Senior Advisor to the Executive Director

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

The Senior Advisor to the Executive Director will serve as a primary thought partner and administrative aid to the Executive Director (ED) supporting external engagements, guiding research for special projects, managing outreach with key supporters, and contributing to development strategy. The Senior Advisor will attend meetings with the ED, manage strategic relationships, and help coordinate the ED’s portfolio of activities. In this role, you will set priorities, manage key aspects of the ED’s internal and external communications, and act as a liaison with staff and partners.

 

The right candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and be able to handle competing priorities. This position is ideal for a highly organized, detail-oriented individual with a strong interest in managing content. In working closely with the Executive Director and the Executive Office, you will have a unique window into the inner workings of the movement.

 

This position is based in our New York office and reports to the Director of the Executive Office (Director).

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Leadership & Relationship Management

 

  • Serve as primary Special Assistant to ED for external engagements and guide research for special projects
  • Manage outreach with key supporters, and contribute to development strategy
  • Collaborate with Executive Office colleagues to set and manage complex and rapidly changing daily, weekly and longer-term strategic priorities
  • Provide support for internal and external meetings and engagements; conduct research on ED’s appearances and meetings, preparing necessary documents for meetings
  • Accompany ED to key meetings, prepare follow-up documents and coordinate with staff and partners to ensure relevant actions are taken
  • Manage issue research; agenda, deck, document preparation; logistics and staff coordination as needed
  • Maximize time management, strategic communications, and commitments for the ED, including assisting with scheduling and confirming internal and external meetings and vetting media and speaking requests and invitations
  • Maintain a calendar and customer relationships database of activities, meetings, and various events for the ED; coordinate activities with other programmatic teams and outside organizations
  • Help the ED proactively build and maintain high-level relationships, and regularly identify connections between external stakeholders and key projects
  • Facilitate decision-making and collaborate effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders and team members based across various office locations/working remotely
  • Envision, design and execute an internal data and information collection strategy, including analysis and secondary research; synthesize findings and develop recommendations with clearly articulated benefits/costs

 

Travel Management

 

  • Travel independently and with the ED (30-80%) in support of engagements
  • Handle logistics and production support for all speaking engagements
  • Assist in coordinating and prioritizing the ED’s travel schedule, including assisting with lodging, transportation, managing relationships and requests on the ground and any additional assistance required while traveling
  • Manage and lead briefing and debriefing the ED for upcoming travel and events
  • Work closely with the Executive Office to maximize the impact and efficiency of the ED’s schedule – under the supervision of the Director of the Executive Office

 

Administrative Support

 

  • Manage special event invitation process and confirmations, vetting requests and strategic content while working closely with the Executive Assistant and Director
  • Attend board meetings and take notes to capture critical conversations and issues as they arise
  • Collaborate with the Executive Office in engineering and executing all meetings, and coordinate contracts and vendors as needed
  • Independently manage administrative projects, ensuring that they are accomplished in a timely and accurate manner, continually updating the Director of the Executive Office with status reports
  • Support some personal tasks for the ED

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be outgoing and proactive, and demonstrate superb front-office interpersonal skills and experience, complete discretion and poise under pressure, effective written and oral communication skills, excellent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments. Specific qualifications include:

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience, with demonstrated program and/or project management skills and significant internal and external stakeholder/partnership experience (nonprofit/social justice organization experience preferred)
  • Excellent verbal, written, research, presentation, communication and facilitation skills, with superb attention to detail
  • 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
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office, Gmail (Google), Raiser’s Edge (or other CRM software), and social media platforms
  • The 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 face-paced environment, with a proactive approach
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours, including working weekends and extensive travel
  • Ability to travel (30-80%)
  • Commitment to confidentiality and ability to exercise absolute discretion

 

HOW TO APPLY

Go to www.colorofchange.org/careers click the "apply for this position" link 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.