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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