Equality Illinois Director of Field Operations
Posted: July 11, 2013
Applications Due: July 26, 2013
DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS
Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, seeks a full-time Director of Field Operations.
The Director of Field Operations will build long-term community outreach and educational infrastructure to ensure our state’s continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community. The Director of Field Operations will report to the Chief Executive Officer, guide organizational direction as a member of the senior management team, and supervise a team comprised of paid and volunteer field organizers and several interns on an as-needed basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Design and oversee comprehensive plan to engage, develop, and assist local activists to build long-term community engagement and educational infrastructure throughout Illinois;
- Develop and participate collaboratively and actively in coalitions with LGBT and allied organizations (such as faith, labor, women's rights groups, etc.) working across issues, identities, and communities to advance justice and equality for all LGBT people;
- Work closely with the Director of Public Policy to advance the movement’s legislative advocacy and electoral priorities, to register and educate voters, and to develop and execute educational and organizing campaigns designed to support discrete legislative and policy initiatives (and support partner organizations in doing the same, as their legal status allows);
- Provide training, guidance, technical support, and long-term capacity building to partner statewide LGBT advocacy organizations working to secure marriage equality;
- Respond to requests for information, resources, and technical assistance from local activists and coalition partners as appropriate;
- In collaboration with other staff, craft and oversee the field program’s annual strategy, work plan, and budget, and assist with development and implementation of individual work plans and budgets; staff organizational committees and working groups, as assigned;
- Develop tools and metrics to assess the success of field organizing efforts and conduct regular reporting; retain ultimate oversight/responsibility for execution of festivals and outreach events;
- Role model cross-departmental collaboration and assist in the development and direction of organizational strategy as a member of the senior management team;
- Represent Equality Illinois and its mission in the community and the media;
- Educate a range of audiences around the state about legislative and electoral organizing through a long-term community-building lens at conferences, workshops, trainings and other public speaking;
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.
- Commitment to justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons;
- Minimum of 4-5 years experience in working with grassroots political or organizing programs;
- Ability to synthesize policy and political information for different audiences;
- Demonstrated experience with LGBT issues is preferred; commitment and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, family status and other characteristics is an important and practiced value is essential;
- Commitment to achieve mutually agreed upon goals;
- Commitment to building a diverse, multi-cultural organization;
- Ability to listen and receive constructive feedback;
- Ability to communicate well orally and in writing;
- An outgoing, assertive personality with a willingness to "work the room";
- Leadership qualities and the ability to mobilize others to action;
- Ability to work with and build a team;
- Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with regard to the handling of confidential information and maintain professional standards of conduct;
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends, as required;
- Must be able to work independently with direction;
- Strong attention to detail and highly organized;
- Availability to travel and access to vehicle (all pre-approved business expenses will be reimbursed).
Preferred Additional Skills
- Background using membership management database (Salsa).
- Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish (and/or other languages).
- Capabilities using social media including Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress-based website to connect with our various audiences.
- Salary (exempt)
- Retirement plan with generous employer contributions
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance (including same-sex spousal coverage)
- Life insurance
- Paid vacation, accrued at the rate of two weeks per year in the first year
- Paid holidays
- Transit benefits
- Other benefits
- Applications must be received by Friday, July 26, 2013
- Interviews will be held by invitation only. No telephone inquiries, please.
Send cover letter and resume BY EMAIL ONLY to:
Margaret Smilowitz, Operations/Administration Coordinator
(please use “Director of Field Operations” in your subject line)
People of color, women, and transgender people strongly encouraged to apply.