We The Action seeks a strategic leader to manage the Nonprofit Partnerships and Projects Development Team and oversee We The Action’s network of more than 550 nonprofit organizations, working with them to tackle our country’s most pressing problems—protecting the vote, advancing racial justice, defending vulnerable communities, furthering gender equity and reproductive freedom, and more. The Director of Nonprofit Partnerships and Projects Development will steer We The Action’s strategy on our four core issue areas of democracy, immigration, gender equity, and racial justice, oversee We The Action’s relationships with its nonprofit partners, and manage the We The Action Nonprofit Partnerships and Project Development Team.
ABOUT WE THE ACTION
WTA is a community of nonprofit organizations and volunteer lawyers, working together to advance social justice. Since launching in 2017, more than 42,000 lawyers have joined We The Action to apply their specialized skills and experience to more than 500 nonprofit organizations working on our nation’s most pressing problems — protecting voting rights, advocating for racial justice, defending immigrant communities, supporting people impacted by the COVID-19, advancing gender equity and reproductive rights, and more.
ABOUT CIVIC NATION
Civic Nation is a nonprofit ecosystem for high-impact organizing and education initiatives working to build a more inclusive and equitable America. Civic Nation shifts culture, systems, and policy by bringing together individuals, grassroots organizers, industry leaders and influencers to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing social challenges. Civic Nation is home to seven national initiatives and campaigns: ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Change Collective, It’s On Us, Online for All, SAVE On Student Debt, We The Action, and When We All Vote.
- Lead strategic development and execution of WTA’s nonprofit partner recruitment, engagement, and project development, including identifying priorities, creating action plans, and delivering results through the partnerships team
- Manage day-to-day operations of the nonprofit partnerships team, including defining team goals and deliverables, working with team members to create and align individual goals and work plans, identifying and delegating opportunities that promote employee growth, and supervising and supporting team member work through weekly check-ins and metric tracking
- Develop and implement strategies to increase and deepen engagement of WTA’s nonprofit partnership network in our Democracy and Racial Justice portfolios to ensure high quantity and quality of volunteer opportunities on the platform
- Initiate, manage, strengthen, and nurture relationships with a large portfolio of WTA’s Democracy and Racial Justice partners and prospective partners through regular contact and support, and guide partnerships team staff in growing and maintaining relationships with WTA’s other nonprofit partners
- Think creatively to recruit new projects from current and prospective partners, including assisting partners in designing projects that fully leverage We The Action’s platform and tools
- Cultivate large-scale mobilizations and strategic projects that can achieve broader impact, including coalition-based work
- Track, analyze, and report on metrics related to nonprofit partner recruitment, engagement, satisfaction, and project creation
- Identify and pursue opportunities to raise WTA’s profile among nonprofits
- Represent WTA at conferences and events and on working groups, coalitions, etc.
- Support Civic Nation and WTA leadership and development staff with efforts of strategic importance to CN or WTA
- Collaborate closely with communications and lawyer-facing staff to drive project success through seamless coordination and alignment
- 7+ years of relevant work, such as legal practice, work at a nonprofit, or in a partnership recruitment and engagement role
- Experience working in a legal setting or on pro bono matters required, law degree preferred
- Demonstrated commitment to progressive nonprofit work through job experience, volunteerism, pro bono work, etc.
- Experience working on democracy or racial justice issues preferred
- Proven experience developing and managing a program, major project, or initiative, including experience creating, executing, and tracking annual plans
- Success building and maintaining positive, respectful, and partner-centered relationships with a wide range of organizations and their representatives
- Experience navigating cross-organization work, such as coalition-based initiatives
- Entrepreneurial, strategic, and solutions-oriented, with strong judgment, who would enjoy overseeing strategic growth of WTA’s partner network and project pool
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to concisely and effectively deliver our message in person, by phone/Zoom, or over email, and to demo our sophisticated platform tools in an easily understandable format
- Ease and skill with establishing, developing, and maintaining a large number of authentic relationships, through networking, event attendance, and one-on-one outreach
- A detailed understanding of progressive legal issues, including familiarity with pro bono legal work across multiple areas of interest to WTA lawyers (e.g. voter protection, immigration, racial justice, gender equity, etc.)
- Ability to influence, energize, and inspire people across multiple organizations to collaborate on complex, long-term, high-impact work
- Respect and appreciation for the work nonprofits do and the challenges they face
- A self-starter—able to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively
- A team player marked by idealism practicality, personal kindness, diplomacy, good humor, and generosity of spirit
- Results- and detail-oriented, with high standards for excellence in execution
- Able to learn new tools and technologies
SALARY & BENEFITS
The Washington, DC-based salary range for this position is $93,500 – $122,100 (will be adjusted for cost of labor for the incumbent’s work location) annually, commensurate with experience. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees, flexible paid time off, paid family & medical leave, access to a 401k plan, and more.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume at this link. The cover letter, addressed to Anna Chu, should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for We The Action. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
At Civic Nation, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable, but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals. Civic Nation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.
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