Senior Advisor to the President

New York City Full-time

ABOUT COLOR OF CHANGE

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues—from criminal justice to media representations to the social safety net and voter freedom—so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Our work – both rapid response and long-term campaigns for change – amplifies the voices of Black folks and our allies, building power and delivering meaningful wins that create consequences for racial injustice and build momentum for implementing solutions that move Black people and all people forward.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This Senior Advisor will act as a strategic thought partner to the President and support the leadership team in furthering the organization’s vision, impact and efficiency. This role will also be charged with identifying strategic and integrative approaches for the President to interface and maximize external touch points.

 

This position is based in our New York office and reports to the President. The Senior Advisor will also manage a team of two: Executive Assistant to the President and Project Manager for the President’s Office.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Leadership & Relationship Management 

  • Serve as the primary board liaison, charged with maintaining highly effective governance practices
  • Manage President’s outreach with key supporters while collaborating with development office regarding overall donor cultivation strategy
  • Oversee complex and rapidly changing daily, weekly and longer-term strategic priorities for the President’s office
  • Oversee the flawless execution of internal and external meetings and engagements; research on President’s appearances and meetings, preparing necessary documents for meetings
  • Accompany President to key stakeholder meetings (in some cases attend in lieu of); prepare strategic briefs and create alignment with internal staff and external partners to ensure outcomes
  • Ensure President’s time and strategic engagement is being maximized and optimally leveraged
  • Direct and execute on the tactical implementation of the President’s vision and engagement strategy 
  • Help the President proactively build and maintain high-level relationships, and regularly identify connections between external stakeholders and key projects
  • Serve as a key advisor for external engagements and special projects
  • Provide oversight of the team that manages the President’s calendar, priorities, and workflow

 

Strategy Development and Execution 

  • Work with the President and Chief Operating Officer to continue to evolve the organization’s strategic roadmap through highly effective executive leadership and Leadership Team meetings and retreats
  • Monitor and evaluate racial and social justice trends and propose new opportunities for COC engagement
  • Provide strategic leadership to strengthen, realign, and/or develop program goals and priorities that advance COC’s mission and goals
  • Provide critical updates and information across Leadership Team

 

Administrative Management

  • Travel independently and with the President (30%) in support of engagements
  • Oversee impeccable logistics and production support for the President’s speaking engagements
  • Manage and lead briefing and debriefing the President for upcoming travel and events
  • Oversee the special event invitation process and confirmations, vetting requests and strategic content

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be incredibly passionate about racial and social justice issues and possess unparalleled emotional intelligence, coupled with highly effective written skills and an overzealous, attention to detail and efficiency.

 

Specific qualifications include:

 

  • 10+ years of professional experience, with at least 5 years of direct management experience
  • Demonstrated program and/or project management skills and significant internal and external stakeholder/partnership experience (nonprofit/social justice organization experience strongly preferred)
  • Impeccable verbal, written, research, communication and deck creation skills and experience
  • A strong structural racial analysis in agreement with Color Of Change’s vision and values
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, concise terms (verbally and written)
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and take initiative in an environment with shifting priorities
  • High level proficiency in MS Office, Raiser’s Edge (or other CRM software), and social media platforms
  • Ability to prioritize competing projects and multi-task across a broad spectrum of collaborators, based in various office locations or working remotely
  • Able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, with a proactive approach
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours, and travel (30%)
  • Commitment to confidentiality and ability to exercise absolute discretion

 

HOW TO APPLY

Go to www.colorofchange.org/careers and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

 

COMPENSATION

Salary is commensurate with experience, and Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package. This is a full-time exempt position.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.