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Care in Action (CiA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for fairness for the millions of caregivers and domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women of color and immigrant women. Care in Action works to elevate the voices of women of color and advocates for an agenda that supports their ability to work and care for their families, with dignity. We provide the tools, training, and community that working families need to make their voices heard, and we organize and advocate for respect, recognition, and policies that support economic opportunity and equity.
Everyone deserves a fair wage and to feel safe in their workplace. Everyone deserves to be able to take a day off when they are sick. Everyone deserves to be able to care for their families without worrying about how they will pay the bills. Too often, it’s women of color who have to make difficult choices between these, because we aren’t represented in our government and policies aren’t made to include us. Care in Action is dedicated to organizing women of color and building a coalition to make change. We’re fighting for the representation we deserve, for policies that value care and the work domestic workers do every day to care for our loved ones, and for the policies that support us in taking care of our own families.
Care in Action is affiliated with National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), a 501c3 working to shift the way care work is understood, valued, and compensated — to ensure that these much-needed jobs are good jobs with dignity, economic security, and opportunity for advancement.
Outcomes and Goals for the Executive Director
- To ensure the overall success and impact of Care in Action’s work to create a democracy that works for women of color and caregivers, including securing the resources and talent required for the organization’s success and impact.
- Ensure the power of our narrative and constituency for a strong, multi-racial democracy grows, and remains inclusive of all women of color, including immigrant women.
- Care in Action and NDWA interact with a wide range of organizations and leaders across sectors. The ED must represent the organizations and deftly build and maintain those relationships, whether with elected officials or movement organizations or donors or anything in between. The goals for these relationships vary, but the ED will strategically evaluate the needs and outcomes for each.
- Oversee the development and implementation of a multi-year strategy focused on the short and long term goals for the 501c4. These strategies will focus on policy advocacy, the election of candidates, electoral organizing, and primary purpose activity in support of CiA’s broader mission. The ED will also lead NDWA’s 501c3 nonpartisan civic engagement efforts.
- Actively participate in budget management and fundraising efforts, stewarding key donor relationships with support from the development team and Care in Action Board & Senior Advisers. The ED will hold many critical relationships and generate additional funding for the 501c4.
- Ensure the political alignment and positions of the organization, with support from relevant colleagues and workers.
- Lead the 501c4 strategy areas related to candidates, electoral organizing, policy and advocacy strategy, and primary purpose activity; this includes developing programming, timeline, personnel, reporting and outcomes.
- Forecast and interpret political events so that leadership, staff, and workers are well informed and able to plan and take action appropriately.
- Lead on primary purpose and more electoral focused strategies related to the key issues in Care in Action’s agenda including:
- Protections and good, living wage jobs for care workers;
- Universal Family Care, including child care, paid family and medical leave, home and community based care for older adults and people with disabilities;
- Immigrant relief, inclusion and citizenship;
- Access to benefits and a safety net.
- Build and cultivate new and existing relationships with allies, partners, leaders, elected officials, partner coalitions, and convenings of movement, political, or government partnerships.
- Provide leadership and serve as NDWA/CiA’s spokesperson for working groups or steering committees for various coalitions.
- Act as primary liaison with the White House and Administration, and Members of Congress, including meeting and event attendance, and regular updates and communications with White House and Administration staff.
- Act as spokesperson and develop a public presence through a number of efforts: developing relationships with reporters and influential media voices; serving as spokesperson in print and digital media; serving as organizational representative for DC based events.
Fundraising & Budget
- Oversee the CiA budget of ~$15 million, ensuring its continued financial sustainability.
- Continue stewardship of existing 501c4 donor relationships, including keeping them informed of relevant updates and events and developing new donors to Care in Action & NDWA.
- Collaborate with the Development team and relevant staff to identify materials, research, and other needs to support donors.
Leadership & Management
- Directly supervise the Deputy Director of Care in Action, Managing Director, and Senior Operations Director; hire and support new senior staff.
- Act as a leader for all staff, supporting a safe and supportive work environment.
- Convene and manage Care in Action board, including Workers Political Committee.
- Along with other organizational leadership , raise operating budget for projects across the organization, including Care in Action and NDWA Civic Engagement programs. This includes creating and maintaining donor relationships, supporting grant reporting and writing, and making donor pitches.
- Alignment with NDWA & CiA’s vision and values for the Executive Director:
- Belief in the leadership and political power of women of color, especially Black and Indigenous women.
- Commitment to support Black organizing and civic engagement, including following the leadership of Black women.
- Extensive experience in leadership roles (approximately 7+ years) with similar advocacy and electoral work; experience working in 501c3 & 501c4 entities as well as experience in legislative advocacy are highly desirable.
- Experience in developing strategy and programs for combined 501c4 and 501c3 organizations.
- Ability to forge strong relationships with relevant partners, groups, and leaders at the national level; ability to successfully represent and position the organization with donors and influencers.
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills to assess threats and opportunities and recommend actionable solutions.
- Ability to understand and meet all legal and ethical requirements of 501c3 and 501c4 environments.
- Relentless drive, tenacity and a willingness to do whatever it takes to advance our mission and values.
- Experience as a front-facing spokesperson and in communicating with the media.
- Experience in leading and managing teams, including supervision of staff, board interactions, and complex partnership relationships.
- Familiarity with the domestic worker sector and issues facing domestic workers and other low-wage workers; knowledge of any of CiA’s key issues is valuable.
- Ability to work and collaborate with diverse staff in person and remotely and as part of a high-performing team, in a fast-paced, experimental organization.
- Strong organizational skills, and creative problem solver.
- Spanish proficiency is a plus.
- Ability to travel 25% or more of the time, when it is safe to do so.
Work Location: It is strongly preferred that the ED is located in the Washington, D.C. area or open to relocation; qualified candidates unable to relocate must be open to significant travel to the Washington, D.C. area
Compensation: $145k-$160k, in consideration of experiences
- Comprehensive, employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance
- Life and disability insurance
- Access to an FSA and DCA
- 401k retirement plan
- 12 weeks of paid parental leave
- Generous vacation and sick leave policies
- Professional Development support
- Sabbatical after 5 years of work
Job posted: 2021-12-20