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Executive Director

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Collective Action for Safe Spaces | Washington, DC
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Collective Action for Safe Spaces


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Published 7 days ago

Start Date

August 1, 2019

Application Deadline

July 8, 2019

Salary

$70,000 - $75,000


Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) is a grassroots organization that uses comprehensive, community-based solutions through an intersectional lens to eliminate public gendered harassment and assault in the DC metropolitan area.

CASS seeks to hire a bold and visionary Executive Director (ED) to chart CASS’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. The ED will lead CASS’s work in DC, liaising with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and community partners to: pursue the strategic direction of the organization; oversee the financial management of the organization, including leading and engaging in major fundraising efforts; advance CASS’s programs; direct the administration and human resources of the organization to ensure appropriate and equitable infrastructure to meet the organization’s mission and direction; and provide leadership to the organization’s staff and volunteer members.

The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for CASS’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will report to the CASS Board of Directors (BOD). More about the specific duties of the ED:


Fundraising

  • Ensure financial stability, organizational growth, and a safe, collaborative, non-hierarchical organizational environment
  • Serves as a public representative for CASS in the media, with representatives and DC government, and in the community
  • Manage a $162,000 budget (FY19) and raise approximately $200,000 a year (FY20) by:
  • Maintain existing revenue streams through grassroots fundraising campaigns, an annual sustainer campaign, and annual event, and
  • Actively identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new prospects, and stewarding existing donor relationships, particularly major donors and foundation partners.
  • Manage volunteer development director who is responsible for:
  • Organizing fundraising events and individual giving campaigns
  • Managing individual giving officer to provide timely recognition of gifts


Program Management

  • Seeks, evaluates, and acts upon opportunities for change and growth that align with CASS’s mission, values, and strategic plan
  • Effectively uses data and program evaluation to adjust programs to meet community needs
  • Oversee organization’s generation of $28,000 in fee-for-service revenue over fiscal year


Safe Bar Collective

  • Being responsive to community via social media and email to respond instantly to incidents of harassment within partner bars and broader DC nightlife
  • Tailoring workshops to meet client needs
  • Ensuring that the team facilitates at least 10 workshops a year, facilitating at least 10 workshops per year, and participating in workshop facilitation as needed
  • Managing volunteer staff director who is responsible for:
  • Training new trainers in bystander intervention
  • Maintaining training calendar
  • Updating workshops tracker with information about clients
  • Liaising with facilitators
  • Coordinating training logistics with clients
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Working with volunteer staff and designers to develop logo and marketing materials
  • Working with volunteer communications director to create and maintain website
  • Partnering with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and designer on an annual basis to develop poster art awareness campaign throughout nightlife and community organizations for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Developing handout with up-to-date information for potential clients


Safe Bar Collective Jobs Program

  • Provide support to Part-time Safe Bar Collective Jobs Program Manager
  • Support recruitment of 10-person cohort
  • Ensure that space, food, trainers, and other logistics are coordinated
  • Coordinate relationship with partner organizations
  • Facilitate trainings as needed
  • Manage payments, stipends and fees


Workshops

  • Responding to workshop inquiries and setting up calls to learn more about client needs
  • Tailoring workshops to meet client needs as needed
  • Ensuring that team facilitates at least 20 workshops per year, and participating in workshop facilitation as needed
  • Managing volunteer staff director who is responsible for:
  • Training new trainers in bystander intervention
  • Maintaining workshop calendar
  • Updating workshops tracker with information about clients,
  • Coordinating training logistics with clients
  • Coordinating with data team to collect appropriate workshops data to be used to improve curriculum and resources as well as produce quarterly reports
  • Regularly updating handouts based on strategies gleaned through workshops
  • Ensuring that adequate supplies are available to facilitators, including flipcharts, handouts, post-it notes, markers, and pens


Rethink Masculinity

  • Managing two Rethink Masculinity volunteer staff co-directors who are responsible for:
  • Working with the data team to develop and use an application process to screen participants and ensure diverse representation within the program
  • Working with the data team to evaluate the program
  • Working with the communications team to conduct outreach and raise funds to support the program
  • Creating and updating curriculum, incorporating feedback from graduates
  • Developing participant and facilitators binders with schedule, curriculum, glossary, and other relevant information
  • Convening facilitators for a midpoint meeting to ensure that their needs are met and their questions are answered in order to continue facilitating the program
  • Coordinating logistics for weekly class, including food orders and delivery as well as ensuring that facilitators and a support person is present for each class
  • Convening with organizational partners on a monthly basis to ensure that the program is meeting its goals and that there is regular communication about director, facilitator, and participant needs
  • Coordinating with DC Rape Crisis Center to ensure that facilitators are trained in curriculum and facilitation skills
  • Coordinating with Rethink to ensure that facilitators are supported with feedback in each session


