Fwd: Job: Executive Director- Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) www.fcyo.org
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From: Kubran, Judith <JKubran@...>
Date: May 31, 2007 4:03 PM
Subject: Job: Executive Director- Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
JOB DESCRIPTION: Executive Director
The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) founded in 2000 is a
dynamic collective of national, regional and local grantmakers and youth
organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a
strategy for youth development and social change. Our mission is to cultivate
resources for young people taking action to build healthy and equitable
communities. We bridge funders and organizers to support youth organizing
and its commitment to systemic change and social justice. Our goals are to:
1) Increase the amount of funding supporting youth organizing groups; 2)
Promote deeper knowledge and understanding about youth organizing between
grantmakers, organizers and allies; and 3) Increase coordination and action
around sustainable resources for youth organizing. To achieve our mission,
FCYO carries out critical programming including our ReGenerations strategic
grantmaking initiatives; field scanning and analysis; and strategic
communications. More information about us can be found at our website at *
The Executive Director shares the FCYO's overall commitment to social
justice movement building and to developing strategic supports and
philanthropic resources for youth-led community organizing for social and
economic justice. The Executive Director has principle responsibility for
implementing FCYO's strategic plan. The Executive Director ensures that
FCYO's strategic initiatives are consistently informed and responsive by
staying aware of key trends, needs and issues in the field.
A significant portion of the Executive Director's time involves
relationship-building with practitioners and others who can inform FCYO's
work and activities - most particularly with grantmakers whose interests
align with those of the FCYO. The Executive Director has prime
responsibility to formulate and implement the FCYO's fundraising strategy.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and the
day-to-day management of the Collaborative. In addition to the key
responsibilities of fund development and grantmaker and stakeholder
relationship-building, this includes providing overall oversight of the core
programs and operations of the Collaborative; staff supervision and review;
public representation of the FCYO; fiscal management; and Board management.
In carrying out his/her work, the Executive Director facilitates and
coordinates the activities of what is a dynamic group of Board and staff.
The Executive Director reports to the FCYO's Board of Directors and
communicates regularly with our Co-Chairs and the Executive Committee of the
Board. The FCYO's Executive Director operates in a highly collaborative
manner, uniting staff, funders and practitioners to advance the vision and
work of the organization.
*Specific Responsibilities *
· Fundraise for yearly and three-year budget plans (currently $1.3
million per year);
· Outreach to, and build relationships with, new funders and other
strategic partners, especially national, regional and local foundations, and
individual donor networks;
· Assess the field of youth organizing and larger social justice
movement building to identify key trends;
· Lead ongoing efforts to implement FCYO's strategic plan, and to
realign as needed, the FCYO's strategic interests with needs and issues
emerging from the field (with Board and staff);
· Continually seek opportunities to raise the profile of FCYO and
position the Collaborative as an expert and key resource on youth
· Act as the public face of the FCYO, speaking at meetings,
conferences and other venues on a regular basis about FCYO's vision and
initiatives and issues in the field;
· Lead overall program oversight and planning and integration for
· Engage in Board recruitment, development and management, in
conjunction with Board members and Co-Chairs;
· Provide fiscal management and budget oversight;
· Supervise and support staff.
1. Experience as a grantmaker, or seasoned fundraiser with a solid
track record raising significant funds from foundations, with a good
reputation in the philanthropic arena.
2. Commitment to the self-determination and leadership of low-income
and of color youth and communities to address the systemic causes of racism,
sexism, homophobia, and poverty.
3. Significant experience (i.e., grantmaker or practitioner) with
community organizing and community-based non-profit organizations. Ideally,
this experience would be with low-income youth and youth of color, but we
are open to candidates with experiences in other social justice fields.
4. A deep strategic and analytical thinker, comfortable and
experienced with such tasks as needs assessment, data collection, analysis
and planning. A "Big picture" thinker including being able to practice
active reflection, assess external conditions and provide leadership in
collective process to refine strategic thinking.
5. Ability to articulate an analysis about the strategic role of
philanthropy in supporting youth organizing and community-based efforts to
achieve social, racial and economic justice.
6. Exceptional facilitation skills.
7. A talented and experienced relationship builder with a diverse set
of stakeholders including staff, Board, funders and practitioners.
8. Exceptional written and verbal communications skills and
demonstrated ability to communicate with the public in a compelling way.
9. Experience and ease working with diverse populations
simultaneously, including grassroots social justice organizations and
10. Substantial management experience, including hiring, supervision,
leadership development and evaluation.
11. Experience and comfort with organization development, including
the development of infrastructure (systems, structures, policies,
procedures) and with marketing of an organization to its publics.
Significant experience developing and managing organizational budgets and
12. Commitment to social justice principles in their internal
leadership, management and organizational styles as it relates to staff and
Board. Ability to support and work in a collaborative setting.
13. Ability to be flexible in a dynamic setting with limited staff.
14. Experience with project management and liaising with multiple
15. Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work with limited
supervision, manage multiple tasks, balance priorities and be task and
16. Experience with and/or knowledge of how various fields intersect
with a social justice agenda.
We seek candidates with a minimum of five years experience, either as a
social justice grantmaker or practitioner, with an established track record
of leadership in their field(s). A BA/BS (or Masters) is preferred but not
Salary is based on experience level, with a generous benefits package. The
FCYO is a social justice oriented employer. People of color, women, and
young adults are strongly encouraged to apply.
*Please email a cover letter and resume by **Friday, June 23, 2007** to:*
Attn: Executive Director Search
Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
If you have any additional questions about the position, please feel free to
contact Holly Delany Cole, Deputy Director at Community Resource Exchange at
Caitlin Cahill, Ph.D.
University of Utah
225 South 1400 East, Room 228
Alfred Emery Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0080
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