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Director - Worker Recovery and Family Supports

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Position Overview 

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.  

 

About Convergence  

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

 

The Opportunity  

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:  

  • How to frame a Convergence Dialogue that would invite the participation of cross-partisan, cross-sector stakeholders to develop a long-term vision for family well-being.   
  • Whether it would be beneficial to focus the Dialogue in a geographic location, such as the Rust Belt. Or how regional conversations and solutions might benefit the Dialogue.  
  • How such a Dialogue could add value and move the dial on supports for working families, including what kinds of solutions such a Dialogue would potentially target. 

 

 

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.  

  • Design and implement project strategy and build project team.  
  • Identify, engage, and maintain relationships with potential dialogue participants and other stakeholders and advisors who will be involved in the project.  
  • Design dialogue process, including number and structure of meetings and meeting content.  
  • Oversee meeting execution.  
  • Engage dialogue participants and others with relevant expertise and experience in between meetings in order to facilitate consensus development.  
  • Plan and execute production of interim deliverables on the way to a final report issued at the end of the Dialogue. 
  • Engage in outreach and support others’ outreach to non-participant stakeholders in the issue space with an eye toward building enthusiasm for the process and anticipation for the ultimate consensus recommendations. 
  • Research issues and develop project reports and other documents.  
  • Support communications efforts on behalf of the project, including drafting articles and op- eds, and engaging in public speaking, webinars and other venues/vehicles to highlight Convergence’s work in this arena.  
  • Support fundraising efforts for the project, including cultivating donor relationships and supporting the Development team in drafting proposals and reports, to build on existing start-up funding, in coordination with Convergence senior leadership.  
  • Manage project finances.  
  • Coach, develop, and mentor staff and interns.  
  • Build alliances and partnerships through networking and attending/presenting at conferences while acting as project ambassador.  
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Team of Convergence, assisting in organizational wide meetings and activities.  
  • Other duties as assigned or required.  

 

Supervision Received/Exercised 

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 

Required: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the area of family economic security and well-being (can include work in the private sector, public policy, community-based, or philanthropic worlds) or an equivalent field, especially including any work connected to childcare and paid leave 
  • 10 years full time working experience or the equivalent 
  • 5 years’ experience managing large-scale projects and supervising other employees 
  • Exceptional decision-making and creative problem-solving skills and excellent political judgment  
  • Experience managing complex and diverse groups of leaders 
  • Ability to be nonpartisan/neutral and to welcome and honor all points of view  
  • Strong communication skills, including interviewing, synthesizing, writing, and public speaking – with an emphasis on clarity, brevity, and persuasiveness  
  • Flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adjust strategy based on circumstances  

     

Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of and ideally professional connections with key organizations and entities related to family economic security defined in the broadest sense to include cross-sector leaders and networks (private sector, grassroots, philanthropic as well as public policy) 
  • Strong skills and experience in professional cross-divide work (e.g., mediation, facilitation, conflict resolution, relationship-building, coalition management, etc.)  

 

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.  

Position Overview 

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    November 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 12, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States
Suite 410

How to Apply

To Apply 

Email your application to jobs@convergencepolicy.org with “Director, Worker Recovery and Family Supports” in the subject line. Applications should include: (1) a resume, (2) a tailored cover letter indicating your relevant experience and specific interest in the position, and (3) a writing sample. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please indicate where you saw the job announcement in the body of your email. Position available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.  

To Apply 

Email your application to jobs@convergencepolicy.org with “Director, Worker Recovery and Family Supports” in the subject line. Applications should include: (1) a resume, (2) a…

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