About People’s Action/Institute
People’s Action Institute (501c3) and its sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are progressive national organizations supporting grassroots mobilization and leadership for an agenda that reflects people rather than profits. People’s Action/Institute empowers the poor and working people in rural, suburban and urban areas to achieve change through campaigns and elections.
With offices in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance national and state struggles for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, etc. . Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations in 30 states, improve lives by organizing campaigns and issues at the local and state level, leading tables statewide, and coming together collectively to change national policy and politics.
People’s Action/Institute has a proven track record of leadership in coordinating grassroots mobilization and advocacy to advance a range of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state and local levels, including health insurance for millions of people and the repeal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, preventing banks of Wall Street from selling predatory payday loans to their customers; and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
For more information on PAI, please visit https://peoplesaction.org/.
This is an incredible opportunity to grow the power of the People’s Action/Institute network by supporting and developing our national base (member organizations) and creating and running programs for our member organizations to expand their power. .
This is a position focused on building a powerful regional team that will drive significant investment in our member organisations.
As a Network Power Building Director, your typical day will include (but is not limited to):
Develop and manage People’s Action state and region energy building programs and infrastructure
- Explore ways to deepen and strengthen network cohesion and strategic alignment; Build and execute a network power building program and plan
- Expand the national power base of People’s Action through strategic affiliation in accordance with national campaign priorities and political plans as well as national capacities and resources
- Assess the strength of our network so that we can make informed decisions about the capacity and support of member organizations
- Maintain and support member organization engagement in major initiatives such as organizational relaunch and power plans
Lead and manage a team of regional managers
- Build and support a team of up to six Regional Directors and work with them to develop and execute a long-term empowerment strategy for their region
- Support the team’s ability to prioritize their work and be clear about their goals and strategies for their region and for each member organization
- Help them build and maintain systems for collaboration across departments/teams and support member organization engagement with PA/PAI programs and campaigns
- Manage the field program through regular check-ins, setting up agreements and accountability checks with program staff based on solid plans that have been produced with member organizations
Network coordination and communication
- Ensure that all communications flow fully between member organizations and all national staff
- Work with communications and development teams to help collect stories from the field for reporting and communications.
- Putting the network into action at critical moments of rapid intervention; lead participation in major network events and releases
- Support the development team to track and collect member organization plans for major/joint fundraising efforts
- Work with our data and technology team to drive the implementation of Salesforce as our primary CRM for tracking information from our member organizations
- Develop regional cohesion, shared learning and collaboration opportunities, because it makes strategic sense
Other assigned duties
The ideal Network Power Building Director should have the following experience and qualifications:
- Strong commitment to racial, gender and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
- Ability to work with various people and organizations
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a non-profit organization; demonstrated organizational experience which must include campaign experience
- Must have held a leadership position in an empowerment organization (Organizing Director, Deputy Director, Executive Director, etc.)
- Proven ability to work in coalition with a wide range of organizations on issues and ability to develop and execute sophisticated campaign strategies that advance immediate results and support longer term empowerment. Must be able to build consensus on activities and pursue coordinated action with other stakeholders who may have different perspectives, needs and constituencies
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Understanding of and interest in best practices and emerging trends in the field of organizing and empowerment
- Analysis of national and state organization infrastructure with a vision of how to build infrastructure and capacity in service of strengthening energy across the country
- Experience in facilitating workshops and trainings in large and small groups
- Ability to keep commitments and not let things slip through the cracks
- A strong movement building orientation that centers relationships and equity
- Ability to work independently without close supervision and as a team player who will engage productively with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of People’s Action/Institute.
- High energy and passion for the mission of People’s Action/Institute is essential
- At least 2 years of management experience is required
Benefits and compensation:
Status: Full-time, exempt, eligible for benefits
Trade union position: Nope
Wage scale: F-level: $95,000 – $130,000, depending on experience.
Location: May be based in our Chicago, IL, or Washington, DC office, but remote locations can be considered anywhere in the continental United States.
Reports to: Head of Organization Programs
Supervise: Minimum of 2 people, can be up to 6 people
Travel conditions: Yes, need to be able to travel at least 1-2 times per month to the US as needed
Benefits include: Health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, medical, first day of employment, flexible spending account for care of dependents after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, long term disability insurance, life insurance , 11 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year which includes Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation during your first year of employment.
Our Commitment to Fair Compensation:
We believe in fair compensation for your work, no matter where you live. Our pay scale is comparable to the salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is located. It is based on your months/years of work experience. While we do not determine education as a determining factor if we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do consider any relevant higher education experience you have. To further address pay inequities and inequities within the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and offer opportunities for advancement to full-time employees based on performance appraisal. Your starting salary reflects your position in our salary scale and is based on the information you provide to us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor salaries through a triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our potential and current employees fair salaries.
Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
The Action/Popular Institute is a Equal Opportunity Employer; Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, candidates will be required to present proof of being fully immunized (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of J&J plus any appropriate booster doses) against COVID-19 before starting employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.
Closing date: November 6, 2022
No phone calls, please.
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