Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and
Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
POSITION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Founded in 1998, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) is a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families and allies through leadership development, organizing and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice. COLOR’s vision is that Latinas and their families have the knowledge, freedom, and power to access a full range of opportunities for the health of their body, mind and spirit.
COLOR’s goals are:
- Increase awareness of Latina reproductive health and reproductive justice in Colorado
- Increase funding for educational and advocacy activities for the reproductive healthcare of Latinas and reproductive justice
- Design a reproductive justice framed healthcare model that promotes culturally proficient reproductive health services for Latinas
- Advocate for the creation of culturally proficient Latina reproductive health and reproductive justice research and policy
COLOR takes a multi-issue, inclusive stance regarding reproductive freedom and justice. COLOR’s areas of action are sexuality education, family planning and contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, transgender health care access, and breast, cervical & ovarian cancer. COLOR accomplishes our work through education and advocacy programming, as well as policy work.
The Executive Director is responsible for providing vibrant, effective leadership and management to enable COLOR to fulfill its mission. This position requires someone who is self-motivated, passionate, energetic, warm, enthusiastic, and has the ability to motivate and listen to others. The Executive Director shall report directly to the Board of Directors through the Board Co-Chairs.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties of the COLOR Executive Director are as follows:
Organizational Management, Operations and Programs –
Implements organizational vision: Develops and implements COLOR’s organizational strategic plan consistent with COLOR’s mission and objectives. Provides administrative direction for all operations, including program development and evaluation. Provides support, coaching and guidance to all of COLOR’s volunteers, advisory committees, staff or consultant projects in order to facilitate their success. Recruits, manages and retains capable staff, volunteers and independent contractors, maintain responsibility for all aspects of employment for staff, interns and volunteers. Makes personnel-related decisions with support of the Personnel Committee. Responsible for ensuring that COLOR’s programs are provided in an inclusive manner with relation to culture, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability level. Implements and monitors COLOR’s policies and procedures. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining the physical health of the COLOR office.
Collaborative Relationships –
Develops and enhances collaborative relationships with diverse populations, other community-based organizations and volunteers to effect systemic change. Represents the organization to the community, collaborators and other stakeholders. Conducts ongoing community outreach and organizing.
Liaison with Board of Directors –
Partners with the Board of Directors in achieving COLOR’s mission. Serves as the primary liaison between the Board of Directors and the COLOR staff in order to ensure effective communications.
Identifies, cultivates and solicits grants from corporations, foundations and individuals for specific programs and projects of COLOR. Oversees grant writing, reporting and administration. Supports Communications Director, Development Associate, Board of Directors and Development Committee on creating and implementing yearly fundraising plan, including major donors, giving circle members and events.
Develops, implements and manages operating and capital expenditure budgets. Ensures that appropriate financial systems and controls are implemented. Monitors all aspects of financial performance along with accountant. Ensures that the organization operates within budget and available resources. Develops and implements action plans as needed to improve financial performance and cost effectiveness.
Acts as a spokesperson on behalf of COLOR, communicating verbally and in writing the organization’s programs and policies to:
- The Latin@ community
- Political and health education leaders
- Other community agencies
- COLOR funders and supporters
Provides reports and related information as required by the Board of Directors. Conducts external public relations and marketing activities along with Communications Director to maintain a positive public image and attract donors. This includes managing media relations and developing public speaking opportunities. Develops rapport with current and potential donors and keeps them informed on significant issues, supported by the Development Associate.
The Executive Director will be required to demonstrate from 3 to 7 years of experience and training that he or she has the following qualifications:
- Commitment to the COLOR mission and vision, including commitment to reproductive justice and to the Latin@ community.
- Vibrant and effective leadership skills. Must be able to enthusiastically lead people to achieve established goals. Must have the proven ability to foster a healthy, productive work environment.
- Substantial management experience with a proven track record of accomplishment in supervising/managing people, budgets and programs in order to achieve clear and measurable goals.
- Superior writing skills, including a demonstrated ability to express and influence positions, policies, information, and education. Proficiency in grammar and spelling is required.
- Success in building coalitions of organizations and individuals to accomplish specific advocacy, policy and education outcomes.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and professional arenas. Must be able to work effectively with members of the Board of Directors, community partners and other organizations in the field, news/media and other stakeholders.
- Successful experience in designing and implementing fundraising and/or development programs to include individual small and large donors, foundations and businesses. Demonstrated history of effective grant writing is a plus.
- Ability to provide leadership to the Board of Directors in guiding its planning and activities, including strategic planning.
- Must be self-motivated, have strong work ethic, and have ability to multitask and prioritize work.
- Capability to have a flexible work schedule, including week nights and weekends.
- Willingness to travel; statewide and nationally.
- Bachelor degree
Preferable, but not required qualifications include:
- Formal, postgraduate academic training
- Bilingual in Spanish
- Multicultural experiences
Commensurate with experience and qualifications based on Denver market data. COLOR offers a generous benefit package including health insurance, life insurance, PTO, disability, a 401K with a match and more.
People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and members other underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. COLOR is an EOE.
Application Deadline: February 28,2014
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