Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (Convergence) seeks a strategic, detail-oriented, and passionate leader to oversee Convergence’s new Dialogue on focused on post-pandemic recovery for America’s workers and supports for families, including topics such as economic mobility, childcare, paid leave, and more. The position will be responsible for launching and implementing this new project focused on convening across partisan and sectoral divides to build a consensus-based agenda for “family well-being" (working title). The Director will develop and execute project strategy; manage budget, performance measures, and project timeline; cultivate relationships with dialogue participants, stakeholders, consultants, project associates, and others; manage a “dialogue leading to action” with high level influencers, policy thinkers, private sector leaders and on-the-ground practitioners; facilitate the creation and implementation of solutions; and advance the project through fundraising.
Founded in 2009, Convergence is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that convenes people and groups with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues. We achieve this through structured, facilitated dialogue and long-term relationship building. Through proactive, nonpartisan engagement of influential individuals and organizations, we create new pathways that move our country and society forward. Our work demonstrates that trust, civility, and compromise can shift the focus from winning the debate to collectively seeking solutions. Convergence staff is concentrated in the Washington, DC and San Francisco Bay areas. For more information about Convergence, visit: www.convergencepolicy.org.
Responding to COVID and the crisis it created for America’s workers, in summer 2020 Convergence reconvened many of the stakeholders who participated in our past, successful Convergence Dialogue on Economic Mobility - a diverse mix of policy thinkers, practitioners, business leaders, and some new voices. The group shared information and explored new ideas focused on short-term relief. Looking forward, the group is urging Convergence to engage across partisan and sectoral divides to build a consensus-based agenda around support for working families given the Biden Administration’s existing and expected investments in this area and the strong interest from right- and left-leaning advocates, the private sector, and others to create choices that enable families to thrive.
Convergence has received a grant to support the initial stages (what we call the ‘Assessment Phase’) of researching and developing a project in the area of family economic security, especially as it relates to childcare, paid leave and related areas. The Assessment involves dozens of interviews with experts to understand the issues at play and yields a framing that will guide the resulting Dialogue. The goals of the Assessment would include:
Who We’re Looking For
Convergence seeks a person with strong entrepreneurial, managerial and people skills who is committed to supporting the organization’s mission to develop collaborative, non-partisan public policy, private sector, and community-based solutions to challenging national issues. This person needs a strong familiarity with the family economic policy and practice landscape, including all of the creative cross-sectoral approaches that give families choices and make it easier to have and raise kids in the United States. Successfully directing our projects requires nimbleness, adaptability, thought leadership, problem-solving skills, and extremely strong communications, interpersonal and diplomatic capabilities, as well as a commitment to working in a strictly nonpartisan manner with people of diverse, and often conflicting, points of view.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
With support from an outside facilitator and Convergence leadership, design and move participants through a Convergence Dialogue process starting with the Assessment described above to reach consensus recommendations and support implementation of those recommendations.
General supervision by Senior Director of Projects. Supervises a project associate plus interns. Supervises and coordinates with facilitator and other outside consultants as needed.
Partnership with Colleagues
Works in close partnership with other leaders on the Executive Team and, especially, with fellow directors of Convergence Dialogues. Serve as client to Convergence’s teams for Communications, Development, and Operations.
Qualifications & Skills
Work and Location
This position will be remote for the foreseeable future. Some preference may be given to candidates based in either the Washington, DC or the San Francisco Bay areas.
Convergence values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Convergence is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring decisions are made without consideration of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.
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