URGE (Unite Reproductive and Gender Equality) — Program Director

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URGE (Unite Reproductive and Gender Equality) Published: March 20, 2016
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URGE engages young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all. We envision a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships and the power, knowledge and tools to exercise that agency. Working with young people ages 15-30, URGE provides training, field mobilization and national leadership to move policy, systemic and cultural change—and win real victories for campuses and communities!

Program Director:

URGE seeks an experienced, creative Program Director who is passionate about reproductive justice and community organizing! The Program Director builds relations with organizational allies and partners, expands the organization’s growing cross-movement work, identifies emerging leaders, and ensures the smooth and continuous execution of field operations. Key responsibilities include: overseeing campaigns, developing and editing training curricula, budgeting, managing staff, and representing URGE at conferences and coalitions.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director is a core member of the executive leadership team. The Program Director manages URGE’s Field Department, which is funded to expand to 12 FTEs, including two managers. The ideal candidate will be a talented organizer with management and training experience, skilled at engaging with diverse communities, is highly motivated, and works well in a fast-paced environment! This position is based in Washington, DC.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Manage the overall field operations with a focus on recruitment, training and staff development.
  • Develop and oversee national field strategy and budget priorities.
  • Hire, train and manage membership, training and campaign staff.
    • Institute and drive systems for tracking and reporting department progress.
  • Coordinate and collaborate across organization departments.
  • Assist in the development of an organizing culture and a team approach that engages the skills of field staff, chapter leadership and URGE members
  • Facilitate coordination between the Campaign and Membership and Trainings teams.
  • Train and manage field team to write and execute complex field plans.
  • Provide high-level strategic advice to the executive leadership team.
  • Work with executive team to establish a strong professional culture focused on accountability, specific goals, utilization of best practices, innovation and sense of purpose.
  • Perform other related duties and attend meetings as required by the Executive Director.
  • Campaigns
  • Develop and direct overall strategies for organizing campaigns.
  • Work with field staff in assigned regions and states to coordinate area specific campaigns.
  • Provide strategic support and hands-on technical assistance to regional and state staff.
  • Set, meet and exceed benchmarks for voter contact, volunteer recruitment and grassroots engagement and GOTV, and maintain detailed records about campaign progress and victories.
  • Membership and Training
  • Set goals and strategy to develop new chapters, emerging leaders and in-state partnerships.
  • Oversee training, planning and coordination with other team leaders.
  • Develop, edit and revise training curricula.
  • Lead trainings and workshops
  • Work with field staff in assigned regions and states to coordinate area specific programs and trainings.
  • National Leadership
  • Establish and maintain relationships with national partners, funders and coalitions.
  • Represent URGE at conferences, trainings and other events.
  • Set criteria for field involvement in external events, campaigns and political actions.
  • Monitor and report on concerns, interests and trends regarding potential impacts and threats on URGE members

Minimum Requirements/ Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in relevant field.
  • Five years of management experience.
  • Ten years organizing and base building experience.
  • Effective project management and budgeting skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity, gender justice and to empowering diverse constituency of young people.
  • Experience building and working with partnerships and coalitions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, especially: excellent judgment, strategic thinking and problem solving and high levels of initiative, creativity, flexibility and humor.
  • Experience training and mentoring high performing staff and volunteers and supervising them over a wide geographic area.
  • Experience with a wide range of organizing and base building approaches with a demonstrated experience in legislative campaigns and electoral politics.
  • Can change directions quickly and frequently “build it, test it, iterate quickly.”
  • Ability to design, maintain and improve goal-oriented accountability structure without compromising staff autonomy and innovation.
  • High degree of patience and tact. Must be able to cultivate respect, strategic and collaborative relationships with constituents and staff from diverse backgrounds both internally and externally.
  • Effectively manage time including a demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects including setting realistic goals.
  • Experience managing a database (preferably NationBuilder).

To Apply: Send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to settleson@gmail.com, subject line: URGE – Program Director.

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