Advocacy

  • Manage volunteer advocacy manager in recruitment, organizing and logistics including coordination of canvassing, survivor speakouts, rallies, direct actions, panels and briefings as needed
  • Act as key point person and liaison for CASS’s current policy priorities including:
  • Street Harassment Prevention Act
  • Decriminalization of Sex Work
  • Attending coalition meetings and task force/workgroup meetings
  • Advocates for the communities aligned with CASS’s work with the DC City Council
  • Takes strong, bold, public stance on issues related to CASS’s work
  • Drafts policy briefings, sign-on letters and Council testimony as needed


Communications

  • Manage volunteer email manager in sending monthly e-newsletters as well as email blasts for special news and events
  • Handling media relations, including fielding media inquiries, creating talking points, managing art activism, graphic design, and sending press releases
  • Managing part-time communications fellow who uses Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to communicate about CASS news and events as well as sharing relevant articles
  • Managing blog manager who collects stories from volunteer staff about their work as well as stories from community members about their experiences with harassment


People & Culture

CASS operates with a non-hierarchical structure that values the contributions of all stakeholders and community members. Decisions are made using an approval matrix that encourages buy-in from all levels of the organization, including the Board of Directors, paid staff, and volunteer leaders. Additionally, CASS employs justice-focused leadership which requires an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed organizational stance. Because no one person’s experience or expertise guides our vision, we maintain a high level of transparency and model collective, not hierarchical leadership.


In practice this means that CASS:

  • Centers the most marginalized in all decision-making and designs hiring practices, outreach, advocacy and programmatic work with the needs of the most marginalized in mind
  • Engages in political education with every volunteer and program participant
  • Meets regularly with volunteers and stakeholders to ensure they have the information, continuing education, and support needed to do the work
  • Funds and supports healing and transformation work, for individuals and for communities; including bodywork, therapy, and other healing modalities
  • Funds and supports external training, especially for those who may not have traditional access to these kinds of supports


Strategic Planning & Board Governance

  • Works with the Board of Directors to develop strategies for implementing the mission and sustaining the financial viability of the organization


In addition, the ED:

  • Manages the development and retention of a community of diverse and representative staff and volunteer community necessary to achieve the organization’s mission
  • Fosters a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment among Board, staff, and volunteers
  • Convenes monthly volunteer staff meeting to facilitate collaboration across teams
  • Organizes volunteer appreciation events, including an annual volunteer appreciation party, thank you notes, and annual gift cards to retain volunteer base
  • Conducts annual volunteer staff survey to ensure that volunteers are being adequately supported and their needs are being met
  • Establishes internal policies about conduct and processes for addressing conflict, harmful behavior, and nonperformance of work


Coalition & Community Partners

  • Works with community partners to build and support coalitions that further CASS’s mission to address interconnected social and structural problems, including decriminalization of sex work, decriminalization of fare evasion, and housing for all
  • Attends daytime weekday meetings and hearings with policymakers to submit testimony on behalf of CASS


Qualifications

  • 4 plus years of relevant experience in a nonprofit organization, foundation, government agency, or community organizing;
  • Demonstrated comfort assuming leadership roles, with proven track record of success in a non-profit leadership position (paid or volunteer);
  • Experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors, foundations, or corporate donors;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – with diverse lived experiences, for-profit and non-profit, senior and junior;
  • Ability to conduct educational trainings and comfort with group facilitation;
  • Comfort serving as a public face of an organization in media and communications, and at grassroots advocacy, lobbying, coalition, and other meetings, events, and speak-outs; 
  • Knowledge of accounting, budgeting, financial management, and marketing;
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities;
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor;
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings;
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter, and self-directed; ability to work independently in a non-traditional office setting which includes flexible, telework and non-traditional work schedule (includes some nights and weekends).


Compensation


$70,000 - 75,000; health insurance provided. 20 days of paid time off provided as well.

Diverse candidates, particularly people who hold multiple marginalized identities, are encouraged to apply.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) is a grassroots organization that uses comprehensive, community-based solutions through an intersectional lens to eliminate public gendered harassment and assault in the DC metropolitan area…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

$70,000 - 75,000; health insurance provided. 20 days of paid time off provided as well.

$70,000 - 75,000; health insurance provided. 20 days of paid time off provided as well.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (maximum 10 pages (shorter preferred)) that demonstrates persuasive/advocacy-based writing (e.g., grant application, policy proposal) to CollectiveActionEDSearch@gmail.com by July 8, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications strongly encouraged. Please direct any application questions to above email address.


Diverse candidates, particularly people who hold multiple marginalized identities, are encouraged to apply.


Collective Action for Safe Spaces is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (maximum 10 pages (shorter preferred)) that demonstrates persuasive/advocacy-based writing (e.g., grant application…

Location

518 Kennedy Street Northeast, Suite 203, Washington, DC 20011
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