Co-Deputy Director, Organizational Strategy

19 Apr, 2022


Co-Deputy Director, Organizational Strategy

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ)

Flexible Location, USA based. During COVID-19 travel restrictions, most of our programming and organizing work is happening remotely with some optional travel beginning in fall 2021. As travel restrictions are lifted, travel will be required for this position on average 5-10 days per month in the U.S., and 15 days per year internationally.

Compensation: $85,000-$90,000, commensurate with experience. This position is full-time with potential for long term based on evaluation after a three-month introductory period. Benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance begin on the first month after date of hire; 50% child medical insurance benefit available. 401K after one year of employment. Generous PTO and vacation. Additional remote work benefits offered.

Note: as of fall 2021, we are embarking on a process for an equity and values based salary scale adjustment, which will impact this salary range in 2022.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) is an alliance of over 65 member organizations. GGJ is organizing to build an agenda for power for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and working class white communities. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice. GGJ focuses on bringing grassroots organizations (GRO) into a long-term process of relationship building, political alignment and the development of transformational leadership, particularly for working class women and gender-oppressed Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander people. We weave and bridge together US-based GRO groups and global social movements working for climate justice, gender justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet.

Position Summary: The Co-Deputy Director, Organizational Strategy is responsible for overseeing external political and organizing strategies, including programs and communications; supporting overall staff cohesion; and supervising Director level staff. This position reports to the Executive Director and collaborates closely with the Co-Deputy Director of Infrastructure. This position is a cost-shared position with GGJ Action Fund (GGJAF), GGJ’s sibling 501(c)(4) organization.

Job Responsibilities

Lead Political Strategy (35%)

  • Develop, Lead and Oversee National and International Political Strategy for GGJ and GGJAF, in communication with Directors Team, Coordinating Committee (elected member leadership), staff and membership.
    • Ensure campaign work is moving in relationship to political strategy.
    • Write Strategic Documents in preparation for meetings with staff and member leaders.
    • Prep key leadership in understanding and deciding on strategic proposals and documents.
  • Ensure clear communication and cohesion across teams.
  • Ensure programming is on track to meet organizational goals.
  • Track political developments and current events to inform strategic direction, and orient staff to understand political context for our work.
  • Define organizational political stances based on consultation with staff and member leaders, including identifying key political issues to consult with member leadership and allies about.
  • Meet regularly with Executive Director to understand national & international political landscape.
  • Supervise Director level staff.

Communications (15%)

  • Identify political stances, organizational line and narrative strategy for all national and international programs for GGJ and GGJAF.
  • Work with comms team to finalize content that reflects organizational line and to support leading communications strategy.

Staff Development & Cohesion (25%)

  • Work with Executive Director and Co-Deputy Director of Infrastructure to ensure staff understands organizational strategic direction, how programs advance our strategy, and what staff roles are in the implementation.
  • Work with Organizing Director to ensure Political and Organizing training of core teams.
  • Ensure that regular supervision, training and development opportunities are implemented by supervisors.
  • Meet regularly with Co-Deputy Director of Infrastructure to ensure organization is on track to meet indicators of organizational wellbeing.
  • Collaborate with Co-Deputy Director of Infrastructure to develop agendas and facilitate Directors Team meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings in order to meet organizational goals.

Represent GGJ/GGJAF in Key National and International Partnerships (10%)

  • Bring GGJ/GGJAF perspective to movement spaces, and report back on a regular basis.

Support to maintain shared internal digital systems (5%): files, receipts, finance forms, shared calendar, materials inventory, digital security protocols.

  • File Sharing
  • Staff Communications
  • Digital Security Protocols
  • Overall Team Task Management via Project Manager Tool/Platform
  • Contact Database

Participate in GGJ/GGJAF team (10%)

  • Active and timely response on all communications (email, phone, texts, messaging apps)
  • Attend weekly virtual meetings with staff, members and allies.
  • Participate in and support preparation for quarterly in-person staff meetings, annual Coordinating Committee meetings, and other events as necessary.
  • Compliance with GGJ remote working policies and procedures (calendaring, availability online, response time to communications, receipts, etc.)

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 15 years of organizing experience, including at least 10 years leadership level experience in U.S.-based Black, Indigenous and people of color led grassroots base-building social justice organizations.
  • At least 5 years supervision experience in a progressive organization.
  • Excellent understanding and analysis of political moment on the national and international progressive political landscape, in relationship to community-based and advocacy groups.
  • Significant experience in building grassroots and political power through base-building, civic engagement, and movement building.
  • Familiarity with some Left frameworks such as feminist economy, climate justice, transformative justice, and global justice issues, as well as concepts pertaining to self-determination, liberation, decolonization, internationalism, political economy, and popular social movements.
  • Ability to keep organizational strategy front and center, while also understanding what is needed on a day-to-day basis to keep the work moving.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English, including an ability to communicate with diverse groups of people with sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to engage with diverse audiences, and tune into others’ feelings, thoughts, and motivations and earn trust by consistently demonstrating integrity, authenticity, and professional competence.
  • Ability to work remotely, manage multiple work tasks, maintain attention to detail and accuracy, prioritization skills, and ability to identify and communicate items needing further attention.
  • Flexibility and positive attitude, solution-oriented and ability to move forward.
  • Effective strategic planning, program evaluation and project management skills.
  • Ability to support a team-oriented environment; commitment to democratic participation.
  • Demonstrated experience working within coalitions.
  • Willingness to travel (as permissible according to COVID-19 travel restrictions): average 5-10 days per month in the U.S., and 15 days per year internationally.
  • Ability to work flexible hours (evenings and weekends), including communicating with allies in other parts of the world in different time zones.
  • Driver’s license and liability insurance.

Preferred Experience

  • Ability to read, write and speak other languages besides English, preferably Spanish or Portuguese.
  • Existing relationships within the racial, gender, climate justice and larger U.S.-based and international social movement communities.
  • Familiarity with, and experience coordinating between, sibling 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.

To Apply:

  • Please upload:
    • 1) a cover letter,
    • 2) resume,
    • 3) a written sample of at least 750 words you wrote (published or unpublished), and
    • 4) a sample strategic or organization plan that you developed (from previous work).
  • Additionally, please provide 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses. Please include someone who has supervised you and someone you have supervised or mentored.

Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, API people, women, femmes, queer folks, trans and non-binary people strongly encouraged to apply. Only candidates that are being considered will be contacted; please do not email.

Job posted: 2022-04-19