Jobs with Justice San Francisco

Jobs with Justice San Francisco

Executive Director

Based in San Francisco, CA
(currently working remotely but will transition to in-person when safe and possible)


Reports to: Executive Board (E-board)

Jobs with Justice San Francisco (JWJSF) is a long-term, multi-racial coalition of labor unions and community groups supporting workers’ rights and fighting for economic, racial and climate justice. In San Francisco, we won the country's first $15 minimum wage, tuition-free higher education program and fair scheduling law for retail workers. JWJSF has been working on climate and equitable transition issues since 2018. With a history of precedent-setting innovation, JWJSF’s victories make real differences in the lives of working people, and spark movements nationwide.

Job Purpose
JWJSF seeks a passionate Executive Director to lead a multi-racial and member-driven coalition of community organizations and labor unions that supports workers’ rights and fights for economic, racial and climate justice. The ideal candidate will have a drive to push for systemic change, with a combination of strategic vision and hands-on experience leading a coalition and organization, working with/within unions and community organizations, managing a board and staff, fundraising, developing relationships and organizing for racial and economic justice.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Coalition Leadership (20%)

  • Managing relationships with coalition members (i.e. the Steering Committee and E-board)
  • Manage relationships with external partners/allies
  • Building shared agenda and purpose across the coalition and navigating conflict between partners
  • Collaborate with senior staff to plan the agenda and facilitate the yearly Steering Committee retreat, including member turnout
  • Ensure yearly campaign evaluations in collaboration with staff and external partners
  • Ensure the preparation and presentation of annual campaign proposals

Executive Board (E-Board) and Governance (15%)

  • Lead monthly E-board meetings by drafting agendas, ensuring turnout of E-board members, delegating roles and ensuring language-appropriate access to all relevant materials and information before, during and after E-board meetings
  • Engaging the E-board on financial oversight
  • Manage relationships with E-board members through regular check ins and 1:1s
  • Collaborate with E-board officers on E-board development
  • Ensure effective engagement of the Steering Committee through quarterly meetings
  • Ensure compliance - bylaws, legal, regulatory
  • Manage E-board endorsement and input on legislation, ballot measures and other policy
  • Engage E-board in campaign planning and strategy

Organizational and Staff Management (20%)

  • Supervises 3-5 mostly senior staff
  • Collaborates with leadership team on organizational development and administration and to ensure the overall effective functions of the organization including:
    • internal policy and processes
    • staffing and human resources
    • capacity building for staff
    • team/staff relationships and cohesion
    • performance planning (organization, team and individual)
  • Ensures the financial sustainability of the organization through fiscal management, in coordination with E-board Treasurer and staff leadership team:
    • developing and monitoring budgets
    • facilitating decisions on resource allocations
    • ensuring proper financial planning
    • ensuring proper internal controls are implemented

Fund Development (25%)

  • Foundation fundraising through prospecting new opportunities and grant writing
  • Manage relationships with funders
  • Serve as advisor and thought partner with funders
  • Represent JWJSF’s programs at funder events, convenings
  • Short and long-term funder education on workers rights, racial justice and climate justice
  • Ensuring membership dues are paid
  • Support grassroots fundraising, including JWJSF’s annual fundraiser
  • Co-leading with staff leadership team on fund development strategy

Strategy Development (10%)

  • With staff leadership team, coordinate both long term and short term strategy including
    • Long term strategic planning
    • Shorter term strategic formation and decision-making
  • Ensure engagement of coalition in organizational strategy and tactics
  • Lead the staff in strategic campaign development and broader coalition strategy

External Communications (5%)

  • Representing JWJSF in the media and in movement spaces

Campaign Work (5%)

  • Support campaign work in collaboration with campaign staff as needed

What we are looking for in a candidate

  • Demonstrated strong commitment to working class communities and economic and racial justice.
  • Exceptional leadership skills, combining strategic vision with a roll-up-your-sleeves, highly collaborative approach to getting the work done.
  • Strong experience leading multi-racial coalitions and cultivating the leadership of BIPOC, gender oppressed and queer communities.
  • Deep and nuanced understanding of power, with an ability to understand complex political dynamics.
  • Experience with governance of an organization/coalition, including E-board management and organizational development processes.
  • Experience working with and/or within labor unions and familiarity with the landscape of the labor movement.
  • Experience working with and/or within community based organizations.
  • Deep lived experience of working class and BIPOC communities.
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising experience, including foundation and grassroots fundraising.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills, comfortable having hard conversations with allies and others.
  • Ability to relate to and bridge diverse individuals and communities to strengthen. relationships and connections toward common goals.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact effectively with coworkers, allies, funders, decision-makers and opposition.
  • Familiarity with the San Francisco and Bay Areas political landscape. Familiarity with statewide policy changes a bonus.
  • Sense of humor & flexibility always appreciated.

Working conditions
Occasional travel and sometimes long and irregular hours. While some periods are busier than others, JWJSF’s culture strongly supports and encourages work/life balance.

Salary range: $95,000 – $110,000 salary range DOE. Excellent benefits package with three weeks starting vacation, family healthcare and 401k. This is a union represented position with Teamsters Local 856.

JWJSF’s office is located in San Francisco and the candidate must be (or willing to be) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are currently working remotely but will transition to in-person when safe and possible. We currently have staff meetings outdoors and masked when conditions permit and individual staff may choose to have in person meetings with coalition members or allies or not. When we work in-person, there is still flexibility to balance time working in the office and time working at home.

To Apply:
Apply at: https://bit.ly/jwjedapply. Open until filled.

People of color, gender-oppressed and queer people strongly encouraged to apply.

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