Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Board of Directors of the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) is seeking a highly qualified, visionary and passionate professional to serve as its next Executive Director.
Established in 1986, CRC is a non-profit organization which advocates for the right of low-income communities and communities of color to have fair and equal access to banking and other financial services. Over its 25 years, CRC has become the largest state community reinvestment coalition in the country with a current membership of 300 nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state of California.
CRC undertakes a variety of strategies and tactics to create positive economic opportunities for all Californians including: negotiating Community Reinvestment Act agreements with major financial institutions; partnering with financial institutions and foundations to launch critical initiatives designed to preserve homeownership; organizing CRC members to comment on banks’ CRA examinations, mergers and acquisitions and advocate for landmark legislation; and advocating with government regulators and policymakers for the abolition of harmful products such as Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs)and payday loans. Recent actions under the leadership of our long-term Executive Director, Alan Fisher, have resulted in the creation of low-cost banking accounts, more than $33 million in grants to support community development through 2014, homeownership counseling to 44,685 homeowners, the prevention of 6,343 foreclosures, the virtual extinction of RALs and many California jurisdictions placing significant restrictions on payday lenders.
About the Position
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of Board policy, the overall direction of CRC’s programs and strategies, the development of adequate revenue, the hiring and supervision of staff and the maintenance of effective public relations.
Specific Qualities and Values
- Strong, inspirational leader
- Passion and commitment to social, economic and racial justice
- Ability to elevate and motivate management team and volunteers
- Values procedures and data as basis for decision making
- Build and lead a high-caliber staff of program, development and advocacy professionals.
- Provide motivational staff management towards personal and organizational development and growth.
- Demonstrating strategic thinking to further develop the vision for CRC’s future.
- Develop advocacy strategy to leverage community opportunity and access to the financial sector in concert with stakeholders, Board, staff and members.
- Staff Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other Board committee meetings.
- Collaborate with local, statewide and national organizations to advocate for community reinvestment.
- Lead and participate in advocacy efforts to change financial sector policies.
- Empower CRC members with focus on broad mission for economic vitality of all California communities in a collaborative, non-competitive approach.
- Identify key economic and social issues impacting low-income communities and communities of color with an eye toward developing strategic advocacy initiatives.
- Oversee strategic fundraising initiatives including but not limited to relationship cultivation and solicitation of foundation, corporation and government funders as well as producing three annual fundraising events honoring community heroes.
- Engage and manage relationships with elected officials and public sector partners.
- Support CRC's role in the policy dialogue around CRA, housing, consumer and economic development issues at a local, state and national level.
- Develop and implement media and communications strategy to advance CRC’s campaigns and goals.
- Oversee and manage organizational budget and expenses.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- At least five years of management experience demonstrating successful outcomes.
- Experience in the field of community development, advocacy or organizing.
- Knowledge of the financial sector and its regulatory framework.
- Campaign experience – both legislative and organizing campaigns including power analysis and strategic planning skills.
- Significant experience in fund development with foundations, corporations, events and donors.
- Strong social and economic analytical skills.
- Ability to manage and develop operating budgets.
- Exceptional communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
- A commitment to local accountability and an understanding of the role of a regional leader.
- Comfortable working in and managing coalitions.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, highly adaptive environment.
- Ability to demonstrate cultural competency in interacting effectively with diverse groups such as the low-income communities and communities of color CRC serves to build consensus on goals and outcomes.
- MPP, MBA or other relevant postgraduate degree.
- Experience working with national or regional nonprofits, especially those doing advocacy or organizing.
- Experience working with local nonprofits, government officials and philanthropic organizations in the region.
- Travel within California or nationally on a regular biweekly basis.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this full-time, exempt, salaried position is $100,000-$125,000, commensurate with experience and compensation history. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage and a generous vacation, sick and holiday schedule.
Application Instructions & Deadline
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, salary history and list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email applications are required – use the Subject Line: CRC Executive Director. Documents should be Microsoft Word or PDF files only (PDF files are preferred).
Resume review begins immediately. For questions or additional information contact Constance Walker, Walker and Associates Consulting, at email@example.com.
CRC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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