Network Power Building Director |  People's Action

Network Power Building Director | People’s Action

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3), and its sister organization People’s Action (501c4), are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.

With offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more . Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 30 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively coming together to change national policy and politics.

People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field and mobilization advocacy in advancing an array 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 and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks 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.

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The Opportunity

This is an amazing opportunity to grow the power of People’s Action/Institute’s network through supporting and growing our national base (member organizations) and building and executing programs for our member organizations to expand their power.

Overview of the Position

This is a position that is focused on building a powerful regional team that will drive deep investment in our member organizations

As Network Power Building Director, your typical day will include (but isn’t limited to):

Develop and Manage People’s Action State & Regional Power Building Programs and Infrastructure

  • Explore ways to deepen and build network cohesion and strategic alignment; Build and execute a network power-building program and plan
  • Expand People’s Action’s national power base through strategic affiliation in accordance with national campaign priorities and political plans as well as with national capacity and resources
  • Assess the strength of our network so we can make smart decisions regarding capacity & support for member organizations
  • Hold and support member organization’s engagement in major initiatives like the Organizing Revival and Power Plans

Lead and Manage a team of Regional Directors

  • Build and support a team of up to six Regional Directors and work with them to build out and execute a long-term power-building 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 cross-department/team collaboration and support for member organizations’ engagement with PA/PAI programs and campaigns
  • Manage the field program through regular check-ins, agreement setting, and accountability checks-in with program staff based on strong plans that have been produced with member organizations

Network Coordination and Communication

  • Ensure that all communications are flowing fully between member organizations and all national staff
  • Work with communications and development teams to assist in collecting stories from the field for reports and communications.
  • Drive the network into action at critical rapid response moments; lead turnout for major network events and throwdowns
  • Support the development team to track and collect member organization’s plans as they relate to large/joint fundraising efforts
  • Work with our Data and Technology team to drive the implementation of Salesforce as our main CRM for tracking information from our member organizations
  • Develop regional cohesion, shared learning, and opportunities for collaboration as it makes strategic sense

Other Duties as Assigned

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 diverse people and organizations
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated organizing experience which must include some campaigning experience
  • Must have held a senior leadership position at a power-building organization (Organizing Director, Deputy Director, Executive Director, etc)
  • Proven ability to work in coalition with a broad range of organizations on issues and ability to develop and execute sophisticated campaign strategies that advance immediate outcomes and support longer-term power building. Must be able to forge consensus on activities and pursue coordinated action with other stakeholders who may have different views, needs, and constituencies
  • Skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Understanding of and interest in emerging best practices and trends in the organizing and power-building field
  • Analysis of national and state organizing infrastructure with a vision for how to build infrastructure and capacity in service of power building across the country
  • Experience with leading workshops and training in large and small groups
  • Ability to keep commitments and not allow things to slip through the cracks
  • A strong orientation toward movement building that centers relationships and equity
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside People’s Action/Institute.
  • High energy and passion for People’s Action/Institute’s mission are essential
  • At least 2 years of management experience is required

Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time, Exempt, benefits-eligible

UnionPosition: No

Salary Range: Level F: $95,000 – $130,000, commensurate with experience.

Lease: Can be based in our Chicago, IL, or Washington, DC office but remote locations may be considered anywhere within the continental United States.

Reports to: Chief of Organizing Programs

Supervises: Minimum of 2 People, May be up to 6 People

Travel Requirements: Yes, need to be able to travel at least 1-2 times a month within the US on an as-needed basis

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, on the first day of employment, Dependent Care Flex Spending Account 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 that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you increased two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.

Our Commitment to Equitable Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work – no matter where you live. Our salary scale is comparable to salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is based. It is based on your months/years of work experience. While we do not determine education as a factor in whether we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do factor in any relevant higher education experience that you have. To further counter pay inequities and inequalities on the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and provide opportunities for advancement for full-time employees based on performance evaluation. Your starting pay reflects where you sit within our salary scale and is based on the information that you provide us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor wages through triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our prospective and current employees fair wages.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Vaccination Transparency

Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (Two Doses of either Moderna or Pfizer Vaccines or One Dose of J&J as well as all appropriate booster doses) against COVID-19 before commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

close date: November 6, 2022

No phone calls, please.

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