Founded in 1978, Violence Free Minnesota is a coalition of over 90 member programs working to end relationship abuse. Violence Free Minnesota, also referred to as “the coalition,” offers a unique opportunity to apply an intersectional equity and social justice lens to cultivate a leadership culture within the organization while increasing our impact across Minnesota. Under the supervision of the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with Violence Free Minnesota staff, this position translates the mission and vision of the organization into manageable goals, objectives and outcomes. The Executive Director oversees the management of the physical, financial, and programmatic oversight of Violence Free Minnesota.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
A welcoming, collaborative, and visionary leader:
- Who is able to build relationships and bring together people and groups with transformative ideas and strategies;
- Who guides and coaches coalition staff while trusting the perspectives, expertise, and work styles;
- Who is open, welcoming, and kind, while fearlessly advocating and taking risks to further Violence Free Minnesota's mission;
- Who operates from a place of generosity, self-reflection, compassion, bravery, flexibility, and determination.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
Policy and Resource Development
- Directs and oversees the internal and external work to improve public policy that impacts families experiencing relationship abuse, including work within the state administrative and legislative arenas.
- Develop strategies to increase the effectiveness of the anti-violence movement throughout Minnesota.
- Lead resource development efforts, including grant seeking, soliciting gifts, and building and maintaining relationships with donors, funding entities, and business and community partners.
- Work with the Board, staff, and membership to develop new funding opportunities.
- Cultivate and strengthen strategic partnerships with public and private organizations and institutions; align multiple partners with diverse interests around the goal of ending relationship abuse in Minnesota.
- Build and expand relationships with relationship abuse and anti-violence organizations, member programs, community partners, victim/survivors and others invested in ending relationship abuse across the state.
- Support and advocate with and for survivors of violence and anti-violence agencies across the state.
- Provide concentrated support to executive directors of member programs to ensure ongoing organizational stability among member programs. Build relationships within marginalized communities and with culturally specific organizations across the state.
Community and Public Relations
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of significant developments and trends in the movement to end relationship abuse by participating in national and statewide convenings.
- Speak publicly, passionately, and eloquently about the mission and vision of Violence Free Minnesota and its member programs by delivering keynote speeches, presentations, and testimony at state and federal legislative bodies.
- Work to continually increase awareness and maintain a strong public image of Violence Free Minnesota and the importance of its mission.
- Maintain open and supportive communications with member programs while establishing clear channels for input, guidance and information sharing with programs across Violence Free Minnesota, particularly culturally specific organizations.
Management and Leadership
- Supervise and support the overall work of coalition staff, with direct supervision of administrative team and program directors.
- Lead organizational development efforts and provide oversight of day-to-day functions of the organization.
- Empower staff by identifying and creating opportunities to enhance performance, shared leadership practices, and career-development goals. Foster an internal culture that is reflective of Violence Free Minnesota's values, prioritizing an anti-oppression framework and survivor-centered approach in all of Violence Free Minnesota’s efforts. This includes developing organizational practices that interrupt the culture of white supremacy and places value on maintaining a working environment that prioritizes flexibility, self-care, generosity, and grace.
- Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff to develop organizational goals, programs, and infrastructure necessary to meet the objectives of the organization.
Organizational Health and Sustainability
- Oversee the work of managing the financial and business affairs of the organization.
- Ensure compliance with policies, procedures, grant guidelines, and relevant laws governing the work of the organization with the administrative team.
- Provide leadership and guidance regarding internal human resources, including knowledge of state laws.
- Supports the Board of Directors, including the ongoing work of Board recruitment, engagement, committee work and leadership development; ensures that the Board has the tools and information needed to fulfill its responsibilities.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EXPERIENCE & ATTRIBUTES
A combination of work and life experiences that demonstrate an understanding of gender-based violence and how it intersects with other forms of oppression and the ability to carry the vision of Violence Free Minnesota into the future.
- Demonstrated knowledge and minimum five years work experience in one or more of the following:
- A social justice and/or anti-violence related advocacy organization.
- Grass-roots or community organizing efforts addressing social inequities, especially as they relate to public policy.
- Non-profit organizational leadership and management.
- A clear understanding of intersectionality across gender, sex, race, class, and other dimensions of power. Commitment to addressing issues of power and oppression as they apply to domestic violence prevention, intervention and services.
- Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relations with a diversity of individuals, organizations, and government agencies.
- Management and leadership experience, including financial oversight, preferably in a non-profit setting.
- A commitment to individual and organizational learning with an orientation toward cultural humility and curiosity.
- Experience working with foundations, government agencies, and private donors.
- Demonstrated track record of fundraising or support to fundraising efforts.
- Excellent verbal and written communications, presentation, and motivational skills.
- Experience in team building and supervising diverse teams.
- Experience with public policy and systems advocacy.
- Experience in grant writing and management of a complex budget comprised of private and public (local, state, and federal) funds.
- Ability to multi-task and work under tight or changing timelines.
- The flexibility and adaptability to respond effectively to the demands of the moment, whether from coalition staff, a member program, or other entity.
- Working knowledge of computer systems and software, including Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office programs, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Experience in advancing public policy and implementing a strategic vision.
- Experience in basic program and/or organizational evaluation a plus.
- Willingness and ability to travel across the state and out of state; some overnight travel required.
- Spanish, ASL, Hmong, Somali, or other language proficiency desired.
- Willingness to embrace the unique complexities of a statewide coalition of local organizations from urban and rural areas.
- Possess the stamina to deal with a variety of stressful situations, such as: interacting with the families of homicide victims; responding to complaints; handling difficult internal and external interactions; effectively working long and, at times, odd hours.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions.
Exempt Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000. The Executive Director’s salary offer will be competitive and based upon the applicant’s level of experience and satisfaction of qualifications. The Executive Director’s generous benefits package includes vacation/sick/PTO, retirement contribution after one year, employer-paid health and dental insurance, and opt-in vision, disability, and life insurance. Please visit the full job description for more information.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit your cover letter, resume, and writing sample (maximum length one page) that you believe best expresses your commitment and passion for this position to Violence Free Minnesota Executive Director Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled.
Estimated start date for the Executive Director 9/1/21 or TBD.
Violence Free Minnesota values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds, including gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Violence Free Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage and seek applications from Black, Indigenous/Native, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, people of color, immigrant, bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, nonbinary and trans communities. Survivors of relationship abuse also encouraged to apply. We welcome people from all national origins, religions, ages, and ability statuses.