Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy, is seeking a director for its Bolder Advocacy initiative. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a major role in an organization that has, since its founding in 1979, led the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of progressive groups. Bolder Advocacy is AFJ’s nationally renowned program which has been a thought and action leader in the field of nonprofit advocacy.
As more nonprofits recognize the need to engage in advocacy, lobbying, and election-related activities to best serve their constituencies, there is an increased demand for information on how to do so within the confines of current tax and election laws and regulations. Bolder Advocacy fulfills that demand through a series of in-person and web-based workshops, ongoing direct legal technical assistance, plain language publications, public education and the development and expansion of state-specific resources. It also provides foundations with the information and confidence they need to increase their support for advocacy and public policy work in the nonprofit sector.
The Director is a member of AFJ’s six-member senior staff team and is responsible for all aspects of the operation of Bolder Advocacy, both in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. Along with monitoring laws and policies affecting nonprofit advocacy at the federal and state levels, the Director is responsible for developing strategies and coordinating efforts to protect the advocacy rights of nonprofits. Heightening the visibility of Bolder Advocacy, increasing its reach, its revenues and its effectiveness are all key priorities for the incoming Director.
The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of the legal framework governing 501(c)(3), (c)(4), and other nonprofit organizations, and experience in nonprofit advocacy, grassroots mobilization or electoral politics. S/he will also possess excellent communications skills, a demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy, experience managing large-scale programs and an ability to direct challenging and diverse tasks gracefully. This position reports to the President of the organization.
The search for a new director provides an exciting opportunity to bring new energy and vision to a widely respected and highly successful program that is poised for growth.