About the Alliance for Youth Action and the Executive Director Role
The Alliance for Youth Action (along with our sister 501c3 organization the Alliance for Youth Organizing) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead and manage the organization, work with the board and network leadership, and ensure the Alliance’s continued financial and operational health. The Alliance convenes, supports, and scales a national network of youth-led, locally rooted organizations growing civic engagement and social justice coast to coast. We are a multiracial network “of young people, by young people, for all people” and champion power and base building work in the communities we serve. Our Network Organizations run massive voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, train new young leaders, and run powerful campaigns to win on the progressive issues our generation cares about most.
The search is being managed by the Alliance transition taskforce made up of staff, board, and stakeholders, and administered by Meso Solutions, a search firm. You can apply at this link
The Alliance has achieved a number of successes including, but not limited to:
- Growing our network of youth-led organizations from nine in 2016 to 20 in 2020, engaging in more communities, centering more young people of color.
- Increasing our fundraising by tens of millions of dollars for both Alliance national operations and network organizations to support more work in the field and more young organizers.
- Using communications and media strategies to uplift the successes and power of our growing network and to shift the mainstream narrative about the importance of the youth vote.
- Expanding our work as a multiracial coalition to commit to ongoing learning about abolition, dismantling white supremacy, and decentering whiteness in our work.
- Building an incredible national staff team that has doubled in size to 14 full time employees over the past four years and continues to innovate, inspire, and drive the work forward.
- You can learn more about our recent accomplishments in our Annual Report.
The next Executive Director will have the opportunity to build on these successes, while bringing new ideas and energy to the organization.
- Strategic Leadership: Organize a diverse set of stakeholders, including staff, board, and network organizations, to set the strategic direction of our youth organizing network. Be a creative, open-minded thinker willing to balance and integrate political, financial, national/local, and short-term and long-term strategies. Identify strategic opportunities in the political landscape for individual affiliates or the collective network to pursue. The next Executive Director will join with stakeholders currently engaged in a strategic planning process to further align the direction and priorities of the Alliance.
- Fundraising: With development staff, lead significant fundraising for organizational budget ($6 to 10 million annually) and support network organizations in their fundraising. Advise and uplift organizational fundraising strategy and serve as a major pitch-maker and relationship builder with individual and institutional funders to grow and diversify funding sources. Requires high stakes relationship management and frequent travel when it is safe to do so.
- Management: Directs relationships with donors, staff, board, partner organizations, media, and other stakeholders. Knows how to delegate, share power and uplift staff, and instill a culture of creativity and productivity. Responsible for setting and managing annual organizational and financial goals in coordination with senior leadership.
- Healthy Work Environment: The Executive Director sets the tone for, and leads on, equity and team culture and values, ensuring an environment of growth and support for staff and affiliate leadership, through management of staff and the ongoing development of workplace and human resource policies.
In addition to the skills associated with the job responsibilities, we’re looking for particular strengths in the following areas:
- Commitment to the Mission: Demonstrated dedication to grassroots, local organizing and empowering state/local organizations to lead the work. Demonstrated commitment to trusting young leaders. Understanding of local grassroots organizations and representative of the communities we serve
- Financial Management & Fundraising: Comfort navigating and building relationships with high stakes donors, including foundations and institutional funders and individual donors. Understanding of financial management and budgeting
- History of being accountable to, and in solidarity with, leaders of color and directly impacted communities. History of lifting up leadership of young people of color and exhibiting a deep understanding of the impacts of white supremacy and patriarchy and oppression in the workplace and program.
- Organizer at Heart: Inclination to lead via organizing rather than by decree. Able to build and maintain strong networks to accomplish goals. Talented in coalition and team building. Collaborative and inclusive style of leadership and decision-making.
- Political, Policy, and Legislative knowledge with a pulse on the calendar and impacts of electoral work at the state and local level in both a 501c3 and 501c4 context.
- Communication Skills: Ability to speak on behalf of the organization and effectively communicate the organization’s mission to multiple audiences at public events and across several mainstream and digital media outlets and platforms. Strong oral and written communication skills. Agility in navigating conflict and advancing transformative change.
- Capable of Operating Teams of Different Sizes. Capable of running a large, high-impact, national organization, and guiding affiliate organization leadership in a collaborative manner.
Additional Experiences of Value
- Knowledge of voter and base building organizing strategies and tools such as voter file and interfaces, social media platforms, Google Apps, and more.
- Experience working with and understanding of federated organizations with local affiliates.
- Experience with operational and fundraising aspects of combined 501c3/501c4 structures.
- Knowledge of or experience in social justice philanthropy.
- Strategic multi-tasker with excellent time management skills.
- Ability to travel frequently (2-4 times per month, on average).
- Compensation: $150,000 – $175,000 per year commensurate with experience.
- Benefits: The Alliance offers a competitive benefits package covering 100% of employee medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums, 75% of premiums for employee dependents, employer retirement contributions (SEP IRA), life insurance, short and long term disability income protection insurance, cell phone reimbursement, WMATA transportation smartbenefits, professional development opportunities, the opportunity for 3 days of remote work per month, a generous paid time off policy, and up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave.
- Location: This is a full time position based out of the Alliance’s Washington, DC office. All positions are remote until further notice due to COVID-19. Remote work out of state is an option until employees are expected to return to the office. Moving reimbursements are offered to candidates moving to Washington, DC for this position.
- Travel: Under non pandemic circumstances, domestic travel for this role may be up to 30% of this position. Must be willing to work long, irregular hours and to travel as needed.
The Alliance for Youth Action is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. People of color, people with disabilities, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.
Please include your resume and answers to the following in lieu of a cover letter:
- Why do you want to work with the Alliance as its next Executive Director? (Maximum 150 words)
- Reflect on the intersection of electoral and issue organizing – what is your vision for how these build long term youth power? (Maximum 150 words)
- Can you tell us about a time you spearheaded a non traditional or unusual partnership with an organization or individual? (Maximum 150 words)
Please reach out to Lena Tom at Meso Solutions via hello@mesosolutions with any questions.
Timeline (subject to change)
Applicants will participate in multiple interviews with Meso Solutions staff and Alliance staff and board members. Finalists will also be asked to review strategy materials and discuss with the board. We anticipate a decision by September 2021