Director, Alumni Outreach & Organizing
About the Responsible Endowments Coalition
The Responsible Endowments Coalition is a 10-year old organization advocating for responsible investing in higher education. We partner with students and other college community members to challenge university investment practices and demand and implement responsible investment. Our team is small but we think big. Colleges, with over $400 billion endowments are a key leader in the investment world. By changing them, we’re changing the way the financial industry and corporations do business. We’ve already made huge progress. REC has worked with colleges to stop major corporate abuses like mountaintop removal coal mining. We have moved $10 million into community and responsible investments. Colleges around the country are starting to shift dramatically. And we want to turn up the heat by engaging the millions of alumni around the country.
About the Position
We are looking for someone who can leverage all of our resources (partnerships, technology, awesome student groups, donors) to get alumni excited about influencing their colleges on investment issues. This is a new project and like at a startup organization you’ll be doing everything from recruitment and strategy to writing outreach emails and attending alumni events with students.
We are still in the early stages of thinking about how to leverage alumni for responsible investments, and the right person for this role will be both a strategic thinker as well as an organizer who is adept at working with all kinds of people. If you have ideas for how to leverage the internet to find important people and connect them to their schools; to work with students to set up fun events to engage people; and enjoy traveling to meet with high profile donors and support student events, you could be the perfect candidate.
Like most roles in a small organization, this role is flexible and the exact duties will be depend on the person who we hire. But here are some of the things you’ll definitely be doing:
- Drive and manage REC’s alumni strategy to both have an immediate impact through fossil fuel divestment and renvestment campaigns and build a base for a growing alumni network that we can work with for years to come
- Partner with REC’s National Organizers and partner organizations to work with student groups who want to leverage their campus alumni to support their campaigns
- Research and develop online tools for maximizing alumni contacts
- Supporting fundraising and development for REC through the network of alumni
- Work with the rest of REC’s team to develop our long-term plans and strategy
- Propose, test, and develop new digital tools that empower students and other groups to reach large quantities of alumni.
- Other tasks and roles, as needed.
We need someone who:
- Is multi-talented and willing to learn and do anything to see the job through
- Is dedicated to building a fairer and more sustainable global economy
- Is an innovative and strategic thinker willing to try bold new strategies
- Has experience with digital campaigning tools
- Is an excellent writer and communicator
- Has demonstrated people & project management skills
- Can work effectively in a very fast-paced environment
- Is experienced with new technology and social media
- Is fluent in written and oral English.
- Is detail oriented and can make sure tasks including follow up with influential alumni are done well and consistently
- Can travel regularly in the U.S.
Big pluses include:
- Past history of campus and campaign organizing, especially of more than one type of campaign: political, corporate or otherwise
- Connection to climate and/or social justice organizing spaces
- Experience with online organizing and communications including managing an email list
- Experience in multi-racial and multi-generational organizing spaces
- Relationships with a variety of organizing and responsible investment groups
- Experience with and understanding of anti-oppression and collective liberation
- Experience managing direct reports
- Experience working in and helping to build coalitions between organizations
- On and offline fundraising experience; experience managing donor relationships
- Prior experience working closely with developers and technologists
- Deep understanding of higher education, especially faculty and donor relationships
- Other communication and press experience
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should cover three questions:
- Why are you applying for this job? (keep your answer to 200 words or less);
- What would be your first two ideas for engaging alumni on responsible investing? (keep your answer to 200 words or less);
- Which of the “Big Plus” qualifications do you meet? (Just list them as bullet points -- and if you think it would be helpful to us, you can add very short explanations and clarifications for those that aren’t obvious from your resume.)
If you have questions about this or other jobs, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
We have no formal education requirements. The position could end up being quite senior or more junior, depending on the candidate (and the title is flexible accordingly), but we expect to be looking for someone within the range of approximately 4-10 years of experience.
Location: New York City. The location may be flexible for the right candidate
Start Date: February 1 or as soon as possible.
Compensation: Competitive salary will be commensurate with experience.
Application Deadline: Rolling until hired. Applications are requested by January 17th, 2014.
The Responsible Endowments Coalition is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, low-income persons, LGBT persons, differently-abled people, and other people from diverse backgrounds. People from these and other traditionally marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply to all jobs and internships.
Job Description: Summer Internship at REC
Are you part of a fossil fuel divestment or prison divestment campaign? Working on a project for your university to invest more responsibly?
The Responsible Endowments Coalition is looking for a Summer Organizing Intern to join us this summer! The Intern(s) will work 30 hours each week from our office in Downtown Brooklyn, with flexibility to work from home sometimes. Intern duties will include:
Outreach to students and allies
Contribute to the development of national organizing strategies, especially around fossil fuel reinvestment and prison divestment
Assistance with fundraising, including crowd-sourcing, mailings, and grant editing/writing
Online organizing including website and social media maintenance
Generating organizing resources like handouts and newsletters
Internal record keeping, including cleaning up our database
Logistics and programming coordination for our Summer Organizing Retreat
We are looking for college students or recent college grads. Preference will be given to applicants organizing on a divestment or responsible investment campaign, though all are encouraged to apply.
The Responsible Endowments Coalition is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, working-class and low-income persons, LGBTQ persons, differently-abled people, and other people from diverse backgrounds. People from these and other traditionally marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply to all jobs and internships.
