Director of Civic Engagement

11 Feb, 2021

Jobs

Director of Civic Engagement

NALEO
Los Angeles, CA
THE ORGANIZATION
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund was established in 1981 to promote the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.  NALEO Educational Fund achieves its mission through integrated strategies that include increasing the effectiveness of Latino policymakers, mobilizing the Latino community to engage in civic life and promoting policies that advance Latino political engagement.
NALEO Educational Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan organization governed by a 15-member Board of Directors and a 35-member Board of Advisors.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, NALEO Educational Fund maintains offices in Houston, Orlando, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C.  It employs about 66 full-time staff with an annual budget of $10.5 million, and offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous vacation, sick leave, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement coverage.
POSITION SUMMARY
The NALEO Educational Fund seeks a California Director of Civic Engagement to develop, lead, manage, and oversee a broad range of ongoing activities and dynamic projects within California focused on supporting the organization’s civic engagement agenda that includes Naturalization; Voter Education, Engagement and Protection; and other civic engagement and leadership efforts in the state.  The ideal candidate will serve as the state leader on strategic partnerships, community events and campaigns, reporting, calendaring, work plan development and management, meeting grant deliverables and will serve as a spokesperson for the organization.  The California Civic Engagement Director is responsible for the daily supervision and management of the California Civic Engagement staff, which includes providing coaching to staff, overseeing professional development plans, and modeling and cultivating a professional and collaborative team environment.  This position reports to the National Director of Civic Engagement and the position requires travel, consistent with organization policies and public health guidelines and standards. This is a full-time, exempt position, based in Los Angeles, California, with annual compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Develop and enhance the organization’s civic engagement leadership role at the state and regional levels as required by strategic priorities and programming.
  • Strengthen existing partner relationships and identify and cultivate new strategic partnerships essential for the execution of our state civic engagement goals and programs;
  • Serve as a thought leader with internal and external stakeholders on state and regional civic engagement matters;
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the organization’s civic engagement work in California and as needed, in close coordination with Communications Department and consistent with organization’s established protocols (including interviews in Spanish and English);
  • Maintain and enhance regular and close collaboration with colleagues across the organization’s regional offices and departments;
  • Advance mission of civic engagement department and programs;
  • Provide vision, guidance, management, and timely implementation and execution of programs;
  • Compose and edit public documents and material for internal and external audiences, responsible for maintaining the organization’s standards of accuracy and quality for materials developed by the California team;
  • Lead meetings, larger subject matter expertise trainings and  presentations that meet the highest of professional standards of the NALEO Educational Fund;
  • Cultivate and maintain external relationships, including current and potential funders and regional media partners in close coordination and collaboration with Development and Communications Departments, respectively;
  • Foster collaboration and close coordination with the Policy, Research, and Advocacy Department to inform each other’s work and efforts;
  • Work closely with Constituency Services Department to foster relationships with Latino elected and appointed leaders throughout the state;
  • Assume other assigned duties in support of the Civic Engagement Department and other organization departments as needed.
  • Adhere to attendance and punctuality standards of the organization.
  • Travel as required, consistent with organization policies and public health guidelines and standards.
QUALIFICATIONS – KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher required, preferably in relevant field (policy, political science, or other social science)
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is required, and a willingness to conduct media interviews (media experience a plus).
  • Minimum of five years of relevant professional and team leadership experience  – political campaigns (partisan or issue-based), non-profit program management, coalition-building and/or community organizing – including proven track-record of successfully managing full time, permanent paid staff.
  • Knowledge or experience in working with voter outreach, engagement, or education campaigns and experience with census outreach, naturalization process, and redistricting knowledge a plus.
  • Proven experience with developing multi-layered plans to reach strategic goals; including ongoing assessment of benchmarks, adapting to changes, and reconciliation with overall programmatic goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills; including the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with other staff, partner organizations, media, elected and appointed officials, corporate/business representatives, and community members.
  • Ability to lead, adapt and think critically in a fast-paced work environment, and proven aptitude for handling multiple tasks and effectively prioritizing workloads of all team members.
  • Willingness to travel state-wide and regionally; and to work extended hours (including evenings and weekends) as needed.
  • Excellent writing skills, able to prepare public-ready written materials – from outreach materials to program reports.
  • Must be technology savvy, proficient in using Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and other productivity and workflow software such as Slack, Asana, and Microsoft Teams;
  • Must have a valid CA driver’s license with proof of automobile insurance coverage.
  • Collegial attitude with ability to work respectfully with people from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Supportive of the mission and philosophy of the NALEO Educational Fund.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ASPECTS OF THE POSITON
Certain physical and mental aspects of performing the essential functions of the position include the following:
  • Ability to detect, discern, recognize, and perceive auditory and visual information within normal ranges;
  • Dexterity to read, write, type, operate office equipment such as a computer, printer, telephone, calculator, copier, fax machine, pencils, pens, and stapler;
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
Once hired, employees requiring reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of the position should contact Human Resources to engage in the interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations, if any.
DISCLAIMER
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
APPLY ONLINE AT:
www.naleo.org/employment
NALEO Educational Fund is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are evaluated on the basis of job qualifications and not race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, citizenship or authorized alien status, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Job posted: 2021-02-11