Executive Director

Executive Director

March for Our Lives

Parkland, FL   |   August 23, 2019

About March For Our Lives

Formed in the days following the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, March for Our Lives (MFOL) has already changed the landscape on gun violence prevention by engaging millions of young people to make their voices heard in their communities, legislatures, and at the ballot box.

Since its founding, MFOL has:

  • Turned out 800,000 people to demand stronger gun laws at the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC and at 800 sibling marches around the world
  • Visited 24 states in 60 days to meet with young activists and register voters on the Road to Change tour
  • Spurred the passage of 50 new gun violence prevention measures across the country
  • Registered more than 50,000 new voters
  • Scored record turnout of young voters in the 2018 midterm elections
  • Formed over 250 (and growing) youth-led chapters all over the country, headed by a team of eight regional directors

MFOL has proven that it was not just a march – it is a movement demanding and achieving meaningful gun violence prevention reforms at the state and federal levels.

In order to continue to succeed and grow as an organization capable of ending the gun violence epidemic in this country, MFOL is seeking its first Executive Director to work alongside the students to provide overall direction, set programmatic priorities, coordinate projects and teams, and ensure that the organization is scaled appropriately to achieve its mission. This full-time position is based in Parkland, Florida.

For more information on MFOL, please visit marchforourlives.com.

The Opportunity

MFOL is seeking a results-oriented and inspiring Executive Director to take the helm of a vibrant student-led organization during this critical moment when the gun violence epidemic is plaguing the country and political leaders need to be held accountable to take action. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the right person to guide MFOL into its next phase of impact. The organization has experienced tremendous growth in less than two years and is now supported in its headquarters by a core group of MSD current and past students and four full-time staff.

The Executive Director will have a bird’s eye view across the organization, connecting the dots and making sure all the programmatic elements of the organization are integrated and deployed for the greatest strategic effectiveness. 

The Executive Director will be responsible for:

  • Building on the student successes by inspiring the creation and implementation of new strategies that advance sensible gun violence prevention policies in the context of a challenging political climate
  • Further developing a streamlined and efficient organization that is seen as a political threat to any elected official that stands in the way of Peace
  • Working closely with the students, staff, and 501c3 and 501c4 Boards of Directors to develop and periodically update the organization’s priorities and strategies
  • Designing and implementing campaigns that support the successful achievement of strategic goals
  • Identifying organizational gaps and areas of improvement, both large and small, and developing and implementing collaborative strategies to ensure organizational effectiveness
  • Assuming the lead role in reaching out to like-minded organizations and social justice leaders to develop partnerships that advance MFOL’s core mission
  • Ensuring students, staff, and volunteers are appropriately engaged across the organization and feel supported, informed, and empowered
  • Serving as an articulate marketer, fundraiser, communicator, and spokesperson for MFOL’s mission and programs
Candidate Profile

This position calls for a dynamic individual with leadership values premised on inclusivity, growth, and agility. The successful Executive Director will demonstrate a commitment to the values and principles of grassroots change.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with:

  • A proven track record of providing leadership and management for a national, mission-driven organization or program; experience having worked with students or youth is essential
  • Ability to lead with influence and inspiration, building collaboration and buy-in toward a common vision from a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience directing and managing organizational change and building a strong culture of creative problem-solving and operational efficiency
  • Cultural competence, with the ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expression, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration statuses, and physical abilities in a multicultural environment
  • Instincts and experience that come from winning successful political campaigns and strategic organizing efforts; track record of mobilizing large numbers of people into action and building community leadership
  • An ability to be a strong yet compassionate and empathetic leader
  • A demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity
  • Experience working in gun violence prevention in communities of color useful, but not required
  • Leadership experience in a federal campaign useful, but not required

March For Our Lives has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

March For Our Lives is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit koyapartners.com.