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UU Legislative Ministry, California
Executive Director - Job Description
Organization and Context
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, CA ("UULMCA"), a 501 (c) (3) organization, and the UU Legislative Ministry Action Network, CA, a 501 (c) (4) organization, together form a statewide justice ministry which strengthens the moral voice of Unitarian Universalist principles and values in the public square. UULMCA educates and organizes to support public policies that reflect UU Principles of justice, compassion, sustainable living, and civic engagement. An important goal of the organization is to raise the visibility of Unitarian Universalist values and principles to public policy makers and the larger community.
UULMCA's current projects address climate change and water justice, immigration reform, spiritual activist leadership training for young adults, and civil marriage for same-sex couples.
The organization was founded in 2001, and is currently undertaking a strategic planning process to examine what changes in its mission, goals and structure may be appropriate as it grows to the next level of organizational maturity and stability. A consulting firm has been engaged to assist in this discernment.
The job description that follows represents the Board’s current perspective on the responsibilities of the Executive Director. It is likely, however, that as the strategic planning process unfolds, some changes or shifts in emphasis may occur. It is also likely that the successful candidate will join the organization before the strategic planning process has been completed, and will have the opportunity to participate in shaping the vision for the organization’s future. Accordingly, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate flexibility with regard to this job description.
Executive Leadership - The Executive Director ("ED") is the chief executive of the organization. He/she is responsible for providing comprehensive leadership to the organization. This includes but is not limited to establishing and maintaining staffing, people management and administrative systems and processes that achieve the goals of the organization.
The ED is also responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate internal processes and controls to assure that the organization is in compliance with generally accepted accounting procedures applicable to non-profits, the By-laws of the organization, and all applicable laws and regulations.
I. Congregational Outreach and Coalition-Building
The ED is responsible for developing strong relationships with UU ministers, congregations, social justice teams and individual volunteers throughout California, and for putting in place organizational structures, such as regional clusters, that will sustain and enhance these relationships over time. He/she is also responsible for building effective coalitions with other faith-based and social justice organizations with similar goals and values.
II. Public Policy Leadership
The ED is responsible for assuring the creation and leadership of programmatic activities which support and implement the mission and goals of the organization. This may be accomplished through any appropriate combination of Board members, staff, contractor and volunteer activities, collaboration with other organizations having similar goals, etc. The ED is expected to assure that each program is monitored for effectiveness and to remain aware of changes in the external environment which may call for new or revised approaches.
III. Fund Raising
The ED, or a staff member to whom the responsibility is delegated, works with the Board and the Fund Development Working Group to create and lead fund-raising activities, and participates actively to demonstrate the vision, goals, programs and values of the organization. This includes establishing and maintaining relationships with funders, cultivating new funding sources, preparing and submitting grant proposals, and ensuring that all aspects of an effective fund-raising plan, systems and follow-up are in place.
In the event that the day-to-day fundraising leadership is delegated to a staff member, the ED will nonetheless participate personally in the creation of fund-raising strategy and in representing the organization to foundations and major donors.
IV. External Representation and Communications
The ED, together with staff members, represents the organization to its external constituencies, including the Unitarian Universalist Association and its local districts; the UU State Advocacy Networks; UUSC; UU Ministry for Earth; UUMA chapters; the UU congregations of California; other faith organizations and non-faith organizations with shared interests and values; local, state and national legislative bodies; the press and other media; and the public. The ED leads UULMCA in such a manner as to foster collaborative relationships of trust and mutual respect with our allies.
Board Relations and Development --The ED is guided and counseled by the Board of Directors and its committees. The ED participates with the Board of Directors in strategic planning for the organization and in identifying programs and initiatives which support and further its mission and goals.
Together with Board members, the ED seeks out and develops relationships with talented individuals who may be called upon to serve on the Board in the future.
Availability - Evening and weekend availability is required for attending Board and Committee meetings, congregational and fund-raising events, and other relevant workshops and meetings.
Affiliation - Well-qualified lay leaders with extensive understanding of Unitarian Universalist traditions and values are invited to apply. If the candidate chosen is a UU minister, he/she will be expected to be in good standing with the accrediting bodies and the UU Ministers' Association.
Compensation - A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with the experience of the candidate. Compensation for this position will also include health insurance, participation in the UUA pension plan, paid vacation, and other benefits.
Starting Date - Ideally, the successful candidate will be available to begin work no later than September 1, 2013.
Executive Director Search Committee, February 26, 2013
Information Requested of Applicants:
Resume citing all previous work experience, education, publications, and professional affiliations, and current compensation.
Letter outlining why you want to serve in this position, how your skills and experiences make you a strong candidate, and your future vision for the organization.
Please send this information to: UULMsearch@gmail.com
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
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