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New York Immigration Coalition, The
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer of the NYIC, with primary responsibility for advancing the vision and mission of the organization, serving as the lead spokesperson for the organization, directing and coordinating the work of a professional staff, managing the organization's day-to-day operations and activities, leading the organization's fundraising, and ensuring the organization's financial stability. The Executive Director will also work closely with the Board of Directors, staff, and membership on an ongoing basis to define and implement the organization's goals and the strategies to achieve those goals.
The Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition will also serve as the Executive Director of the NYS Immigrant Action Fund, a 501(c)4 affiliate organization that advocates for justice for immigrants through lobbying, public education and electoral activities.
The Executive Director will also have ongoing responsibility for the following:
• Working with the Board and staff and in consultation with the membership, lead the NYIC in setting overall direction and priorities, developing and implementing the organization’s policy agenda and advocacy strategies on the local, state, and national levels; oversee all programs and initiatives;
• Build the NYIC’s base by leading the cultivation of new members and partnerships among New York State’s diverse immigrant constituencies; elected and appointed government officials; media; funders; business and faith community leaders and other partners and leading regular mobilizations;
• In partnership with staff, lead the organization’s financial management, human resources, office administration, and operations; ensure sound financial, operational, and administrative policies and controls are in place; develop and administer budgets; ensure that funds are invested and spent wisely; work with staff to improve the organization’s overall well-being;
• In partnership with the Board or board committees and staff, establish and implement fundraising goals; as possible, use board members’ talents, resources, and ideas to enhance fundraising activities;
• Ensure strong internal communication and coordination among staff; regularly evaluate staff performance and enhance opportunities across the organization for personal and professional development;
• Serve as the NYIC’s primary public spokesperson; cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, allied organizations, grassroots activists, policy-makers, media, etc.; engage in public speaking and appearances to heighten the organization’s visibility and promote the organization’s interests;
• Facilitate the Board’s involvement with the NYIC; support Board committees as needed; Regularly brief the Board on the status of the organization; remain actively in touch with and well-informed about the Board’s activities;
• Maintain current knowledge of issues germane to the NYIC’s mission in order to ensure that its programs are appropriate, effective, and timely; develop and maintain active relationships with other members of the immigration community in order to facilitate sharing of knowledge, strategies for action and best practices; undertake joint projects when appropriate;
• Serve as the lead interpreter of the NYIC’s organizational policy, rules and procedures, and managing sensitive and/or potentially controversial issues.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE The Executive Director should have the following experience and qualifications:
• At least ten years of proven, successful senior-level management, fundraising, financial, administrative, problem solving and organizational development experience; expertise in the at least one of the substantive areas of the NYIC’s work – immigration, education, health care and electoral participation;
• Experience with coalitions, networks and/or membership organizations, including and an understanding of the dynamics of coalition building and the needs of a membership-based organization; experience working with various levels (i.e., city, state and federal) of elected and appointed officials;
• Proven and successful track record in creating and implementing programs; experience creating partnerships and collaborations; U.S.- based social justice organizing experience and policy advocacy are desirable;
• A successful track record of raising money from diverse sources;
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, including excellent public speaking skills for both formal and extemporaneous presentations; ability to represent NYIC to diverse audiences, including funder, government officials and local grassroots activists;
• Experience in working effectively with diverse groups of people; cross-cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity; a record of success as a positive and high energy leader;
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is the minimum required educational credential, a graduate degree in a relevant discipline is preferred.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Ideally, the Executive Director will be:
• Committed to NYIC’s mission as demonstrated by past experience and activities which underscore a commitment to social justice;
• An outstanding relationship builder, with existing ties to a broad and diverse range of immigrant communities; knowledgeable about the political climate and the dynamics of local, regional and national immigration policy environments;
• A catalyst with vision who can create excitement and energy around the NYIC’s work; persuasive and persistent in the pursuit of the organization’s goals; strategic and resourceful;
• A team builder; able to delegate and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; one who inspires collaboration and functions decisively without being autocratic, with a well-established reputation for treating people fairly;
• Intelligent; creative, able to conceptualize programs, originate ideas, and anticipate and act on events which may create opportunities and challenges for the NYIC;
• Outgoing, open, direct, and trustworthy; an active, keen listener; emotionally mature and self-confident.
How TO APPLY:
To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume by April 13, 2013 to: Lauren I. Gumbs Senior Partner, Gumbs + Partners Via e-mail:email@example.com
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) represents approximately 200 member organizations in New York State whose work focuses on policy and advocacy issues that impact immigrants and refugees. The NYIC is a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state, and national levels, serving one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States. The NYIC’s multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi- sector membership base includes grassroots community organizations, nonprofit health and human services organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, and legal, social, and economic justice organizations. The NYIC provides both a forum for immigrant groups to share their concerns and a vehicle for collective action to bring about positive social change locally and nationally. Since its founding in 1987, the NYIC has evolved into a powerful advocacy voice, developing innovative policies, promoting and protecting the rights of immigrants and their family members, improving newcomers’ access to services, developing leadership and capacity in immigrant communities, expanding civic participation, and mobilizing member groups to respond to emerging issues and needs.
Based in New York City, the NYIC has an annual operating budget of $2 million, a staff of 16, and is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors comprised of leaders of NYIC member organizations, reflecting the diverse populations and geographic areas represented by the NYIC.