Field Director

Field Director

Indivisible

Remote/Flexible Location, US   |   December 8, 2020

About Indivisible

We’re building something new. Indivisible is a progressive grassroots organization that began in the aftermath of Trump’s election and rapidly scaled nationwide, with thousands of volunteer-led local groups covering every state in the country. To support this movement, we’ve built an incredible team at the national level. We dream big, we support each other, and we have fun doing it.

We’re changing what’s politically possible. Indivisible is part of the powerful progressive movement reaction to Trump, fighting the racist, misogynistic, plutocratic, and authoritarian agenda trumpeted by Trump and the GOP congress. Don’t take our word for it; Indivisible has been featured on the Rachel Maddow show multiple times, as well as in the New York Times and in pretty much every other major news outlet in the country. With Trump out of office, we are ready to take the next steps as part of the movement to reinvent American democracy.

We’re building together. We’re building a new organization every day – a rare opportunity to model what we want to see in the world. We’re deeply committed to equity and building a diverse and inclusive organization.

Every one of us on the national team is here because we believe this movement is the best way to build progressive power in this country. Does that ring true for you? If so, great – throw your hat in the ring to join our team. Let’s start #winning together.

For more information on Indivisible, please visit its website.

The Opportunity

Indivisible seeks a strategic, results-oriented, people-manager for our Field Director position.

As a key member of the Organizing Department’s program and management team, the Field Director will report directly to the National Organizing Director and be responsible for managing and developing our 20+ person field team, including both helping them achieve ambitious results and giving them the coaching and support they need to grow and develop as professionals. The Field Director will also be responsible for co-developing and directing the implementation of our national field strategy, which includes significant work in both electoral and advocacy-focused campaigns, all aimed at building longer-term power for the progressive movement.

This role presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced organizing leader to make an impact by building and managing a large team and innovative program, within a leading progressive organization.

Key responsibilities of the Field Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Directs a 20+ person field team, supervising 3-4 Associate Organizing Directors (AODs) who, in turn, manage most of the field team members (e.g., Organizers, Organizing Managers)
  • Supports the AODs to reach their goals, manage the work effectively through layers, and grow as exceptional people managers
  • Leads on development and implementation of key management practices and principles for the field team – for example around what it means to be a successful organizer, expectations for how managers manage, or core agreements about how team members will give input or otherwise engage in decision-making
  • Provides coaching, guidance, and support to team members to organize across lines of difference, including for staff of color who organize in predominantly white spaces
  • Builds a strong sense of team identity and cohesion among the organizers, and create a supportive, learning-oriented environment in which people feel clarity about what they’re meant to achieve and feel supported in succeeding in their roles
  • Accountability for prioritizing and re-prioritizing the work of the field team within a rapidly changing context, including regular decision making with competing priorities
  • Creates and actively upholds a data-driven learning environment where progress is measured and monitored towards results-driven goals, with the ability to assess what is or isn’t working, and pivot in a way that drives collaborative learning, development, and growth
  • Manages operations within the field team, including owning or overseeing recurring team meetings, budget management, hiring, performance management, professional development, and other operational areas
  • Participates as a member of the organization-wide senior team, including giving input into strategic and long-term planning processes for the organization
  • Provides vision, guidance, leadership for the design and implementation of the organization’s holistic field strategy in partnership with the Organizing Program Director, focusing on geographic-based or organizer-focused work
  • Serves as a strong culture carrier in the organization, proactively upholding organizational values and role model what it means to align everyday decisions and actions with those values
Candidate Profile

While no candidate will meet every qualification, ideal candidates will have the following competencies and personal characteristics:

Organizing Expertise & Strategy

  • Strong knowledge and at least 9-10 years of demonstrated experience developing and implementing field strategies; deep understanding of community-based grassroots and grass tops organizing
  • Track record of success developing and implementing state or national electoral and advocacy programs with a movement building focus that utilizes traditional relationship-based organizing, digital organizing, and scaled organizing elements
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with with program leadership to develop strategies and tactics, and in turn, providing strategic vision and direction to organizers; strongly inclined to seek feedback from others, even/especially when they may disagree
  • Able to think outside the box about strategies and tactics, bringing a creative and entrepreneurial approach to figuring out what works
  • Experience in multiple models of campaigning, including demonstrated success at high levels of responsibility in both electoral and advocacy work
  • Ability to develop and implement clear, actionable field plans, track/monitor/assess progress, troubleshoot and adapt as needed
  • Ideally, experience building a data-driven learning environment that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative data and that includes simple, manageable systems and processes to collect, track, and assess the data so we can learn and course-correct along the way

People Management and Interpersonal Skills

  • 5-7 of years of management experience, including managing individuals who manage other staff
  • An exceptional team player; exemplifies a work style that is flexible, respectful, collaborative, and nimble
  • Strong history of coaching, developing and mentoring others to grow and achieve excellent results
  • Able to build and manage a high-functioning team in which team members work collaboratively together to achieve shared goals and co-develop solutions to tough problems even (especially) when there are no easy answers
  • Prioritize teamwork within an environment that may be complex, fast-paced, and changing – and can communicate those priorities to the team in a way that is clear and creates buy-in
  • Can build trust, confidence, and followership of diverse range of staff, volunteers, field partners – across race, gender, and other identities
  • Demonstrated competency managing a remote team

Ability to Manage in Complexity

  • Strategic and analytical thinker with ability to pivot from big picture to detailed implementation as needed
  • Proven track record of building and managing a high performing team at scale to meet ambitious goals
  • Ability to tackle big complex problems with actionable plans, generate smart, innovative approaches, not afraid to think outside of the box.
  • Aptitude to juggle multiple streams of work, prioritize, determine wise allocation of resources, problem solve in complex and nuanced situations
  • Comfort operating in complex and fluid environments, responding innovatively and rapidly to emerging opportunities or concerns
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive year-round in a fast-paced, dynamic grassroots campaign environment while managing a significant workload

Cultural Competency

  • Recognize ways that race and other identities – including gender, sexuality, and class – intersect and play out both internally within organizations and externally through engagement with communities, volunteers, and activists
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion issues show up for organizers of color who do organizing or movement-building work in predominantly white spaces – including in terms of how the issues affect Black staff and leaders
  • Demonstrated self-awareness of their own multiple group identities and their attendant dynamics, and can adapt approach as needed
  • Authentic cultural competency in managing a diverse team and interacting with a diverse set of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Commitment to building strong relationships and trust across race, gender, class, and other group identities, both internally and externally
Compensation & Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $90,000, commensurate with experience. To uphold organizational parity and pay equity, we use a non-negotiable salary system that takes into consideration the entire breadth of a candidate’s experience, employment, and education to arrive at their final starting base salary. In addition, Indivisible provides a robust benefits package including full medical/dental/vision/life coverage, a professional development stipend, and an employer-matched 401(k) plan.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Shelby Woods is leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here or email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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