ACCESS Women’s Health Justice (ACCESS) seeks a dynamic Executive Director with a deep commitment to reproductive justice and a proven record of organizational leadership. The ED will partner with the Board of Directors, staff, interns, volunteers, constituents and allies to lead the organization. The ED will provide vision and strategic direction to the organization, oversee fund development, and serve as an institutional advocate, among other key responsibilities.
Founded in 1993, ACCESS removes barriers to sexual and reproductive health care and builds the power of Californians to demand equity and dignity. Our Reproductive Justice in Action theory of social change advances our mission through three critical components: the reproductive healthline, policy advocacy, and community engagement. Since the departure of our previous Executive Director in late 2017, ACCESS experimented with different organizational models of working together and has decided to move towards a structure led by an Executive Director.
Reporting Relationships and Overview: The ED is an important internal and external leader who galvanizes staff, interns, volunteers, the Board of Directors, constituents, and allies to achieve ACCESS’s mission. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Board Chair(s). ACCESS currently employs 3 staff. The ED will take over direct supervision of the Program Manager, Finance and Operations Manager, and Movement Building Director. Roughly one-half to two-thirds of the ED’s time is dedicated to institutional advocacy and fund development.
1. Leadership: Provides leadership and vision to ensure ACCESS’s values and mission are reflected in its operations and programs. Leads the implementation of the agency’s strategic planning process and implementation. Assumes an active role in capacity-building and maintains a productive and supportive organizational environment for staff, interns, and volunteers.
2. Personnel: Creates a productive and supportive environment for staff, interns, and volunteers that is aligned with ACCESS’s values. Facilitates opportunities for professional development for all staff. Manages and administers employee benefits. Responsible for staff hiring, evaluation and other personnel actions.
3. Fund Development: Actively cultivates relationships and opportunities with a broad spectrum of funders. Identifies and executes development strategies and promotes the visibility of ACCESS among prospective donors. Takes primary responsibility for foundation funding development.
4. Institutional Advocacy: Acts as agency spokesperson and champion, educating and advocating on behalf of ACCESS’s constituencies in public arenas. Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships with key strategic partners. Builds knowledge and expertise, when appropriate, about relevant local, state and national reproductive justice policy issues. Increases agency visibility in the media as the “go to” agency when issues related to reproductive health access arise.
5. Financial Management: Oversees financial management and fiscal sustainability and accountability. Works with Finance and Operations Manager to prepare and present a budget to the Board on a yearly basis for Board approval. Oversees day-to-day financial needs.
6. Program Direction: Ensures high quality program planning, development, performance, and evaluation that meets funder expectations and sustains and grows ACCESS’s programs, particularly the Healthline, Public Policy, Training, and Community Engagement.
7. Board of Directors: Provides leadership and support for the Board’s fulfillment of its governance responsibilities, capacity-building and fund development activities.
8. Administration: Implements contracts and ensures compliance with legal obligations. Ensures that organizational growth is supported internally in terms of technology, facilities, telecommunication systems and equipment.
9. Communications: Oversees communications strategies, media engagement, continuity of brand, and development and dissemination of materials.
1. Previous management experience, including personnel, fiscal, and program management. (This is not limited to prior ED experience; we will consider candidates that have held leadership roles with an organization as management staff, board members, and other leadership roles that might apply.)
2. Previous experience in the field of reproductive justice, including familiarity and comfort with sexual and reproductive health issues, particularly abortion.
3. Outstanding communication skills including written and oral.
4. Proven advocacy skills. Ability to communicate a genuine passion for reproductive justice issues in a compelling and authentic manner to multiple audiences. A working knowledge of public policy in California. Experience with advocating with communities of color, low-income and/or immigrant communities preferred.
5. Demonstrated abilities in fundraising, including grant-writing. Significant track record of raising funds from foundation and private sources, particularly major donors.
6. Demonstrated ability to make strategic decisions in complex or fast-paced situations.
7. Ability to work in a multiracial environment and continued commitment to engaging in anti-racist praxis and encouraging that among ACCESS’ staff.
Outstanding candidates will also have:
1. Experience with communications and marketing strategies.
2. Experience working with nonprofit boards of directors and/or other advisory bodies.
3. Broad alliance-building experience, including working in collaboration with multiple organizations.
4. Bilingual in Spanish.
ACCESS Women’s Health Justice (ACCESS) seeks a dynamic Executive Director with a deep commitment to reproductive justice and a proven record of organizational leadership. The ED will partner with the Board of Directors…
ACCESS is committed to pay transparency. In 2018, our board and staff co-created a pay structure that includes professional experience, as well as lived experience that grounds staff in reproductive justice values. We encourage interested candidates can inquire directly for more information about the scale.
ACCESS offers a generous benefits package.
ACCESS is committed to pay transparency. In 2018, our board and staff co-created a pay structure that includes professional experience, as well as lived experience that grounds…
Please submit in ONE PDF the following: (1) 1-2 page resume; (2) 1-2 page cover letter explaining: (a) what experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position, (b) why the mission and work of ACCESS appeals to you and (c) why the Executive Director position at ACCESS is the right next step for you in your career, especially highlighting your philosophy on leadership and management style; (3) a writing sample (or excerpt) no longer than five pages demonstrating your advocacy, fundraising and/or marketing/communication skills; and, (4) a list of 3 professional references, one of whom was someone the candidate previously supervised.
Please submit in ONE PDF the following: (1) 1-2 page resume; (2) 1-2 page cover letter explaining: (a) what experience, skills, and personal characteristics…