The intern must be based in NYC. We will work with applicants to get money from their schools or compensation from REC. Metro cards may be provided. We will work with applicants to meet your need through a mixture of REC funds and funding from other sources.
Applications will be accepted until March 7th, or until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “Internship Application”. Any questions can also be directed to Lauren Ressler, at email@example.com. Please include in your email whether you are planning on applying for funding support from your school for your summer internship.
REC is a network of students and other members of university communities, working towards responsible investing in higher education. We focus on divestment and reinvestment campaigns; community investment; and shareholder engagement strategies. REC is supported by four full-time staff.
Executive Director Search - A Note From the REC's Board Chair
On behalf of the REC Board of Directors, I’m writing to share that REC is seeking a new executive director. For the past four years, we have benefited from the outstanding leadership of our current executive director, Dan Apfel, who is transitioning to concentrate his efforts on his home community in Ithaca, New York. We hold gratitude to Dan for his years of building REC's national visibility and for moving efforts on responsible investing in higher education to the next level. We wish the best to Dan in his next endeavors.
We seek your support in helping us identify the next executive director of REC. The fields of responsible investment and corporate accountability are at critical junctures of opportunity and potential. The REC Executive Director position is a unique opportunity to lead an established and growing organization. Please share the below job description with friends, colleagues and networks. We are encouraging submission of applications by December 1st, 2013. We look forward to continuing to work together towards leveraging the power of university endowments for social justice, corporate accountability and a better world.
REC Board Chair
Job Description - Executive Director
The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) seeks a full time Executive Director. This position is a unique opportunity to lead an established and growing organization committed to creating social change through investment decisions.
REC works for social change and corporate accountability through university endowments. Colleges and universities control over $400 billion in capital and lay claim to strong social missions, yet few have embraced responsible investments. By introducing students, alumni, faculty and staff to the tools of active ownership and providing a national network for collective action, REC fills a unique niche in the corporate responsibility movement. Working with their institutions to invest responsibly and proactively, students and other university members have the power to support corporate reform in areas such as human rights, environmental justice, and equal opportunity, and to encourage accountability to the communities in which they live and learn by supporting community development and participation. For more information on REC, visit www.endowmentethics.org.
The Executive Director will provide leadership toward the achievement of REC’s vision and mission. (S)he will achieve the strategic aims of REC through the planning and implementation of annual and long-term objectives and the management of REC’s exceptional staff. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
- Collaborative Leadership: Leads strategic development of the organization and directs the implementation of REC’s plans. Guides collaborative processes with the board and incorporates input from staff to shape the long-term vision of REC. Serves as primary link between board and staff, ensuring effective utilization of board members.
- Representation & Leadership: Ensures the organization is consistently presented with a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders, funders, and the media.
- Management & Supervision: Supervises dynamic staff team and ensures a functional and positive work environment.
- Diverse Stakeholder Engagement: Builds relationships with diverse stakeholders (students, faculty, administrators, funders, board, staff, and the media). Strategically represents the organization and builds partnerships in the field of responsible investing.
- Partnerships & Network Building: Fosters and maintains partnerships with allies in the responsible investment fields and networks, as well as in movements for social justice, including but not limited to youth & student organizing, solidarity economy, environmental, and workers rights organizations.
- Fundraising & Finance Management: Oversees and helps execute fundraising efforts with the development staff, and engages the board in fundraising. Manages the organization’s finances and ensures resources are used prudently.
- Campaign Support: Supports campaigns in collaboration with organizing staff.
Skills & Experience
- Commitment to Vision: Deep commitment to and enthusiasm for REC’s mission including an analysis of finance that recognizes that investment decisions have major social and environmental impacts worldwide — from people’s working conditions, to their health, to the very land they live on.
- Experience with Responsible Investment: Previous experience in corporate accountability, including responsible investment and shareholder activism. Familiarity with campus endowments and/or community development is desired.
- Organizational Leadership: At least 3 - 5 years of organizational leadership experience (preferred). Ability to provide leadership within a fast paced and often virtual work environment.
- Supervision & Management: Experience in staff and organizational management desired. Ability to create supportive and accountable work environments by empowering staff to lead in respective work areas and developing plans for the best utilization of time & resources.
- Fundraising: Fundraising skills including grant writing, individual solicitation, crowd-funding, and major donor cultivation. Ability to fundraise beyond current budget to take REC to the next level of organizational development.
- Advocacy & Organizing: Previous student, community, or national organizing experience desired. Understanding of campaign development and implementation.
- Consensus & Coalition Builder: Leadership experience in multiracial and multigenerational spaces and coalitions. Ability to actively engage faculty, staff, administrators and students/alumni to work together in aligned or shared efforts with significant social impacts. Experience in facilitation is desired.
- Communication - Verbal/Written: Ability to effectively represent REC to a variety of audiences. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Social Justice Principles & Practice: Understanding of the impacts of ‘power’ and ‘privilege’ at the personal, interpersonal, organizational, social/systems-level. Ability to apply social justice principles and practices in personal and organizational interactions.
Education: The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree combined with experience in the field of student activism, responsible investment, or corporate accountability. A master’s degree in a related field is helpful but not necessary.
Location: New York, NY
Start Date: Spring 2014
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits
Deadline: Open until filled; applications are encouraged by December 20, 2013.
TO APPLY: Please email a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to:
Responsible Endowments Coalition
Subject: Executive Director Search
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