POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Boston Mobilization supports and develops teen leadership for social justice work. Through education, organizing, and connecting across difference, our youth leaders move local communities toward justice.
Boston Mobilization is a small and dynamic social justice organization with a 40 year history of youth organizing and education. Boston Mobilization has educated thousands of teens about oppression, privilege and community organizing; every year more than 200 young people are exposed to our core curriculum. In the past several years, we have worked in coalition to win campaigns supporting youth priorities in the state budget, e.g. reducing toxic diesel emissions and raising the minimum wage. The FY17-18 budget is approx.. $275,000; there are 4 full-time staff and one part-time staff, and several interns. The organization has been led by an Interim Executive Director for the past 6 months after the departure of the former Executive Director last summer after almost 10 years.
Boston Mobilization’s primary programming for teens is the Sub/Urban Justice Program, which brings together young people from the suburbs with young people from cities to build a stronger network for change, and includes both school-year internships and intensive summer programs. Boston Mobilization also offers training and consulting for teens, young adults, and older adults on a wide variety of social justice issues such as youth power and adultism, racial justice and equity, class and wealth, heterosexism, community organizing and social change. Boston Mobilization is also engaged in a civic engagement project to pre-register 16 and 17 year-olds to vote.
Position Description and Core Responsibilities:
Boston Mobilization is seeking an energetic leader to sustain and build upon its successful social justice and youth development programming. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for steering the programmatic vision and maintaining the financial health and stability of the organization. We seek a hands-on leader who can also fundraise and be the face of the organization.
- Set forth the vision of programming, aligned with the mission of the organization and the needs of the community.
- Ensure that programmatic goals are aligned with available resources.
- Seek opportunities for training and consultation that fit the mission and goals of the organization.
- Monitor the delivery of the programs to maintain or improve quality, including implementation of appropriate program evaluation.
- Supervise Director of Programs.
Fundraising and Communications:
- Cultivate and maintain major donors.
- Execute creative campaigns to increase individual contributions.
- Seek grant-based resources and ensure that existing grants are well-managed and deliverables are met.
- Oversee the communications strategy to ensure that the web-properties and social media are being used for greatest exposure and social impact.
- Supervise fundraising and communications staff.
Finance and Administration:
- Work closely with Board of Directors and staff on the creation of a medium and long term strategy, and then implement it.
- Prepare annual budget for approval of the Board of Directors, and manage it on a monthly basis.
- Ensure that all tax filings and other required documents are completed accurately and on time.
- Work with Board of Directors on recruiting new Board members.
- Supervise finance and administrative staff.
A successful candidate will have:
- a minimum of 5 years expertise in community organizing and strategy development.
- a minimum of 2 years experience working with young people to make change in their communities.
- a minimum of 2 years working closely with a Board of Directors.
- a minimum of 3 years of successful institutional and individual fundraising and budget management experience.
- a minimum of 5 years experience in supervising staff.
- a demonstrable understanding of systems of oppression (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, adultism), and an enduring passion for the rights of young people as agents of change.
- a demonstrable ability to lead with transparency, to balance teamwork with autonomy and to make hard decisions.
This is a full-time position, with some evening and weekend hours required.
Salary and benefits: $50,000 – 70,000 (depending on experience), health insurance, vacation and sick time.
Boston Mobilization is committed to providing an equal employment opportunity to qualified persons without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, military, veteran status or any other protected status or classification under federal, state or local law.