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Job Reference #: 517
LA - The Micah Project
New Orleans, LA
The Micah Project is seeking a highly talented and motivated Executive Director with a passion for racial and economic justice, and an appetite for deep and lasting transformation in the greater New Orleans area. Founded in 2009, Micah is a growing interfaith, multicultural federation of 13 congregations representing 15,000 people in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Micah’s mission is to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations to move significant public policy change that supports our leaders’ vision of a more just New Orleans with excellent public schools, violence-free neighborhoods, access to good jobs, adequate and affordable health care, decent housing for all, and a place where people of all backgrounds can fully participate in economic and civic life. Micah operates in low-income, working class communities that are over 85% people of color. Micah is a member of the Faith in Action National Network,(FIA) the largest faith-based community organization in the country. At FIA we are lifting a new vision for America that is rooted in our shared moral values and democratic traditions.
In its brief history, The Micah Project has quickly established itself as an emerging force for positive change in diverse communities throughout greater New Orleans and the state, training hundreds of grassroots leaders, engaging clergy leaders with a vision rooted in their various faith traditions, and forging partnerships with a growing number of strategic allies to address issues including sentencing reform, pre-trial services to reduce unnecessary stays in jail for non-violent offenders and
reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.
The Executive Director is an energetic, self-motivated position that requires the capacity to work on the ground level of the organization as well as the capacity to develop staff, the board, and leaders. The position requires the ability to develop long-term relationships with a diverse volunteer population, clergy, elected officials and key stakeholders. Lastly, this management role assumes the responsibility to support leaders and staff in order to maintain the organization’s winning track record by overseeing organizing campaigns around education, voter engagement, local and state criminal justice, re-entry and anti-gun violence.
The ability to interact with staff (at all levels) in a fast-paced environment, often times under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism is crucial to this role. Expert level written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important. An aptitude to problem solve and multi-task is also essential.
Above all, the ideal candidate will have a proven commitment to social justice, the capacity to thrive in a team-based atmosphere and express comfort working in a multi-racial, multi-faith environment.
The Executive Director position is responsible for leading and managing daily operations of the organization city-wide, and is supervised by the Micah Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be held accountable for overseeing the following critical responsibilities:
- Provide leadership with the tools to develop vision and goals to implement effective campaigns
- Work and support all Micah leaders in order to create successful campaigns
- Build coalitions with elected officials, policy leaders and other strategic allies
- Maintain relationship with member congregations and clergy and diverse communities
- Hire, manage, and develop Micah staff
- Manage the Micah budget and develop a strategic plan to continue its successful expansion
- Secure resources from individuals, businesses and foundations through grants, solicitations, events, and other means.
- Manage existing grants while developing a plan to expand and diversify Micah funding and financial capacity
- Work with the board and staff to maintain financial stability of the organization
- An unwavering passion for and commitment to social justice and the communities that Micah serves.
- Personal qualities that include integrity, mission commitment, respect for diversity, ability to motivate and inspire, and a faith foundation
- Minimum of 5 years organizing experience in a medium- to large-sized city
- At least 3 years of congregation-based organizing experience, effective implementation of local and federated campaign strategies and campaign victories.
- Knowledge and experience with implementation of civic engagement/GOTV strategies.
- Demonstrated competence and leadership in multi-faith, multilingual and multicultural contexts
- Commitment to eliminate racial disparities that persist throughout our society. We are convinced that the progress on our specific policy goals and the larger task of developing a new multiracial coalition for social justice requires that we move toward, not away from a frank reckoning with racial privilege as well as other kinds of privilege (gender, economic, etc.)
- Ability to apply a systems (political, social, economic, and multicultural) analysis to organizing work
- Knowledge of legislative process at city, state, and national levels
- Ability to navigate through political environments, familiarity with New Orleans communities and knowledge of the key issues they face is preferred
- Ability to tap into the potential of persons working with Micah and to build effective leaders
- Track record of strong staff development, supervision and recruitment
- Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
- History of embracing fundraising, diversifying funding sources, and developing financial capacity
- Proven track record of successful grant writing, and management of grants and funders
- Experience managing an operating budget for a non-profit organization
Compensation and Benefits:
- Highly competitive salary range (depending on experience)
- Relocation costs are negotiable, augmented with a generous benefits package and paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave.
- The position includes opportunities for training and coaching within the FIA National Network.
All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the “Apply for this Position” button below) Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:
- An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including references;
- A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);
- Two writing samples (preferably one grant proposal and one press release).
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.
FAITH IN ACTION is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.