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Field Director

About Us 

The Black Futures Lab works to make Black communities powerful in politics. BFL transforms Black communities into constituencies that build and wield independent, progressive, Black political power. The problems facing Black communities are complex, and their solutions require innovation, experimentation and Black political power. To learn more about the Black Futures Lab, please visit www.blackfutureslab.org.

Description of the Position

The Field Director is a strategist and coalition builder who leads the programmatic arm of the Black Futures Lab. The Field Director is responsible for the design and implementation of programmatic strategies to ensure that the qualitative and quantitative goals set out in the annual work plan are met. Key components of this role include building relationships with local, state, and national partners that increase the organization’s capacity to expand the Black electorate. The Field Director will drive robust campaigns that recruit and develop a growing volunteer base. This role will also manage permanent and temporary organizing staff, ensure quality professional development of the team and assist the Deputy Director with grassroots fundraising.

 

This position is remote.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizational Leadership 

  • Collaborate to create and implement the strategic mission, vision, and work plan to ensure quantitative and qualitative metrics are met.
  • Represent and build the profile of the organization at meetings, convenings, conferences, and events that align with BFL values and goals.

 

Programmatic Leadership 

  • Work with the Deputy Director and Political Director to develop and implement organizing strategies for national, state, and local partners.
  • Utilize agreed-upon criteria to make recommendations regarding national, state, and local partnerships.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partners at the national, state and local level
  • Collaborate to create and implement the annual programmatic work plan.
  • Support the development and implementation of integrated voter engagement efforts to cultivate and nurture a new Black electorate.
  • Work closely with and collaborate well with department leads to develop hard-hitting and effective campaigns with clear quantitative and qualitative goals.

Fundraising Support

  • Inform strategies to grow grassroots fundraising.
  • Support fundraising efforts including developing content for grant proposals and reports, participating in funder briefings, meetings, and house parties.
  • Maintain systems for tracking the progress of organizing efforts

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as primary liaison with local partners and movement allies.

  • Perform supervisory responsibilities including hiring decisions, performance management, leadership development, promotions, disciplinary actions, and terminations of Organizing staff.

  • Proactively develop, present, implement and evaluate new practices and training to support a work culture of growth and leadership development.

  • Support an environment of staff engagement by providing consistent and effective feedback, guidance, and opportunities to engage in structured and unstructured professional development.

Required skills and proficiencies

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice, economic justice, and gender justice
  • Cultural competency with Black communities
  • At least 7 years of experience organizing with Black communities
  • At least 5 years of staff management experience
  • At least 2 years of Director level experience at a national organization
  • Experience winning issue campaigns is preferred
  • Experience with organizing databases, VAN, Every Action, Hustle, Phone 2 Action, Impactive, etc.
  • Proficiency with G-suite
  • Some experience acting as an organizational spokesperson

 

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Demonstrated track record of movement leadership with Black communities
  • Demonstrated track record of successful integrated voter engagement campaigns
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Comfortable with non-traditional routes to mobilizing, organizing, fundraising, and leadership development
  • A nuanced understanding of the current and historical Black organizing political landscape.
  • Ability to connect with and move Black leaders, activists, and people from different communities.
  • A strong ability to motivate people, develop staff and leaders, and delegate responsibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity, and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with groups representing constituencies impacted by oppression.
  • Basic understanding of how social change happens and an analysis of the role that organizing plays in social change efforts
  • Ability to manage multiple staff, working in different locations in an effective way
  • Ability to skillfully manage inter-organizational conflicts as they arise and support the team to maintain a positive working culture
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proven ability to build and nurture a calm and positive working environment, even in high-intensity situations.
  • Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Ability to work long hours, nights, and weekends.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Pay for this position is commensurate with experience and responsibilities. The salary range for this position is $115,000 – $145,000. This position includes medical, dental benefits, sick time holidays, and a generous paid vacation. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

 

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter through the application portal at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=c858a322-00a0-4526-9713-59699ec1e4bf&ccId=9200104414316_2&jobId=438263&source=CC2&lang=en_US

Applications received via email or outside of the designated process will not be considered.