The Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) seeks an Executive Director with a passion for social justice and desire to serve as a nonprofit leader in the Salinas Valley. An attorney licensed in California is preferred.
As a 31-year old, award-winning nonprofit organization, CCA trains farmworkers to form and lead neighborhood-based tenant and health committees or comités that, themselves, advocate for improved housing and health conditions for farmworkers and other low-income families in Monterey County and Santa Cruz County. CCA’s vision is of a community where farmworkers are empowered to serve as leaders for their neighborhoods and where community decision-makers seek the counsel of these farmworker leaders. The CCA organizing model is considered one of the best in the state of California.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Executive Director is the general manager of CCA, accountable for the viability and sustainability of the day-to-day operations, from programs and services to fundraising, community relations, finance, administration, board of directors and staff. The Executive Director has the responsibility and authority to make decisions that are aligned with the organization’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals, as approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include, but are not limited:
Program and Services
- Lead the vision and strategic planning of all CCA programs and services.
- Oversee the implementation and evaluation of programs and services to ensure their alignment with CCA’s mission and expected quality, effectiveness and impact.
- Oversee all necessary legal support that is provided to the tenant organizing efforts of CCA. For an Executive Director that is also an attorney licensed in California: Represent tenants in court proceedings, when appropriate.
- Partner with staff, stakeholders and the community in the implementation of grassroots projects, as needed.
Fundraising and Community Relations
- Build and maintain positive working partnerships with farmworkers, low income families, funders, government, nonprofit and institutional stakeholders to sustain and grow support for CCA’s mission.
- Lead fundraising efforts, from concept through proposal and grant agreement/contract, aligned with CCA’s mission and priorities. Fundraising includes, but is not limited to, grants from major foundations, local foundations and other institutions, service contracts from government agencies and nonprofits, annual fundraising events and individual donor campaigns. Ensure that funding requests (e.g., applications and proposals) are high quality and submitted on-time.
- Proactively develop, track and evaluate fundraising plans to ensure that goals are achieved; make adjustments as needed and report issues and plans to address them in a timely fashion; and provide regular reports to the Board of Directors.
- Track and report grant results and impact to funders in a quality and timely manner, following funder guidelines.
- Partner with staff and consultants to plan and implement external communications, fundraising and reporting.
- Lead external communications and relationship cultivation and serve as the external voice and advocate for CCA, including but not limited to the CCA website, presentations, community gatherings, mass media (tv, radio and newspapers), social media and electronic communications.
Finance and Administration
- Lead all efforts in support of CCA’s financial stability and sustainability including, but not limited to, a realistic annual budget, decision making consistent with the budget as approved by the Board of Directors, regular and timely financial reporting, plan for adequate cash flow, and development and maintenance of adequate cash reserves.
- Ensure that organizational and personnel policies, practices, systems and processes are effective, efficient and comply with the law.
Board of Directors
- Engage the Board in fiscal stewardship, strategic planning and fundraising ensuring that all facets of the organization are aligned with CCA’s mission and values.
- In partnership with Board leadership, plan all aspects of meetings with the Board of Directors, standing committees, and advisory committees and task forces as needed.
- Build relationships with committees and individual Board members; proactively communicate between meetings.
- In partnership with Board leadership, recruit and onboard new Board members.
Staff and Consultants
- Follow the highest ethical standards, comply with the law and personnel requirements, and ensure accountability by staff and consultants.
- Ensure an effective workplace and promote a positive culture, built on clear expectations of roles, responsibilities, reporting relationships, processes and systems, and commitment to quality and timeliness of work and deliverables for staff and consultants.
- Hire, supervise, delegate, develop and evaluate full-time and part-time staff.
- Contract with consultants as needed.
DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We seek a candidate who has the following:
- Organizational management experience with a passion for social justice and desire to create a positive impact in the community required
- Attorney licensed in California preferred
- Proficiency in conversational and written Spanish
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
- Ability to listen, connect and build trust with people from all walks of life
- Committed to learning and growing as a leader, organizationally and in the community
- Patient, calm, steady and nice, with a good sense of humor
- Proficient with technology and business applications
- Availability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, as needed for the community