ACLU of Oregon
About the Organisation:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU-OR) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that integrates legal, legislative and public education approaches to protect and promote a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties including free speech, racial justice, prisoners' rights, humane police practices, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, and more. The ACLU-OR is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation's leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. The national organization offers support and training opportunities to assist in integrating new leaders.
The ACLU-OR seeks a passionate, energetic, and experienced chief executive to lead and significantly expand a civil liberties agenda throughout Oregon.This is a remarkable leadership opportunity to build on the successes of Oregon’s premier civil liberties and civil rights organization. The new Executive Director will inherit a solid organization that is already an Oregon leader and will have the opportunity to grow the organization in new directions. This individual will have an unwavering commitment to civil liberties issues and be a leader and manager who is adept at balancing internal management with external impact and visibility. The Executive Director must be an outstanding communicator who can effectively convey the mission and activities of the ACLU to diverse constituencies, as well as to the broader public.
Minimum Qualifications and Essential Skills
A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following qualifications:
Passion for civil liberties, civil rights, and the mission of the ACLU
Seven years of increasingly responsible management experience
Experience communicating complex concepts to a variety of audiences orally and in writing
Experience raising funds from a variety of sources
Familiarity with basic accounting principles and experience creating and managing budgets
Experience supervising professional staff
Experience working collaboratively with others, including adversaries
Able to work 40+ hours per week as needed, including some evenings and weekends; able to travel locally (Oregon) and nationally as needed
A Bachelor's degree or educational equivalent
A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills:
Leading and managing organizational growth
Adapting to rapidly changing circumstances while providing consistency and dedication to long-range programmatic goals
Communicating with a broad array of stakeholders with empathy, sensitivity, and respect; ability to work cross-culturally
Collaborating meaningfully and creatively with others
Quickly learning, applying, and communicating complex and nuanced concepts, in writing and orally, to a wide variety of audiences
Effectively organizing, balancing, and triaging many long- and short-term needs.
Preferred Experience and Capabilities
The following capabilities and experiences are preferred:
Team Building: Experience leading and nurturing a collaborative team of capable individuals and working in partnership with a board of diverse personalities and talents
Public Speaking: Outstanding public speaking skills; a storyteller who inspires others
Major Donors: A track record of fundraising success including major donors
Planning: Experience with strategic planning and goal setting, managing implementation, and measuring success (in the private, not-for-profit, or public sectors)
Partnership Development: Experience creating collaborations and maintaining relationships with community leaders
Knowledge of the Issues: Knowledge of the range of civil liberties issues and their implications (knowledge of Oregon-specific issues is helpful)
Movement Building: Familiarity with legal, legislative, and community organizing processes
Tech Savvy: Knowledge of and experience with a variety of technologies, including social media
An advanced degree is a plus, but is not required.
How to apply:
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Job Posted on 27 Jan 2015.
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