Overview

The Alabama Alliance and Alabama Alliance Network (the Alliance) are in search of a bold and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the Executive Director of our new organizations.

We are an alliance of business and community leaders who believe that we have a historic opportunity and responsibility to help build an inclusive democracy in Alabama.  Through this work the voices of historically underrepresented Alabamians will inform policy and electoral advocacy that improves the lives of all Alabamians, ensuring high-quality education, access to healthcare and broadly shared prosperity.  Guided by the Committee on States model and with the support of that entity, we seek to build gender and racial equity in our state through greater civic engagement and building pathways for people in Alabama to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives.  A more inclusive democracy is key to creating an environment of growth and a welcoming place to live and work.

The Executive Director will play a central role in developing the Alabama Alliance’s vision, priorities and goals in conjunction with the Board (s) of Directors. The Executive Director will help establish a strong coalition of donors who share that vision and will work with the Boards and partner organizations to implement a strategy to achieve our shared goals.

The Alliance organizations will serve as catalysts in the civic engagement community, supporting groups that are already doing effective work in Alabama and helping build a collaborative approach to creating success.  The Alliance will work in partnership with the civic engagement community to align around a statewide plan and work together to fund that plan.  It will invest in permanent, statewide capacity-building infrastructure for policy and advocacy.

The ideal candidate has an entrepreneurial mindset and is a strategic thinker, a confident fundraiser, and a collaborative leader. This is a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about achieving positive social change in a southern state.

 

Key Responsibilities

Work with the Boards and stakeholders to develop the Alliance and Alliance Network’s priorities, goals and objectives, with a focus on filling gaps in Alabama’s civic engagement and policy infrastructure
Communicate effectively and sensitively with a wide range of stakeholders through strong written, verbal and relational skills
Represent and establish relationships for the Alliance and Alliance Network with allies, partners, elected officials, grantees and other funders
Using the Committee on States framework, adapt and replicate successful models and best practices from other states
Create inclusive, respectful processes that incorporate the experience, knowledge, and needs of all Alabamians in considering strategy, tactics and investment decisions
Develop tools to evaluate investments in civic engagement programs in Alabama, and use these tools to ensure strong results from the grant and program portfolio
Elevate racial, gender and LGBTQ equity as core evaluation measurements to qualify for funding.
Create and implement a multi-year donor-development and fundraising plan that supports the organizations’ priorities, goals and objectives
Develop a staffing plan and recruit a capable team that will help the Alliance and Alliance Network achieve their missions
Ensure legal and financial compliance
Develop and track the budget and manage fiscal operations of the organization
Key Qualifications

7+ years work experience leading civic engagement, advocacy, or political activities or campaigns
3+ years in senior roles in fundraising, board and staff management and operations
Deep commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Alabama Alliance.
Skills and experience working to elevate underrepresented communities and voices
High level understanding of social and political change movements and campaigns
Experience with legal and financial aspects of 501c3 and 501c4 organizations
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to build strong partnerships with donors and allied groups
Entrepreneurial spirit and calculated risk taking
Strategic thinker and problem solver
Collaborative leadership style
Expertise in building, maintaining and working in diverse coalitions
Experience managing staff in a positive, team-oriented environment
Experience in Alabama or a politically and culturally similar state is highly desired
Location and Compensation

This position is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  The salary range is $90,000-$105,000.

 

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmansolutions.com/jobs/. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Alabama Alliance and Alabama Alliance Network are equal opportunity employers committed to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. The Alabama Alliance and Alabama Alliance Network seeks an environment where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under local, state or federal law. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.