Executive Director – Job Description
The mission of The Black Institute is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue and impact public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora). The Black Institute will translate the “think” in think-tank into “action” through a head, heart and feet strategy: the head being research, data gathering, polling and academic partnerships; the heart being civic education, training and development; and the feet being on the ground organizing and issue based campaigns. The Black Institute will change the discourse of public debate, train and educate new leadership and develop initiatives to build wealth, build power and deliver justice to Black people.
The Executive Director of The Black Institute will work, along with the President, the Board of Directors, and the Board of Advisors, to assure that the organization implements a strategy to achieve its mission. The Executive Director will be responsible for: Board Development and Management; Fundraising and Development; Public Relations and Communications; Staff Recruitment and Management; and Fiscal Management.
The specific responsibilities of the Executive Director are outlined below.
RESPONSIBILITIES: A. Board Development and Management
The Executive Director reports to the President and is responsible for assisting the Board of Directors in the oversight of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for:
- Working closely with the Board of Advisors to recruit, train and maintain a strong, balanced Board of Directors.
- Promoting the Board of Directors’ engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, membership development and overall organizational wellness.
- Keeping the Board of Directors fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
- Supporting operations and administration of the Board of Directors by advising and informing Board members and interfacing between Board and staff.
RESPONSIBILITIES: B. Fundraising and Communications
The Executive Director has primary responsibility for implementing a development plan, which allows the organization to meet its operational and programmatic budgetary needs as well as the organizations communications plan. The Executive Director is responsible for:
- Supervision of all plans, personnel and consultants in efforts to build a fundraising base inclusive of Members, Founding Members, Private Donors, Foundation Funding, In Kind Goods and Services and Earned Income as well as oversight of the implementation of fundraising plans; including researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
- Solicitation of fundraising prospects at all levels, as well as maintaining relationships with all current and prospective funders.
- Development of a long-term communications plan, which aims to publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals and work with the communications staff and consultant to identify current events, stories and issues upon which the organization can and should comment and to build a robust, dynamic, interactive website, which publicizes the work and issues of the organization.
RESPONSIBILITIES: C. Campaigns
The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of program planning development and evaluation. The Executive Director is responsible for:
- Development and implementation of programmatic plans in the areas of Academic Research, Civic Education and Training, and Issue-Based Organizing Campaigns.
- Ensuring that each of the three main program components outlined above are strategically coordinated along thematic lines.
- Developing and maintaining partnerships with individuals and organizations who can work with the organization in each area of programming.
RESPONSIBILITIES: E. Staff Recruitment and Management
The Executive Director is authorized to transact all personnel actions subject to the Personnel Policies and Procedures (Personnel Manual), and to report such actions as necessary to the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for:
- Recruitment, employment and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
- Ensuring that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
- See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
- Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
- Responsible for the Training development and execution for new operations staff and recurring training program for existing staff.
- Maintain a climate, which attracts keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
RESPONSIBILITIES: F. Fiscal Management
The Executive Director shall assist, advise, and act for the Board of Directors in the following:
- Develop an annual budget for review and approval by the Board; ensure that expenditures are within the budgeted amounts; and prepare budget revisions as needed through the year.
- Maintain an inventory of organizational property and protect all such property.
- Administer contracts as approved by the Board.
The ideal candidate for the Executive Director position will possess the following qualifications:
- Minimum of a Bachelors degree, with at least 10 years of managerial experience; or an MBA, with at least 7 years of managerial experience.
- Excellent organizational development, interpersonal, marketing, communication, administration and personnel management skills are essential as well as a firm commitment to quality data-driven program evaluation
- Understanding of not-for-profits and experience working with Boards of Directors.
- Experience managing a complex budget.
- Proven track record of success in fundraising, including knowledge of and success in identifying and soliciting individual donors.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills.
- The ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate; effective at conflict management.
- Ability to raise the visibility of the organization through successful marketing including expansion of the membership base.
- Commitment to the mission and goals of The Black Institute.
To Apply: Send resumes and cover letter with relevant experience to email@example.com – No phone calls please.
Full-Time Organizer at The Black Institute
About The Black Institute
The Black Institute is an “action” think tank whose mission is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue and impact public policy uniquely from the perspective of Blacks in America and people of color throughout the Diaspora. The Black Institute will translate the “think” in think-tank into “action” through three main strategic approaches: Knowledge, Leadership and Community. By partnering with academic institutions, The Black Institute will build Knowledge around Black issues by engaging in research, data gathering and polling. The Black Institute will foster a rigorous Leadership program which will include civic education, training and development. Finally, The Black Institute will partner with the Community to develop on the ground organizing and issue based campaigns. The Black Institute’s work focuses on four main areas, each of which has powerful impact on Black communities: immigration; education; environmental justice; and economic fairness.
