Director of Programs

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Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Published: June 2, 2017
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The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) is seeking a full-time Director of Programs to lead all external program activities primarily by supporting, coaching, and managing our program directors.

The ideal candidate is a talented, collaborative and mission-driven leader who can skillfully direct and synthesize program development by supporting leaders and integrating BISC programs at every level of the organization. She or he will have experience with and be committed to racial equity throughout BISC and its work. This newly created position is an opportunity to serve as an organizational thought leader and to provide integration and alignment to all program areas.

About the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Ballot measure campaigns affect everything progressives fight for. Yet, for forty years, well-funded regressive and corporate interests have dominated the ballot measure landscape, often to the detriment of immigrants, communities of color, women, the LGBT community, low-income families and labor unions. The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center is changing that. BISC strengthens democracy by building a national progressive strategy for ballot measures. BISC envisions a future where progressives change the game and use ballot measures as a political and civic engagement tool for victory.

BISC recognizes that ballot measures are a permanent part of the process in the 24 initiative states and that well-crafted measures can be a force for good public policy, civic engagement and infrastructure building. We strengthen the progressive movement by conducting innovative research, providing technical assistance, hosting convenings, facilitating collaboration, offering strategic advice, conducting campaign assessments and helping funders make the best decisions about allocation of scarce resources. BISC helps progressives take back the initiative.

Job Responsibilities

The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for the following:

• Execution of Executive Director’s vision for BISC program;

• Overseeing the following BISC programs: California, Strategic Initiatives, Communications, Partnerships and Training;

• Providing coaching and growth support for program directors;

• Facilitating cross-program communication to ensure integration and alignment of program areas;

• Instilling a deep equity lens to all program work through coaching and direction.

Qualifications Include:

• Strong leadership development skills and results-oriented;

• A deep equity competency – experience managing multi-racial teams and/or coalitions and partnerships, and the capacity for working with a strong racial equity lens;

• Experience managing strong, competent, highly motivated, and experienced staff;

• A track record of coaching to success and developing leadership qualities;

• Strong written and verbal communications skills;

• An ability to multi-task and manage multiple program areas which both intersect and run parallel;

• Preference for strong experience and background on any of the following: ballot measure campaigns, political campaigns, issue advocacy and organzing campaigns, and can view a national program from a state-level perspective;

• Sense of humor and ability to bring perspective to a fast-paced environment;

• Knowledge of ballot measure campaigns and existing relationships within the political arena are both pluses, but are not requirements.

Salary & Benefits:

• 100% medical insurance for family paid for by employer

• Dental insurance • Life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage

• Generous vacation leave

• Sick leave • Generous 401k plan

• Salary range: $120,000 – $130,000, commensurate with experience

• Ideally located in Washington DC, however will consider other locations for the right candidate.

To apply: send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Subject line: BISC Director of Programs.

EEO Policy

BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to: race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy status, gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.

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