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Position Reopening- Executive Director


Are you or someone you know the Next Top Executive Director? Apply today!

Applications accepted until August 1, 2012

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Organizational Background
The Miami Workers Center is a progressive strategy and action center based in the Liberty City area of Miami, Florida. 

Founded in 1999 by former union organizers and concerned residents, MWC quickly became an innovative organization fueled by passion and grounded in a commitment to build grassroots community power and eliminate oppression.

Through aggressive community organizing paired with political education, MWC trains and nurtures emerging community leaders and helps them build local grassroots organizations, including LIFFT (Lower Income Families Fighting Together) and MIA (Miami en Accion).  The Center, along with LIFFT, MIA and local allies, consistently challenges the current power structure to win racial, community, social, and economic justice.

To amplify progressive power MWC actively builds coalitions, leading and strongly participating in local and national organizations and alliances.

As MWC moves forward, we seek to leverage these experiences and our victories to sharpen the focus of our racial and economic justice campaigns on building regional power in Miami and South Florida, while at the same time staying actively involved in broader coalitions such as Florida New Majority, among many others.

In 2012 MWC will have a staff of 8-10 as well as 150 active members of our grassroots organizations LIFFT and MIA.  Our reach also extends to tens of thousands of local residents that we have met as we knock on doors and organize actions across communities.

Fueled by a budget of approximately $1 million (with 93% of funds coming from foundations, 4% from individuals, 2% from events, and 1% from donors) we are well positioned to both diversify our sources of support and move strongly forward in our mission.

The Position
We are seeking a passionate, analytical, politically savvy and seasoned leader to succeed our founding director, Gihan Perera.  The executive director is accountable to an 8-12 member Board of Directors composed of allies and community members and is responsible for oversight of all operations to carry out our mission and goals.

The executive director will provide essential leadership to guide organizational and programmatic shifts and help ensure stability during this transition period, especially as we sharpen the organization’s focus on more locally based work.

The successful candidate will be passionate about social justice work.  S/he will be a big picture strategic thinker grounded in local politics and committed to playing a prominent role in cutting edge local organizing and advocacy, while also maintaining regional and national alliances in order to increase the scope and scale of impact.

The executive director must have proven leadership and management experience with a track record of managing and motivating high performing staff and achieving desired outcomes; demonstrated commitment to developing grassroots working class leadership; and experience leading fundraising efforts, fiscal management and oversight of a nonprofit organization or program of comparable size.

In addition, the executive director must be ethical and able to build trust, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.  S/he must possess a demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships among culturally diverse community leaders; develop and empower the leadership of staff; build an effective board; create and implement strategic organizational plans; and passionately support strategies that fully develop the leadership and power of grassroots members and incorporate their perspectives in organizational decision making.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Program and Staff Management
(Approximately 25% of responsibilities)
o    Provide leadership and guidance to staff and Board Committees to develop, deliver, evaluate effective programs, and assess MWC’s contributions to movement building alliances and events;
o    Supervise staff (4 positions) to ensure implementation of their workplans and encourage team accountability around larger organizational issues and MWC’s long-term strategic plan.

Resource Development and Communications
(Approximately 25% of responsibilities)
o    Establish relationships to secure diverse financial resources to meet budgetary priorities; 
o    Build an organization-wide commitment to fundraising; 
o    Oversee strategic integration between organizing, communications and fund development.

Community Relations, Advocacy, and Organizing
(Approximately 20% of responsibilities)
o    Work with communications staff, organizers and members to develop coherent public/community relations and build community visibility;
o    Act as MWC spokesperson as appropriate, and encourage active leadership and visibility among other staff and grassroots leaders.

Budget, Finance, and Human Resources/Personnel Management
(Approximately 15% of responsibilities)

o    Ensure MWC’s policies and procedures and other organizational practices for fiscal and human resource management practices are comprehensive and consistently implemented;
o    Help create an organizational culture and consistent practices to support strong work teams, and attract, develop and retain high quality staff and volunteers; 
o    Support the Program Director to ensure job descriptions and professional development plans are appropriate and sustainable for all staff positions and annual evaluations are completed; 
o    Work with the staff and Board to develop MWC’s annual budget, and review mid-year budget and other necessary financial reports with the Finance and Operations Director.

Board of Directors Development and Management
(Approximately 15% of responsibilities) 
o    Work with board members to build a vibrant, active, representative board that can fully fulfill their role as organizational leaders related to the overall mission, goals, and long term priorities of the organization(note: goal is 51% majority representation from the grassroots); 
o    Attend all Board meetings and, as necessary, task forces and committees meetings;
o     Provide the Board with complete information to help members reach sound decisions and establish policies.

Key Qualifications and Skills
Strong candidates will have proficiency in the following areas:

o    Experience as an executive director or senior manager (5 years minimum) managing and leading a nonprofit enterprise;  
o    Experience managing advocacy campaigns, working in and building coalitions and collaborations, developing constituency through organizing strategies, and working across multiple constituencies;
o    Strong written communication skills, encompassing a range of styles, from nuanced emails to website postings to foundation proposals and donor solicitations.
o    Ability to work nights and weekends as needed to support community events and actions.

Other preferred qualifications include:
o    Experience working with and/or serving on a community-based Board of Directors including leading strategic planning processes;
o    Familiarity with local issues;
o    Fluency/proficiency in a non-English language is desired, with a preference for Spanish, Creole.
o    Excellent verbal communication skills and experience presenting before a wide array of audiences, including the Board of Directors, governmental agencies, nonprofit colleagues and peers, funding sources and granting agencies, community based gatherings.

Salary and benefits will commensurate with experience and education.

How to Apply:
If interested in this position, send your resume,  cover letter and 3 references via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Miami Workers Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, and LGBT identified are strongly encouraged to apply.