About the Position
The Black Institute is currently seeking a Field Organizer to join our dynamic staff to implement the campaign strategies for the Institute’s economic justice campaigns, and other campaigns that fall under the Institute’s four issue areas as needed. The Organizer is responsible for helping recruit partners and allies throughout NYC, mobilizing grassroots support for The Black Institute’s campaign goals, and assisting with online organizing content. The position reports to the Executive Director.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Implement campaign strategies for the Institute’s economic justice campaigns, and other campaigns that fall under the Institute’s four issue area of education, immigration, economic fairness and environmental justice.
• Plan and execute events and actions to build public support for the Black Institutes campaigns.
• Mobilize organizations and their constituents to participate in the Institute’s campaigns.
• Develop campaign materials for the Black Institutes website and email blasts.
• Use social media to support campaign strategies.
• Travel to meet with partners and support local campaign activities.
• Undertake special projects as needed.
Qualifications & Skills:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
• Requires at least two years of experience organizing on social justice issues.
• Experience working on a grassroots and/or national campaign.
• Experience with online organizing and social media preferred
• Familiarity with human rights, civil liberties, racial justice, economic justice, or other relevant social justice issues.
• Has strong relationships with community leaders throughout NYC.
• Demonstrated success at effectively mobilizing constituencies to take action
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong writing and editing skills; ability to develop community oriented materials a plus.
• Commitment to ensuring the effective participation and/or representation of grassroots and community-based organizations in all activities of The Black Institute.
• Strong networking and coalition-building skills.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and multitask.
• Personal commitment to the work and mission of The Black Institute.
• Have a flexible schedule and the ability to work weekends and evening when needed.
INTERNSHIP NOTES: ***Interns are required to commit to 20 hours a week for at least 12-16 weeks or 4 months. Arrangements with fall, winter & spring Interns will be made based on academic schedules and availability. Internships are unpaid, however, The Black Institute will work with students in obtaining college credit.
Please submit cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship: Campaign Associate
TBI’s Campaign Associate will assist the Director of Campaigns and Organizing (DCO) in her work with community organizations and key allies on developing, implementing, coordinating, and driving issue-based campaigns.
• Researching local community groups and organizations, their work, causes and campaigns identify community allies in organizing campaigns • Assisting DCO in the creation and implementation of a positive vision of the project and the organization • Assisting the DCO in motivating individuals and groups to take action • Engaging individuals in broader community wide campaigns • Creating and managing contact lists for individuals, groups, organizations, allies, fellow organizers and volunteers • Conducting outreach via visits, meetings, phone calls, emails • Assisting DCO in Organizing community events including meetings, trainings, press conferences, rallies and other special events
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (listening, speaking, and writing) with the ability to inform, coordinate, and follow-up on with coalition partners through meetings and one-on-one conversation • Proficiency in strategic planning and problem-solving • Ability to leading by example and set high standards in work ethic and professional approach to the work • Keen attention to detail and strong organization and time management skills • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment, both independently and as part of a team • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends • Previous experience and/or interest in community organizing and campaign management • Participation and/or knowledge of student or political organizations or campaigns • The ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
Internship: Development Associate
The Development Associate assists our Executive Director (ED) with any and all administrative tasks relating to TBI’s development and fundraising efforts.
• Conducting grant and award research • Creating TBI’s contact lists and donor databases • Preparing letters of inquiry, letters of intent, and grant applications and proposals • Tracking and monitoring grant and contract obligations and preparing reports • Performing clerical duties- including data entry, email and mail correspondence, office supply inventory, and answering phones • Greeting and assisting clients • Planning and coordination fundraisers and special events and related travel and/or accommodations for these events • Assisting the President, Executive Director and staff as directed • Other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Director • Scheduling and prioritizing internal and external meetings and activities • Coordinating travel and outside activities
• Experience working, volunteering or interning for a nonprofit organization • Experience and/or interest in development and fundraising initiatives. • Outstanding, outgoing interpersonal skills, high energy level, and ability to speak persuasively in front of large and small groups • Competency with social media, donor data management systems and e-newsletters • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing • Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.
