Summary: The Executive Director (ED) sets the strategic direction and vision of the organization, in partnership with a member-led Board of Directors. In addition, the ED secures the organization’s financial well being; leads the implementation of its vision and stated goals; and supports the development of its staff and membership.
The Executive Director should:
- Share a commitment to community organizing as a core strategy for building power among historically excluded communities;
- Possess a strong political analysis, including a grasp of the intersections of economic, environmental, and racial justice;
- Be ready to embrace N2N’s process-oriented, collaborative culture;
- Lead with love.
The organization’s next leader will share N2N’s core values, which include: solidarity, integrity, and self-determination.
About Neighbor to Neighbor
At Neighbor to Neighbor, we make democracy work for us. That means all of us, whether you’re Black, white, or brown, immigrant or lifelong local, and no matter how much money you have. Together, we build power for our collective well being. A handful of wealthy elites make the decisions that shape our lives here in Massachusetts. We believe we can shift the balance of power by bringing people together in key cities for bold change, local and statewide. From the streets to the State House, we get our people in power, build a new way of doing things, and put democracy into practice along the way.
Neighbor to Neighbor has been leading grassroots organizing locally and statewide on issue and electoral campaigns through the organization’s C3 Education Fund and C4 Action Fund since 1996. The organization has built power, winning victories from progressive taxation measures and criminal justice legislation at the state level to shutting down coal plants and securing the successful transition to solar energy at the local level.
By joining at the helm of Neighbor to Neighbor, you will join a talented staff of 14 people with a strong, collaborative leadership team with over 20 years of experience in organizing, development and campaigns. The organization has a healthy budget of just over $1 Million with ample reserves to ensure weathering the storm of any upcoming recession or unforeseen challenges, and a strong fundraising model and plan that ensures stability into the future. As a member of the national network People’s Action, Neighbor to Neighbor has access to training models and organizing coaches, and support in everything from organizational finance to base-building tactics and strategies. Check out N2N’s website at www.n2nma.org.
- Start date: Summer 2023
- Hours: Full time salaried
- Salary: $100,000 – $120,000
- Work environment: Hybrid: most work conducted virtually, but regular travel required
- Direct reports: Campaigns Director, Managing Director, Communications Director, and Project Organizer
- Location: Must live in Massachusetts or move within 3 months, or live within easy commute to one of our 5 offices in Boston, Holyoke, Springfield, Worcester, or Lynn, MA.
- Health insurance (N2N currently pays 100% of individual and family plans)
- Vision and dental insurance (N2N pays 100% of plans)
- Three weeks’ vacation plus two weeks at the end of the year offered as a holiday
- Twelve sick/personal days per year
- Employer funded short-term and long-term disability
- At least one month paid parental leave
- Option to join the Flexible Spending Account program
- The Executive Director will partner with the Board of Directors in setting the organization’s strategic direction. Lead the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the strategic direction in collaboration with the board and staff Leadership Team. Develop a shared understanding of what’s happening in the world to inform the following: shared political analysis, organizing and campaign goals, and communications and fundraising goals.
- N2N’s leader will set and lead continuous staff and organizational cultural transformation. Oversee the continuous strengthening of N2N’s organizing program.
- Ensure the integrity and quality of overall campaign strategy. With support of the leadership team, drive organizational culture that is values-based, with ample participation, that centers shared leadership.
- Finally, the organizational director will support development of fundraising strategy, and build relationships with individual donors and foundation contacts.
At Neighbor to Neighbor, we seek a leader who is able to see the big picture and translate vision and goals into actionable plans; able to connect, coach and inspire the staff and board teams; and skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with a diverse range of people, across the organization, and with allies, donors and funders.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
- Track record of success working within communities of color, women and gender-oppressed people, low-income people, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other historically marginalized communities, especially centering the fight against anti-Blackness.
- Ability to develop strategy with a large group of people and hold responsibility for sticking to the vision.
- Proven ability to analyze situations with an equity and inclusion lens and refine internal processes accordingly.
- Exceptional supervision and coaching skills, including managing staff.
- Demonstrated experience and commitment to organizing, carrying out political education, and movement building
- Experience in developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing program goals.
- Ability to build consensus, reach agreements, and help resolve conflicts
- Familiarity with budgeting and non-profit financial management
- An understanding of how to set and meet fundraising goals
- Committed to working with and for a membership who holds bottom line responsibility for the goals and direction of the organization
How to apply: Send a resume and a cover letter to email@example.com. Your cover letter can be traditionally formatted or you can send answers to these questions in writing or by video:
- Why are you applying for this position?
- Why do you think you meet the qualifications for this position?
Please, no phone calls. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application and interview process, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighbor to Neighbor is an equal opportunity employer. Members of Black, Latinx, and AAPI communities, as well as all other people or color; members of the LGBTQIA community; and women are encouraged to apply.