and a solution-oriented work style.
● Ability to travel regularly.
● Excellent, communication, reading, research, writing, and analytical skills.
● Excellent organizational skills and an attention to political and physical details.
● Self-motivated with an ability to work independently.
● Dedication and ability to work flexible hours.
Location: potential flexibility; however, Washington, DC is preferred
Compensation: Compensation is competitive and negotiable depending on background and experience, and includes a full benefits package.
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to those who apply by December 1. Please, no phone calls.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at State Voices, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital stattus, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
Job posted on 13th November 2017
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