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The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (“CIRC”) seeks an executive director to lead a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to build a unified statewide voice to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the United States. CIRC achieves its mission through nonpartisan civic engagement, public education, building immigrant power and advocacy to win fair, humane and workable public policies.
We seek a highly qualified candidate that has demonstrated commitment to social, economic and racial justice ready to take an organization to the next level.
The executive director will take leadership of this dynamic organization and a talented staff team of 11 people working to create a society in which all people are treated with dignity and respect and have access to fair and just work, housing, health care education and the opportunity to live united with family members.
The executive director serves as the chief executive officer of CIRC and will be stationed in Denver and is required to travel statewide. The executive director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is principally responsible for ensuring the overall success and effectiveness of the organization, including implementation of the organization’s policies, programs and financial and staff management. Key responsibilities include:
- Visionary and Strategic Leadership: Ensures CIRC engages in strategies that are aligned with the vision and mission of the organization; Ensures campaigns, programs, fundraising and operations are aligned with the vision and mission; Ensures that timely progress is made to achieving the mission of the organization; Leads strategic planning process; creates space to identify and explore new ideas and opportunities.
- Fundraising: With the support of the Board, ensures that CIRC maintains a diverse and sustainable funding base, including major donors, grassroots fundraising, grants, special events, fee for service; Identifies new resources, cultivates and maintains relationships with funders and donors and ensures compliance with all commitments to funders and donors.
- Organizational Partnerships/Relationships: Develops and maintains relationships with members, key allies, partners, elected officials, community leaders and decision makers. Participates in key collaborations and partnerships necessary to achieve CIRC’s strategic priorities.
- Campaigns and Programs: Ensures that the organization’s campaigns and programs are aligned with the mission of the organization; Ensures proper planning, staffing, oversight and strategy of the campaigns and programs.
- Staff Development: Recruits, retains and motivates a diverse and talented staff with a commitment to social, economic and racial justice; Ensures staff receives the training, support, supervision, evaluation and leadership development that they need to succeed. Maintains and advances an organizational culture that supports work/life balance and fosters positive staff relations.
- Administration and Operations: Ensures effective administration and operation of the organization, including legal, financial (budget, audit, financial controls and systems), compliance, management and human resources.
- Board support: Supports and motivates the Board of Directors in fulfilling its legal duties and responsibilities to the organization, including setting fundraising goals and outcomes, recruitment, development and evaluation of board.
- Ambassador: Serves as spokesperson and leader of CIRC with members, allies, partners, public officials, community leaders, media and the general public. Proactively positions CIRC and advances its reputation and message in the community.
- Anti-Oppression: Active participant in CIRC’s anti-oppression and equity efforts to both model and make progress toward a vision of an organizational culture that reflects the values and principles CIRC is fighting for in the world.
- Understands CIRC’s mission and model for building power with community, grassroots, directly affected leaders and others.
- Understands the issues and politics in Colorado and immigration issues nationally.
- A visionary and strategic leader that is inspiring, passionate and hardworking. Able to analyze context and lead organizational strategy.
- Strong coalition builder, networker, and strategist.
- Seasoned leader with a minimum of 5 years nonprofit management experience working on immigration, social, racial or economic justice issues including a track record of building and maintaining strategic relationships with partners, allies and funders, leading and winning organizing or policy campaigns, working with community, developing community leaders, creating and implementing programs.
- Significant success in fundraising from a variety of sources including major donors, foundations, corporations, grassroots donors and in cultivating new funders and donors. Experience leading a fundraising team composed of board, staff, key stakeholders and consultants.
- Experience with administration and operations of a nonprofit organization, including developing budgets and overseeing responsible financial management practices that ensure short term and long term organizational sustainability.
- Demonstrated commitment and dedication to social, racial and economic justice.
- A respect and willingness to work with differing perspectives, voices and backgrounds.
- Experience with staff development, supervision and management. Has a mentoring/coaching style of managing staff, an open door policy, is a delegator, not a micro manager. A team worker who will roll up his/her sleeve and work with staff and community.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills. Persuasive public speaker.
- Experience supporting a nonprofit board of directors fulfill its legal duties and responsibilities.
- Experience with nonprofit 501 (c) 3 and 501 (c) 4 organizations.
- Experience with policymaking and working with state and federal legislators.
- Excellent personal organization and time management skills. Practices self-care and manages stress well.
- Education: BA or BS degree or equivalent.
- Bilingual (Fluent in English and Spanish), bicultural
- Roots in Colorado desired
COMPENSATION: Full Time Position with excellent benefits. Salary range is $56,000-$63,000 depending on experience.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Cover letter, resume, and 3 references should be sent via e mail to CIRC Attn: Francisca Gonzalez Baxa at CIRC_ED_job@coloradoimmigrant.org.
All documents emailed should be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. Deadline is Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. Expected Start Date is February 1, 2016. Please indicate any requests regarding confidentiality of your candidacy in your cover letter. If you have any questions concerning the Executive Director position at CIRC please call Francisca Baxa at 714-309-9082. We will respond to all applicants, therefore, please refrain from inquires as to the status of your candidacy.
CIRC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER THAT STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE SOCIAL GOALS OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND ANTI OPPRESSION. PEOPLE OF COLOR, WOMEN, LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AS WELL AS OLDER PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CIRC VISIT: WWW.COLORADOIMMIGRANT.ORG