The Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET) works to nurture, sustain and strengthen progressive non-profit organizations, leaders and activists. VCET does this work by providing the coordination, tools and training needed to realize our shared vision, and help movements begin, grow and prosper. We believe our Commonwealth works best when every voice is heard. We work to expand our democracy to create systems that make it possible to hear those voices and to dismantle those that prevent them from being heard. Our partners work together to advance equality, justice, and opportunity, to win shared victories that expand democracy for historically disenfranchised Virginians and strive to engage underrepresented communities in the democratic process. The Virginia Civic Engagement Table is a member of State Voices, a network working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.
The Executive Director runs the Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project (VAPLP), an affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit. The Executive Director provides vision and leadership to facilitate collective action between partner organizations; develops leadership capacity within organizations and for the larger progressive movement; and builds organizational capacity.
The Executive Director plays a leadership role in centering race equity in the shared work of VCET and its partners as well as overseeing development and execution of strategically coordinated state plans that maximize the priorities, resources and effectiveness of all partners, especially in the areas of voter outreach, education, persuasion, and turnout. The Executive Director identifies resources for Virginia’s political and civic engagement programs, oversees data collection, facilitates regular meetings of the VCET coalition, and maintains strong relationships with key allies.
The Executive Director is currently responsible for the management and development of six full time staff members. Finally, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall operations of both VCET and VAPLP, including fundraising, budgeting, Leadership Team management, and organizational development.
This position reports to the VCET Board of Directors, made up of nine members. Someone in this position would have the ability to work from home anywhere in Virginia if they desired, but VCET also has office space in Richmond and Hampton Roads.
- Provide strategic vision and direction for the organization.
- Maintain existing funder relationships
- Identify and cultivate new ones.
- Ensure VCET has sufficient resources to operate and grow and continue to build a strong reserve of funds for VCET to thrive.
- Build and maintain relationships with partners and allies in Virginia and nationally.
- Management of administrative functions including budgeting, payroll, benefits and insurance.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with VCET Board of Directors.
- Manage current VCET programs and ensure they are executed successfully.
- Lead, manage and develop staff.
- A track record of senior leadership and management of diverse teams in a mission-driven organization.
- A demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice.
- Political acumen and a sophisticated intersectional analysis.
- Excellent strategic thinking in a political and movement context.
- Big, visionary ideas and ideals and the capacity to convert them into solid strategies and action.
- An adaptive leadership style with the ability to problem-solve, navigate complex situations and relationships, and take advantage of strategic opportunities.
- Ability to bring diverse coalitions together to plan and take action together on their shared values and strategic priorities.
- Fundraising ability, experience, and enthusiasm, including a track record of raising significant funds from a variety of sources.
- An ability to develop and maintain a network of contacts which includes foundation funders and individual donor prospects.
- Skills in talent management, team building, mentoring and developing staff leadership.
- Outstanding written and oral communication, including effective communication among wide audiences and diverse stakeholders.
- Ability to travel up to 25% nationally in order to represent VCET
- Access to a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and ability to travel within Virginia as necessary
- Willingness to make a multi-year commitment to VCET.
- Experience managing both 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations
The salary range for this position is between $80,000 and $90,000. VCET also provides full benefits including paid time off and health insurance.