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Executive Director, Humboldt Area Foundation – California

Organization: Humboldt Area Foundation

Position Title: Executive Director – True North Organizing Network

Location: Bayside, California

Compensation: $65000 – 85000

Application Deadline: July 17, 2015

Description: The Executive Director is an energetic, self-motivated, highly relational position that requires the capacity to work on the ground level of the organization and to develop staff, board, and our volunteer base of leaders. This management position interacts with staff in a fast-paced environment, often times under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism. Expert level written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important. An aptitude to problem solve and multi-task is essential.

Above all, the ideal candidate will have a proven commitment to social justice and the communities True North serves. The ideal candidate must thrive in a team-based atmosphere and express comfort working in a multi-racial, multi-faith environment.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director position is responsible for leading and managing daily operations of the organization, and is supervised by the True North Board of Directors. Regular travel within Del Norte and Humboldt County required. The Executive Director will be held accountable for overseeing the following critical responsibilities:

  1. Align True North’s talent and vision
  • Provide leadership and support to True North leaders and staff to maintain the organization’s winning track record by overseeing effective organizing campaigns at the local and regional level
  • Hire, manage and develop a high-power team of True North staff
  • Develop and maintain long term relationships with our diverse volunteer population, clergy, member congregations, and organizational partners
  • Build coalitions with elected officials, policy leaders and other strategic allies
  • Oversee organizational strategy development and operations of the Network in its transition to a new Federation
  1. Ensure financial health of True North
  • Manage the True North budget and work with the board and staff to maintain financial stability of the organization
  • Develop a strategic plan to expand the budget and diversify our funding and financial capacity
  • Secure resources from individuals, businesses and foundations through solicitations, events, grant proposals and other means


  • Commitment to eliminate racial disparities that persist throughout our society. We are convinced that the progress on our specific policy goals and the larger task of developing a new multi-racial coalition for social justice requires that we move toward, not away from a frank reckoning with racial privilege as well as other kinds of privilege (gender, economic, etc.)
  • Deep respect for and openness to working with variety of faith traditions
  • Candidate would preferably have both but must have at least:
  1. A strong track record of raising and managing financial resources, running a nonprofit organization, and an orientation towards building grassroots power OR
  2. Organizing experience including the ability to coach, develop and manage a team of organizing staff AND a desire to develop fundraising and financial management skills.


  • Personal qualities that include integrity, mission commitment, respect for diversity, ability to motivate and inspire, and a faith foundation
  • Knowledge and experience with implementation of civic engagement/GOTV strategies.
  • Demonstrated competence and leadership in multi-faith, multi-lingual and multi-cultural contexts
  • Ability to apply a systems (political, social, economic, and multicultural) analysis to organizing work
  • Knowledge of legislative process at city, state, and national levels
  • Familiarity with rural communities in Del Norte and Humboldt and knowledge of the key issues they face
  • Ability to navigate political environments
  • Ability to tap into the potential of persons working with True North and to build effective leaders
  • Track record of strong staff development, supervision and recruitment
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • History of embracing fundraising, diversifying funding sources, and developing financial capacity
  • Proven track record of successful grant writing, and management of grants and funders
  • Experience managing an operating budget for a non-profit organization

How to Apply: Please email the following three (3) documents to [email protected]:

An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including references;
A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);
Two writing samples (preferably one grant proposal and one press release).

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