Job: DataCenter Exec Director

colist at colist at
Fri Mar 19 12:51:09 CST 2004

From:           	LeonSomp at

Please forward this announcement to those who may be
interested or know of good candidates


The DataCenter seeks an Executive Director to facilitate the
leadership of a talented staff and build on our programmatic and
financial health in order to strengthen our role as a
collaborative partner in the social justice movement. 

Agency Background:
The DataCenter is a 27-year-old multiracial,
capacity-building institution, focused on supporting
community organizing nationally in low-income communities
and communities of color. We provide strategic research and
research skills to community organizers, policy advocates
and media activists, for more effective and informed
organizing and action. The DataCenter has a strong
reputation and a respected approach to partnering with
community-based organizations.

The Executive Director will lead a financially healthy
organization with a $1M annual budget, an Endowment over $1M, and
14 paid staff. We have already secured 70% of 2005 and 50% of
2006 budgeted foundation funding. 

We are also programmatically healthy. A ten month strategic
planning process providing direction through 2006 is nearly
complete. DataCenter has four program areas where we have
particular expertise: Economic Justice: low-wage work,
welfare "reform," living wage issues; Environmental Justice:
resource extraction (mining, oil drilling), resource processing
(refineries, toxics), and resource disposal (waste); Youth
Strategy Project: youth organizing, education and criminal
justice issues; Criminal Justice: prison moratorium,
privatization, immigrant detention, police brutality. For more
about DataCenter and our programs, see our website at

Job Profile:
Reports to: Board currently comprising seven members whose
skills and experience range from community organizing and
community-based research to legal and financial experience. 

Supervises: Currently two co-directors supervise all staff
without a secondary layer of supervision. If a single
Executive Director is hired, a Business Manager or Associate
Director position will be created. The new Executive Director
will be expected to work with the staff to create a sustainable,
effective supervision structure.

The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the
DataCenter's role as an active participant in and provider
of research for action for community-based and public policy
efforts to achieve social justice. Working collaboratively with
staff and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will
lead programs in alignment with the organization's mission and
goals. The Executive Director will be an effective fundraiser,
have a facilitative management style and will actively develop
staff leadership. The Executive Director provides inspiration and
motivation and enjoys bringing out the best in others. S/he will
manage an organization that values participation and continual
learning and reflection at all levels. Personnel - Responsible
for hiring, developing, and supervising staff in a work
environment that values equity, solidarity, diversity, and
participatory self-management. Committed to maintaining and
increasing staff's diversity. Committed to building systems for
staff development. Strategic Planning - Leads the organization in
implementing recently adopted 3 year strategic plan. Oversees
development and monitoring of organizational, programmatic, board
development, community and public relations plans. Fundraising -
Primary responsibility for fundraising, works closely with the
Development Director and President to grow individual donor base.
Leads development and maintenance of foundation relationships and
the implementation of recently adopted business plan for earned
income. Financial Planning & Oversight - Ensures overall
financial health of organization, manages Endowment Investment
Manager, leads organizational budget planning and monitoring.
Maintains transparency of finances and ensures financial literacy
of board and staff. Board Development &Communication - In
collaboration with board and staff, ensures that the board is
representative of the organization's needs and constituency, and
that it effectively advances the mission and goals of the
DataCenter. Program Development &Oversight - Ensures programs are
healthy and accountable to organizational mission and strategic
plan. Facilitates organizational communication and ensures
coherence across program areas. Public Relations - In
collaboration with program staff, positions DataCenter amongst
movement organizations, building relationships and partnerships
with other groups. Oversees organization's communication
planning. The ideal candidate possesses a broad range of talents
and experience, including: Facilitative leadership style
including experience running democratic group process and proven
success developing staff; Strong track record of fundraising
success from a broad range of sources including major donors,
foundations and earned income; Minimum three years at Executive
Director or equivalent senior management level with
responsibilities similar to those of this position and ideally in
an organization with at least ten staff, and a budget of
$800,000; Passion for the progressive movement, with strong ties
to grassroots organizing; Experience working within poor
communities and communities of color and with diverse staff and
board in a culturally sensitive manner; Understanding of and
commitment to advancing information's role in movements for
economic and social justice. Compensation: Salary DOE and
commensurate with comparable organizations plus generous vacation
and health benefits including family/domestic partner benefits.

Application Process: 

People of color, especially women, strongly encouraged to
apply. Joint applications for Co-Directors are welcome.
Applicants from outside the region are encouraged to apply.

If mailed, applications must be sent by regular mail and
postmarked no later than April 9, 2004 and addressed to:
Viveka Chen Executive Transition Consultant
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services 
39 Bartlett St.San Francisco, CA 94110
Attn: DataCenter search 
Applications may also be e-mailed no later than 5:00pm
Friday, April 9, 2004 to datacenterjob at

No faxes or phone calls please. No e-mails other than formal
applications please. 

Applications must, and may only, include:
Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and
how your experience fits our needs (maximum one and a half
Answers to the following two questions (maximum one page
total): a. (According to your experiences/beliefs/vision,)
How do information and the skills and capacity to obtain
information contribute to strengthening social justice

b. How would you describe your facilitative leadership
experience, strengths and challenges and why is it important to

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