Executive Director – Emerge Colorado
Location: Flexible within Colorado
Emerge Colorado is the state’s premier training program for Democratic women interested in running for elected office, and we are seeking an Executive Director to lead our team in recruiting, training and inspiring women to pursue public office at the local, state and national levels.
About Emerge Colorado
Emerge Colorado recruits and trains Democratic women to run – and win. We work closely with policymakers, nonprofits, business leaders, and candidates to ensure women from all backgrounds have a seat at the table in Colorado’s political system and government. We are one of the most successful bench-building organizations for women candidates in the country; we have over 450 alumnae with an 88% win-rate since 2012 and currently have 65 alumnae serving in elected offices across Colorado. Of our alumnae, 45% are women of color, 30% are LGBTQ, and 25% are union members.
Our signature program is a six-month training fellowship that provides over 90 hours of training for future candidates. We also run one-day and 30-hour bootcamp trainings throughout the year, and provide ongoing coaching to each of our candidates to ensure their electoral success.
About this role
The Executive Director will ensure that we are fulfilling our mission of making sure that Democratic women of all identities are represented at every level of Colorado’s government by driving every aspect of our programming – from where we recruit, to how we train and support candidates in our initial programs, to how we continue to support alumnae as they pursue their goals, and how we engage with both alumnae and partner organizations across the state to ensure we have an informed and nuanced understanding of the real needs and opportunities in different communities. They will manage our team and will continue to build the organization.
What you’ll do
- Recruit and inspire Democratic women with a range of identities, including racial, economic, and class identities, to run for office
- Ensure we have a strategic plan that guides where we’re recruiting so that we can maximize both our impact and our resources, and that the plan is informed by a nuanced understanding of existing statewide political dynamics and needs within specific districts
- Plan and run our flagship six-month campaign training and our bootcamps, including designing content (making improvements based on past trainings and creating new content where needed), recruiting and preparing trainers, managing our Events and Communications Coordinator to support all logistics and scheduling, and directly facilitating the majority of the trainings
- Provide coaching, guidance, and feedback to prospective and current candidates running for all levels of office
- Identify and develop opportunities to expand and improve our programmatic offerings
- Support and engage Emerge Colorado’s alumnae to create a robust network that continues to serve their needs as they seek and hold public office
- Manage our current team, which includes one full-time staff person and several contractors, to ensure we deliver on our mission and continue to create a culture where all individuals, in particular those with marginalized identities, can thrive. Grow the team by at least one full-time position by the end of this year
- Build and manage relationships with our Board of Directors, and ensure they have the information they need to function effectively in their roles
- Drive the development and execution of the strategic plan and annual goals to advance the organization’s mission
- Ensure that Emerge Colorado has a strong partnership with our national affiliate, Emerge America, and with other state affiliates
Fundraising and Administration
- Create the strategic plan for fundraising and ensure we meet our fundraising goals. Drive all fundraising initiatives, including events, major donor engagement, and grassroots donor programs
- Ensure we are meeting our operational objectives by managing all day-to-day operations for the organization, either directly or by working with our contract bookkeeper
- Ensure our data collection is accurate and complete
- Work with the bookkeeper and Board of Directors to ensure compliance with all required filings including tax forms
- Represent the organization publicly with all partners, funders, and the media
- Manage all external communications for the organization, either directly or through managing our Events and Communications Coordinator
- Build and deepen trusting relationships with all stakeholders, including candidates and alumnae, partner organizations, funders, and other allies
Who you are
At the core, we need an Executive Director who is a superb strategic thinker, a skilled manager, has a deep knowledge of campaigns, has a deep commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through all aspects of our work, and can build the trusting and authentic relationships we need across a wide range of identities. To be successful, the ideal candidate will bring most or all of the following skills:
- Ability to build authentic connections, engender trust, and develop strong relationships with candidates, alumnae, and partners across lines of difference including race, class, and other elements of identity
- Excellent manager with a track record of successfully managing staff to achieve ambitious goals and to create inclusive and equitable environments
- Strategic thinker and impact-oriented project manager, with the ability to create a strong plan to reach multiple simultaneous goals, to anticipate challenges and develop strategic solutions, to drive through and around hurdles, and to keep track of many moving pieces in competing priorities and make thoughtful decisions to keep the work moving forward
- Deeply committed to advancing our work around equity and inclusion, in particular around race, class, gender, and LGBTQ rights; strong understanding of and ability to talk about the ways that your own identities play out in your work; and a demonstrated commitment to continuing to build your knowledge and skills in this area
- Excellent facilitation skills, including in thoughtfully guiding conversations in which issues around race, power, and privilege play a predominant role, and the ability to center the experiences of people with marginalized identities. Able to spot what is strong in other trainers’ work and to help them pinpoint what could make their trainings even better, and to deliver that feedback effectively
- Ability to raise money, including demonstrated success both making direct asks (either fundraising or action asks) and cultivating relationships over time with individuals and institutions
- Strong understanding of how campaigns work and what it takes to be successful, and deep knowledge of how state- and local-level politics operate
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Deep commitment to social justice and the ability to tell a compelling story about why our work matters
- In-depth knowledge of the Colorado progressive movement and of statewide political issues, and relationships with organizational partners are all valuable but not required. Ability to quickly develop a nuanced understanding of those dynamics and to build those relationships is critical
Benefits and Compensation
This is a full-time exempt position at roughly 40 hours per week. The salary range is between $80,000-$100,000 annually.
We offer an excellent benefits package, including: generous paid vacation, parental and medical leave programs, sick leave, and holidays; a monthly healthcare stipend; 3% employer matching Simple IRA; and a monthly technology reimbursement.
The position can be based anywhere in Colorado and is currently fully remote with the pandemic. Once it’s safe to travel, it will require regular in-state travel (roughly three days/month) and some out-of-state travel (roughly ten days/year). This role requires semi-regular weekend and evening work.
How to apply
Applications will be accepted through May 2, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and relevant experience as well as your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline “Executive Director” in the subject line of the email. Please do not call at this time.
We are committed to building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and political system. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law. Women of color, indigenous women, and LGBTQ people are highly encouraged to apply.