Internship: General Associate
The intern position at The Black Institute will be a multifaceted position which will include providing support to TBI’s work in the areas of office management, fundraising, administrative support, research and community organizing. The intern will gain experience by assuming responsibility for research under the guidance of experienced professionals in one or more of The Black Institute issues:
* Economic Fairness
* Environmental Justice
Specific qualifications include:
* Commitment to social equity and the work and mission of The Black Institute
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Critical thinker and positive attitude
* Good team player, self-starter and ability to work independently
* Ability to organize and communicate research findings
* Policy / advocacy experience (not required)
* Interest in social media and messaging
* Experienced as a community organizer (not required)
* Strong analytical skills
* Extensive computer skills
* Ability to work within the frame of a new and steadily growing organization
* Answering phone calls and delivering messages
* Ability do to phone banking
* Ability to communicate with Elected officials
* Research relevant policy issues
* Other administrative duties
Internship: Social Media Associate
The Social Media Associate will collaborate with President, Executive Director, Webmaster and PR, Marketing & Communications Associate to develop a digital engagement strategy for TBI, its programs and its campaigns and will assist the Webmaster.
Developing and supporting technical aspects of the campaign • Drafting or locating content for the selected communications vehicles • Managing online communications calendar and making strategic decisions about the type and frequency of communications • Identifying opportunities to expand the scope of social media campaigns and engagement • Monitoring online metrics to determine audience demographic trends, preferred content and to identify opportunities for further engagement • Reviewing reports and providing analysis on results • Participating in communications planning meetings • Maintaining content (text, images, video, calendar of events, etc.) • Updating content as requested • Initiating ways to interact with other communication vehicles (social media tools, ecommunity, etc.) • Maintaining site security, including controlling user access • Maintaining all company domain names and hosting accounts.
• Two to three years’ of experience working in digital and/or social media with a basic understanding in HTML and/or CSS and/or enrollment in a Computer Science and/or related degree program • Proficiency in email and social media marketing best practices • Strong writing and content development skills, especially the capacity to develop concise, persuasive email and social media copy and content • The ability to analyze response data and make recommendations to improve results • Experience with website content management systems, database management, and list segmentation. • Enthusiasm for emerging technologies as tools for social change • Ability to manage multiple projects and stay on task • Additional skills in online advertising, design, video, basic programming, analytics, or mobile technologies are a plus.
Policy & Research Associate
The organization is currently seeking an Economic and Legislative Associate to join our dynamic staff to develop and implement legislative policies for the Institute’s economic justice campaigns, and other campaigns that fall under the Institute’s four issue areas as needed. The associate is responsible for helping research and developing policies that will promote and advance The Black Institute’s campaign goals. The position reports to the Executive Director / President
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Research and develop policies for the Institute’s economic justice campaigns, and other campaigns that fall under the Institute’s four issue area of education, immigration, economic fairness and environmental justice.
- The Associate will develop frameworks for organizing information, collect and record information, synthesize findings, and develop documents, presentations, or memos based on the qualitative analysis focused on economic justice and public policy.
- Policy research skills, including ability to fuse content from a broad range of sources, is required. Some data analysis capabilities would be preferred.
- Plan and execute events and actions to build public support for the Black Institute’s campaigns.
- Work with TBI organizers/Executive Director to mobilize our coalitions and other organizations and their constituents to participate in the Institute’s campaigns.
- Use social media creatively to support campaign strategies.
- Undertake special projects as needed.
Qualifications & Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
- Requires at least two years of experience organizing on social justice issues.
- Administrative, project coordination, and management experience is preferred.
Experience with online organizing and social media preferred
- Familiarity with human rights, civil liberties, racial justice, economic justice, or other relevant social justice issues.
- Has strong relationships with community and political leaders throughout NYC & NYS
- Demonstrated success at effectively mobilizing constituencies to take action
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong writing and editing skills; ability to develop community oriented materials a plus.
- Strong networking and coalition-building skills. Ability to interact with high level individuals and organizations is required.
- Training or experience in the fields of public policy, public health, economics.
- Ability to transform complicated information into easy to understand materials is required.
- Ability to prioritize and complete tasks with limited oversight and supervision.
- Personal commitment to the work and mission of The Black Institute.
Have a flexible schedule and the ability to work weekends and evenings when needed.
- The incumbent must possess great energy, should be a highly motivated and creative self-starter with an unparalleled work ethic and the desire to be the best.